Investing in mental health

Investing in mental health

The call to arms for 2020's World Mental Health Day is 'Invest in mental health'.  Trust me, as somebody who lives with depression and anxiety I've bloody invested in it.  Firstly, my time.... living with depression and anxiety is quite time consuming and secondly,...

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Bullshit, you’re just scared

Bullshit, you’re just scared

​Change.  Supposedly as good as a holiday and takes just as much planning am I right? I've been working on this for quite some time, since before my stroke actually. That slowed things down.  Then a global pandemic changed how businesses were working.  And it took a...

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Feelings are so UnAustralian

Feelings are so UnAustralian

The road to Hell I'm told is paved with good intentions, and I fear that R U OK day is going to be one of the pavestones. The premise is excellent. A call to arms once a year to get people talking about that most awkward of things 'FEELINGS'.  It's a beautiful legacy...

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FUNeral

FUNeral

With all that has gone on in the last couple of years, I’ve spent more time than some thinking about my funeral. When I was at my lowest, I wondered if anybody would even show up and when I’m feeling particularly amused with myself, I draft hilarious opening lines for...

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Wrong call better than no call

Wrong call better than no call

Yesterday afternoon a man collapsed outside our school on his way to pick up his son.  He was carrying his young daughter at the time. I didn’t see him fall, but when I crossed the road to see if I could assist, he was surrounded by some lovely, caring people who were...

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Stop it. I don’t like it.

Stop it. I don’t like it.

Anybody that has a child will know this phrase. It's become the 'go-to' phrase we teach our children when they are on the receiving end of behaviour that is unacceptable. And sometimes, granted, it's the perfect phrase for toddlers. They are testing out their...

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Tired of riots and protests eh?

Tired of riots and protests eh?

I read a comment earlier today that said something like 'I know the death of an innocent black man is terrible, but there is really no excuse for protests, riots and looting'. For. Fucks. Sake. Nope, absolutely no acronyms for that one. FOR FUCKS SAKE! How about we...

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Things we believe about ourselves

Things we believe about ourselves

I've been working my way through the book Postcards From Tomorrow which is (and I quote directly from the book cover) "A collection of letters from inspirational women to their 21 year old selves." Disclaimer: I contributed a letter. It's a fascinating read. The book...

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Rainbow Shirt Guy

Rainbow Shirt Guy

On Father's Day this year, I took my daughters to a rally in Sydney in support of the Priya, Nades and their daughter who have been taken into detention by the Australian government and are currently incarcerated on Christmas Island. Their crime? They came to...

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Ten. Whole. Years.

Ten. Whole. Years.

When my husband and I got married 10 years ago, we were under no illusion that marriage would be easy.  While we fancied the pants off each other from the beginning, there was no part of our relationship that was seamless, because each step of it had to be...

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Bits, Butts and Brains

Bits, Butts and Brains

Exploding bits - UNEXPLAINED!!!Exploding butt - UNEXPLAINED!!!Exploding brain - UNEXPLAINED!!!It’s official. We have a hat trick! Things we DO know though on the last day of July 2019:An unidentifiable number of strangers have seen me naked this year.Medical...

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Self love and precious scars

Self love and precious scars

I've been a people pleaser all my life.  It sounds like a lovely thing to be, but the inherent desire to please others is nothing at all to do with being a good person. It's closely aligned with low self esteem, a desire to be what others want you to be, to mould...

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Fair go or ego?

Fair go or ego?

Somebody asked me on Sunday how I felt because 'I lost' when the coalition won on Saturday night.Let me be clear about something.I didn't lose anything.I'm a white, middle class, female in a heterosexual relationship. I have two daughters, both my husband and I have...

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Dear New Mum

Dear New Mum

The Western Sydney University has this great initiative called the "Mother’s Day Letters Project". It came to my attention via a friend studying to be a midwife. The project is about supporting new mums and promoting resilient motherhood.And my one piece of advice...

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Old correspondence feels

Old correspondence feels

Last weekend I spent a pleasant couple of hours sorting through a box which I have moved many times over the last twenty years but never unpacked.It was full of old correspondence from my late teens into my late twenties.Birthday cards, letters, invitations to...

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