What I learned from the Fear of Abseiling

Yesterday I went abseiling to raise awareness for The David Martin Foundation, an organisation that supports young people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Well I tried to anyway. As I stood on the edge the building, 33 stories and 135 metres high, overlooking Sydney’s Darling Harbour on a stunningly beautiful day, fear took over and I froze. I was incredibly disappointed as I’d been looking forward to the abseil, not just because of the great cause it was in aid of, but because of the challenge it presented. To crawl back over the railing defeated was a little heart … Continue reading What I learned from the Fear of Abseiling

New Years Resolutions

New Years Resolutions? Fuck No, I’m themeing my year with Change

I fucking hate New Years Resolutions. They’re well intended declarations but mostly, they’re just wild “one day I’ll do it” hopes and dreams. Aspirations usually forgotten before the midnight Veuve is empty… for that reason alone, they suck. Instead of pronouncing … Continue reading New Years Resolutions? Fuck No, I’m themeing my year with Change

What if we changed the narrative? 

Howdy Toasters, What’s occurred in Paris, all around the world actually, this weekend is a tragedy; it’s a tragedy whenever and wherever such brutal violence is inflicted. It’s a tragedy that, from the days of the Reformation to Beirut, Bagdad, Paris, Kenya and all the fighting that isn’t even given a mention today, it’s evident that this need for power and domination through force, violence and fear is just part of the human condition, there is no antidote. There will always be a target, an enemy, a non believer, a nemesis, a threat – some real, some created by self … Continue reading What if we changed the narrative? 

The Bucket List and other life essentials

“ (pointing at altimeter) We’re at 3000 ft now” “(thumbs up) Great!… How high are we going?” “14000 ft” “Oh, cool” internal monologue and nervous laughter… “aaauummm… 11000 ft higher?! So, um, we’re pretty fuckin high already…”   Goals, dreams, wunderlust – whatever you want to call it – we should all have things we want to do. The Bucket List. A safari on the Serengeti, overcoming the fear of public speaking, diving with great whites, writing a book, learning to make the perfect pasta by hand, running naked in a rainstorm, solving a rubiks cube without pulling it apart … Continue reading The Bucket List and other life essentials

3 things I’ve learned in my first 24 hours of unemployment

  Howdy Toasters, Unemployment is nerve racking. Even if you have a loaded bank account the prospect of no income – for some no purpose – is one that can be confronting and give our confidence a hit. The good news is it doesn’t have to be. Like many situations we find ourselves in, it’s all down to attitude. In my first 24 hours of unemployment, today, there are 3 valuable lessons that I’ve learned. Don’t Panic, don’t play the victim – it’s just a problem to solve It’s tempting, but there are better ways to channel the defeat you … Continue reading 3 things I’ve learned in my first 24 hours of unemployment

The grass

Howdy Toasters, (getting all post break up poeticy… ) I was sitting on the hill on my little patch of grass…. It was dry, wilted, burnt and browning. You could tell it needed tending just by looking. But it wasn’t just mine, it was ours. To be honest I knew it needed care, not that you could tell. A green thumb isn’t something I possessed and rather than learn to garden, find a fertilizer, buy a garden zombie to add some life (or gnome as normal people might ) or just  simply water the dying patch that surrounded me I … Continue reading The grass

No More “No”

Howdy Toasters, So apparently I say No a lot, so much so that I’m sure I could’ve auditioned for the role of Dr No. This is something I didn’t realize until very recently… and until it was too late to not say no any more I never thought I was or would ever become a big no sayer but it seems to have crept up on me and I gotta say I don’t like it, it doesn’t feel like me. I can only think that fear, anxiety, stubbornness and selfishness led me to my extensive but far from proud (actually … Continue reading No More “No”