How to be a thrifty philanthropist

The word philanthropy literally translates to “the love of people” and while the word is generally associated with gaziollionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, everyone can be a philanthropist, even if you think your bank balance might suggest otherwise.

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Close calls and evening strolls

The statistics of the incidence of violence against women are frightening. The news of Eurydice Dixon’s death hit me particularly hard. Maybe it’s because she was murdered in a park that is only a few minutes’ drive from my home. Maybe it’s because she was a comedian who just wanted to bring smiles and laughter to people. I wonder if sharing my stories can make any difference. It certainly can’t hurt, so here goes. Read More

How to prepare for Mt Kilimanjaro

There are countless blogs and articles providing tips on how to train for Mt Kilimanjaro, what to wear, how your boots should fit, what aperture to have your camera on for certain times of the day, and what to pack in your first aid kit – but can you ever be truly prepared for the adventure that awaits you? There were some things that I was not anticipating on my 2017 adventure to Mt Kilimanjaro. Read More

Making my beast beautiful

Early in 2017, after returning home from a pretty epic adventure in Africa, I had a sudden and severe relapse into anxiety. When I relapse, I now know I will get out the other side eventually so I quickly put my recovery plan into action and just make it to the end of each day until calm returns. This time around it took longer than usual… and it got a bit scary. Read More

It’s time to give a crap

We’ve all got a horrible toilet story, and unfortunately I have more than a few, which you can read about below. No matter how stinky, uncomfortable or embarrassing it gets though, my life has never been at risk for not being able to use a toilet, which sadly is the case for billions of people in the world right now. Read More

Taming the vulture

If depression is the black dog, then anxiety is the vulture – a foreboding presence constantly circling overhead. A vulture is the perfect metaphor for my anxiety because vultures poop on their own legs* and that’s exactly what I fear will happen whenever I have an anxiety attack – thanks a lot IBS! Did you know that when faced with an adversary, a vulture will just vomit and fly away?* That sounds familiar too.

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The confetti effect

I’m not quite sure exactly when it began, but my family has a tradition.  It’s not enough for them to just sprinkle confetti on the happy couple on their wedding day as they leave the ceremony. No, no, no – they like to go that one step further and hide confetti in the most unusual (and often inconvenient) places in the newlywed’s home for them to find on return from their honeymoon. Read More