Kindness that costs

Michael Lloyd-White, CEO of World Kindness USA, explores the definition of kindness in his upcoming TEDx talk, and it got me thinking. Lloyd-White dismisses the acts of kindness we might perform for friends and loved ones because they don’t push us out of our comfort zone. Instead, he challenges us to find the time and […]

What a woman!

I fumed as I watched Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots on the weekend, silently railing against the violence, deceit and betrayal of Queen Mary by the men closest to her – her brother, her husband, her private secretary and finally, her protector. But I was also touched by the beauty of certain moments within […]

Picture this…..

I’m relaxing by the Barwon river one perfect morning last week. I’m all by myself with no kids or commitments, the sky is blue, the air is still, it’s warm, the tide is out and I’m watching six or seven different species of birds as they sit or quietly seek food together. I’m fascinated by […]


It’s Christmas Time

Robust conversations with good friends are one of the great pleasures in my life and this one was no exception. We had been talking about how Bohemian Rhapsody, especially the final scene where Freddie Mercury comes out and claims the stage at the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium. My friend is of the understanding […]

Follow the leader

Follow the leader!

My son’s friends laugh when I say please or thank you to Siri or Google Home. Most of the time I laugh too. I know it’s ridiculous but I’m from the generation where please and thank you are as automatic as a sliding door, so it still surprises me when they’re missing from daily interactions. […]

Holy how?

Holy how?

This week, Mike Radparvar of referenced the following quote from the film, Waking Life, which really resonated with me: “This moment, it’s holy. But we walk around like it’s not holy.” It’s easy to be conscious of a sacred moment when it’s blowing our hair back with its beauty or its joy or its […]

greatest influence on our happiness

What factor has the greatest influence on our happiness?

Happiness and longevity expert, Dan Buettner, believes we have 50{65e5487b211cf7ed4b44543b61236e65506c2f3f62435269e537cb300d740bc2} control over our happiness and the rest is genetics. So to maximise this variable 50{65e5487b211cf7ed4b44543b61236e65506c2f3f62435269e537cb300d740bc2}, we need to shape our environment by addressing the key external influences on happiness levels: food, shelter, education (ideally tertiary), satisfying work, committed relationship and giving back. And believe it […]

Build that resilience

Build that resilience!

Sitting at the airport recently, I had conversation with a venture capitalist who had experienced a significant financial setback and was struggling to rebuild both his business and his self-esteem. As we got talking it became evident that not only was he silently berating himself for his mistakes, he also felt the judgement of his […]

hell no

Hell no!!!!

You know that feeling when you hit SEND on a confidential email and then realise it’s gone to the wrong person?? I’m embarrassed to admit it happened to me today and I’m still recovering. As the enormity of my error hit home, I felt that sickening feeling in the stomach, followed by a rush of […]