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…

Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World (BOOK REVIEW)

“Through all the difficulties and trials that beset her path, her Christian spirit shines forth, and in all her letters to her children, with whom she corresponded regularly until her death, there is found no complaining or ill-natured word”. A tribute to Elizabeth Macarthur, written by her granddaughter Every now and then I hear a…

We are The Story Keepers

Sometimes I can be so hard on myself. Sometimes I feel like I need to be able to get everything right, correct and on pointe, first time. Actually not sometimes. Always. While I often say to my kids that failure is an important part of growing and succeeding, I struggle applying that golden nugget to…

A Refugee Love Story

“We are very grateful for what Australia has done for us. When you put your foot down in Australia it felt like you were in Heaven.” Duc Hoa (pronounced h-waa), whose name means ‘flowers of spring’ was one of the precious 52 lives who arrived in Sydney on a small boat on January 7th, 1978….

How Atticus Finch helped shape my story

Atticus Finch said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Do you remember it? His deep, slow voice over crackling audio? He said it with such poise. He said it as if he was saying the…

A Mother’s Day Recipe (+ thoughts on letting go of perfectionism)

“I worship scones and danishes. If I never had another meal, I wouldn’t care as long as I could eat pastries and jelly doughnuts.” Gene Simmons Scones. To me they mean long, slow cups of tea with a friend. Jam. Cream. Warm and cosy. Winter sunshine. And there are so many ways to make scones….

My children have autism – Her Story

Among the emails and messages you guys have been sending in was one from a precious mother of four, all with special needs. This mother wasn’t despairing for her children to become ‘normal’ but instead was desperate for others to accept each other and our ‘quirks’ – rather than strive for same-same. Whether a diagnoses…