human experience, personal development, self image

Imperfection + Expression

Hey, honeys. It’s been a little while – I’m really not rockin’ this ‘I’ll post a few times a week’ thing. In fact, I’ve started loads of posts over the last few weeks but haven’t actually finished / published them… Then by the time I go back to finish them off, I’ve lost momentum, or it’s no longer relevant. The spark’s gone. Kinda defeats the purpose of this blog, hey? I can be a real nutjob sometimes.

We’re usually hardest on ourselves (at least that’s the case for me!) and I know that perfectionism and my crazy ‘editing’ brain have been my worst enemies through this process of reading, writing and reading again. Continue reading

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human experience, human rights, politics, refugees

Boat People and Bumper Stickers.

“Why further punish an already vulnerable minority for their actions – when those same actions simply reflect our shared sense of humanity and our fierce instincts for survival?” (Julian Burnside, from ‘You’ve Been Misled on Boat People’, SMH 2013.)

The hostile and often ill-informed attitude towards refugees in our country is a constant source of amazement to me. I know way too many well-meaning, kind-hearted, good-intended Aussies who live their day to day lives by a certain standard of morality; but so tragically, those same people measure the global refugee crises by a completely different set of standards. Continue reading

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personal development, self image

Gettin’ it done.

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.'” | Galatians 6:4-5 MSG.

This scripture has been my little piece of wisdom for the week, I’ve really been mulling over it. I love the perspective The Message translation provides on a lot of these old time favs, too… especially this one, it’s so blunt and to the point! Breaking it down, there’s a lot of gold in there for the season I’m in at the moment – reading and writing again, developing a new routine for the year, seeking direction and goal-setting , you get the picture – so I’m going to share those thoughts with you real quick. Continue reading

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Melinda, Tara + Karina

TRIGGER WARNING: Graphic Material. 

I felt sick reading the local news headlines this morning. Melinda Horner, a 36-year-old woman from Burleigh Waters, was murdered by her partner over the weekend. Another domestic violence statistic, just a few suburbs away from us.

It was only a couple of months ago that I was left reeling after hearing the news about Tara Brown, a beautiful, vibrant young woman from the Gold Coast who was bashed to death with a metal object in her car by her former partner, after he allegedly ran her off the road. Continue reading

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human experience, politics, refugees

Ignorance is Not Bliss

I was fortunate to spend a lot of time overseas often as a child. A credit to my parents, I remember having a genuine sense of wonder around new languages, cities, clothes, music, food and architecture, and that sense of wonder has really carried through into my adulthood. I guess that’s why I married an Egyptian (lol).

Often I find that the challenge – or at times, hilarity – of a language barrier still gives me a thrill! I love to try new cuisines. I still marvel at art and architecture from all kinds of backgrounds. So while it may sound idealistic or perhaps even totally naïve: I’ve always struggled to understand the construct of racism. It just doesn’t add up in my brain. I still can’t relate to how one person could hate another person they don’t even know based on the colour of their skin, or their religion, or their country of origin. In my head it seems like straight up lunacy. I don’t mean to say that I’ve never had an uncomfortable interaction with anybody – because I have. What I do mean to say is that I marvel in that we are all unique, with our own background, heritages, and stories. I feel that we have so much to learn from each other.  Continue reading

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