Ditching those holiday calories!

I've just spent two weeks on holiday. Yes, I stayed with my daughter in Melbourne but I still did what we all do on holiday - I spent far too much time eating and drinking and piling on those holiday calories. With my daughter at work and my granddaughter at school I...

International Day of the Girl 2014

Today is the International Day of the Girl - a day to celebrate the amazingness of girls everywhere;  A day we get to appreciate what the girls in our life have, to understand how lucky we are and to attempt to spread the word and try to redress a few injustices. This...

Don’t chew on life, live it!

I recently read Notwithstanding, a delightful book by Louis de Bernières, author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. It’s a quirky book based on de Bernières recollections of village life in a time past with some very insightful observations. During a conversation in the...

Solo Travel for Women.

I’ve been asked to give a short talk later this week on my experiences as a solo female traveller; what my worries were when I first started travelling alone, what my fears are now and what practical problems I’m faced with. The talk is part of a ladies meet and...

The Bride Wore Purple!

I've been trawling back through some old posts and came across this popular piece that I wrote after my niece's wedding. This post from a couple of years ago has absolutely nothing to do with travel but it gave me my most views in a day, so I thought I'd share it...

Comfort Zones and Society’s Expectations.

Comfort Zones - where do they come from, why do we feel compelled to stay within them and what occasionally makes us break out of them? I discussed stepping way outside my comfort zone  when I made the decision to trek to Everest Base Camp this year to celebrate my...

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