Adventures in 2017, part 1 (January – June)

January Waking up in a Seminyak hotel room at 6:48 on New Year’s Day with vomit crusted in my hair, I had the comforting thought that things can only go up from here. My boyfriend- who I woke up when I rolled onto him and that same hair flopped into his face- put me in…

Taking Stock – January 2018

It’s back to work and go-go-go soon, so I thought I’d take a moment (and a leaf out of Pip Lincoln’s blog) to take stock of where everything is at. Thanks for the list, Pip! Making :  a blog, piece by piece, and trying to think about what to say Cooking : omelettes, that turned into…

The #minsgame and it’s first challenge

I sat on the carpet in my room, picking up coins and letting them run through my fingers. From bright silver to a dirty, rusty bronze, gold and copper, the coins were relics of travel for the last 10 years. I studied the animals on the Croatian currency, birds and bears, the big clunky Bosnian-Herzegovinian…

Black thumb

I always assumed my Nana’s skill in the garden was natural, that she’s been a green thumb all her life. But it makes sense now to think of her skills as being built up over the last ninety or so years, from the vegetable garden in Durbin, to the potatoes in garbage bags her sister…

5 webcomic women who kick butt

This article was originally published on Youth Central. Wonder Woman, Star Wars, the soon to be Ms Marvel movie… we’ve come a long way since this article was originally written in 2012 when I was complaining the lack of strong female leads on screen. Let’s hope the trend continues and they start making the below…

Running ’round Melbourne

This article was originally published on Youth Central. According to the calendar it’s officially summer! Hooray! Time to dust off the bathers, hit the beach, and eat as much ice cream as humanely possible. For a lot of people the warmer weather is a great motivator to start getting fit and healthy. If you’ve ever…

When a parent moves out before you do

This article was originally published on Youth Central. I wrote this four years ago while my parents were going through a very messy divorce. The good news, they’re both happy and my relationship with each of them is getting a lot stronger. The not-so-good news is that they haven’t been in a room together since…

Ramadan in Morocco

This article was originally published on Youth Central. The siren signalling the end of fasting for the day echoed through the streets, followed by the eerie wail of the call to prayer. As soon as we heard it, my friend Louise and I covered up and went exploring to find some food. Once on the…

Interview: Pip Lincolne, Meet Me at Mike’s

The below interview was originally published on Everguide, a now-defunct event guide run by Lifelounge. I interviewed Pip Lincoln from Meet Me at Mike’s after the launch of her third book, and it’s one of my favourite interviews I’ve ever done. Pip is a warm, fun and welcoming person, and was very encouraging towards a…

A cheap thrill in Mostar

Originally published on Allora, Viterbo After all the hype about Croatia being ‘cheap as chips’, Dubrovnik disappointed my ever-beleaguered budget. With its city walls perched dramatically on their cliffs over turquoise water, it’s no surprise that Australians flock to the coastline in ever-increasing numbers. What was once a hidden secret and perhaps a bit of…

Don’t forget to have a life

This article originally appeared on Youth Central You’ve got your first full-time job, and it’s going great. Yes, the hours are longer than expected, the days are busy, but after so much study (and maybe a frustrating job search) you’re happy to put in the effort. That is until you start getting calls from your…

Geeking out at All Star Women’s Comic Book Club

This article was originally published on Youth Central. What do comic books and women have in common? A whole lot, if the All Star Women’s Comic Book Club is anything to go by. Every month a whole bunch of members meet up in Melbourne to chat about their favourite reads, get social, and maybe pick…