What an 85 year old’s birthday can teach you about life

Sunday, 9, November, 2014 0 , , , , Permalink 0

Recently, I surprised my family by flying home for my Nana’s 85th birthday. It was a bit risky – surprising an 85 year old – but luckily Nana was thrilled and survived to tell the tale of her eldest (and, of course, favourite) granddaughter travelling cross-country to see her. The truth is - it was an easy decision. She's an amazing lady, my Nana. The epitome of class and grace, she knows every rule of social etiquette and is responsible for my table manners and ability to make pastry from scratch. She has the patience of a saint and an ever-so-subtle habit of being charmingly manipulative when she needs to be. She is a master of the long-lost art of letter writing. ...

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5 Things Successful Job Hunters Do To Get Hired

Sunday, 19, October, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 3

Over the past 15 years, I've applied for at least 50 jobs and internships and interviewed for close to 30. Everything from a bakery, hardware store, supermarket, hospital, temping agency, engineering company to law firm. It doesn't matter what the position, there is a method to the madness of getting hired in this economy. Here are the 5 things every successful job hunter does to get hired: 1. Reach out before you dish out Over 80% of jobs are never advertised - they are usually filled internally or through existing networks, as it saves the employer time and money. So, personal connections are clearly important in the employment process. If you're responding to a job advertisement, try to make contact with someone at ...

The Road Not Taken: Chapman & Frost

Sunday, 12, October, 2014 0 , , Permalink 0

The best lessons in life occur outside the classroom. Here’s a recent example. During high school, we read Robert Frost’s famous poem “The Road Not Taken”. It was to encourage us to think for ourselves, break away from the crowd, take risks and create our own path. The last stanza of the poem is one of the most over-quoted in travel and motivational books/posters/speeches etc: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I; I took the one less travelled by; And that has made all the difference. I’ve recently discovered that the true message in this poem is actually intended to be a much more realistic, pragmatic and honest one. Even more surprising is that I learnt this from a much more ...

Mindfulness: Existing vs Living

Sunday, 28, September, 2014 1 , , Permalink 1

Sometimes, I feel like I'm going through life on auto-pilot. I get so caught up in the routine of life - eat, work, sleep, repeat - that I stop really feeling it. And the scary part is, I don't realise I'm in that zone until something happens to snap me out of it. Have you seen the movie Crash? I always remember this line: In LA, nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something. I think that's the difference between existing and living. And I really noticed it while on holiday overseas recently. It was only a 2 week break ...

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Top 10 Must Eats in NYC

Sunday, 21, September, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 0

There is so much to do in NYC. But what do you do if you've seen the Empire State Building, Rockafella Centre and Top of the Rock? If you've strolled through Central Park, Little Italy, Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales? If you've toured the UN, the 9/11 Memorial and all the museums? At least twice. Well, I say it leaves guilt-free space in your itinerary for eating your way around the city. On my recent trip to NYC - my fourth bite of The Big Apple - I was able to really get a taste for New York. Food is a huge part of my travelling experience - I'd prioritise eating a croissant in Paris over the Louvre any day. So, here ...

Lifehacks for Innovative Meetings

Sunday, 14, September, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 0

It's kind of ironic really. When I started my career, I thought attending meetings was the pinnacle of success - sitting in board rooms, suited up with pen and notepad in hand, looking out the window at the surrounding skyscrapers. Being asked to attend a client or executive meeting was a badge of honour I would proudly wear. Now - fast forward 5 + years - and I dread attending most meetings. Lawyers bill time in 6 minute intervals, which has a way of making you acutely aware of when you are "wasting" time - and I've carried that mentality with me since leaving a law firm. Most meetings are an unproductive and inefficient use of valuable workday minutes. The world's most ...

5 Steps to The Ultimate Upper East Side Experience

Sunday, 7, September, 2014 2 , , , Permalink 3

During this last week in NYC, I had the most perfect, unplanned day on the Upper East Side. I love it when that happens when travelling. Everything just fell into place - I didn't get the wrong subway or find the shop/restaurant/museum closed or feel like I was rushing around with an itinerary. The day - spent entirely by myself - seemed to just flow, ticking off a lot of must-see / must-do activities without feeling remotely touristy or hectic. So, here is my guide to the ultimate Upper East Side experience:   1. Have a true NYC breakfast First things first. Start the day with a bagel at the famous Ess-A-Bagel near the corner of Third Ave and 51st Street. Get there early, because ...

16 Must Have Travel Apps

Sunday, 31, August, 2014 1 , , Permalink 0

It seemed only fitting that my second Lifehack article be more "wings" than "roots". So, here are the 16 Best Travel Apps You Must Have For Your Next Trip. I've tried and tested all of these! However, I've recently decided that the Jetlag Genie - although great in theory - is not the ideal way to handle jetlag. I know this, because I'm writing this post from LAX after a 14 hour flight from Melbourne, while waiting for my (delayed - grr!) flight to JFK. This week I used the Jetlag Genie to try adjusting to the NY timezone before my trip and maximise my holiday time (by waking up at stupid times like 4.30am on a Tuesday). All that's happened, is ...