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Random act of flowers

As I bought flowers for the office this morning, I realised it had been a while since I’d bought a bunch of flowers for a stranger. I wondered why it had been so long since I’d committed this random act of kindness. Was I too self-absorbed? Had I pulled back on being kind? But then [...]

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A United Front

So what are ‘Character Strengths’? Put simply, strengths fall into two categories: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic strengths are our talents and skills; intrinsic strengths direct our talents and skills. “Character strengths are the fuel and the rudder that energize and direct our talents,” says Dr Neal Mayerson, Chairman and Founder of the VIA Institute on [...]

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Home. Sweet, sweet home.

If I ever want a dose of perspective, I go to my friend Sam. Here’s what she wrote in 2011 in an article on homelessness for an inner-city Melbourne newspaper: ‘Being homeless is draining, dreary, tedious and boring. It is also terrifying, isolating, depressing, dangerous and soul-destroying.’ Sam knows the topic well: from the ages [...]

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Cool running

As I ran this morning, Mumford and Sons asked ‘Where are you now?’. I did too.  Then Xavier Rudd answered with ‘Home’. I smiled. This is a good sign. Each morning before I leave for my morning run-walk, I do the same yoga routine I’ve been doing for years, give or take a few poses. [...]

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Are we there yet?

Sometimes it’s easy to just to give up. To throw the towel in, to quit while you’re not ahead. Sometimes the end goal seems too out of reach, too difficult to navigate, and not worth the effort – especially when the effort is thwarted, undermined or doesn’t even make a blip on the radar. Life [...]

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Delayed gratification

In July 2010, I took to the road with my children’s novel, Crackpot, to 45 schools scattered throughout Victoria, over a period of six weeks. The toll of travelling and presenting the same story, the same gig, the same gags, the same message, over and over was wearing.  At a few low moments I’d ask [...]

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The Long and Winding Road

For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a children’s author, so when an opportunity came up to write a 5,000 word children’s story for the final semester of my undergraduate year at university, way back in 1999, I jumped at the opportunity. There was a catch, though: the deadline for submissions [...]

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Never, ever, ever give up! (Unless it’s time to let go.)

I recently attended a workshop run by UK strengths educator, researcher and author, Jenny Fox Eades.  By way of introducing each participant, she randomly placed A4 ‘Strengths’ cards on the floor and invited us to choose one strength and then explain our reasons why we chose it. I chose Persistence. Although it’s not one of [...]

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