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Rethinking ambition

Rethinking ambition

One of the surprisingly common reactions to my recent announcement that I have started my own business is the question of what my goals are. How soon before I employ someone else? Where is my office going to be? How big do I anticipate growing? It seems I'm not alone...

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Unapologetically feminist

Unapologetically feminist

This weekend was the Wheeler Centre's first Broadside, an "unapologetically feminist" festival of ideas. Of course that's my jam, so I bought a ticket as soon as it was released. And oh my god, I was blown away by the weekend. I don't think I've ever been to a public...

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Abandoning my alterego

Abandoning my alterego

Clark Kent takes off his glasses and suddenly he's Superman. Jo Farmer leaves work and suddenly she's a person experiencing mental illness. The facade is superficial but somehow works. For a long time, this was me. A mental health consumer who happened to also work in...

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Truly, madly, deeply

Truly, madly, deeply

I've only had a small number of 'real' romantic relationships in my life - all unmitigated disasters. That's not to say I regret them - some were founded on real love, others taught me what I wouldn't want in a future relationship - but I look back and think that none...

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The tale of the drip

The tale of the drip

As the train doors close at Melbourne Central, a family push their way on. A single, solitary drip falls from the father. It isn't raining; they aren't carrying anything. Parliament station. Where did the drip come from? I stare at the drip trying to work out what it...

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The process

The process

I've lost a lot of weight recently. Almost 40kg this year. It's one of the common side effects of having most of your stomach removed, and is, after all, the reason I did it. Actually, that's not quite true. The main reason I chose to have a gastric sleeve was to...

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Acknowledgement of country

I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which I live, the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded and I look forward to a day when the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is heard so Australia faces up to the pain inflicted by its colonial history and the strengths of its Aboriginal past, present and future.