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Balancing cattle property management with creativity


Working as an IT professional for decades was a great career. I loved it: worked hard, earned a good living and made some great friends. But I decided to walk away in 2008. It was about re-engineering my life for a healthier lifestyle. It wasn't a minor change, it was mega. I joined my husband Chris, managing a 10,000 acre cattle property in South East Queensland.

Oh my goodness.

I had no idea when I made that decision, just how difficult it would be to adjust to living remotely – 60km to the nearest shop! Nor did I appreciate the challenges I would face running a primary production enterprise. I was compelled to blog about my experiences.

Thus my website was born.

Years on, I'm still driven, but now my energy is channelled into learning more about life. I'm consumed by ideas in philosophy, religion, neuroscience, addiction, cultural theories, feminist theory ... and more. These themes weave their way into my writing.

Ultimately I want to write in a way that encourages my readers to think and talk. Words are so often the impetus for change ... whether its simply gaining new knowledge or bringing about a  shift in long-held perceptions.

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My major projects so far ...

Most Recent Blogs

What shapes our sense of identity?

For a long time I've held the view that my sense of identity is three-pronged: who I think I am, who I think others think I am, and who I actually am. It's a complex topic but I recently questioned the aspect: 'who I think others think I am'. [...]

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The secret to achieving what you never believed you could

"Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds."  This quote by Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich got me thinking. My limitations are what I perceive them to be, but ... are they real? Yeah, maybe. But sometimes ... maybe not. This set me on a train of thought. It's very easy to tell myself a story to justify avoiding challenges put before me; in fact, [...]

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Benefits of Addiction

So you think I'm crazy, using a headline like that? Maybe, but I've been reading a couple of great books and they got me thinking ... there are benefits to addiction. These benefits are only attainable if you become addicted and then get over it (as I'm told most people actually do).Equivalent Advantage In Napoleon Hill's classic novel Think and Grow Rich, he repeatedly says: [...]

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How to Throw a Fleece

I recently had the opportunity to work in a woolshed as a woolhandler (more fondly known as 'rousabout'). Knowing how to throw a fleece is vital. I'm still learning. Sometimes they land nicely, sometimes not. Right is Sandy Batterham mid-throw. He has good height and it looks to be coming down nicely.More... Graeme hard at workThe shearer sets the pace and it can be pre [...]

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