Age is a funny thing. We tend to assume it’s the same for everyone, but what’s truly incredible is when you take a moment to understand how age is, in fact, completely different on all who wear it. For some it brings wisdom, others bitterness or loneliness, and for the luckiest of us all; complete gratitude for all we have seen, experienced and enjoyed.

I love so many well aged individuals that I’ve met on travels all around the world, and at home. Some of the most beautiful women I know have been divorced (once or more), married again, widowed, lost children, endured war and depressions, and still live lives filled with a brilliant style of joy.

My grandmother in particular, at 91 never stops trotting around with a humungous, never ending, grin on her gorgeous wrinkly face. Her eyes sparkle, despite the hardships she’s seen, every story is told with a chest bubbling giggle, and she never forgets that laughter at herself is the most important kind. Grandma is the oldest 21 year old girl I’ve ever been privileged enough to experience, and she is appreciated by all she encounters. To describe her as a wine that’s improved with age doesn’t show her justice. She’s more an ever fresh lemonade that you just never tire of, or a delightful Grandma trifle made with love.

There’s lessons to learn a plenty from the aged. The most important, I feel, is that right now, no matter where you are, you are ‘choosing’ how you age. Your current mindset and outlook, are creating your own unique style of wrinkles and saggy bits. Really think about it, and begin designing something stunningly wrinkly. 


Tonight I sit alone in the darkness, the warmth of the fire taking the chill off the brisk winters night. I’ve moved the mattress into the lounge room, taking full advantage of the cracking flames, and created what Brendon would call ‘the pit’, I’ve surround myself with pillows and a heavy feather duvet.

Wind whistles through the veranda beams, pressing erratically against the window frames, causing them to shudder in response. I’m happy here. Tonight, the pitch black and the present elements are friends. I am safe. I am whole. The feeling’s of anxiousness and unease that have plagued my body this last few days, pressing in on all sides and constricting my chest until I was sure my heart would shatter or stop beating, have eased. I now control my soul and focus on healing once more. Or maybe my soul controls me? Whatever the answer, for tonight we are at peace.

 


There are always horror stories out there of people who’s gear gets completely ruined by the extreme elements of another country. To help you come home from over seas travel with not only your camera gear in full working order, but also some damn incredible photos, here are some helpful hints!

  1. Never underestimate the light. This is a big one, and I can tell you from experience, it’s one you need to know. Lighting varies dramatically from country to country, it’s not the same in Australia as apposed to the USA or China. It is completely different everywhere! As photographers, you’ll see it as soon as you arrive, or maybe you’ll see it as the midnight sun keeps you up in Iceland. Contributing factors include, pollution, snow reflection, position relative to the equator and the ozone layer hole. All make a difference. Your options are as follows. Research where your going for the specific time of year and pack accordingly (filters, reflectors), or pack for everything!54c9747317a53_-_silica_packet_0410-lg
  2. Moisture. Every locations air has a different moisture content that you will want toconsider, especially if your planning on spending a considerable amount of time in a very wet location. This can create the perfect situation for mould like amebas to grow in your gear. To help reduce the chances of this, clean your gear regularly and put those little moisture packets that come in your shoe boxes, throughout your camera bag.
  3. Seaspray. If you’re near the ocean or waterfalls Seaspray can ruin your equipment faster than you would think. Buy a rain sleeve. They’re cheap, disposable and indispensable in that sort of situation.
  4. Think locations. I cannot stress this enough! Spend some time finding out here you’re likely to be shooting and assess weather you’ll need ND filters, Polaroids, or a good hiking pack gear carrier to keep your equipment safe as houses.

That’s it guys! A simple few. Stick to them and you’ll create your own insurance policy. But make sure you have one of those still too!

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What can be said… other than wow. This is a place for the giants, a home of history, and a sanctuary for nature to rest. The sheer size and power of the incredible Granite Rock Faces here are a testament to the strength of nature. We’ve trekked the Yosemite National park during winter and summer now and thou

gh the paths are the same and the stone pillars familiar, the feeling is remarkably different season to season.

During the summer months expect heat and tourists and climbers galore as everyone either wants to experience this wonder or conquer an incredible rock face such as Half Dome or El Capitan. And might I add, that whether lead climbing, bouldering or free solo is your thing as far as climbing goes… Yosemite Valley… is a goldmine! ❤

When the snow falls the Valley has a completely different feel. People are scarce, many trecks are closed due to ice and snow but theres a rare opportunity to experience the peace and find solace here. Its the time for paying homage to nature. Yosemite commands respect and and in turn you can feel yourself protected by the great stones surrounding you. Beauty and strength is everywhere. 

If you need to get back to nature and ground yourself once more, don’t go past this one. Yosemite National Park really is talked about for a reason.

Great for the whole family! Enjoy!


Spending a precious few moments strolling my parents gardens and ‘EARTHING’ 🌏
I’m a busy woman who runs multiple businesses, travels regularly, is often stuck in offices or amongst a concrete jungle in various cities around the world. Getting back to nature and ‘feeling’ the earth, changes my centre completely 🍃The earth’s natural energy is foundational for vibrant health. Simply walking barefoot on grass, sand, dirt or rock can diminish chronic pain, fatigue and other ailments.
When was the last time you went barefoot and how good did it feel!? Take a moment for you today and go earthing, you’ll be glad for it 🍃👌🏻


Every now an then your breath shallows, your insides seem to constrict, crushing your heart space, and panic sets in. Panic of some kind whether you recognise it or not.

Pause, take three deep breaths and allow yourself to analyse the cause. What are you thinking about? Why does it scare you? Trace the emotion and discover the truth.

Personally, I know this happens to me when I’m overthinking (always the worse case scenario), and creating images of things that aren’t real. I’m tormenting myself with my worst nightmare and seem to have suddenly convinced myself that it could be real. Perhaps your jealousy creates these scenes, perhaps the fear of not succeeding or perhaps you feel as though your dreams are disappearing and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

Break these emotions down and realise they are irrational. The universe always takes care of you. You are safe. Everything is happening in the perfect time space sequence. You don’t need to struggle to achieve your desires. Just trust that they will happen.

So take those deep breaths and allow the tightness to float away. You are safe, and so are your dreams.


When we travel we like to immerse ourselves in the places and become a local. Hang with locals, eat at places recommended by locals, and discover the hidden gems of a city that locals know are there.

The whispering gallery in Grand Central is a gorgeously intriguing piece of New York magic, free for all to experience. Standing 15 meters away from a loved one and whispering to a wall initially seemed a tad ridiculous! To my delight I was completely astonished as I heard a return whisper crisp and clear, as if it were spoken just inches from my ear!

Of course, I know it’s science that has the sounds clinging to the ceiling and traveling the tiles between us… but there’s something about New York and its secrets that makes you feel that the city is alive with magical moments. Take the time to explore and enjoy them, I guarantee you won’t ever forget it.

 

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What do you do with your rings post divorce?

Its a serious question that near on a third of the population will someday ask. I myself have some stunning Hardy Brothers diamond rings in a draw, completely useless!

Yes I was married once upon a time (total disaster), and now like so many other, really have no clue what to do with these rings. There are the obvious choices of course:

  1. Throw them into the ocean.

    A time honored tradition for the scorned ex wife (that I was). Therapeutically this sounds like a beautiful release! But I can’t bring myself to waste $10k worth of gold and diamonds!

  2. Sell them.

    I tried. Honestly I’m not sure there is a platform adequate enough for selling second hand wedding rings and pawn brokers will rip you off completely! (Don’t bother) Mine are still listed on eBay but you have to be on guard for scammers. There are many.

  3. Melt them down into something new.

    Definitely a viable thought, but do you really want that karma still? I dunno to me there is still some horrid thought of the experience that is associated with them.

You see there’s no completely easy solution. They’re just beauty that you don’t want to look at or wear, tucked in a drawer never to be appreciated again. It’s a sad tale for diamonds really…

If you have a solution, I’d love to hear it! x


Okay ladies, lets face it, Pandora are over priced and overrated. I get the emotional attachment to charms, but honestly… pandora are just beads with a rather horrifying mark up. Here in Australia they pretty much made their own market and had no real competitors for SOOOOO long.

I highly recommend you all expand your horizons, save yourself (and your husbands) a considerable amount of money, and indulge in a MUCH more fabulous, meaningful range! Alex and Ani, my new personal addiction, have finally brought their range of eco-conscious jewellery and accessories, created to positively empower and connect humanity, to Australia.

Love, Love, Love

Symbols, birth stones and numerology throughout history have held meanings, personally relevant to individuals. Here are some of my personal favourites, produced by Alex and Ani to empower, inspire and protect the wearer.

OUROBOROS

CREATION · INFINITY · UNITY

One of the oldest mystical symbols in the world, the Ouroboros signifies the great circle of life, representing infinity and the cyclical nature of the universe. Believed to depict the great alchemical union of masculine and feminine energy, it holds the spark of creation itself.

GODSPEED

JOURNEY · BLESSING · GRACE

In Old English, “godspeed” was the word one said to bless someone embarking on a journey. The expression bestows good fortune and safety, with God’s grace. Magically sincere, godspeed is the desire to have God’s protection alongside your path.

PHOENIX

REBIRTH · MAGIC · HEALING

Rising from its ashes, the Phoenix is an emblem of immortality. Reflecting transformation, the mythical firebird contains the breath of life and is fearless as it bursts into flames. Consider the magical power of the Phoenix as you ignite the passion in your soul and reveal your true essence.

 

 

NOTE: This is not a paid post or advertisement, I genuinely think these guys are ace 😉


This indescribably beautiful flower is a lotus. When you see them on dusk they seem to glow in the moonlight. It’s brilliant beyond words.
They grow in mud.

This bloom is proof that the most stunning wonders can spawn in absolute sh*t. Remember that next time you feel like life is as bad as it can be. Next time you’re trudging through the mud with no direction.

You’re just a lotus ready preparing to flower 😉 The lotus that grows in the mud.

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