List: Unexpected Lessons from Traveling the World

This post was first published here.

Having spent most of 2013 travelling, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about the world, different cultures and myself. I could write for pages and pages about all this, but here’s a quick rundown of the things that I wasn’t expecting to learn.

1: Bum hoses are the future

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Love Yourself as You Love Your Neighbour

Gone are the days of “love your neighbour as you love yourself.”

We seldom do love ourselves. If we were to follow this idiom, and treat others as we treat ourselves, the results would be carnage! We would keep them awake at night with worry and stress. We would be critical of their appearance. We would constantly question whether they are good enough. We would work them like dogs; at work, at the gym, at home, with friends, treating them to a constant monologue breaking down each action and telling them how they did that wrong, should be embarrassed about this, should be doing the other. It would be downright cruel. And yet, we do this to ourselves every day. In this day and age we spend so much time pleasing others, helping others, loving others, and we seldom treat ourselves to the same kindnesses.

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A Note on Ellipses

Something’s been bothering me . . . ellipses. They’re everywhere now, aren’t they?

For those of you who are thinking, “Ellipsis . . . what’s an ellipsis?” Congratulations! You just used one in your lovely thought bubble. An ellipsis is a ‘dot dot dot’. Or, if you want to get all precise, it’s a ‘dot, thin space, dot, thin space, dot’. But that just doesn’t sound as good.

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Women in Business: Get Blogging!

I had a guest post published by Communities Online, about why professional women should be blogging more. Of course, there’s a huge focus on getting women into board positions just now. For ambitious girls and women, being able to read first-hand advice and anecdotes about that journey would be inspirational, and help to forward the movement.

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Apostrophe Girls Create Copywriting Collective

While in Australia, I had the opportunity to join the community at – bringing  people, places, resources and happenings together in one place. Our chief focus is on enabling and inspiring women to achieve their goals, with an emphasis on careers, business and lifestyle.

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Review: Born to Blog by Mark W Schaefer and Stanford A Smith

Thanks to The Social Penguin Blog, I had a chance to review Born to Blog by Mark W Schaefer and Stanford A Smith.

The book takes the reader on a journey of discovery, starting with the question: were you born to blog? Spoiler alert – you were. Apparently we all fit into five blogging specialities: storytelling, dreaming, persuading teaching or curating. We’re taken through each skill, shown examples and told stories. With three years of research behind the book, including 500 blogs and interviews with over 150 bloggers, I know I can trust this book. Then a sentence like this kind of makes me doubt that:

“A person who cannot dream will die”

Whoa! That seems a bit tough to back up – how many people have died from ‘an inability to dream’?

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Thailand Diaries: Ton Sai, Ao Phra Nang and More Monkeys


Dinner with a view – Ton Sai

On 13th December we returned to the mainland – sort of. We were on a peninsular that you can only reach by boat, called Laem Phra Nang. It has a series of beaches that you can trek between, but the easiest way to get between them is a long boat taxi or by renting a kayak. Continue reading “Thailand Diaries: Ton Sai, Ao Phra Nang and More Monkeys”

Thailand Diaries: Beach Bumming on Koh Lanta


On the 8th we just chilled out, in preparation for our 16 hour train ride that night. We got the sleeper train from Bangkok to Trang, then a bus (and two car ferries while on the bus) to Koh Lanta Yai, off the Andaman coast. So far we’ve only booked flights and sleeper trains in advance, so we just popped into a travel agent in Trang to arrange a bus, and book our first two nights in a beach hut. Continue reading “Thailand Diaries: Beach Bumming on Koh Lanta”