What Injury Has Taught Me

My injury story:
Last year I began practicing yoga. I have always been intrigued by yoga and I finally just said “what the hell”, signed up for a beginners course and fell totally in love with it!  The trouble is I didn’t understand what yoga could do to my body. Sure, it made me stronger, leaner, helped my back pain and headaches, centred and grounded me, but it also caused me great agony. I am hyper-mobile, which basically means my joints are very fluid and can often move further than my muscles, tendons, and ligaments, making me prone to injury and pain. However, it can also make me look super capable and flexible on the mat – I could seemingly go further and deeper into postures that only way more experienced yogis could. It also fills me with a false sense of capability and even superiority – “look how far...
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Spinach And Ricotta Pie Recipe For Happy Ovaries

Spinach and ricotta pie

Last Saturday I made my way on a ridiculously GORGEOUS Melbourne winter's morning to the Melbourne Museum to Nat Kringoudis's Debunking Stress seminar*. I have a few "brain crushes" on people, meaning I kinda have the hots for their brains. Nat's brain is one I have a total teenage-girl-drawing-love-hearts-and-initials-on-my-notebook crush on. Her mission to spread the message of natural fertility, happy healthy hormones, and stress-less living is one I am totally on board with. Last year I went to her Debunking Ovulation seminar where I sat with about 40 other women in a room completely riveted by all this mysterious information being imparted to us about how our ovaries actually work; information that got lost after the sexual revolution of the 1960s; information that our grandmothers took completely for granted. I...
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Perception, Empathy, And Colour Blindness

  Considering I live with colourblind brothers, this topic comes up a LOT in our house and amongst our friends. It is at once a topic for banter, humour, and philosophy. Colourblindness is probably the best(?) disability to have since it doesn't really affect your day-to-day life unless of course you want to be an engineer, pilot, police officer or interior designer. Some people don't even realise they are colourblind and therefore live their lives blissfully unaware that they are wearing a navy suit jacket with black pants to work... As a child I often wondered what it would be like to experience the word through the eyes of another person. I never went so extreme as to wonder what it would be like to grow up in Africa or Italy (though I did fantasise about living in the nostalgic past of my novels). It...
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Seek Mykonos

Lighthouse 6

Seeking Mykonos came down to four things for me: the main town, beaches, light, and reading. This holiday was an actual holiday - something I rarely (to the point of almost never) do. To clarify, by this I mean, instead of sight-seeing, travelling to multiple destinations, or packing in a bunch of activities, this trip was about plonking myself on a beach, eating food, and above all, relaxing. That is why this post won't be resplendent in all the wonderful sights/ruins/museums/cultural displays I saw, language I practiced, or things I learnt. It is rather more simple than that - we mainly just floated from beach to beach, meal to meal...and it was marvellous!! Quite different to most of my travels and considering the health problems I have been experiencing recently, it was a welcome change of pace. It was...
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Remember That Night When You Were Sober?

A couple of days ago I was sitting in Doha International Airport for a six hour layover on my way home from Greece. Flipping mindlessly through Facebook, my eye was caught by this vlog post (see above) by Alice Nicholls, creator of one of my favourite blogs, The Whole Daily. It took me about an hour to watch the whole video as my wifi connection meant I had to stop, wait for buffering, start again, wait for wifi to reconnect, buffer, stop, start....but I was determined! I was immediately struck by Alice's authenticity and excitement and you can really see the emotions she was feeling both at the moment of her experience and in the rushed, unedited creation of her retelling. I wrote this post in "notes" on my phone as my computer was dead, so I couldn't upload this until now:  

Remember that...
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