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What does HOPE look like?

Like many parents, students and staff within the St Kevin’s College community, I’ve been consumed with fury at the sexual abuse and grooming that has been denied for decades and was still occurring this year, even after a royal commission! Despite my best efforts not to judge, I find myself full of contempt for the […]

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 […]

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. […]

Get out there

Get out there!

Steve Jobs was famous for his black and white comments and this one is no different. While I don’t entirely agree with him, I think he’s got a valid point. Job’s assertion that we just need diverse experiences to feed our inner muse piqued my interest for a number of reasons – the main one […]

Holy how?

Holy how?

This week, Mike Radparvar of holstee.com 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 […]