First person

Social screens

How an addiction to social media has hijacked my life. A moment of self-awareness leading to a commitment to change.

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A better bio

An article appeared recently addressing the question ‘What should I include in my personal bio?’. I struggled for days with the ‘About’ page on my website and once took more time to write a 50-word bio than the 1200-word story attached to it. So I read the article from tip to toe, seeking enlightenment. It was published by a professional development forum…

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Homeward bound

Resolve Departure heralded good intentions. No champagne, no sugary post-meal treats. Instead, the flight from Brisbane to Hong Kong was all water and fruit and naked salad. Seven days and a couple of extra kilos later I’m returning home, strapped in and waiting to push back, cursing my lack of discipline. Bircher muesli with fruit…

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Dear ed

Dear ed I know you’re busy. I’m just wondering if you’ve had time to read that story I sent you a couple of weeks ago. I sent a follow up email as well. Maybe you didn’t receive it? I’m sorry to bother you again, but I really like that story. I invested a lot of…

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How a political prisoner got me out of the laundry

It’s unlikely Peter Greste thought he could help anyone from his Egyptian prison cell in 2014. Convicted of spreading false news and aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood, Greste was holed-up in a room 4m by 5m with two colleagues waiting to appeal his seven-year sentence. Back in Australia, this mother-of three on the creaky side…

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