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Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Whenever the weather starts to heat up, I get an urge to revisit my favourite film of 2019: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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What makes a hero?

In the lead-up to the US election on November 3rd, I’ve been thinking a lot about heroes, or more specifically, about the particular brand of heroism that we ascribe to politicians and figures whom we deem larger than life.

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Weekend wrap-up: Stirling Market

I recently spent a Sunday at the Stirling Market.

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Every major Australian streaming service, compared

Presenting your guide to streaming services available in Australia in 2020. 

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Thinking well: the breakthrough of a breakdown

Breaking through.

One step at a time. Sometimes the best thing to do during hard times is just to take the next step – just do the next thing. Do what needs to be done, one step at a time, little by little. It’s very similar to the production of a doctoral thesis. Creating a document of 80,000 words can seem intimidating but you get there by writing two hours each day. One day at a time. 

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Rambling and thinking out loud

The pandemic has made a lot of us appreciate the importance of social connection. Yes, connection isn’t just having people close. We can be living with someone and not feel connected to them at all. Connecting well and the ability to nurture authentic relationships are both crucial elements in maintaining positive mental health. It’s connecting with people you trust and feel safe with. Why is it so important to have genuine relationships though? Why does it matter whether or not I can be my true self with my friends? I think maybe it’s because if I am able to be vulnerable with them, I know that their love is genuine and it’s an acceptance and a belonging that is real too. It’s having a group of people you can be yourself with. They are the same people who have the ability to remind you of who you are during tough times. 

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Eating well and savouring

Since I gave birth to my little one, I can’t recall having a meal I have savoured fully. I’ve had a few meals out with family and friends, mid-morning coffees with colleagues at work, and indulged in a couple of delicious take-away meals delivered to my door. I think eating well isn’t purely just about what you’re eating, but it’s also about the how.

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What brings me joy?

This week (10-17 October) is Mental Health Awareness Week at Adelaide Uni, and I've been thinking about joy. 

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