A year in pixels: my mood journal, 2020

Let’s talk about happiness….and sadness, anxiety, stress, and more. Let’s talk about moods. From the 7th of January until the 31st December, 2020, I kept a mood journal. It started on a a whim and I didn’t care much how long I kept it up. It was more about experimenting with my self-awareness than it…

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Signs of an unhappy gut: How our digestion impacts our health

According to a 2019 CSIRO report on Gut Health and Weight Loss, up to 50% of Australians experience digestive issues each year with 1 in 7 experiencing gut symptoms which affect their quality of life (1). So, whether we talk about it or not, many of us are struggling with our gut. Our gut includes…

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On being present: what is mindfulness really?

adjective: zen peaceful and calm. “she is kind and relaxed with a very zen energy about her” We could use many words to describe 2020 – chaotic, unpredictable or the fan-favourite unprecedented. I highly doubt many of us would choose words relating to peace, calm or zen. And yet, in the midst of all the…

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#positivevibesonly: How toxic positivity makes us unhappy

Let’s be real for a minute. This year has been beyond hard. We couldn’t see it coming, we don’t know where it’s going and many of us are still coming to terms with COVID-normal. When we’re going through hard times, a positive mindset can be very useful. It can remind us to be grateful and…

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How I fell out of love with writing

It’s been a while. Close to a year. So, where have I been? The simple answer is – I fell out of love with writing. The complex answer involves creative burnout and the two types of writing. Let’s start with the complex. When I think of creative burnout, I think of The Oatmeal’s comic ‘Creativity…

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Life Etiquette for 20-Somethings: Weddings, Work Parties & Baby Showers

Your twenties are an interesting decade. They start in a whirlwind of nightclubs and 21st birthdays and then halfway through you’re navigating weddings, office parties and potentially even baby showers. If it’s your first time at any of these events, you may be wondering how to come across as a flawless, functional adult. Here’s a…

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3 Reasons to Get Yourself a Bedtime Routine ASAP

How many nights have you spent aimlessly scrolling your phone until your eyes felt heavy enough to sleep? It may be a convenient way to prepare for bed, but it’s not the healthiest way. Bedtime routines aren’t just for Youtube vloggers and toddlers. They’re actually essential to improving your sleep quality and ensuring you get…

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Coin Mirror DIY: How to Use Your Foreign Coins for Something Fun

Over the years I’ve built up a nice little collection of foreign coins from my travels. I’m not very good at using them overseas and often forget you’re not able to exchange coins back into your local currency. I used to keep them in a piggy bank for my inevitable return to each country but…

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Get Outta Town: 5 Easy Day Trips From Melbourne

The hustle and bustle of city life can be draining; but we can’t always find the time for a long relaxing holiday. An easy day trip may be all you need to recharge those batteries. Here’s 5 of the best that are just a hop and skip away from inner Melbourne. 1) Peninsula Hot Springs…

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