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First World Problems

First World Problems

Photo courtesy of Shayan Let’s face it the problems that we call problems aren’t that at all – they are inconveniences. Annoyances even. The coffee you ordered being lukewarm. The hair cut that looks like nothing you asked for. Even your partner leaving his dirty laundry on the floor. (I’m not pointing any fingers…) In the grander...

The woman behind Lydra

The woman behind Lydra

As a Melbournian at heart (as I’m currently living in QLD), I’d thought I’d take some time to share the story of an up-coming Melbourne designer, Linda Vydra, who designs and makes one-of-a-kind handbags and clutches made from up-cycled leather jackets and interior design remnants. Linda has been inspiring others with her eco-conscious designs  and a fashion...

The Freecycle Network

The Freecycle Network

 Photo courtesy of Eastlake Times   Some of my fondest childhood memories were when dad would take me to the trash and treasure markets and weekend garage sales around Melbourne. I would come out with clothes, candles, incense sticks and fashion jewellery and a father happy that his daughter hadn’t wiped him out financially. Dad...

Beyond a dog-eat-dog world

Beyond a dog-eat-dog world

 Photo by DIAC images I know it’s cliche, but I’m back. With a vengeance. You may think I took a lovely 4 month hiatus from my responsibilities as a blogger and that life was a bed of roses. In fact, the real reason for my perceived lack of interest in this blog was due to The...

We are the 99%

We are the 99%

 Photo courtesy of Debra Sweet On the morning of October 15, on a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning, a group of people set off to the Brisbane central business district to be part of something significant. Some of them had travelled an hour and a half from regional QLD to be there. One other journeyed from...

The Lifestyle and Self Sufficiency Club

The Lifestyle and Self Sufficiency Club

 Photo courtesy of Kristine Paullus It appears that the whole system is about to collapse. The American government can’t pay back their debt. And the American people are suffering. The Greek government are in over their heads. And the Greek people are uprising. The Australia government can’t seem to get their messages across. And now...

Sustainable living: someone out there must be listening!

Sustainable living: someone out there must be listening!

Photo by Jonathan Powell   The last 8 weeks I’ve been AWOL. From writing. From my writers group. From my creative pursuits. From social events. I missed my family. I missed my friends. I missed Melbourne. I felt isolated. I didn’t feel inspired. I felt defeated by the system. Felt powerless. But then a few...

The 1 Million Women Campaign

The 1 Million Women Campaign

 Photo courtesy of the Kheel Centre, Cornell University As the climate change debate heats up and the carbon tax policy threatens to divide a nation like never before, let’s pause and wind back to relive some of the milestones throughout our human history. Perhaps reflecting on our human achievements may change some of the right-wing...

The Social Experiment – Go Back To Where You Came From

The Social Experiment – Go Back To Where You Came From

 Photo courtesy of Nevele Otseog I have been labelled left wing, lefty, libertarian…. hippie. I don’t disagree with these labels. They are, to some extent, true. But labels are extremely limiting and my beliefs are more complex than these labels suggest. It would be more accurate to call me a humanitarian. So when the advertisements...

Living on solar power

Living on solar power

Photo courtesy of Foxymoron I live off the grid. This means that our household (or should I say shed-hold) does not rely on electricity companies and their power grids to provide the energy we need to live and survive. Our household relies purely on renewable energy. Really and truly. In our case, the renewable energy...

An Ethical Fashion Evening

An Ethical Fashion Evening

Photo by Terry Russell Thanks to the commitment and passion of a select number of fashion-forward individuals and organisations, an Ethical Fashion Evening was born. Hosted by QLD Fair Trade Collective and sponsored by Peppermint Magazine held at The Stitchery in Fortitude Valley, I was fortunate enough to have been present and to have had...

7 Steps to a Greener Office

7 Steps to a Greener Office

 Photo by Dave Fayram The issue of sustainability and environmental responsibility is fast becoming the key topic of discussion in governments and communities across the globe. Some members of the business community have joined the cause and have proactively implemented initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint. Your business can also follow their lead by: Recycling:...