A young person sits on a bed. They are wearing headphones and using a tablet. The bed has a yellow frame against the wall.
A young person sits on a bed. They are wearing headphones and using a tablet. The bed has a yellow frame against the wall.
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As a 30 year old, there still many things I need to learn to extend my personal and professional development.

However, over time I have perfected several tools and tricks that have proven incredibly useful in the past three decades. These are five life hacks that I am happy to share with anyone who will listen.

Touch typing

We got our first desktop computer in the early 2000’s and mum purchased a Typequick CD which had a series of simple (aka boring) rote lessons to learn the qwerty and numeric keyboard. Pretty quickly I became adept at touch typing, challenging myself to…

Period poverty, inequity and ignorance are massive clots hindering progress for gender equality and human rights.

It was Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH day) on 28 May, a timely reminder that access to safe and affordable hygiene products and sanitation for women and girls around the world is not a preference, it is essential. Individually and collectively we need to be informed, supportive and loud about this!

Funny story: When my period arrived at age 14, I told mum I thought it would be over in a couple of days, and I was devastated when she replied it might last…

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The cicadas were deafening as we made our way along the narrow track. Mosquitoes buzzed around our heads, accompanied by slapping and stamping sounds.

Sarah stopped and waited for us to catch up.

“Whose brilliant idea was this?” She wiped the sweat from her forehead and looked at it in disgust.

James turned Sarah around and undid her backpack, pulling out a large spray bottle of insect repellent. He doused Sarah’s arms and legs with it for the third time that day, provoking coughs and splutters from everyone as we ducked to escape the fumes.

Harry held his t-shirt over…

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My four siblings and I rarely ate any ‘junk’ or processed food until we were teenagers. We lived on homegrown veggies and meat, salad sandwiches and carrot juice — so much of the latter that our skin would turn orange.

The rare treat or ice-cream we consumed were a big deal.

This being 15–20 years ago, some local boys (and the occasional girl) wagged school to meet at the skate park. They wore their jeans almost hanging to their knees and their caps backwards. They exchanged Pokemon cards and ambled around town without any supervision.

A trip to town or…

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To be more exact, 46% of Australians surveyed by Ipsos believe climate change is ‘entirely or mainly’ caused by human activity. However as my climate-change-skeptical mother observed last night, we are not seeing coastal living becoming any less popular.

We know that around 80% of the Australian population live in coastal areas, with 50% living just 7 kms from the shoreline, (considered high-risk for tsunamis). Our iconic beaches are just one attraction, along with better levels of employment and access to services than in regional or remote areas.

If the science is to be believed, we are in for an…

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What do you think of when you hear the words ‘book club’? Forced social interaction? Bored housewives? Wine? Romance novels? I confess to thinking those and more. However, any pre-conceived ideas I may have had about book clubs were pleasantly disproved this year. I now strongly believe they are a marvellous way to improve social capital and mental health. But that was not always the case. To be honest, it took being on the brink of a breakdown before I considered joining one.

At the end of last year I was experiencing depression and anxiety as I struggled to decide…

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Think of the last time your head spun, and you lost your balance. Maybe it was a spinning carnival ride, or a game with your friends of ‘who can stay upright the longest while twirling around on the spot’. You gradually become more and more dizzy; you lose your balance; everything spins around you. Your head feels heavy, maybe you vomit.

You lie down until the sensation passes, and after a little while you get up and stagger off, soon forgetting how unwell you felt. Now remember the worst vertigo you’ve ever experienced, then multiply it by ten.

Bonnie Blythe

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