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Unworthiness: This Is How It Starts

Guest blog by Louise Allan

Louise Allan is an Australia doctor turned writer who has recently wowed book lovers near and far with her first book, The Sisters’ Song. With rave reviews in The Herald-Sun, Women’s Weekly and plenty of others… not to mention the plethora of interviews she’s provided since the release, it’s been a whirlwind experience for Louise. One that is much-deserved for this brilliant and talented woman. Continue reading “Unworthiness: This Is How It Starts”

Stories

Cows and Clusters

I was 32 years old and had given up on love. As for the dating site, I was really only window-shopping. At the end of an evening, I’d spend the last five minutes before bed scrolling through online profile pictures, bemused by the plethora of completely unsuitable bachelors: men wearing dog collars; men with no shirts; men with their tongues hanging out. Probably the most disturbing were the men who did not correct their dozens of spelling errors and used acronyms only my thirteen-year-old son would have been able to decipher. Continue reading “Cows and Clusters”

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What If The Universe Has Your Back?

Before my mid-thirties meltdown I was fairly successful, according to society’s standards of success. I was a Chartered Accountant and had been working in public practice for almost ten years and even though the wages started low (first year accountants often earn less than retail workers, just FYI), I’d earned my stripes and was finally doing reasonably well financially. Continue reading “What If The Universe Has Your Back?”

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9 Modern Books You Have To Read (Says Me, and What the Hell Do I Know?)

When I say modern, I mean modern-ish. I’m talking books written since Shakespeare, by humans who actually speak the same way we do now-eth. Here are 9 books that have had a big impact on my life, and why. Continue reading “9 Modern Books You Have To Read (Says Me, and What the Hell Do I Know?)”

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The 100 Page Challenge

I’ve never read Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising. It’s safe to say I never will. Cleaning up just isn’t a topic I want to learn more about. But the gist of the book, from what I’ve heard, is pretty good. It goes something like this: put your hands on everything you own, ask yourself if it sparks joy, and if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and get rid of it.  Continue reading “The 100 Page Challenge”

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The Most Significant Relationship

I guess you could say it started with the most significant relationship in my life. Fathers have their place, but mothers are the ones who make us, forming our bodies within their own. Once we are separate physically from their womb, we women continue to be made by our mothers to some extent, as we mold ourselves either in the same shape as our mother, or purposely into another. Continue reading “The Most Significant Relationship”

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Magda Szubanski’s ‘Reckoning’

Whether you know Magda from her skits during the Fast Forward days (remember Lynne? “I said pet, I said love, I said pet”), or my personal favourite, Sharon Strzelecki from Kath and Kim, you will probably agree she’s become engrained as part of our collective Aussie comedy family. Continue reading “Magda Szubanski’s ‘Reckoning’”