Positive thinking, privilege and the alienation of Instagram

The Internet is the worlds go to for information, for better and for worse, for truth and for bullshit. Everyone can now have a voice and while this theoretically creates a platform for true citizen democracy, it also opens doors for a whole lot of half truths and pretence. Chloe King writes this polemic and powerful piece about radical self-love and why positive thinking will, in her words, … Continue reading Positive thinking, privilege and the alienation of Instagram

Five things walking a pilgrimage taught me

Being uncomfortable is OK. When was the last time you were uncomfortable? I’m talking actual physical discomfort, not sadness from a break up or nervousness before an exam or meeting. Chances are if you are a modern, indoors working urbanite like myself you probably have rarely, if ever, experienced it. I hadn’t. Being on pilgrimage taught me that it’s completely OK to be uncomfortable. To be … Continue reading Five things walking a pilgrimage taught me

The happy hormones we get from dirt

When I come upon a tree or a vine with actual fruit on it in the city I get excited. Naturally, I just want to eat the delicious, fresh, found fruit and enjoy the rare delight of being able to pick it myself. Despite the slightly confusing aspect of knowing whether it’s ok to take fruit hanging from a tree that’s half on the footpath … Continue reading The happy hormones we get from dirt

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Deserted island camping in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia

Travel helps us to understand that disconnection can lead to the most beautiful reconnection. This is a lesson learnt from the adventures of two girlfriends and I through the north of Sumatra, Indonesia’s largest island. Before going to Sumatra, I had fantasies of dense jungles, wildly exotic people and places, rare animals, unknown territories and rugged quests. After having visited, these fantasies turned into reality. A … Continue reading Deserted island camping in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia

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The dangerous pursuit of perfection

We live in a world of continual comparison and pressure to be different, special and successful. The Western world sits pretty on its foundations of individuality, competition and relentless growth and without knowing it, the young are exposed to all kinds of subtle pressure to perform or shall we say outperform, those around them. The New York Times recently covered a story on the alarming … Continue reading The dangerous pursuit of perfection

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Get detoxed! But what exactly does that mean?

Detox. One of the buzz words of the now. Along with sustainability, eco, green, mindfulness, fair trade or carbon neutral the word has the ability to attract unsuspecting minds from all kinds of peripheries. We are inherently attracted to the idea of ‘detoxing’ and being ‘toxin free’ despite not usually having the faintest idea of what toxins are afflicting us in the first place. Food … Continue reading Get detoxed! But what exactly does that mean?

Eight questions for more interesting conversations

“Conversation is civilized speech. It is more purposeful than chatter; more humane than gossip; more intimate than debate. But it is an elusive ideal.” John Armstrong, The Conversation. All too often our verbal exchanges involve flippantly jumping from one topic to another, a smattering of small talk peppered with a rant here and there. And we’ve all been to that party or event where the … Continue reading Eight questions for more interesting conversations

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Finding contentment within our careers

FINDING peace and contentment in our working lives can be a tricky balance to uphold. Career satisfaction used to mean having a job, any job, with enough financial security to buy a house, raise a family and be a generally respectable citizen. Nowadays, the bar has raised somewhat. Should I be earning more money? Why can’t I find work doing what I love? Am I … Continue reading Finding contentment within our careers