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Don’t follow the sheep Let’s talk about taking it outside… not in the way you think… I mean take it outside of your box, outside of your comfort zone. Your comfort zone is the worst place to live and to do business, and while it’s all warm and nice and easy, good stuff won’t happen there. I grew up in a family that did the same thing every day (sidebar, they are amazing people). Dad went to work while Mum looked after the children and both were happy being comfortable in mediocrity (my parents called it being ‘sensible’). Don’t rock the boat because you don’t know whether you’re going to be able to swim if it sinks. Most peoples’ comfort zones cause them to follow old methods that work ‘well enough’, or to follow what other people did that works ‘fairly well’. These aren’t goals most people go into business or life wanting to achieve. So why do we continue to be mediocre or to follow what others do without challenging the norm, and accept that this is okay? Are we behaving like little lost sheep? Just maybe… We’re afraid of getting it wrong. Say we decide to stray from the sheep and try something new, and it doesn’t work. It fails epically. Maybe we lose some money, maybe we’re embarrassed or ashamed or maybe we hate to admit that we don’t always get it right. Shock. Horror. We’re humans and hey, in case you didn’t know, we don’t always get it right. We’re afraid of getting it right. Success is scary, particularly if we’re getting by ‘well enough’. How would it feel to actually hit it right out of the park? You stray from the flock, try something new and it’s a freaking great victory. But where does that leave you? Away from the flock in your own paddock often times… which many find quite frightening indeed. We’re too lazy. We get set in our ways, live in pilot mode and do the same thing year upon year. It’s working ‘well enough’ so why make a change? That requires effort, it means we have to step up to the plate and step out of the cosy flock of sheep. That sounds like serious work and most won’t change their ways — particularly if it involves extra work and a degree of risk or, heaven forbid, change. We’re afraid of setting a trend. If we do something new and it’s fabulous, will we be the one that others will follow? Whoa! This creates responsibility and attention. It’s easy sitting in the back seat but centre stage is where the light shines. Centre stage is also where the best parts of the show happen so bravery certainly pays off. Next time you hear a baa baa coming for you…head the other way — go left, right or even grow wings and take off. Whoever told you sheep can’t fly was a liar.
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Hamptons Paradise The Gold Coast’s most down-to-earth and experienced Interior Designer, Carla Rausch, shares her tips to help you create the casual, elegant home of your dreams. Whether you’re completely transforming your home or just starting to steer it in the right direction, it is imperative to know a few things about the theme you want to achieve. The classy yet refined, Hamptons is the most popular interior style on the Gold Coast and our clients are constantly asking us to help them achieve the look. Here are our top seven design hacks to get you started...
CREATE ELEGANCE BY FRAMING YOUR WALLS Add definition, height and character to any room by painting your walls a light grey that contrasts against the stark white of your trims and cornices. Not only will this make your space look larger, it will also make everything feel more cohesive and designed.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF WALLPAPER Times have changed and crazy 70s prints are a thing of the past. Classic patterns like stripes and damasks in neutrals or soft blues are perfect for creating elegant feature walls that scream Hamptons style.
DRESS UP YOUR OLD PIECES Got some chunky old timber furniture that you can’t bear to part with? (we know you do) Give them a new lease on life by sanding them back and painting them white. You can even go the full mile by replacing old handles with gorgeous clamshell pulls or rounded knobs in black or chrome.
REPLACE YOUR CEILING LIGHTS WITH CLASSY PENDANTS Centrepiece lights, like the ones above your dining table or kitchen bench, present a great opportunity to bring in some of that Hamptons style and charm. Choose metal framed pendants that show off decorative light bulbs underneath. For added character, pick a light with exposed bolts that contrast against smooth and sleek surfaces.
BRING IN THE BLUES Blues, both pastel and royal, are timeless colours that work perfectly for graceful accessories like vases, cushions and ornaments. If you keep the pops of colour to the smaller pieces, it is easy to swap and update your homeware as trends change. However, if you are absolutely loving the blues, try adding a bold feature piece like a jewel toned armchair.
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or some people nature is a beautiful escape full of cute furry critters and soft green meadows. For others nature is an inescapable source of harassment and pain, filled with defecating birds and mysterious itches. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that you hate nature, it’s more that nature hates you. Not sure what I mean? Here are four sure-fire signs that nature hates your guts. YOU ALWAYS END UP THE VICTIM OF ‘NATURES CALL’ If there is an animal within 100 metres of you that needs to ahem, ‘relieve’ itself, it will inevitably decide that your jacket, bag, shoe or face is the best place to do the deed. It’s like you have a W/C sign tattooed on your forehead. On the bright-side, my Grandma used to tell me that it’s good luck to have a Seagull do a number two on your head. Apparently not enough good luck to stop it from happening again, but a girl can dream. IF LIFE IS MEANT TO BE A PICNIC, THEN YOU ARE LIVING IN FEAR For most people picnics are a joyous occasion filled with wine and cheese. While you love wine and cheese as much as the next person, you can’t help but feel the overwhelming sense of impending doom detracts somewhat from the aesthetic of the occasion. The grass gives you a rash, the mosquitos want to eat you alive, and you are on strict doctors’ orders to “avoid ants” at all costs… (That last one might just be me). Overall, picnics aren’t really the best place for you.
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? t n e r a p e m o h t a Who should be the stay With women more focused on their careers than ever, it’s not as black and white as it once was omen used to be the ones to stay at home because they, stereotypically, take care of the children while the man is the bread winner. Men would earn more and women were better at cleaning and doing the laundry etc., but those stereotypes are fading (and women can earn more than men too —hooray for female equality!). More and more women are choosing to pursue their careers after having children and it’s important to consider your options so you make a choice that is best for you, your relationship and your child. Most of the information out there is based off who earns more and who has a more consistent and stable income, and, while these are important things to consider, as well as monthly expenses and budgets, there are some other important factors that weigh in. Factors that can help prevent identity loss, resentment and potential relationship breakdown. To help you make the decision, we’ve put together a list of questions that don’t revolve around finances. It’s really not a simple thing to decide but tally up who is the best answer for each question and then the one with the most tallies would, in simple terms, be the best suited to stay at home (financial circumstances allowing). If you both feel equally about the question, put no tallies on either name as it becomes irrelevant. Remember, be honest with yourself and each other. August 2017
Who would be happy to be the stay at home parent? Seems simple but it’s the best starting point.
Who could work part-time from home? Some workplaces allow employees to work remotely after all.
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Myself / My Partner
Who could adjust better from a 9-to-5 schedule to a naptimeto-naptime schedule? It’s an entirely different world where baby is the boss.
Who has always wanted to launch their own small business or side project? Now could be a great time to get started or do freelance work.
Myself / My Partner
Myself / My Partner
Who would be happy to give up their current job? If needed, decide who could submit that resignation letter more easily.
Who enjoys household responsibilities like cooking, cleaning and running errands more? Or who hates them the least…
Myself / My Partner
Myself / My Partner
Whose identity revolves less around their career? Our careers can really define who we are and what our place is in this world.
Who would feel less guilty continuing to work after the baby arrives? Mummy and Daddy guilt are real things.
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Myself / My Partner
There you have it! A simplified guide on who could be better suited to stay at home. It’s a big decision to make and one that you certainly shouldn’t take lightly 10
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cold Homelessness is having a huge impact on our women, writes Get it’s Kirstin Cuthbert
My whole day revolved around where and when I could eat, go to the bathroom and where to sleep that night. It was hard.
here are 1500 people homeless on the Gold Coast at any given time and around 20% of them are women. Most of these women aren’t who you would expect and they each have a different story. Some live in cars and still go to work, some can’t keep up with rent when their spouse goes into aged care and some find themselves unable to live in their home due to unstable family situations, such as domestic violence. What many people may not know though is that the fastest growing group of people becoming homeless across Australia are our older women, says Patron of Homeless Connect Liz Fritz AM. “There are many reasons, sometimes their partner has passed away or gone into care environment and they can’t continue to pay rent or manage housing they own. If they’re on a very low income they can’t afford it,” Liz says. August 2017
“A lot are renting and that’s when they are very vulnerable and likely to slip into homelessness. “The other thing is a lot of women don’t have much superannuation and housing on a low income is unaffordable.They’re not able to access housing, and there’s not enough public/ community housing available. “Other reasons can be health problems, mental health problems or addiction problems — sometimes a combination. Some women have found their only option is to live in their car, if they’re fortunate enough to have a car. There’s also family breakdowns, people separated for different reasons from other family members.” All of these circumstances can find women slipping into homelessness and from there they become incredibly vulnerable mentally and physically. “A big issue for women is certainly the disempowerment.They are often embarrassed about their situation so they don’t want to put it out there, they often don’t put their hand up 12
and ask for help because they feel an embarrassment,” Liz says. “The really big issue for women is safety and security because they are more vulnerable to abuse if they’re out and about, sleeping rough, in their car or couch surfing with somebody they don’t really know.They are highly vulnerable to violent episodes, sexual assault and more.” Liz has worked with Homeless Connect for 10 years now and has worked with many, many homeless people. She has a good understanding of what they experience out there on the streets and says fear is a really big issue. “Some of them tell you they might use alcohol to try and quell their fears, or prescription drugs or other drugs, because it’s the only way they can sort of ease that anxiety. Anxiety and depression are really big factors for them, if they didn’t have those issues before they probably will have now,” Liz says.
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Donna’s story “I was homeless a few years ago, I’m 53 now. My partner and I were living in a campervan and he committed suicide. I came to the Gold Coast in the campervan but didn’t stay in the campervan long as that was the place he did it, so I found myself homeless. I wasn’t in a good way. It was exhausting, you had to constantly think about where you would go next, there wasn’t somewhere you could stay. Sometimes it was in tents in Kirra with my daughter pretending we were camping. She’s 24 now and doing really well. What I found surprising though was the amount of families out there, there are a lot of families and I think people don’t realise
that. Also most homeless people want to help the other people out there, like having dinner in the park together. I think people would be surprised by that too. What ended up happening with me was that I was picked up by HHOT (Homeless Health Outreach Team) and was taken to a refuge. From there they helped me see a doctor and I was diagnosed with bipolar. I was able to get the prescription drugs I needed. Along with Blair Athol [Accommodation and Support Services] they helped me get housing and I live in a flat now. You have to want it though. Some may not want the responsibility of a house, but I wanted it. I’m doing really well now, I’m working. I’m content and I can say that I’m finally happy.”
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“The other really big issue for women is trauma, just knowing you’re homeless and you haven’t got anywhere to go is an extremely traumatising situation to be in. Then if they try to find housing and they get rejected, it just continually traumatises them. That impact on mental health is enormous.” While there are still too many of our Gold Coasters out on the street, there are many organisations that are assisting them offering food, clothing, laundry services and more. One of the biggest events on the Gold Coast for the homeless or vulnerable is Homeless Connect on August 2. Metricon Stadium will see around 1000 homeless access crucial support services and help.
“I spent much of my childhood changing schools and areas to flee my violent step-parent. When my mum finally had the courage to leave my step-dad she went to the police and they referred us to women’s refuges who had a bed for us. We had to share a small room on bunk beds and be amongst other women and children fleeing domestic violence. We had communal space and couldn’t have any visitors, there was limited access to the things we were used to like TV, activities, phones. We shared the bathrooms, kitchen, lounge room and had no privacy outside of our tiny rooms. This was in Newcastle. I lived in 15 houses in 10 years and moved to seven different schools. My mother didn’t have the best choice in men and, unfortunately, we kept having to run away from bad situations due to family breakdowns. I was always the new girl at school but luckily I still remained close with many of the friends I made at each one. I was 14 when we fled our old life in Newcastle and made our way up to Queensland to start again. We only took with us what we could fit in the car and I had to start a new high school a few weeks before year nine was ending for the year. We had to change our surnames so my step-dad couldn’t track us down. I founded and now run a Gold Coastbased global beauty company called Cherry Blooms and just launched a range of liquid matte lipstick at the world’s largest cosmetics expo Cosmoprof as part
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of my “Kiss Poverty Goodbye” campaign. Recently I was hand-picked to participate in Filthy Rich and Homeless for my seemingly privileged lifestyle, as I won the Telstra Business Woman of the Year a few years back. The immersive documentary series for SBS saw myself live among Melbourne's homeless community for 10 days and nights. It was cold, lonely and very boring not having anything to do all day. I was very uncomfortable sleeping on the hard and cold concrete ground and always had to sneak into restaurants to use the bathroom. I also didn’t have access to a shower easily and had to plan every meal around the food truck and church meal programs. My whole day revolved around where and when I could eat, go to the bathroom and where to sleep that night. It was hard. I met a lot of people who have been living rough on the streets and in crisis accommodation. Many had mental health issues, drug and alcohol addictions, some were sex workers and others just had some really bad luck in life losing jobs or developing a disability. A common thread to many of them were a family breakdown or traumatic life events where they didn’t get the proper counselling to deal with it. I didn’t feel unsafe around them, I wanted to hug them!” Filthy Rich and Homeless is now available for catch-up on SBS On Demand
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mily Jade O’Keeffe is the Emily Jade part of Flan and Emily Jade with Christo on 102.9 Hot Tomato. She wakes the Gold Coast up with the latest news and weather and light hearted chat. She resides in Ashmore with her self-confessed hot husband Gerard Murtagh and adorable daughter Millie Valentine. MY ALARM GOES OFF AT… Annoyingly 3.45am, and I lay in bed for 15 minutes thinking about my life choices and wonder if I should have picked another career. Then I get over myself and count my blessings to have my dream job despite the early starts.Then it’s out of bed at 4am to sneak around the house getting ready trying to not wake up my family and at work by 4.30am, on air at 5am. HOW I GOT THE GIG… My love for radio began at 17 at school in Tasmania; I helped run the school lunchtime radio show. From there I worked for a community radio station during my degree and once I graduated I pitched a full-time night time
show to the local commercial radio station and they surprisingly said yes, that was my first paid gig, a huge $21k — I thought I had made it. Since then I have worked all over the country chasing bigger broadcasting markets. I helped launch Hot Tomato 14 years ago but left to work in Brisbane for eight years working for Nova, MMM and the ABC. I decided to move back when I had my daughter. Breakfast radio hours are brutal and hard to manage childcare if you have a husband like mine that works away a lot. So moving here meant I had my husband’s family to lean on and help, and it’s the best decision I’ve made. I literally can’t have this job without their support.There are no childcare centres open at 4am, but Grandparents arms are always open. HOW MY DAY GOES… I am in the studios around 4.30am to read all the papers and online media and discuss what we want to bring to the show for that day and scrap from planning the day before.Then from 5-9 the show is in full swing; we talk after every song and those four hours fly by. After 9 we plan for the next day, have a few meetings and pre-record
Plan B: Sit on my butt and watch Netflix. August 2017
interviews. We leave the studio around 11am and most days I run around being a mum and wife. Sometimes we have social work commitments but Hot Tomato try really hard to respect our family time because going out and living gives us experiences to bring back on air. THE BEST PART OF MY JOB IS… The latest ratings results were amazing. In all honesty I love radio because I love to talk and share and help my community in any way I can. But when you do all that and then are the number one station by a long way, you can’t help but love life a little harder. WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW… How handsome my co-workers are… obviously they wanted me to write that! But it seems to always surprise people that we really love each other. I spend more time with my work husbands than my actual husband and if I didn’t like Flan and Christo I wouldn’t keep coming to work. Life is too short to spend hours of your day in a really small room with people you don’t get along with. MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT… Meeting Chris Hemsworth at the station. He was gorgeous and I made him a cup of tea with honey. I posted a joke about being the happiest tea lady alive and a picture with him and the tea on my socials and it made the news all over Australia and in England. THE WORST PART IS… Not being able to help everyone. We get so many requests for assistance.There is so much hurt and grief in our community and often people have nowhere to turn but the radio. It pains me to not be able to help everyone. HOW I BALANCE IT ALL… I have learnt how to say no. It was hard at first because before Millie I was a total yes woman and needed to be for my career progression. But with this little life in my hands there is only so much I can do before it impacts on her. So now I ask myself if I say yes what benefit will it have for my family, not my career, and if there is literally none then the answer is a big fat NO.
Who’s in your corner? The 5 people you need on your separation team eparation is something nobody wants to think about, but if it does happen, you need to make sure you have a team supporting you through the process. The five people we recommend to help you through the process are: FAMILY LAWYER Having a family lawyer who knows the process inside and out can help you on the right path. It might seem daunting contacting a lawyer as soon as you separate, but it can save you a lot of heartache in the long run. It is helpful to have somebody looking after the legal matters so you can concentrate on the emotional ‘stuff’. A family lawyer can help you initially decide on how to leave, what to take with you, what to do with the children and how the property might be divided. We offer initial consultations at a reduced rate and urge you to make contact sooner rather than later. FINANCIAL ADVISOR/ACCOUNTANT Often an accountant has dealt with both parties of the relationship and is trusted by both. They can prove useful in helping broker a deal as they know how your financial structure or business works. Accountants
are also helpful in understanding the best tax-effective way of dividing assets or companies. It may be that you are unsure of what assets you and your partner have, so by talking to your accountant, they can inform you what does exist. A financial advisor is useful in advising you what assets to retain that would be helpful to your stage of life. For example, do you take cash, superannuation or property? If you receive a cash payout, it may be in your best interests to invest the funds or buy property rather than just leave in a bank account. FRIENDS/FAMILY It’s important to have a supportive friend/ family base. You need people who are going to care for you and help you out when you need it. With friends, be careful they aren’t imposing their thoughts on to you and clouding what you believe. Choose friends and family that are there to listen and offer a shoulder to cry on when you need it. Listen to their advice but still do what is best for you. COUNSELLOR While it is good to have a support network of friends and family, sometimes they aren’t equipped to deal with the
emotional ‘stuff’ like you need them to. Having an experienced counsellor on hand to help you through the pain is going to help you come out the other end. You need somebody who can listen with an unbiased opinion and offer solutions for yourself and/or your children. When going through your family law matter it is crucial to look after yourself so you can deal with what is going on. EXERCISE BUDDY Exercise makes us happy — it releases endorphins and you need these! We find exercise is much more enjoyable when you have someone to go with or who can hold you accountable if you have to meet them for a class. Boxing is great exercise at any time but during a separation it can help get your frustration out! If you have any questions regarding the above or would like more information, please contact C&K Family Lawyers for your Family Law needs on 5530 8022. Located at Hope Island Central, 340 Hope Island Road, Hope Island. Or visit ckfamilylawyers.com.au.
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cougars Get it’s Kirstin Cuthbert meets women who choose to date younger men en have been doing it for centuries, now it’s time for women to do it too. Tina Turner, Demi Moore and Elizabeth Taylor are leading the way and showing that age is truly no barrier when it comes to romance, love and sex. Much different to their preying, prowling, cradle-snatching stereotype, “cougars” are simply women who date who they want at what age they want. Meet two real life “cougars” who are living and dating on their own terms.
e was the son of some people I knew. The father knew but the mother didn’t. We were out at a work function and I ended up talking to him outside, and it all went from there. He was about 24 and I was 38 or 39. It went on for about a year. When we would go out for dinner no one would really look or say anything, and I always thought they would. No one ever picked up on it. It started going badly when he was in social situations; I would notice the immaturity. When we were together ourselves he was fine. I also have a son but he never ever got involved in that side of it. That would freak him out. When he’d come over and I’d have my son’s stuff around he’d react with, “Oh God, I forgot you have a son.” I bumped into his mum one day and she said, “Oh we’re going away and we’re not taking the children, it’s going to be so
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nice to have an adult holiday without the children,” and in my head I’m thinking OMG I’m dating “the children”. Another time he rang me up to see if I wanted to go to a 21st and I thought freaking hell I could be the mother of the kids at the 21st, I don’t want to go to a 21st. So he said, “Oh okay I was going to pick you up in the car but if you’re not going to come I’ll skateboard there.” And I remember thinking what am I doing? I’m going out with someone who had got a skateboard! Hence we nicknamed him skater boy. In the end it was the maturity level. He’d ring me up really drunk and want to come over. He’d be so drunk and I’ve got a walk in wardrobe and he’d get stuck in the wardrobe. It was fun and great, and I had someone 14 years younger that was attracted to me and wanted to be with me. But when they’re in their young 20s and
I bumped into his mum one day and she said, “Oh we’re going away and we’re not taking the children, it’s going to be so nice to have an adult holiday without the children,” and in my head I’m thinking
OMG I’m dating “the children". you’re in your late 30s it’s very hard to make it work and to move forward. When I was 40 I dated a 24 year old again, we worked together. But again that didn’t work out. It’s fun and you have to keep it as fun in your head because it’s very rare that it will work out long term, unless you’re in your 40s and 30s. When it’s 20s and 40s it’s not feasible but it’s fun.. And it’s a bit of an ego thing — you kind of think they’re that much younger and there’s all these pretty girls out there and they want to be with you. If a younger guy asked me out again it all depends on the attraction. I wouldn’t date a younger guy just to date a younger guy, the same as I wouldn’t date a rich man because he was rich. It would depend on the maturity though, I’m 47 and if a man who was 35 asked me out I’d probably say yes but if they were in their 20s I probably wouldn’t go there again.
The Italian Stallion married a man my age and had three kids with him but we separated and divorced as our maturity levels didn’t match up. He was immature. When I left my husband I was happy on my own, and I was happy to be on my own for the rest of my life quite frankly. I don’t have a history of dating younger guys, I don’t look at younger guys… to me it’s more about the person. One day I was doing a presentation in a restaurant with a client and a younger man was sitting kind of in front of me and he was in my eye line. I thought he was looking at me and I kept on checking behind me to see if he was looking at something else. Eventually he got up and walked out and I thought, “Oh that was a bit odd.” And then he walked back to the table and said “Hi, my name is Marco,” and asked my name and then asked for my number. He called me and we went out for dinner and that was it. We just hit it off. He is from Italy and he’s 26 years old. We’ve been together about two years. He’s very mature, he doesn’t do nightclubs, he doesn’t do parties, he doesn’t drink. I think there’s something in that European culture potentially where they teach men to be men, there’s no running away from responsibilities… Marco just steps up to the plate in a very masculine way. Like you’re the woman, I’m the man, which for me, personally, I like a man to be the one in control. And he just happens to be 26! He’s honestly an old person that just happens to be a young person. I also don’t see myself as an older woman either. Even though I’m 45 I don’t feel it and I don’t think I look it either, and he doesn’t look his age so it’s somewhere in the middle. I don’t feel like he’s with me because of my money, because I don’t have a bunch of money, he’s with me because we simply want to be together, we enjoy each other’s company and we have a lot in common. He told me he can’t date women his own age, and he doesn’t say it to be elitist, it’s that he can’t have that same conversation he has with me with girls his own age. A girlfriend of mine met me and my boyfriend a few days ago and she was making this big deal about it, that I like babies, that I’m a cradle snatcher. It’s not an age thing, sometimes it just happens, and you just meet someone on a soul level that
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you just get along with. I suppose for my girlfriends it’s a novelty. Everyone I know who is married doesn’t seem to be happy so I feel like they kind of live vicariously through me. It’s not like I ditched my husband for a younger man, I was separated, I was divorced, I was single, and I was very happy to be single. I just happened to meet someone who was a hell of a lot younger than me. I know a lot of men my age that are a bit weird about me dating a younger guy and they say like “Ooh she wants to be in control.” Like get stuffed, if you would like
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I ditched my husband for younger man, I was separated, I was divorced, I was single, I was way happy to be single. I just happened to meet someone who was a hell of a lot younger than me. to act your age and be in control maybe I’d date you but if you’re going to wear the fedora hat and three-day growth and act like an idiot then I’m not doing to date you. It’s about who you are. Male dominance dictates how we perceive relationships and sex. Don’t tell me a 20-year-old woman is going to crave a 45-year-old-man who has to take Viagra, like give me a break. The reality is it’s better for a 45-year-old woman to be with a 26 year old cause hey, he ain’t needing any Viagra! I don’t see this as something potentially long term and I’m happy for what it is now. But who can ever say that their relationship is going to be longer term, ever? Whether their partner is their age, older, younger, nobody can predict that. All I know is I’ve found someone I’m happy with and if other people question it then I get it, like I really do get it, but this is my life and I’m living it.
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GOLD COAST Born and bred in Mermaid Waters electronic music artist Jamie Lee Wilson is now living in Los Angeles and has just hit #2 on the US Billboard Dance Club Charts with her latest track Back 2 Love. The go getter takes a mini break to chat to Get it about her successes, fears and the male dominance in the industry LA WAS ALWAYS THE GOAL Every musician wants to work in LA, it’s the entertainment capital of the world! I took the plunge in 2016 when one of my songs was gaining traction in LA, so I thought I’d stop over for a few weeks. I got a few recording sessions, I met with Grammy Award winning producer Dave Audé (Rihanna, Katy Perry, Madonna and Coldplay) who interviewed me for his radio show. I had a meeting with Joachim Garraud (David Guetta, Beyonce, David Bowie and Kylie Minogue) and then we started writing and recording together. I was travelling backwards and forwards while still based in Australia but things would slow down when I was away, so it seemed to like a good decision to make the move. Then, after a successful meeting with a lawyer about a visa, I had really mixed feelings, which surprised me. I left the lawyers office and walked around the supermarket crying! DAY-TO-DAY LIFE I’m in the studio a lot, collaborating on new music, doing a lot of song writing for myself and also working on material for other artists both here and overseas. I’ve been performing in the States around LA, Miami and New York. I’ve sung at a couple of festivals and was lucky enough to sing in Jamaica and Mexico. LIFE IN LA There are a lot of people in LA working towards their goals, so you really have to know what you want and who you are. LA helped me re-define what I wanted as an artist. You’re kind of jumping in the deep end. I think growing up on the GC acclimatised me to the tourism industry always being at your doorstep. I guess that’s why I love the energy in Hollywood, it’s always buzzing. I still get excited when I see the Hollywood Sign (which happens to be at the end of my street!). THE HARD TIMES The hardest part is the distance away from home and making new friends. It’s easy to meet people but difficult to find true friends you can trust and really connect with. It takes time. I’ve had some testing situations that challenged me. I met a few sharks. But they were lessons I needed to learn. I’ve tried hard to make sure I never have a victim mentality. THE MALE-DOMINATED INDUSTRY Almost all of the producers I collaborate with, the musicians I work with, the label people I deal with, the managers I meet with, are men. It can be quite intimidating. There are a lot of great guys out there, and all the guys I’m working with right now are fantastic. It still can be a little daunting when you’re the only girl in the room. There’ve been some really difficult things to deal with. I’ve been sexually harassed at venues by management. I’ve been grabbed by patrons who think you’re public property. When you’re working in nightlife it can be difficult to avoid. I’ve had a manager of a very high profile artist in the States call me at 2am asking me to come to his hotel room for a “meeting”. There are different pressures on women than men, but there are also a lot of female artists bucking tired trends and paving the way. Artists like Tove Lo, LP, even Beyonce. You can forge your own path. HOME SWEET HOME I miss the laid back Aussie attitude, the clean air, the great food and coffee! Nobody knows how to make a good coffee over here. When you travel you’re reminded that Australia is such a beautiful country. The Gold Coast really does have the best beaches! GIVING BACK I was back in Australia in June producing a track and mentoring indigenous rap group the Gowrie Boys in North Queensland. It’s lovely to see the transition from when they first walk in the room, all shy and quiet, to watching them write and record and then they shoot a music video. It builds their confidence and gives them an opportunity to communicate what’s important to them. An incredible project and an amazing group of kids to work with! 2017 GOAL To get that Billboard number one! August 2017
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Need a place you can escape to when life gets too much? We hear you. Whether you need a space to meditate and do yoga, drink green tea in or other adult beverages, a Bali backyard is a great option. Even better, Bali is such a popular choice (not just as a holiday destination), so plenty of stores stock Balinese or Balinese-inspired furniture and landscaping materials. What you'll need: Think fountains, statues, bamboo, maybe even a Balinese hut for some shade and plenty of greenery. Stone, browns and neutrals with hints of green from plants will be the main colour scheme for your bliss-filled abode. How to pull it off: Focus on one feature piece and make it the focal point, then plan the rest of the area around it. It could be a feature fountain, hut or even a statue. Be careful though, too many feature elements will look less tranquil and more trashy.
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Party Patio If you love entertaining guests and don’t want to have to leave your home to socialise, make your backyard the new place to be by renovating it into an entertaining area. Great seating is crucial, as is a patio, then add in a feature wall, BBQ, shrubbery and pots. What you'll need: Firstly you’ll need a patio so if you don’t have one at present, it’s a great investment. Shop around for costs as they can be very reasonable. The table and chairs is the most important part so find one you love that has great comfy seating and is easy to clean — some big nights will probably happen there! How to pull it off: Buy the other items for your patio based off the colour scheme of the table, i.e. browns, or greys and whites or even blues. Vases, pots, cushions and decorative chairs all can work in together. If your patio area opens up into your living space, try to keep the colours coordinated for a synchronised feel.
Child-Friendly Courtyard As we all know, once the little ones come along, it’s no longer about us. Their wants and needs come first and that includes in the backyard. Fresh air and sunshine are great for children so encourage them to get plenty of it by making the backyard a perfect play area. Plus, you can hold play dates at your place rather than having to drive to someone else’s house. What you'll need: Small playgrounds are a plenty these days, as are trampolines and cubby houses. Make sure there’s still plenty of lawn space so they can run around, kick a footy with Dad or to set up a slip ‘n slide in summer. Space is the main thing you need as well as shade sails or trees for UV protection. How to pull it off: Your backyard need not look a total mess, or at least not all of the time, the playground can stay in the corner with a nice lawn and green shrubbery on the outskirts. Perhaps even some heavy duty gorgeous pots too and a table and chairs, just make sure they can withstand a ball or child running into them.
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Fabulous... at any age! Hello fashionistas! We all look in the mirror and wonder think ‘I wish I was 20 again!’ Seriously ladies, I would not go back there for a million dollars! I am very happy and more than comfortable in my skin at the mo’! Lessons learned and many experiences — good and bad — have put me in the path of great adventures and new friendships. Learn to love what you have now and embrace every lovable lump and bump along the way. Let me walk you through this… 30's plus. This is an already grown-up moment, for some it could be a great career, becoming a new mum, or a change in lifestyle; embrace these years because they’re not as scary as they sound. You have probably found your sense of fashion and style, not so fickle with necklines and hemlines, and it’s hopefully a little more minimal, with less rather than more in your wardrobe. 40's plus. A fabulous age, I know when we girls turn 40 plus, we think we become invisible. Who’s going to look at us? Do our partners still want us? Hell yeah! This is an age of reinvention, you are totally comfortable in every part of your life so learn to dress for your shape, your lifestyle and of course your personality — let that shine through! 50's and beyond. You don't have to think like everyone else; some are still working, some are living the dream, 60 is the new 40! We will never age! Get a good dose of attitude, a sense of humour and find your style, or let me help you! I was asked once ‘What would you do if you wern't a Stylist?’ My answer was and still is, I would design fabulous fashion for women over 50 who have lost their way! In the word of Coco Chanel,“You can be gorgeous at 30, charming at 40 and irresistible for the rest of your life.” Have a fabulous month. Stay stylish,
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Celebrating 10 years! ou can’t keep a good woman down and none more so than Cathy Hardy, the woman behind Shoetique, in Southport. Battling through business start-up, the global financial crisis, three years of light rail construction right on her front door and Southport shop closures, Cathy proves that with determination, know-how and a little bit of sass, your passion can not only survive, but thrive! 10 years of retail madness. Where on earth has it gone?! Firstly, I must thank my beautiful customers who have kept me going all these years; you’re loyal, you’re lovely and you have saved my sanity! I’m so appreciative that people won’t go anywhere else, they always come back to me. I have worked hard to always have new brands and fresh styles come through the store and I have quite a few ranges that no one else on the Gold Coast has – it’s important to stay exclusive! I’ve got some of the best shoes Europe has to offer, in particular my range of Espadrilles, which my ladies just love! That’s the secret to business on the Gold Coast; you have to keep things fresh and always evolving. You still need to keep the same wants as what you’ve built
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Wildlife has launched a free community environment initiative to help raise awareness and provide information on native plants and animals, aptly called Backyard Buddies. Their CEO Ian Darbyshire has provided some tips for Get it readers to nurture rather than neglect native wildlife. Go chemical-free Chemical pesticides and fertilisers are often used as a quick fix to many gardening woes. However, these harsh substances can cause unseen damage to native wildlife. Instead of drowning pests in poison, encourage their harmless, natural predators. Ladybirds, lace wings and hoverflies all feed on nasty bugs like aphids. These friendlier insects may thrive simply when you back off with the pesticides, but can also be encouraged by purchasing their eggs and placing them in your garden. A bird bath in a shady spot will also attract pesteating birds. Micro bats can get rid of pests such a mosquitos and a bat box on a pole in or near your veggie garden will encourage them to roost. Keep an eye on your pets A man’s (or woman’s) best friend can be the worst enemy of native wildlife. Keep your dogs fenced in and away from the base of trees so they can’t attack possums and koalas. Try to keep your cats indoors as much as possible, especially at night when they are more likely to go on the prowl. You may want to introduce a cat walk, allowing them to go outdoors without posing a risk to our furry and feathered friends. 36
Plant smart Before adding any new plants to your garden choose wisely. You can help out the local ecosystem by opting for plants which are indigenous to your area. Wattle (Acacia) trees are a great choice for Gold Coast backyards as they colonise disturbed areas where other plants find it hard to grow. Check the council website too as they have a full list of plants. When planting, try to arrange flora of diverse heights together and position shrubs and grasses in dense clumps. This will provide shelter for smaller creatures and attract insects and lizards that large birds love to eat. Attract new friends Our well-manicured, sparse lawns are pretty much the opposite of what most animals crave in a habitat. This tends to attract only pesky, aggressive wildlife like noisy miners. Instead create homes for your backyard buddies such as a ladybird house or DIY bee hotel. Building a nest box is another fun, sure-fire way to attract some interesting visitors. Landscape urban wildlife corridors Landscape corridors are important to allow wildlife to move between different areas to search for food, water, protection, nesting and breeding opportunities, according to Living Smart QLD. You can allow various wildlife species to travel between larger bushland areas and your backyard by working with your neighbour to turn an unused back corner, fence or boundary into a vegetated linkage. For more information visit backyardbuddies.org.au
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The Magic Pill for Weight Loss When it comes to losing weight most people have tried at one time or another to get a ‘quick fix’; the sad news is there isn’t a quick fix, but there is a magic pill writes Jeff Osbourne from Vision Personal Training Bundall he magic pill is amazing. You only need to take it twice a week and it has some pretty serious side effects. On top of firing up your metabolism for between 3-5 days, you will also experience a few of these things: l An increase in energy l A reduction in bone mineral loss and therefore you can ward off osteoporosis l A lower resting heart rate which can also bring down high blood pressure l A better response to blood glucose, which means less diabetes risk or if you have diabetes less medication potentially l Faster transit time of food in your intestine; that will help reduce colon cancer risk l Improved strength to make daily tasks easier Sounds like a pretty good pill right! And I know where I can get you some… but first, let’s chat about some other things you can be doing to improve your weight loss. One of the things we are blessed with in Australia is the best outdoors anywhere! It is safe, clean and particularly, on the Gold Coast, the weather is amazing! One of the best things you can be doing with your health and weight loss is taking advantage of the great outdoors; getting a little sun with your exercise has some amazing benefits! Firstly, don’t get sunburnt, that’s silly, but you do need some sun. One of the biggest benefits of getting some sun is your skin makes Vitamin D from sunlight and Vitamin D is critical. It helps your immune system fight disease, it helps your mood and gives you an increased sense of wellbeing and, most importantly, it helps with the uptake of calcium to your bones. In fact, people who live in low sunlight areas have huge problems from Vitamin D deficiency. My suggestion for better weight loss is to get out in the morning. The sun is less severe and you take advantage of some mild ketosis. The mild ketosis happens when you haven’t eaten for an extended period of time. If you eat a good dinner without too many carbs and then sleep for a good period of time, when you wake up your body is primed to burn fat! In some people your body will burn fat as 80% of your energy rather than the normal 50%. That means if you get up and go before you have some breakfast you get some great fat burning done, you get some sunlight, and produce some Vitamin D. Then all you need is the magic pill to really get things moving! If you haven’t guessed, the magic pill is strength training. One thing many people don’t understand about lifting weights is what the benefits really are. When you go and lift weights, provided they are heavy enough, you are doing micro tears in the muscles that, when repaired, get stronger. The best part is that repairing those mini tears takes energy. So after a weights session you are burning more energy when you walk, when you sleep, and when you wake up and do your morning cardio! How great is that! If you have done a great job, by lifting really heavy and safely so you don't cause any August 2017
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Time to focus on hearing loss Hearing health with Grant Collins, Principal Audiologist at Clarity Hearing Solutions ith a growing number of Australians suffering in silence (no pun intended) from hearing loss, this month’s Hearing Awareness Week is a timely reminder of this invisible disorder. Hearing Awareness Week runs from 20-26 August and aims to provide information and awareness about hearing loss in Australia. It’s a growing concern in Australia with rates of hearing disorders expected to grow from 1 in 6 of the population to 1 in 4 by the time we hit 2050. When we get to our seniors, 70 years or over, 75% currently have some form of hearing loss. Coincidentally, August is also Tradies National Health Month and tradies, farmers and other blue collar workers face the biggest risk from one of the most prevalent causes of hearing loss — noise. Sometimes called industrial deafness, noise-induced hearing loss can strike at any time and blue collar workers are particularly at risk due to the ongoing use of loud, explosive machinery and tools. Engines and motor noise are particularly deceptive with the amount of damaging noise they produce. People think that short sharp loud bursts of high pitched noise such as rifles, hammering,
loud drums or music, and even nail guns, do the most damage to your hearing as they create the largest amount of discomfort to the ear. Although they most certainly do cause damage to the ear, by far the more dangerous and common noises to damage the ear are constant low pitched machinery and motor noises. These sounds seem much softer to us and do not cause as much discomfort so we are less inclined to use hearing protection and limit our exposure to them. Some people who are now reaching their 40s are also finding that going to concerts in their youth and long-term headphone use is causing tinnitus, which can be an early warning sign of hearing deterioration. It is shocking how little noise is required to start damaging your hearing. A safe level for noise exposure is 85dBA for 8 hours. For every 3dB over 85dBA that you are exposed to then halve the amount of time in which can be safely spent. For example 88dBA is 4hrs safely, 91dBA is 2hrs, 94dBA is 1 hrs and so forth.
l Car horn — 120dB l Chainsaw — 104dB l Nightclub — 98dB l iPod — 92dB l Lawnmower — 89dB l Movie theatre — 81dB l Talking voice — 65dB The interesting thing to note about decibel levels is that the scale is not linear. An 80dB sound has 10 times more sound pressure than a 70dB sound and 100 times more pressure than a 60dB sound. The one silver lining for sufferers of hearing loss is that treatment has come a long way. Ongoing miniaturisation and the advancement in technology means there are some very advanced, smart, very discreet (some even invisible) hearing aids on the market that can help treat hearing loss. Most Australian’s leave hearing loss unchecked for 6-7 years. The fact is, the sooner you address your hearing loss, the better your outcome will be. Don’t delay it any longer. Contact your qualified audiologist today.
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Must taste this August If you only try three new things this month, let it be these!
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Indulge: Butterbings originated in Melbourne and comprise of two chocolate brownie cookies sandwiched together and separated only by delicious handcrafted buttercream.
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Where to try: Delighting tastebuds at Paradox Coffee Roasters, The 4217 Urban Village, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise.
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he Q Super Centre is the favourite shopping centre of canine creatures, with six dog watering stations at various locations, and now they are searching far and wide for the Doggie Face of 2017. The winning dog will represent Q in future advertising including Facebook, posters, website and media. First prize includes a $500 credit with Vetcall, a pet photo shoot with Paw Posed Pet Photography to capture the rising star and a Designer Doggie Face of Q 2017 collar tag. There are also 11 runner up prizes of individual pet photo shoots with Paw Posed Pet Photography. Your dog’s modelling career will be off to a running start with 12 images from the 12 winners featuring in a Doggie Face of Q Calendar distributing in October. For every entry on Facebook $1 will be donated to Story Dogs & Story Book Farm. If you think your pooch has what it
Get your paws primed, fur fluffed and tail wagging as the Q Super Centre is on the lookout for Q’s next top dog
takes to be Q’s next top dog then upload a photo with your dog’s name and age to Q’s Facebook page facebook.com/QSuperCentre or visit qsupercentre.com.au for more information on how to enter. The competition starts 7th August and ends 25th August. *Terms and Conditions apply.
This is the winner of Doggie Face of Q last year, a rescue grey hound called Daisy. She’s a beautiful, gentle girl. Daisy is also a Delta Therapy Dog who visits patients in Gold Coast hospitals providing the joys of animal companionship to those who need it most.
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Kim Beach is helping to transform the lives of thousands of women through her authentic, inspiring approach to health and fitness. Over the past 13 years she has helped real women mostly between the ages of 30 to 55 achieve incredible results. From losing and keeping off substantial amounts of weight to women who now have more energy for their families and/or their full time demanding jobs, she shows that anyone can sleep better, feel better and look better. But Kim’s path to success hasn’t been straightforward — like all of us, she’s gone through tough times, and has had to juggle her roles as a businesswoman, mum and partner. Fortunately, with her unfailing optimism and loyal support network, Kim has shown that embracing your true self really can be the best approach of all. Kim is delighted to share some of her favourite recipes with Get it readers. She hopes they inspire readers to find a healthy balance that’s right for them.
SAN CHOY BAU INGREDIENTS • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle • 500g pork mince • 1 garlic clove, crushed • 1 onion, chopped • 1 tsp curry powder • 1 tsp smoked paprika • 1 tsp turmeric • 2 cups chopped vegetables – capsicum, broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, etc. • 1 tbsp oyster sauce • 1 egg • Baby spinach and sesame seeds, to serve
METHOD Heat olive oil in a frying pan, then add the pork mince, garlic and onion. While the mince is browning, add the smoked paprika, curry powder and turmeric. Stir until mince is cooked. Add the chopped veggies and oyster sauce and give a good mix. Crack the egg into the pan and mix well, along with a light drizzle of olive oil over the top. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes before serving. Put baby spinach in a bowl, top with the mince mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds. So tasty!
TUNA + SWEET POTATO PATTIES INGREDIENTS • 2 small sweet potatoes (about 500g) • 400g tuna in spring water, drained • 4 spring onions, finely sliced • 1-2 garlic cloves, grated or chopped • 1 egg, lightly beaten • 1 cup (80g) rice crumbs • 2 tbsp spelt flour • 2 tsp sesame seeds • 1 tbsp olive oil • 1 tsp finely chopped parsley METHOD Preheat the sandwich press. Cut sweet potato into small cubes and steam them for 5-10 minutes until soft. Transfer to a bowl and use a fork to mash roughly. Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat, add the spring onions and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes until softened. Add the tuna, sweet potato, egg, rice crumbs and parsley to mixture. Stir until combined. Use your hands to form the mixture into patties. Combine the flour and sesame seeds in a bowl and lightly coat each patty (dusting off any excess). Place patties on the sandwich press and, with the lid up, cook on each side for 4 minutes until warmed through and golden. 43
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STICKY NUTS INGREDIENTS • 500g mixed nuts • ½ cup (125ml) rice malt syrup • 2 tsp. pure maple syrup • Pinch of salt METHOD Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a small square baking tin with baking paper. Spread 150g of the nuts (about a third) on a baking tray lined with baking paper and roast in the oven for 10 minutes — be careful not to burn them! Put the remaining nuts in a food processor and process until near butter consistency. In a saucepan over medium heat, put the rice syrup, maple syrup and a pinch of salt. Stir until syrup takes on water consistency. Stir in the nut butter from the food processor and mix well. Add the roasted nuts to the mixture in the saucepan. Pour into the prepared baking dish and stand in the fridge to set for 30 minutes, then cut into squares.
SERIOUSLY GOOD FUDGE INGREDIENTS • 1 cup (250g) almond butter • ½ cup (60g) cacao powder • ¼ cup (60ml) pure maple syrup • ½ cup (60g) chopped walnuts METHOD Combine the almond butter, cacao powder and maple syrup in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl, add the chopped walnuts and stir to combine. Line a small square baking tin with baking paper and spoon in the mixture. Using the back of the spoon, spread out the mixture so it is about 2.5cm thick and a nice square shape. Refrigerate for 2 hours, slice into squares and store in fridge.
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WOMEN IN TOURISM Excitement revved as the Women in Tourism July breakfast began at Brockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garage, Dreamworld. In amongst the jaw-dropping range of racing legend Peter Brockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most iconic cars Cortnie Bornyk from Her Future Matters took attendees through inspiring and thought provoking activities to increase confidence, worth and self-appreciation. We can all use a little more of that! Images supplied by Nick Northcoat at Captivating Visuals
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Saturday was an occasion to break the stereotype that steakhouses are a venue only for men. Ladies came together to celebrate beef, booze and banter on a beautiful sunny day at Harry’s Steak Bistro and Bar in Burleigh. Guests we’re treated to the best that Harry’s has to offer with a flavoursome selection of share plates and their famous steak frites. Ladies wined and dined and experienced the true meaning of coming together to share delicious food.
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Take the first step he development of each child is a journey — a unique path that begins with one step,” believes Brian Grimes, A.B. Paterson College Principal. “Great schools are an important part of such a journey; a place of wonderful engagement, full of opportunities to try new things, places in which we can explore who we are, and to genuinely grow as individuals. They help us to shape our identity, develop our character and explore what it means to be part of a community.” At A.B. Paterson College, our students journey through our Phases of Learning, designed to ignite their curiosity, inspire learning, develop their identity, independence and responsibility, accept challenge and explore their world, and lead them on a path of self-discovery to prepare them for what lies ahead. This journey begins for our Prep to Year 3 children with an abundance of fun, friendship and learning with creativity. “I’m clever; I’m busy; I’m helpful.” Developing our children’s sense of wonderment and sparking natural curiosity in their world makes for a vibrant and inspiring learning environment. Our teachers care about your child as if they were their own, part of a safe, happy and nurturing family. Excited by everything they see and do, their enthusiasm is infectious. We understand that setting the foundations for developing positive relationships and harnessing their natural curiosity makes for a thriving learning environment. In Years 4 to 6, students begin to gain more independence; friendships and their learning are an important part of their growing world. “I’m valued; I’m known; I’m challenged.”
Supporting our children’s growing identity through choice and opportunity promotes a blossoming sense of independence and responsibility. Our teachers recognise that your child has a growing sense of maturity and identity, supporting them to step up with more choice and challenge. Encouraged to think, to feel, and to apply their learning to the world, they aim for the sky. We understand that this is a time for developing greater responsibility, independence and leadership in a collaborative learning environment. Ahead there are big changes for our students in Years 7 to 9 as they enter the world of Senior School, a safe haven where they can experiment, explore, succeed, attempt and learn. “I’m learning to be me; I’m part of a family; I’m ready to try new things”. This stage of the journey is all about encouraging our students to strive to be their best, where they can flourish in a supportive but challenging environment. Our teachers know that your child is ready to explore their sense of self within a
supportive and caring family environment. Challenged to take the leap into the unknown, they are not afraid to give anything a go, knowing that we are there to catch them should they fall. We understand that this is a time of great physical and emotional change, a time when we can work together as partners to provide a caring environment in which your child can safely grow and develop. Finally, the destination years offer a safe path of discovery as Years 10 to 12 progress towards journey’s end — graduation and the next big step in life’s journey. “I’m a leader; I’m an adventurer; I’m ready for what lies ahead.” We look to shape our young people’s capacity to succeed as confident, capable and contributing citizens, along whichever path they choose to travel in the world beyond. Our teachers mentor your child as a young adult, walking beside them as they make important decisions about their futures. Shaped as positive supporters of each other, they understand the value of giving back to their wider communities. We understand your child is an individual with specific interests and talents, and that many choices and opportunities allow for a more personalised, tailored learning experience, forging a strong foundation for their future success. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu Take that one step and begin your journey at our Open Day on Thursday 17 August 2017, 11.00am – 12.30pm. It would be a privilege to have your children entrusted into our care. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org P: (07) 5561 4140 abpat.qld.edu.au
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Get your horoscope About Cassandra Tyndall Cassandra is an avid professional astrologer, writer and teacher, based in Brisbane, Australia. Her interest in Astrology started when she was a child reading horoscopes in her mother's magazines. Known for her honesty, passion and insight, Cassandra offers consultations to people all over the globe. cassandratyndall.com H SCORPIO October 23 – November 22 Mars, your patron planet, can inspire you to tackle work-related challenges until early September. A can-do attitude combined with courageous leadership can help you get noticed. A dramatic New Moon Eclipse on the 22nd will bring a brilliant portal of opportunity for career progress. Strike out in a new direction, especially if your current position is past its expiry date.
H LEO July 22 – August 23
Planetary triggers this month can highlight a turning point or breakthrough regarding living a more authentic life. A New Moon Eclipse on August 22 can encourage you to make peace with your past or let go of some limiting habits or ideals. Getting in touch with your essential needs and desires can open up a future path of authenticity and happiness. H VIRGO August 23 - September 22 Pulling back from obligations and responsibilities can help you carve out the time you need to rest and rejuvenate. Mars’ tour through your 12th house will encourage you to pursue your private or spiritual desires rather than kicking goals in your outer world. Rest and relaxation are highlighted so, if possible, spend some time on holiday or get off the grid until early September. H LIBRA September 22 – October 23 Impressions are everything, especially at work, while Venus tours your career sector until the 26th. Consider updating your professional profile including your resume and social media accounts. Venus is social by nature; accept invitations to work events, conferences or fundraisers you may normally opt out of. Your charming nature and impeccable manners can take you far this month.
H SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 22 Your thirst for travel and adventure may be triggered under the exciting New Moon Eclipse on August 22. Knowledge, wisdom and a craving for learning can also be activated under this influence. Exciting opportunities for travel and adventure may beckon, where broadening your horizons will be necessary. Consider a course of study or a trip to somewhere you’ve never been. H CAPRICORN December 22 – January 20 Two eclipses will activate your money zones in August. A Full Moon Eclipse on the 8th may trigger your dreams for a brighter income stream. This may prompt you to seek a higher paying role or even a change in your employment. Extra cash can also be found through a sideline project or a part-time business. H AQUARIUS January 21 – February 19 Personal and professional relationships have the potential to move quickly this August. Thanks to a New Moon Eclipse on the 22nd, a bright and bold new future can develop with the key people in your life. As this eclipse aligns with the powerful North Node alongside action planet Mars, leave relationship dramas behind and move forward into unknown possibilities. H PISCES February 19 – March 20 Time out to tap into your deepest spiritual perspectives will be triggered under the Lunar Eclipse on August 8. Rest and relaxation will be nourishing, especially if you’ve been burning the candle at both ends. As one of the more intuitive
places of your solar horoscope, this lunation may help you tap into your own inner knowing. H ARIES March 20 – April 19 Breakthroughs or exciting new beginnings are possible under the New Moon Eclipse on August 22. Living your life with more happiness and joy, or aligning your inner priorities with your outer world, are possible. Love and romance, children or a creative pursuit can also be energised as your ruler, Mars, makes an impact. Due to Saturn’s influence you can expect long-lasting results from this eclipse. H TAURUS April 20 – May 21 Bold and confident decisions can be made at home when Mars pairs up with the exciting New Moon Eclipse on August 22. Completing renovation projects or upgrading to a living environment that suits your style is possible. If you have no plans on moving, adding a little luxury will help you feel like a queen/king in your castle. The dynamics of your family relationships may undergo changes. H GEMINI May 21 – June 21 A retrograde phase from your patron planet may prompt you to ponder your options at home. Whether you’re considering renovating, moving or would like to make some changes with your family dynamics, August is a month to research the possibilities and formulate a perfect plan. Execution can happen next month once Mercury is back to normal and action planet Mars can help you make progress. H CANCER June 21 – July 22 Your finances may undergo a breakthrough as energetic Mars fires up your cash zone for the first time in two years. A bold confident attitude to money can help you make progress toward your cash goals. A dramatic eclipse can bring breakthroughs financially. Whether you goal is to save for the long term, invest or spend extra cash, you can get clear on a plan.
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Can you lose your identity by getting a haircut? Sarah Blinco quite literally finds out… very few years as the seasons change I find myself casually eyeing photos of short hairstyles — cute bobs, messy beach crops and sexy layers. Infrequent browsing becomes more determined, and the excitement of a new do dawns. I inevitably commit. Let’s cut this long boring hair. Yes! I browsed, bookmarked, and was even clickbaited by InStyle UK when the magazine declared the look of the year is a “hot platinum blonde buzz cut”, as showcased at Paris’ Haute Couture Fashion Week in July by Katy Perry, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss. Those ladies are never wrong. We should all do this, right? There’s nothing like a rebellious visit to the salon where you announce to your gleeful stylist,‘Let’s do this — I’m ready for a change and to let the world know I’m not afraid — you have my blessing to CUT!’ I showed up on time, gave the salon dog, Dolly, a hug, and then produced my efficient Pinterest board full of inspiration and examples. My stylist smiled and nodded. I felt confident. Other blondies will understand the process — colour first, then toner, wash, condition; all the while gossiping, flicking through magazines and scrolling Instagram (trying not to pick out too many more photos that demonstrate how we might like to look at the end of this big event). The scissors appeared and the chirpy apprentice primed her phone in order to Instagram my transformation. The examples I shared showed a choppy blonde look that fell a little above the shoulders. My hairdresser went to start at that length, but during a moment of miscommunication when I wasn’t entirely paying attention (I was actually filming Dolly for Facebook because I am a [crazy] dog-lover), a lot more hair came off than I expected. The bob was chic and shapely. But oh, it was short. Some of you reading this know me and you’ve likely heard me preach about how change is great — go for it, put yourself out there, August 2017
quit the job you hate, fall in love, move overseas, go travelling, adopt a rescue dog, cut your hair off… all excellent ideas. The crisis of identity that followed was kept secret, except from Cooper, my long-suffering better half. He offered support. “You look ten years younger,” he said. Bless him. ‘Yes’, I thought, because I haven’t had this cut since I was 15! At this point all I could see was long hair — film, television, magazines, my own selfies. Long hair, everywhere. This all happened right before we went on a holiday and, in hindsight, part of the problem for me was trying to style a brand new cut while using harsh hotel hair products. My hair wasn’t moving. I defiantly refused to be in photos. I didn’t look like me. I consider myself to be quite ‘low maintenance’, and was surprised by my reaction. I took to Google to try and make sense of it all. Psychology Today explained: “Because it is so visible, hair becomes a part of a person’s identity. It helps define the persona you aim to create… Hair can also influence the way you define yourself to yourself, as an extension of your identity.” By the time I returned to my day job, I had started to master the look. I was even warming to the new me. My manager tentatively complimented the change, and followed with a story about how he’d once thought he was doing the right thing by acknowledging a colleague’s cut only to have her promptly burst into tears. #firstworldgirlproblems Now I’m back though. The ‘brave’ one with the cute crop; the blondie who does things the others won’t [are not crazy enough to] do. People seem to like it. I do now too. Did I lose my identity? Yes, for a bit. Was it worth venturing outside of my comfort zone? As I always say, definitely. Get it girl Sarah Blinco is a business communications professional. She blogs about life, travel and digital media at travellivelearn.com and @sarahblinco on Instagram. 50
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