Here’s Why Being An Explorer Is A Good Idea

rainbow-1201862_1920In my Womenfolk series, the women I’ve spoken to have all sought to explore different dimensions of themselves. One thing they all have in common is their personal evolution. They have gone in search of things that have helped them grow, and evolve. They are explorers.

Our society dictates that we call ourselves something. We are all a bit prone to labels; we want a box to sit in, a pigeon hole to rest in, a safe place to say we fit. I think this is a completely natural thing to seek. Wanting to define yourself and your purpose is important as it helps us navigate the world.  [Read more…]

Womenfolk Series: Julie Hassard – Doing Dying Better

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Julie Hassard is the Founder and Principal of Doing Dying Better, a holistic consultancy specialising in the end-of-life experience. Julie is helping to demystify death and dying, in a way that makes living better. She is on a quest to help improve the profile of dying. “I want to make change. I want to change the way people think about, and do dying.”

When we caught up we spoke about life, death, family and creativity. Before we begin it’s important to make clear that Julie’s business, Doing Dying Better, is not morbid, sad or negative, it is life. And it’s the pointy end of life – where what you do and what you say really do matter.  [Read more…]

Prune in June: For Life Not Just For Roses

Prune In JuneWe are now officially in the second half of the year. I don’t know about you but it was a genuine shock to me, when I really thought about this. Before we know it, Spring Carnival will be upon us and we’ll be planning for Christmas.

This really makes me shudder. Where has the year gone?

I made an error at the start of this year. I didn’t make any plans, or set any goals. So I’ve been flippin’ around life dodging dodgeballs, putting out fires and generally just enjoying the ride. But I don’t feel like I’ve achieved a great deal in these last six months.

I’ve been writing a bit about living a considered life. The more I think about it, the more I believe this to be the right path for my family and I. Flying by the seat of my pants is damned fun – but the journey is mostly circular, rather than linear. Without a plan, destination or goal I feel like I’m going round in circles. I think plans are good, even if they change – having a plan helps me feel more energetic about life. [Read more…]

Womenfolk Series: Jenny Jessop on Painting, Motherhood and the Creative Life

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Jenny Jessop – adding final touches to one of her pieces in the ‘Grounded’ exhibition.

Through exploring imagination, place, distance, and transience Jenny Jessop has created a body of work that will be exhibited in Melbourne’s bayside suburb of Parkdale. I spoke to Jenny about her artistic career, her creative process and her current exhibition ‘Grounded’.  

Jenny is a painter from Ireland, living in Melbourne with her Australian husband and three children. In anticipation of her first Australian solo exhibition she takes us through where she has come from creatively, her creative process, and what underpins this.  [Read more…]

Womenfolk Series: Meaghan Shelton

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Meaghan Shelton (photo by Charmaine Lyons Photography)

Next in The Morning Drum’s Womenfolk Series is a profile on talented and inspiring artist, Meaghan Shelton. Based on the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, she is first a painter, but also works in sculpture, drawing and photography, among other things.

Without labelling her work as surreal, for me, it has an ethereal and dreamlike quality to it. We chatted last week about her life, her work and her influences.

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