Dear Me: are we having one of Those Days again?

Today I’m having a good day. But some days, I’m not. That’s the journey of mental illness. Inspired by @HandLWrites & #RUOk?, I’ve written a note to myself, so I can read it on the bad days. I hope it brings you some relief, if you’re having a tough one today. (insert your name here…

Mistakes = An Erasure of Poetry (originally published on kinwomen.com)

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.” – Neil Gaiman   I said horrible things…

Her Story: The Tragedy of Her Lost Story

I was scrolling through Instagram when I saw her. Between photos of stylised homes and pouting selfies, she lay there in the ocean and there was nothing I could do to stop it from happening. There was nothing I could do to stop the closing of her book, the ticking down of her time, the…

Her Story: Liz Ellis’ Struggle (+ Book Giveaway)

Today I’m honoured to bring you Part 2 of our series looking at the journey of fertility. (Click here to read Part 1 – Jodie’s powerful story about loss.) Liz Ellis is one of our country’s favourite athletes. Having captained the Australian netball team for three years, Liz is our most capped international player for the…

One thing that changes the world

Honesty. Raw, unfiltered, vulnerable honesty about life and living and the secrets behind the facade. It changes the world. As a Christian, sometimes I’ve felt required to put up a happy face, to show the world my smile and my shiny life (only after I’ve scrubbed off the debris and shoved the mess back into…

Thoughts on the weight of untold stories

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou Those moments. Those tensions.  You can feel an untold story like a brick in your gut.  It sits there. Silent. Heavy. Un-ignorable. And then the words begin to unravel. Just a line at a time, sometimes only a word.  It…

Honest thoughts from a broken life

My days are often plagued with guilt. Shame. Disappointment with myself. I’m often sorely disappointed with myself. You should be feeling this way, not that way, I’ll whisper to myself. Then the words of judgement continue… Seriously? Why can’t you just enjoy this moment? Or, why are you so anxious? The fact that you’re freaking…

Sam Armytage Thinks She’s Beautiful

“If you don’t think I’m beautiful, then you’re entitled to your opinion (but you’d be wrong).” Sam Armytage When Sam Armytage wrote about the fact that she’s beautiful in Sunday’s edition of Stellar, I was simultaneously shocked, impressed and apprehensive. Shocked because I don’t remember the last time I heard a woman admit that she thinks she’s beautiful, impressed…

The Uncomfortable Story

Sometimes the stories which make us most uncomfortable are the ones which change us. Take The Refugee Project, a collection of refugee stories which will be available in book form (sometime). I am an Anglo Saxon, blonde, blue-eyed 30-something woman who has lived in Australia her whole life. I have never seen war or famine…