Author: Tara

  • How to make imperfect career choices great life lessons

    How to make imperfect career choices great life lessons

    Reflecting on your experiences makes all the difference.

  • I followed my passion and it didn’t go as planned

    I followed my passion and it didn’t go as planned

    The media is full of inspiring stories of people turning their passions and hobbies into businesses, but is it always the key to happiness?

  • Why camping is the antidote to modern life

    Why camping is the antidote to modern life

    Camping is all about the bush, but it’s also more than that. It’s a all-senses immersion that completely resets my sense of time and need.

  • How to bounce back if COVID killed your career

    How to bounce back if COVID killed your career

    The world is coming to terms with new ways of living and working since the pandemic. If your career has been unalterably changed, how do you decide what to do next?

  • The philosophy of growing caterpillars

    The philosophy of growing caterpillars

    Isn’t it funny how quickly things can change. Only a week or so ago, I was getting excited that our native Dutchman’s Pipe vine was still kicking on in the canopy of our tree, then a couple of large butterflies of both sexes were spotted multiple times. Today, the final part of the puzzle: caterpillars. […]

  • Return of the Birdwings

    Return of the Birdwings

    Just when I was thinking about planting a new native Dutchman’s Pipe vine, I started seeing butterflies in the yard again. Males and females have floated through, including this huge male, the biggest I’ve probably seen at around 15cm across. That lead me to gaze upwards into our tree and realise that the original vine […]

  • After two years meditating, here’s what I’ve learned

    After two years meditating, here’s what I’ve learned

    Meditation has fascinated me for a long time, partly from admiration of those who engaged in it, and partly due to the beauty of Buddhism in Japan and other cultures. I started dabbling in it years ago, but it never really stuck as a habit until last year. While I’m still a work in progress, […]

  • Growing dianella during lockdown

    Growing dianella during lockdown

    Like a lot of people, I became a pandemic gardener. I’d never grown anything from seed, but all the time at home* was the perfect opportunity to finally give it a go. Dianella caerulea are a local native and a staple in our garden. We use them in difficult spots that other things would not […]

  • Forget passion. Focus on purpose and flow instead.

    Forget passion. Focus on purpose and flow instead.

    Find your passion. That’s always the message floating around inspirational Instagram posts. I’ve spoken to so many people over the years, though, who are turned inside out by not knowing their passion, and therefore, their one big thing.  Feeling passionate about your work is incredible but “find your passion” is confusing advice, and at worst, […]

  • The mindfulness of astrophotography

    The mindfulness of astrophotography

    Photography is my favourite hobby. I’ve been dabbling in it for at least 20 years and it’s given me a lot of joy in that time. Within photography, there are a lot of different niches, and lately the one that’s hooked me is astrophotography. Those expansive Milky Way shots have captivated me for years, but […]