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hether it’s curling up with a quality cup of coffee and reading a really good book, or binge-watching that addictive Netflix show, sometimes you just need to escape for a little while from reality. It’s important, however, to take a moment to notice the things that make real-life sweeter than any piece of fiction. Luckily, this issue is full of those moments. That holiday… Sure, watching Sex and the City re-runs will never get old, and seeing New York flash across your screen is like greeting an old friend. Those scenes of Italy, India and Bali in Eat, Pray, Love transport you to another world and instantly make you want to book a ticket and take off for a year. However, nothing beats that feeling of being in New York in the summer, taking a rest stop at Bryant Park and people watching – or walking through Bloomingdales. And nothing – nothing – comes close to eating pasta opposite the Colosseum. In our own backyard there are so many beautiful places to explore too! From the gorgeous Sunshine Coast, buzzing Brisbane city, and our very own paradise that is the Gold Coast. So, get out and explore! You’ve got the world at your feet. The friend’s wedding… The biggest scene in many movies is the wedding. Often, full of pomp and circumstance, these events are packed with movie magic. Set in far-off locations, in castles, on islands or at some grand estate. And trust me, I enjoy a great Vera Wang moment as much as the next girl! But, getting the news of an engagement, especially from a close friend, is something else entirely. It’s not Hollywood effects or intangible characters, but your loved ones. Whichever way they choose to celebrate, you’ll be there to rejoice the good moments together because you’ve been through the highs and lows together. Of course, there are times when it’s okay and healthy to escape. So, this month Get it girls, come and escape with us for a little while. Peruse beautiful recipes for your next cooking venture, try out some amazing fashions for a new season and join some incredible Gold Coasters on their journeys. You’ll be so glad you did!

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ince the 80s we’ve come a long way; no more rotary phones, we’ve traded the library for Google and ditched the cassette tapes for iPods. We can all agree these are steps in the right direction – right?! However, one area that has taken a huge, obnoxiously trendy step backwards is chivalry. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but ladies, chivalry is – dead. “But how?!” I hear you gasp. Let me walk you through the train wreck… He used to introduce himself, instead of sliding into your DMs Looking back to a better time, men would have to work up the courage to approach a beautiful woman at a bar. A scull of beer and a few words of encouragement from a mate and off he went. Today, men at bars just stare at you like a little lost puppy before promptly going home and trolling Instagram until he finds that photo you posted with the name of the bar tagged in the location. Then, he likes a few of your pictures before direct messaging you with the ohso-imaginative, “Hey, I think I saw you out the other night…” Romantic, right? He used to send over a martini instead of airdropping photos to you – of himself Yes, this actually happens. The airdrop tool on the iPhone is a great invention; amazing for sending your friends those thousands of pictures that you took during your night on the town. Little did I know – until it was too late to un-know – it is also a great tool for men to get your attention. I have received multiple airdrops from random men on a night out, sending through pictures of themselves. I kid you not. Why did Crazy, Stupid, Love have to give us false expectations? Now whenever I sit at a bar, I expect a martini to be sent over by a handsome Ryan Gosling look-a-like, instead I am sent a mug shot of a man that looks old enough to be my dad. You used to dance like Danny and Sandy in Grease, not like Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj in the 'Beauty And A Beat' music video The dance floor is a great place to impress a woman, however men these days just don’t seem to understand the concept of personal space. Say it with me now men, “Per-sonal sp-ace”. Take us back to 'You’re The One That I Want' please! And there you have it girls. Chivalry may be dead but damn it, nothing is going to stop me from sitting at a bar and waiting for Ryan Gosling, and it shouldn’t stop you either!

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ver the past decade, when Australianborn students were complaining about school, Zena and thousands of Middle Eastern students have been denied an education and spent years fleeing terror. Despite an uneasy arrival to Australian shores in 2014, the Gold Coast Griffith University dentistry student has worn her refugee status as a badge of honour, strength and victory. With a glowing smile Zena says the only reason she wants to tell her story is to encourage others to “change their mindset and to do more than just exist”. In 2019, Zena looks like the average university student studying furiously for exams, hanging out with friends, and passionately volunteering on the Gold Coast. However, behind the cheery countenance and the scrubs lies a deeply disturbing past where she and her parents were fighting for survival and searching for a better life. After the death of Zena’s two brothers in Iraq in 1992, her mother Inamm and father Safa, fled to Libya with just their wedding rings and the dream of a safe haven. Two years later Zena was born and for 16 years the Al-Falahi family lived in harmony. Her father was an academic at the local university, her mother worked as an engineer, and Zena enjoyed the frivolities of childhood without a care. “Life was perfect,” Zena says. Zena, at that point in her life, did not have to think about reality of being stalked by war. The Al-Falahi family did not have to

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second guess driving their car, drinking clean water, eating dinner, and using electricity. It never entered 16-year-old Zena’s mind that she could be stripped of her education in a heartbeat, and the journey to university was going to be an exhausting process. However, on 17 February 2011, life changed forever with the escalation of a peaceful anti-government demonstration in Libya. Zena describes that if her 16-year-old-self ventured to school that day, it may have been her last. After the initial death of 200 civilians in Tripoli, the sinister nature of the Libyan Civil War was in full force. Zena and her family lived amongst a constant earthquake of gunshots and the blood-curdling screams of their neighbours dying. A city was in ruins without access to electricity, water, petrol, food, and education. The fear that rose in the initial stages of civil war was palpable. “We kept living each day like it was our last,” Zena says. As prime targets due to Safa’s profession as an academic the family experienced a cycle of trauma for months on end. Watching bloodshed out their front window or fleeing in the dark of night became normality. “As you could imagine, life became unbearable,” Zena says. “On one hand we had no life, and on the other hand all I remember was my parents worrying about my education and my future. " The young family were running from war for months on end, only to have it chase them every step of the way. They escaped, travelling through Tunisia, Jordan, Turkey and Syria just to stay alive. Robbery, confrontations in airports, and fleeing through ghost-like streets filled with gunshots, blood and glass was a common occurrence. “We migrated just to stay alive and we barely did,” Zena admits. “I find it hard to find the right words to draw the image for someone who is in Australia of our experience, particularly in Syria,” she says. “The sky rained bombs each day, you did not know where it was going to hit – you did not know if it was going to be you.” Months later, with finances running dry, Inamm and Zena farewelled Safa as he faced the possibility of death and travelled back to war-torn Libya to return to work. His girls and their survival were his priority. “I felt like I was saying goodbye to my father for the last time and I would never see him again,” she said. Each day the mother and daughter dreamed of an escape from their conscious nightmare - anything to take them back to a life they once knew. Their wish was shortly a reality when their official passports where regranted at a Syrian embassy. Soon after, Zena and Inamm fled to Malaysia for a better life.

Warfare denied Zena from completing high school until she arrived in Malaysia. As a young girl she was not passionate about education; however, the moment it was stripped away she was determined to catch up on lost time and dreamed of a bright future. “You do not know how much you appreciate something, until it is taken away from you,” Zena says. Despite a new appreciation for learning and a roof above her head, Zena faced a minefield of challenges when completing secondary school. A confronting Western environment, limited English and finances, and her mother’s failing health did not stop Zena from chasing her dreams. Instead it fuelled ambition, success and a passion to become a health professional and provide her family with comfort and support. Whilst studying for her final exams, Zena sat by her mother’s hospital bedside as a translator and support. The teenager studied day and night to ensure she could gain a scholarship to college. Upon graduation in 2013, Zena received top grades in nine subjects, four of those self-

“You cannot lose hope and dare to dream, because anything is possible.” taught. She also received a full scholarship to university. The celebrations were not long lived as Inamm’s health suddenly deteriorated - the Al-Falahi family were devastated. Zena’s father Safa was worried sick, and consequently suffered a stroke back in Libya. Under unfortunate circumstances Zena and her two sick parents reunited in Malaysia and made the journey to their new haven: Australia. With a glimmer in her eye, Zena says it was the peak of her life when she walked onto the tarmac at Sydney Airport. “I felt so lucky, I could easily have ended up in a refugee camp, or severely psychologically traumatised to the point where I am disabled,” Zena says. “I don’t know how to thank my parents - I owe it all to them. Without them I would not be where I am today.” Despite calling the blue oceans, safe streets, and clean air home, the Al-Falahi family were denied basic needs upon arrival. Most significantly, Zena could not go to university. “There was no war and it was a dream come true, but all of a sudden my hopes and dreams fell apart and I did not know what my future was going to look like,” Zena says. However, she pushed through the red tape and completed a foundation year of Bachelor of Medical Science at Western Sydney University, and now is in her third year of a Bachelor of Dentistry at Griffith University and volunteering on the Gold Coast.

Zena says refugees face hardship upon arrival because they are ‘different’ to their peers; however, they need to have a goal, give back, and embrace all the opportunities Australia has to offer. Calling the Gold Coast home, Zena has an overwhelming sense of purpose to give back to those who have given so much to her. “Due to the opportunities Australia has given me, I have an ethical responsibility to give back, particularly in the field of dentistry,” she said. “I know what it is like to not be able to afford dental treatment. “My dream is to provide free and mobile dental services to people who cannot afford private care or who cannot access a clinic. For example, refugees, rural residents, the disabled, and the elderly at home. “Throughout my life my family have sacrificed everything to give me a better life. My future goal is to ensure my family is comfortable.” Zena said her desire to learn and give back is the same as so many girls and boys in refugee camps. “I want all refugee students to know that despite your situation you can achieve anything,” she said. “You cannot lose hope and dare to dream, because anything is possible.” Behind every smile, there is a story of personal struggle. In the words of Zena AlFalahi,‘live today with purpose, kindness and courage because today could be your last.’

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It’s 2019 and the wedding game has changed – here are the new rules for wedding guest etiquette

o social affair has changed and evolved over time quite like the humble wedding. The do’s are now don’ts, the don’ts are now do’s and we’re all just a little lost! So in 2019, when brides can wear suits and weddings have a hashtag, what are the new rules for being a wedding guest? We review the new rulebook and let you in on a few little secret plays. APPROPRIATELY ATTIRED The age-old rule still applies: no white. Even if the bride isn’t wearing white – or there is no bride at all – you should still avoid this colour. But with that small exception, your outfit options are wide open. If there is a specified dress code, stick to it and as a general rule, err on the side of formal, rather than too casual. This season soft palettes make for a bold look.Think pastels, lace and floaty silhouettes. Feminine dresses and floral prints are perfect for a beautiful outdoor wedding – just don’t forget your sunglasses! But if you think the men wear the pants, think again. For a more daring look, try a jumpsuit or power suit in a pastel colour. Bardot tops, culotte jumpsuits and fluid striped palazzo pants are stylish, modern wedding attire. And the best part? You’ll be able to bust some serious moves on the dance floor later in the evening! PLUS ONE? Newsflash: weddings are expensive little affairs! So if the bride and groom haven’t specified that your invitation also extends to June 2019

your significant other then don’t bring them. Simple. Don’t ask the bride, it puts her in an uncomfortable position to have to say no. If you do score a plus-one invite then be respectful. Your plus one should generally be a long-term partner. Casual dates, new boyfriends and best friends are fun, but not appropriate to take with you. Your bride and groom shouldn’t have to pay to feed Adam from Tinder who you met for the first time over espresso martinis last weekend! If your plus one is named on the invitation, don’t substitute them for someone else. And remember, there are exceptions to every rule but make sure you speak to the bride well in advance and remember, it’s her day so what she says, goes! THE LITTLE RUGRATS You might love your little cherubs, and I’m sure the bride does too, but that doesn’t mean that they belong at a wedding.This is a very personal choice that sits with the bride and groom. If it is a child-free wedding then get a babysitter for the night and enjoy yourself. If your children are welcome, ensure that they have snacks, toys and activities to keep them busy. An iPad with a full battery and lots of games should do the trick! NAVIGATING THE MENU Welcome to 2019, where labels are everything; gluten-free, dairy-free, coeliac, lactose-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo… oh and allergies to just about everything. Catering to the masses is a nightmare! 16


The trend these days is veganism, so is it offensive to serve meat at a wedding even though a lot of guests are now passionate vegans? And vice versa: if the bride and groom are both vegan, is it rude to not serve meat to guests? If you have dietary requirements, ensure the bride and groom know well in advance so they can inform the caterers.This is not a time to be difficult;“I prefer chicken to pork” is not a dietary requirement, it’s a pain in the you-know-what. At the wedding, quietly check with the wait staff that your meal is correct to avoid any mishaps. As for the open bar? Go easy girl. Yes, free champagne is the best champagne but slow down, sloppy drunk is not trending this wedding season. SMILE FOR THE CAMERA One of the buzzwords in the wedding industry is ‘unplugged’. No, it doesn’t mean we’re going electricity-free and sitting around a campfire but it does mean that electronic devices are banned, particularly during the ceremony. Phones, iPads and cameras should be left on silent in your bag. Let the professional photographers – who your bride and groom have paid a huge amount of money for – do their jobs and capture the moments. Sit back, be present and actually enjoy the moment for what it is and not through a lens! Oh, and if the bride and groom have a wedding hashtag, use it! It’s a modern way for them to share all the special moments together #happilyeverafter

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On Sunday the 8th of September 2019, the Gold Coast will become more than a paradise for surfers and sun seekers – it’ll become the location of Destination I Do eld exclusively at Southport’s Sharks Events Centre, Destination I Do will be a haven for all things wedding and helping to create your dream nuptials. And, entry is completely FREE! Every couple’s needs for the big day will be catered for, so you and your partner don’t have to worry about a thing. From hens party venues, wedding night accommodation, audio visuals, floral arrangements and guest souvenirs, there’s everything your heart could desire for the special day, and plenty to spark ‘I do’ inspiration. Destination I Do is definitely the must attend event of the season, one you’ll want to schedule in your planner right away! If your goal is to showcase your business in a spectacular setting, right in front of adoring clientele, Destination I Do is the place to go! Luckily, there are still spots available for exhibitors and the wonderful team at Sharks Events Centre will be the ideal match, bringing newly engaged couples to your product. Both large and small businesses have been catered for,

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ambitious people be happier? How can

Sydney-based Yu Dan Shi, sought-after coach, mentor, speaker and author of Come Alive – Live a Life with More Meaning and Joy, teaches us the lessons she learnt after hitting rock bottom while working as an executive for a Fortune 100 company ow many of us hope,“If I can achieve this, I will be happier,” yet constantly feel unfulfilled? It’s a trap so many of us fall into. We believe happiness is just around the corner, and if only we work just a bit harder, for just a bit longer, we will finally be able to reach it. The trouble is, it rarely happens. How many of us have been full of ambition and finally arrived at our hard-fought destination, only to realise what it promised us was a mirage? Our years of hard work have not given us the happiness and contentment we’d hoped for. To travel so far and realise this can be deeply disappointing. Dr Tony Grant, a Coaching Psychologist at the University of Sydney, calls this a “hollow victory”.Why is this happening? Through years of research and working with successful high achievers, I have discovered that a lot of our unhappiness is the result of our long-term behaviours and habits.These habits often brought us success early in life but derailed our happiness as we pursued even greater success. These detrimental habits include: l Working tirelessly at the expense of sleep, relationships, our wellbeing and life balance. l Saying “yes” to everything to show how committed we are. l Pushing ourselves into the ground to manage an ever-expanding workload. l Prioritising other people’s goals over our own. Typically, organisations and society reward these behaviours. We quickly discover they get us ahead in our careers, so we keep doing them, even when they don’t make us happy. June 2019

When these behaviours become a daily habit, they inevitably wear us down, no matter how successful we are. What underpins this pattern is the fact we don’t know how to achieve success in a healthy way. Most of us have only been taught how to work harder and longer to achieve success, not how to work better. In my corporate career of 20-plus years, I witnessed the negative outcomes of a workaholic culture every day.The high achievers were the ones who suffered most. They would pull all-nighters and turn up to work the next day.They would routinely start a second shift after putting their children to bed. They would travel across time zones, severely jet-lagged yet able to sit through back-to-back meetings with no rest. They were proud of their discipline and toughness.Yet privately, these high achievers were falling apart, desperately wanting a break. I know, because I was one of them. In 2008, I suffered a severe burnout in my first executive job as a Chief Marketing Officer for a global tech company. For years, the motto I followed was “no pain, no gain”.The result was that I was so burnt out, it took an emergency operation to force me to look at the way I worked and lived differently. My doctor explicitly told me that my life-threatening illness was the result of unhealthy working habits and stress. There is a limit to how much and how hard we can work. We cannot sustain a state of never-ending struggle. Eventually, people break. Like a fuel tank, our willpower and energy need to be topped up or they will run out. In other words, many of us are high 18

achievers but not necessarily high performers. When we learn to achieve in an optimal way, we sustain our success for longer and we become much happier. By the time clients come to see me in my coaching practice, they are often contemplating leaving their jobs or quitting their careers altogether. However, only 20 per cent of these clients need to make an external change.The majority can improve their situations dramatically simply by learning better working habits. With the right tools and techniques, high achievers learn how to motivate themselves naturally without shouting “come on, you can do it”. They understand how to perform at their peak and restore their energy daily. And they learn how to re-design their work and daily agenda to get the best out of themselves. By refining their working habits, high achievers see tremendous results within a short period of time.They take back control, feel energised and driven.They significantly cut back their working hours.They not only start to perform better at work, but they also feel much happier overall.They sleep soundly at night. Their relationships with their families improve as their psychological wellbeing recovers. For many, they also finally have the time to reconnect with their passion projects, bringing joy back into their lives. You don’t need to stop achieving. But learning how to achieve optimally makes the journey so much more enjoyable. We all want to succeed. But we don’t have to sacrifice our happiness and wellbeing in the process. We can succeed in a healthier way – that’s the real success.

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Get it’s Kathleen Loxton sits down with EshaAvantha Naidoo, who gets real about the beauty industry and being a part of Good American’s Good Squad, co-founded by Khloe Kardashian

The perfect match

iversity and representation, especially in the industries of beauty and fashion, has been a key factor throughout Esha’s career and stemmed from seeing where the beauty industry can improve first-hand. Speaking of starting modelling at the age of 17, Esha noted how much the industry has changed since then and how important it is, particularly for young women, to have role models to look up to.“The industry wasn’t like it is now, there’s more women of colour and products that cater to skin tones like mine. At the time, I wanted to feel just as beautiful as the other girls walking down the runway.There just wasn’t the products or knowledge for makeup artists to be able to cater for girls like me, so I took it upon myself to learn. It was such a nice transition; now I can help other women of colour,” said Esha. This perfect blend of work ethic and personal values found their ideal match when Esha was scrolling through Instagram one day and spotted Good American was opening applications to be part of their Good Squad, co-founded by Khloe Kardashian.The Good Squad would be a diverse and powerful group of women, of different ethnicities and body shapes, who would be representing the brand in their new denim campaign.To apply, Esha submitted photos and answered a few questions, then went back to focus on her work as a successful makeup artist, model and influencer. A few weeks later, Esha received an exciting email asking her to come to the open casting in Sydney, Australia. Of the casting experience, Esha said,“The process was very interesting! There were so many beautiful women there; getting to talk to other girls and hearing about their lives was wonderful.The team was also great and very involved.” After the casting was complete, Esha went back to work again, fully focussed and not expecting anything more than this unique experience.“If you expect there’s a chance, I know in this industry sometimes you can be disappointed, so you’ve just got to try your best,” advised Esha. Open castings for the Good Squad were held in three locations, including America, the United Kingdom and Australia; this was whittled down from 60,000 submissions and only ten were to be selected for the Good Squad. When Esha found out she was one of those ten, the moments that followed could only be described as a “whirlwind.” Australians were well represented in the line-up;“They loved Australians! Five Australians were actually chosen,” explained Esha.

Speaking about the goals she would like to achieve, and the message she would like to spread, Esha is concentrating on being a good role model and encouraging others to follow their dreams.“Giving young women of colour someone to look up to … we still don’t see that enough and I’d love to be that person young girls can see as looking like them and prove to them they can do it too. I believe you should follow your dreams regardless of race, religion and gender,” said Esha. Esha’s involvement with the Good Squad has been a valuable and fun experience for her, and something she will definitely be making the most of and hold close to her heart – it will also be keeping her very busy for the foreseeable future. Reflecting on the photoshoot for Good American’s upcoming campaign, Esha recalled,“There’s been so many great moments being involved with the Good Squad so far.The whole photoshoot actually, the location, clothes and the team - it was such a good experience.” The planning and goal achieving doesn’t stop there, and after the Good Squad Esha has a few things in the pipeline.“I’d like to build my brand here and put myself out there. Attend some fashion weeks and maybe try the US in a couple of years,” said Esha. Esha left us with a very important final note,“Young girls should embrace who they are. I know social media is a huge influence – you need to own who you are, embrace it and love yourself!” With this kind of mindset and beliefs going into the fashion and beauty industries, there is hope for young girls to see amazing women that represent them, and trust us, when they see it can be done there is no stopping them.


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Understand PTSD spreads far and wide. That stigma is still attached that you are weak if you have it and your mates don’t, but we are all struggling one way or another.

With PTSD Awareness day happening worldwide on 27 June, Get it’s Kathleen Loxton investigates how our very own Gold Coasters are fighting for the cause

It’s the slam of a door or the sound of a car backfiring that sets off a trigger… causing flashbacks to distant battlefields or harrowing situations past. At least, that’s what post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is portrayed as in the many movies and books we as the general population regularly consume. However, PTSD takes many forms and, according to Phoenix Australia (the Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health), five to 10 per cent of people will experience PTSD at some points in their lives. It’s not a sign of weakness or relegated to certain groups or experiences. It can touch the lives of any of us and is a vital discussion we as a society should be having about mental health. With PTSD Awareness Day happening worldwide on 27 June, we take a moment to shed some light on this important cause.

What is PTSD? Some definitions

• “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

is a treatable anxiety disorder affecting around one million Australians each year. It happens when fear, anxiety and memories of a traumatic event don't go away.The feelings last for a long time and interfere with how people cope with everyday life. PTSD can be caused by traumatic experiences that involve death, serious injury or sexual violence (actual or threatened).This might include physical or sexual assault, living in a war zone, torture, and natural disasters.” - “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a group of stress reactions that can develop after we witness a traumatic event, such as death, serious injury or sexual violence to ourselves or to others. PTSD can happen after we've been through one traumatic

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event, or after repeated exposure to trauma. Sometimes, PTSD can develop after hearing details about devastating and traumatic events many times, like the experience of some emergency workers.” -

Though, it was also noted,“For those who experience PTSD, some movies may be triggering. However, some PTSD movies may be enlightening for some who are unfamiliar with PTSD and want to gain a better understanding of what some may go through. Not all movies portray PTSD accurately, and each person’s experience is different.”

How have we seen it portrayed and what are some of the misconceptions?

• The New York Times published an article,

“Debunking Stereotypes Around Veterans and PTSD”,which discussed five main misconceptions about veterans suffering from PTSD and debunked the following myths: if you have PTSD it must seem apparent in your appearance, otherwise it is not severe; most are dealing with PTSD relatively well; those that suffer cannot live a fulfilling life or serve their country; those that suffer from PTSD are not human; veterans are “damaged goods”; those veterans that suffer from PTSD are dangerous. Roland Atkinson stated, in the scientific journal Clinical Psychiatry News,“When I think of other films that excel in depicting stress disorders and postwar adjustment problems, seven stand out:‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ and ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ (the subplot involving the 'shell-shocked' soldier, Septimus Smith) (both from WW I); ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ and ‘Thin Red Line’ (WW II); ‘Coming Home’ and ‘The Deer Hunter’ (Vietnam); and the recent Danish film, ‘Brothers’ (Brodre), about a NATO peacekeeper forced by captors to kill a comrade (post-Sept. 11 Afghan war).” New Vista Behavioural Health recommended the films The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Brothers, and Monster.


Examples of some recent headlines concerning PTSD

• In Get it’s March issue, we reported on Peta

Stapleton’s work, through a study at Bond University, that was investigating the use of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or 'tapping'). In the UK, EFT has met the inclusion criteria for PTSD treatment. “One in five police officers in UK suffer from PTSD, study finds” - The Guardian.

How Gold Coasters are doing their part The Association of Veteran Surfers (AVS) was formed in January 2016, by Matthew Hoare and Kieran Scotchford.This wonderful association stemmed from Matt and Kieran’s experience serving together in the 8/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and from the shared difficulties they faced as veterans transitioning into civilian life. Its goal is to foster a healthy and active suicide free veteran community, through surfing and mateship. A description on the AVS Facebook page reads: “Most veterans struggle to find a career that matches the defence force, many isolate themselves and never find a way to get back on track. Surfing can offer all the same challenges in a healthy and fun way to relieve these stresses. The physical and mental challenges are very similar, the ocean

Photography credit: the AVS Facebook page.

AVS currently has a fundraiser running through the Australian Sports Foundation. More Australian soldiers have lost their lives to suicide than fighting the Afghanistan War, and AVS need your help to achieve their vision of establishing a healthy, active and suicide free veteran community. AVS’s goal is to raise $50,000, and their hope is to be able to purchase a car, enter more surf competitions and purchase equipment for their Adaptive Surfers in 2019. Please visit to donate.

can be a dangerous place if not respected, while you’re out against the odds from big waves to even dangerous marine life, you are put back into an environment where you're once again not only looking out for yourself but the mates to your left and right. Your body goes into overdrive, you catch a wave and want to catch a bigger wave, you become competitive again, you set goals for new tricks to be learnt and at the same time you realise you’re having the time of your life and all those stresses you had when you arrived are somewhat a distant memory. Surfing has reminded you that you can still go out and achieve something when the odds are stacked against you, it’s what the military trained you to be. At the end of the session for the first time you feel tired but in a good way, you sleep a full eight hours without a pill, you feel excitement and happiness, you feel something for the first time in a long time. You realised you went out in a group activity without the need of alcohol, the anxiety and pressure of crowds quickly disappeared when you first hit the water. This is the feeling and effects of ‘Ocean Therapy’, it’s something Matt and Kieran experienced and needed to share it with their mates and the wider veteran community.” This is what AVS means to Matt and Kieran, and the community they’ve created. Matt explained,“… once you discharge there is a lack of purpose and identity, and we realised that surfing was a way for us

to stay connected with each other and help relieve stress. That was when we realised, we could use it to help others in a similar situation.” Kieran found strength from a similar moment, recalling,“We were both discharged from the defence force at the time, we were away in Papua New Guinea working security. During our time back home, we started catching up with our mates (that Matt and I had served with) and surfing, and Matt and I realised that this is a great thing; there’s no alcohol involved, so we can come down and feel no pressure. So, we decided to make a social group on Facebook, called it the Association of Veteran Surfers and initially, when we had our first surf club, it was basically just Matt and I that came to it. Then it just grew, it caught so much traction and we decided to make it official, we decided to commit to it and here we are. Three years later, we’ve got almost 100 members.” “I think the highlight for me is seeing a community of likeminded veterans and their families coming together, in that one common goal, which is to help each other. If anyone has any issues that community comes together and really helps… That’s probably the biggest achievement that I see, and I get a lot out of it. Going to our surf days and seeing everyone coming together, including families, their kids, all enjoying a relaxing time together. It gives me shivers down my spine when I see that,” said Kieran. Matt added,“The highlight so far for me is the community of veterans and their families we have been able to establish on the coast and the connection with the surfing community both here and interstate. 21

They have been very accepting of us and made the process of building AVS a lot easier. Especially Paul and Jenny from Kirra Surfriders.” Of the struggles veterans in our communities still face, Kieran said,“I think employers that are looking to employ veterans need to educate themselves a little bit on what PTSD is, and depression, and how to utilise a veteran’s skills and abilities, in a way that they can prove themselves. They have so many skills and strengths that you don’t get anywhere else, besides the military, but they don’t really understand how to utilise them.” Kieran explained from a managerial perspective employers need to do their research, but veterans also need to employ their skills in a civilian sense. Kieran continued, “I’ve personally sat in an interview and been told that generally they don’t hire veterans, because they’re mentally and physically screwed up, and that’s sort of the consensus, and stigma, that you feel. Obviously, that’s not all organisations but it does sit in the back of the veteran’s mind and it does throw them off a little bit. It makes them not accept what they might be suffering. It can make them think they have less chance of securing the job because of these restrictions, but in all seriousness veterans by nature are hardworking, have a strong work ethic and those sorts of things we can deal with without impeding on our job. That’s what we want people to understand.” Matt concluded,“You may not agree with the conflicts we have been in or the reasons for them, but the veteran community have signed up to serve our country and possibly die in the process. Yes, we made that decisions ourselves, but it is one we are extremely proud of and one of the complications is PTSD, it can affect anybody at any time, please just show support for our current and ex-serving military personnel and understand PTSD spreads far and wide. That stigma is still attached that you are weak if you have it and your mates don’t, but we are all struggling one way or another.” So, this June Get it girls, show your support for those suffering with PTSD, whether it’s for yourself, your loved ones or fellow Australians. We all need to support one another and break the cycle of stigma. June 2019


The 12 skills

your kids need to succeed at work

Kieran Flanagan and Dan Gregory, experts in leadership communication and strategic insights, and co-authors of Forever Skills: The 12 skills to future proof yourself, your team and your kids, give us their wisdom about what skills kids will need to succeed later in life ieran’s daughter Darcy is lucky enough to attend a progressively minded high school that has its eyes keenly focused on the future and isn’t hamstrung by conventions that were designed for a 20th Century world. One night, the faculty invited the parents in to hear a speech from a futurist about the future of work and what kinds of skills their children might need to develop. It was the usual fare and the futurist gained thoughtful nods as they uttered words like coding and acronyms like STEM. Now, this is a private school with parents who work successfully across a range of industries, but it’s worth remembering that these are not digital natives, so much of this world is foreign to them. Just to give you some perspective, in a struggle to find his words one day, Kieran’s husband Gary once called his iPhone,“The App Machine,” much to the delight of his daughter. And as interesting as the futurist’s talk was, it was rather narrowly focused on skills, that to be honest, are quite easily outsourced, offshore and automated by AI. One of the issues we face when it comes to navigate a rapidly changing world is that we tend to become distracted by just one facet of change when there are, in our estimation, ‘Three Spheres of Change’. 1. What is changing - This sphere gets all of our attention as it combines excitement and terror in equal measure and was the basis of the futurist’s speech 2. What needs changing - This is where June 2019

innovation is usually hiding 3. What is unchanging - This sphere of change gets almost no attention. It’s like the Jan Brady of change, living in the shadows of the first two spheres (let’s call them Marsha and Cindy) However, it is this third sphere of change in which we can find a sense of confidence and control about the future and it was this insight that lead us to years of research into what, if anything, is unchanging and evergreen. Over the past twelve months we have scoured history books, read copious trend reports and interviewed futurists, economists, educators and leaders from pretty much every professional field and indeed, every continent, and some clear patterns began to emerge. Three key categories of skills emerged: The first was creative skills.These included an ability to generate insights, to convert raw materials and information into new formats, to solve problems producing solutions not seen before and personal agility - being able to transition from one context to another with ease and resilience. Of course, some creative skills can be performed by machines, especially when they involve pattern recognition and extrapolation. Perhaps the most important of these create problem solving skills lies in the human ability to connect the seemingly unrelated and generate seemingly spontaneous inspiration. Edward de Bono famously talked about linear and lateral thinkers. We prefer the terms 'Linkers' and 'Leapers'. Linkers create through 22

connections, often linking future projects to past reference points making the new seem familiar. Machines can do this too. However, Leapers have an ability to generate random ideas and then make sense of them.The spontaneity and lack of logic makes this hard to replicate. The second category of skills are often thought of as soft skills although they are anything but. We call these communication skills.They include our capacity to generate influence around our ideas, to team build, to establish trust and to translate information, not just in terms of national or ethnic languages but between worlds and contexts. The final category of forever skills we decided to call control skills.These are made up of self-control - many schools are now teaching mindfulness and resilience skills. It also consists of resource management, which is about more than what we dig out of the ground or ongoing sustainability as it includes things such as judgement and allocation of time and wealth.The final two include an ability to establish social order and build consensus around values and right and wrong, and lastly the ability to implement and execute - to move teams, communities and projects into action. Of course, there is much more depth beneath each of these twelve skills, however, by shifting our focus from trying to predict an unpredictable future, we believe we would do well to teach our children what will always matter. Website:

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A strong defence


The germs have declared war but fear not, we’ve got the best tips for boosting your body’s immunity system this flu season

ur immune systems are pretty remarkable machines. It acts as your body’s defence against illness and infection. By recognising the cells that make up your body, it is able to detect and attempt to eliminate anything unfamiliar. It can detect viruses, bacteria and parasites and in most cases, does a good job in dealing with them before you’re even aware. But like any defence system, sometimes things can slip through the cracks, which leads us to wonder how we can boost our immunity. And while the idea of boosting our immune system is enticing, the ability to do so is somewhat elusive. The issue lies within the fact that it is an interconnected system, rather than just one organ or function. So targeting its effectiveness is made difficult. But there are lifestyle changes you can make in order to give your immune system the best fighting chance, particularly coming into flu system. Don’t smoke Seriously, do we even need to remind you of this one? The high levels of tar and other chemicals weaken the immune system and leave you more vulnerable to infection. Not to mention, it decreases your body’s ability to fight off cancer. Put that cigarette out – pronto! Get moving Don’t worry, we get it; the mornings are getting colder and your bed is getting far warmer and more snug. The temptation to hide away is strong. But it’s vital that even in winter, you get outdoors and get your body moving. Something as simple as a brisk, 20-minute walk will raise your body

temperature, which may prevent bacteria from growing. This temperature rise may also help the body fight infection better. Get adequate sleep Not that you need an excuse to take a good nap, but here’s one any way. During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which your body needs when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you're under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. Practice good hygiene It may be a matter of common sense but it’s also a timely reminder at this time of year. Washing your hands often and thoroughly throughout the day will help to avoid the spread of infection. Ensure your kids do the same. Pop a travel-size hand sanitiser in your handbag and car so that you can always clean up, even when on the go. Up the ante If you really want to give your body the best defence possible, invest in some

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This month, we get the low-down on the biggest trend in beauty right now: laser hair removal

Being someone that doesn’t have a high pain threshold I was quite nervous but was surprised with how well it went. f you still associate laser beams with fighting alien invasion and futuristic science experiments then come on out from the rock you’ve been hiding under – lasers are now our go-to tool to remove unwanted body hair! And while they may not fight slimy, one-eyed aliens but they are an effective and long-lasting option to fight that unsightly body hair. In very simple terms, a laser is a very strong and very focused beam of light. The light is attracted to the pigment (melanin) in the hair. Dark pigment absorbs the light and the converts it to heat. The heat then affects the hair follicles to prevent hair growth. Simple, right?! And while you may think that you’d have to be highly qualified – or a mad scientist – to operate such a device, the opposite is in fact true. These days we are blessed with the choice between professional treatments with trained technicians, or athome IPL machines that you can operate yourself. So, which is the better choice? Let’s weigh up your options and hear from some of you who have tried it yourself!

Professional treatments Without a doubt, the benefits of having a trained professional are significant. They can assess your skin and hair colour and finetune their high-grade machines to get the best and safest results. Professional-grade equipment is able to deliver a higher strength laser, meaning that you will see results faster and require fewer treatments. Most technicians will recommend 8-10 sessions to see optimal results. However, as can be expected, professional treatments will attract a higher cost. It will depend on the size of the area you are having treated but you’re looking at a starting point of around $300 for 10 treatments for smaller areas such as underarms. But what about the pain, I hear you ask? “Being someone that doesn’t have a high pain threshold I was June 2019

quite nervous but was surprised with how well it went. It’s definitely uncomfortable and depending on your sessions the intensity changes but it’s bearable and over much faster than waxing - the pain goes away immediately!” - Kayla Miller-Gorce, Merrimac

At-home machines Does the thought of stripping down, getting in some very confronting positions and have a technician shoot a laser at your most sensitive areas make you a little, well, uncomfortable? We hear you! Luckily, at-home IPL machines still offer an effective solution that will give you comparable results to the professionals. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and uses a source of broadspectrum, visible light. Not exactly the same as the laser that technicians use, but offers a similar result. In order to ensure it is a safe experience, IPL machines use simplified technology with less power than professional machines, making it harder for us to make painful and skin-damaging mistakes. Due to this, you will require more treatments, over a longer time period. It is often recommended that you do around 20 treatments to see optimal results. But on a positive note, you can do all the treatments in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home and the costs are considerably lower, with machines starting around $300 – and that can cover your whole body! So is it worth it? “I choose at-home because I work full-time and can’t always get to appointments so this was so much more convenient – and cheaper! It feels a bit like a hot rubber band flicking against your skin – not painful, but a little uncomfortable in some areas. I’m halfway through now and so far, really happy with the results!” - Tayla Meade, Southport 32



FIGHT over

FORESKIN To chop or not to chop? This month, Get it’s Hayley Bogaard explores the debate around male circumcision

t’s a very small piece of skin that causes a very large debacle in our society. Male circumcision is a simple procedure but a complex and emotive health issue that ignites passionate debate from men and women. The prevailing consensus in Australia suggests there is no medical reason for routine circumcision in newborns. However, recent research has found a higher risk of some health problems in uncircumcised males. The internet is flooded with information and it’s no wonder that parents facing this decision can be a little confused. On one hand, some people argue that circumcision can impact sexual performance for men later in life and how will your son provide you beautiful grandchildren if he can’t, well, perform? But then there are studies that show that uncircumcised men are at greater risk of transferring the HPV virus to sexual partners, which is the leading cause of cervical cancer in women and wait, well, that’s not good either. And this is before we even get into the social, religious and cultural factors. It’s a moral and medical minefield. So we’re going to cut to the chase (pun intended) and explore the fight over foreskin. Why parents choose to circumcise There are a number of medical reasons for a male to be circumcised either as a newborn or adult, including phimosis and paraphimosis, conditions in which the foreskin doesn’t perform effectively and can cause pain, as well as recurrent balanitis, an infection of the head of the penis. However, these conditions are not common and are, in fact, not the most common reason cited for circumcising. Hygiene is the leading reason for parents choosing to circumcise their son. It

The resoundingly prominent argument, which is supported by a lot of medical research, is that there is no significant benefit to circumcising a newborn. is suggested that the procedure can help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases and penile cancer. Studies also show that circumcising men can reduce cervical cancer risk in women as it reduces the likelihood of transferring the HPV virus. Following closely behind hygiene motives is cosmetic, religious or social reasons.This is called non-therapeutic or ritual circumcision. The procedure is a religious or cultural ritual for many Jewish and Islamic families, as well as certain aboriginal tribes in Africa and Australia. Why parents choose not to circumcise As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved, despite being considerably minimal in the case of circumcisions. Discomfort and pain is common after the procedure and there is a risk of local infection, bleeding and damage to the penis. For a lot of parents, these risks far outweigh the reasoning for completing the procedure. Another strong argument is that circumcision may impair sexual function in the future. However, studies have shown that male circumcision has no adverse effects on sexual function, sensation, sensitivity, satisfaction, or pleasure, especially when performed during infancy. The resoundingly prominent argument, which is supported by a lot of medical 33

research, is that there is no significant benefit to circumcising a newborn. Proper personal hygiene and safe sexual practices are just as effective in preventing many of the aforementioned medical issues. So what’s the big deal? Circumcision is not new; it’s a practice that has existed in religious and cultural circles for thousands of years. Luckily, medical technology has advanced in that time and the procedure is far more humane and safe as it has been in decades gone by. In today’s world, it is more the ethics and morality of the decision that most perplexes parents. The decision to circumcise an infant is a deeply personal matter, and includes medical, ethical, cultural and social considerations. Parents may need to consider how the child might respond, opinions of family and friends, pressure to conform, medical risks and benefits, and whether they should be making such a decision without the consent of the child. Regardless of the reason for having the procedure performed, it is essential that parents seek extensive medical advice and always choose to have procedures performed by trained medical professionals. What do the numbers say? Approximately 30 per cent of males are estimated to be circumcised globally, of whom an estimated two thirds are Muslim. Approximately 59 per cent of Australian men are circumcised (Male circumcision: Global trends and determinants of prevalence, safety and acceptability report, WHO, 2007). Based on Medicare records, there were 6,309 newborn males circumcised in the 2016 - 2017 financial year. That is a major drop from the 19,663 circumcisions of those under six months of age from 2007 – 2008. June 2019


hen it comes to losing weight and getting in ‘summer’ shape, there is much controversy surrounding ‘carbs’. Do you cut them out? Do you cut them back? Do you count calories? It can get very confusing. Let's go on and clear a few things up. Two weight loss theories look at carbs in different ways. The most widely utilised is calorie theory, which states weight loss is a mathematical equation, and all you need to do is eat less and move more to lose weight. There are two problems with this theory that have led me to steer away from it. The average person has ZERO chance of accurately measuring how many calories they are consuming and burning. You could easily be off 20 per cent in either direction with every meal! Then there is the issue of absorption. People absorb food at different rates, as well. My opinion is that 'counting calories' is a flawed strategy. Counting calories assumes that a calorie of protein and a calorie of carbohydrate are the same. They are not. They affect the hormones in your body very differently (insulin), and hormones drive all anabolic (growth) and catabolic (shrinking) processes in the body, including fat gain and fat loss. While a gram of carbs and a gram of protein both have roughly four calories, how they react in YOUR body is very different. So, if carbs affect fat gain and loss, how many should I be eating? This point is where I believe many people go wrong. While it is true that most people eat too many carbs, many people eat too few. If you are going to drop your carbs right down, there are three places you can be. 1. Full on nutritional ketosis: This is where your body is using FAT as its primary fuel source. There are two problems with ketosis. One, is that it is complicated to get right. You need to perfect balance of carbs (less than 20 grams for most), not too much protein and enough of the right fat to fuel the process. When you get it right, it feels incredible, but unless you are testing with a BHB

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ketone monitor, you are probably not getting the most out of it. 2. The sweet spot of carbs: For most people, this will be between 80-150g of carbs a day. The quality of the carb will affect this as will the quantity per serve. When you get this right with enough protein and good fats, you will burn through fat fast! Think of the fat as a candle and the carbs as the wick. No wick and it is tough to get burning, and too much wick and the wax won’t melt properly. You need to get enough and good carbs in to make that happen. 3. Between ketosis and the sweet spot: In this zone, you will feel like crap! You will lose 3-5kgs pretty quick and then go nowhere. The reason being that each gram of carb carries 3 grams of water. So, when you reduce carbs, you might lose 500g of carb and 1.5kgs of water. Not really what you wanted. The worst part about this is you will crave carbs, and then most people lose it and overeat! So, what is the answer you ask? Unfortunately, it is a little too complicated to get to your right amount of carbs in an article. One thing we do at Vision is to spend time getting measurements and the data we need to give you an exact number that guarantees you lose weight. Each person has their sweet spot, and when you find it, fat falls off, and you feel great! Most of the time people get to the end of the first week and ask me:“Are you sure I should be eating this much food to lose weight?” The answer is always yes. When the Vision team helps you find your sweet spot, you will never have to go on a weight loss program again! To find out more visit our website or book in for one of our Super Market Shopping Tours or Educational Seminars which are free for you. Visit:

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Bowel cancer: what you should know

Dr Jim Jackson, Radiation Oncologist at Icon Cancer Centre Gold Coast Private Hospital, discusses the major health issue that will affect one in 14 Australians before their 85th birthday id you know that bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in Australia? It’s the diagnosis that no one wants to hear, yet Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. Bowel cancer affects both men and women and your risk of bowel cancer greatly increases as you get older. It’s estimated by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare that this year, one in 14 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer by their 85th birthday. Most people who develop bowel cancer have no family history. That’s why it’s so important to know the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer and participate in bowel cancer screening. In Australia we’re fortunate to have the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, which sends a free screening kit to every eligible Australian in the mail from your 50th birthday. The test is quick and easy, and you can complete it at home. Bowel cancer screening should be completed every two years between the ages of 50 and 74. Not everyone experiences symptoms of bowel cancer, but some common symptoms include: l Sudden changes in bowel motions, such as diarrhoea, constipation, having narrower stools or stools that contain mucus l Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite l Bright red or dark blood in your stool or on your toilet paper l Pain in your stomach with or without swelling l A lump or pain around the anus l Constant gas or bloating in the bowel or rectum l Unexplained anaemia (low iron) making you feel tired and breathless If you experience any of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have bowel cancer, but I would encourage you to see your GP and tell them about what you’ve been experiencing. You might be referred to a specialist to further investigate if you have bowel cancer and guide you to appropriate treatment. There are many different treatments for bowel cancer. 90 per cent of people with bowel cancer in Australia can be successfully treated if the disease is diagnosed in its early stages.

Treatment for bowel cancer depends on many factors, such as where your cancer is located and how large the tumour is, if it has spread, what your treatment preferences are, and your fitness and general health. The main types of treatments for bowel cancer are surgery (which includes removing all or part of the cancer-affected bowel), radiation therapy, chemotherapy, cryosurgery, radiofrequency ablation and targeted therapies. You may have heard of two of the more common forms of cancer treatment, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. It’s typically provided as an outpatient at a day hospital and works by destroying all rapidly dividing cells. However, some healthy cells are also damaged which causes many of the more common side effects of chemotherapy (such as hair loss, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, diarrhoea or constipation and loss of appetite). Unlike chemotherapy, radiation therapy doesn’t have the same amount of side effects – but it isn’t suitable for every bowel cancer diagnosis. Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, is the use of radiation to safely treat and manage cancer. Radiation oncologists use radiation to eradicate cancer cells, reduce their growth or relieve symptoms of cancer. Radiation therapy works by damaging cancer cells while limiting the impact to healthy cells. When a small dose of radiation is given each day over several weeks, normal cells can recover from the radiation, but cancer cells cannot. It is typically a painless treatment, similar to having an x-ray, and is only delivered to the part of the body being treated. People who go on to receive radiation therapy or chemotherapy can be treated at an oncology centre, such as Icon Cancer Centre, that allows them to schedule sessions at their own convenience, with daily treatment averaging around 15 minutes. Although these treatments are more common, bowel cancer isn’t treated with a one-size-fits-all approach and requires a multi-disciplinary team of doctors and specialists to design a treatment plan that’s specific to you. Above all, it’s important to prioritise your health and listen to your body. Take advantage of the cancer screening opportunities, pay attention to your general wellbeing and regularly check in with your GP.

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June 2019


Career and love:

how to make it all work Get it’s resident dating expert Linda Prescott, from Ideal Introductions, shares a powerful story and her professional advice about one of the most difficult relationship topics: balancing career and love Come on, it’s not the 1920s. Today, women wear multiple hats! From corporate highflyers to business owners, us girls are running the world. And if you think that we’re alone in this, our male counterparts don’t have a problem with strong career women. According to a survey by Ideal Introductions, 90 per cent of men interviewed said that it wouldn't bother them if their partner earned more than them. But with a demanding schedule and a promising career, does love really have to suffer? Case Study: Petra Zink, 35, Public Speaker, Educator and Coach at and Impaccct. Petra and Don have been together for nearly three and a half years.“We met on Australia Day 2016 and chose this date to be our anniversary,” said Petra. Petra is the epitome of a go-getter - she is a public speaker, a career coach for leading talents and is dedicated to helping individuals and companies stay competitive and unique in this fast-changing economy through her digital and tech talent consultancy. With all that in the mix, how does Petra manage to work it out? “I think it’s extremely important to have a partner who can support your professional journey and to do the same. So, for me, it’s not about balance but about integration and sharing the same values. My partner and I both appreciate independence and in having our own alone time. “Don and I are both introverts, so we need a lot of alone time to recharge. We believe in quality over quantity, so instead of spending all our time together, we give ourselves a lot of space and independence. But when we do get together, we set the house on fire.” How to balance career and love #1 Put your partner first Deadlines and work drama can really get you side-tracked. This can have a negative impact on the romantic relationship because your partner feels like they come second to your other priorities. Now while you do have to manage work, remember to make your partner feel like #1. Try not to take business calls when you’re with your partner. Show them that they are important to you and sometimes work can wait. #2 Leave work drama at the door It’s easy to get carried away and bring all that stress back into your home. While it’s natural to seek support from a partner and to want to talk about work issues, approach the matter from an advice-seeking perspective rather than complaining. The last thing you want is for your partner to already expect you to complain about work even before you open the door. What you want is advice and a fresh angle. “Don is in the army and has been for nearly 20 years. His environment is very different to mine. It is a good thing as we get each other’s perspective without having the bias of knowing and being part of the same industry. We always tap into each other’s experiences to help tackle current issues,” shares Petra. #3 Don’t forget to switch your hats According to a survey by Ideal, 54 per cent of men say that the biggest turn off is a bossy person. While strength, confidence and independence make us sexy, don’t confuse that with being bossy. Leave your boss hat at the office and put on the partner hat. Turn on the romance, the passion and be the fun-loving partner you would like to have. #4 Invest in your relationship Your career or your financial independence are not the only things that define success. Remember, relationships are too important not to invest in. It doesn’t matter when you’re planning to settle down. Invest in your personal life as well as your career NOW by making time to grow your relationship and building a strong bond. Find an activity that you can both enjoy, like fitness, bush walks or music.“Don and I really enjoy our Sunday morning exercise. I think it’s really sexy when someone takes great effort to look and feel good,” said Petra. Don’t forget to also spice up your relationship with spontaneous getaways or cheeky dates. Show your partner that your fun and sexy side still exists.

"We believe in quality over quantity, so instead of spending all our time together, we give ourselves a lot of space and independence."

June 2019


elen Coghlan

has the magic!

The beloved Gold Coast wedding celebrant, renowned entertainer and only woman to escape from Houdini's famous Water Torture Escape, Helen Coghlan joins Get it’s Kathleen Loxton to talk weddings, work and what’s next n extraordinary talent from a young age, Helen started out as an assistant at her father’s (the famous Arthur Coghlan) magic and Illusion show, the largest production of its kind in Australia. However, it certainly wasn’t the career Helen had planned once she finished school.“I actually wanted to be a hairdresser when I left school, but I couldn’t get an apprenticeship anywhere. At that time dad needed a new assistant in his show, so I thought I’d do that until ‘something better came along’. I loved it so much I decided it was more fun than becoming a hairdresser. I never looked back,” said Helen. At the age of 15 Helen quickly became a top entertainer in her own right and has won many awards, including Australia's Junior Magician of the Year, a Queensland Variety Wallace Award and several awards from the Australian Convention of Magicians. Since then, she has been voted the most popular female celebrant on the Gold Coast (ABIA awards) and been appointed an International Women's Day Leadership Award Ambassador. What does Helen say about finding this success? “It sounds especially cliché, but be yourself, don’t try to copy anyone else. Find what you like doing and find what you’re good at. Hopefully these will be the same. Work hard. A wise person once told me,‘If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.’ Ask yourself, 'What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?' I love this saying. Also, if you’re ever in a position to help someone, do it. It’s a great thing to do and will make you feel so good.” While Helen’s career has had, and will have, so many notable moments, one moment in particular that was unforgettable was the time she became the only woman in the world to escape from Houdini's famous Water Torture Escape.This involved Helen escaping from a tank full of water while in shackles and being filmed, and if that wasn’t enough? She was upside down the entire time. Recalling the moment Helen said,“The escape itself was pretty scary and, being an underwater escape, there was no room for error. I had practised holding my breath in the bathtub at home for two minutes, but it’s completely different between holding my breath in the bathtub and holding my breath while hanging upside down in a giant tank on live TV. Because of the size of the tank, it was something that wasn’t able to be set up until the actual day of the escape, which meant I was unable to practise beforehand. I had to try to remain calm. I remember being extremely relieved once I had escaped.” 37

Recently, Helen’s magical career has been just as busy, as she joined the world-renowned magicians Penn & Teller, performing in Las Vegas, America. “Performing with Penn & Teller was such a fantastic experience! They are icons in the magic world, so to have the opportunity to work alongside them in their Las Vegas show was definitely a dream come true,” Helen divulged. Today, Helen continues as one of the most celebrated wedding celebrants and civil celebrants on the Gold Coast.“I always thought that being a

"One minute I’m performing in Vegas, the next minute I’m emptying the dishwasher!" wedding celebrant would be fun, so when the opportunity arose about ten years ago, I thought I’d try my hand at it. I love it! I really enjoy meeting so many wonderful and unique couples and hearing their stories. I’m kept really busy and most of the weddings I get are through word-ofmouth, so I must be doing something right!” said Helen. Of her current lifestyle, Helen explained,“My days are definitely never boring, and quite often my best friend and I talk about living in ‘bizarro’ land. One minute I’m performing in Vegas, the next minute I’m emptying the dishwasher! I never know what my days will hold. I just jump out of bed and go with the flow.” So, what does the future hold for the enchanting Helen? She would love to continue her success with magic.“It’s always been a goal to perform in Las Vegas (it doesn’t get much better than that!) and I’ve been able to fulfil this a few times now. It’s so important (and also exciting) to always have a goal to work towards. I think one of my goals at the moment is to try to fool Penn & Teller again! The new season starts airing in the US in June. Stay tuned!” Helen is also at the early stages of organising a large magic convention, which will be held here on the Gold Coast later this year. Now that is sure to be magical! June 2019

Photos by Natasha Crow Photography




Venice by Henrique Ferreira, Unsplash

Italy by rail Your dream adventure is more accessible than you think – Sarah Blinco explores a calmer way to travel icente waited patiently for us on the dock. Although we’d never met our Airbnb host, we knew it was him across the water, cutting a handsome figure in a cool Italian suit and sunnies. He was the one scanning the incoming ferry for two strangers – us – as we bobbed into the pier underneath the Rialto Bridge. He waved as my partner and I disembarked and explained in an accent of mixed Italian and Spanish that we should follow him through the sea of people. Diligently we went along, winding through the alluring alleyways of Venice. Little bakeries and gelato stores beckoned a visit later. Sun-kissed market stalls emerged in ancient squares. The race was on to memorise landmarks within this June 2019

maze, so we could find our way without Vicente’s guidance. We stopped in front of a heavy wooden door, and before making our way upstairs to what proved to be a fabulous and perfectly situated studio apartment, Vicente pointed one way and then the other, sharing tips on where to eat, drink and ‘be’ like a Venetian. Venice, the famously picturesque city of canals was the last stop on my ‘birthday tour’. I’m celebrating a milestone this year and a week in Italy was my special request. A friend inspired me by suggesting that we travel through Italy on the train. It’s relatively inexpensive (see and stress-free compared with driving or flying. Many of Italy’s 38

Venice view point Venice Rialto Bridge by Sarah Blinco

Venice by Sarah Blinco.

Our Italian affair began at Milano Centrale Station. This fashion capital has been dazzling visitors for years with its design-led initiatives and stunning structures.

spot for an evening walking tour with Wonderful Verona. Across three hours our host, Jessica, introduced us to Verona’s popular and secret sights, while pouring healthy glasses of local wines in choice locations. This localised experience together with our stylish ‘dream loft’ Airbnb, made it hard to leave.

major cities are connected by rail. Our Italian affair began at Milano Centrale Station. This fashion capital has been dazzling visitors for years with its design-led initiatives and stunning structures.

An afternoon treat is Aperitivo, the best Italian tradition you’ve never heard of. From 6pm at bars around Milan, pay a set price for a drink (such as a cocktail for eight tour rona walking Wonderful Ve But then, there is Venice. euros), and indulge in an inclusive Just an hour’s scenic trip buffet of delicious pasta, cheese, from Verona to Santa Lucia salads, and potato dishes. Find a What can I say train station. Admittedly place with fun music and atmosphere, like Milan by AC about Verona, the first time I stopped by along the canal at Navigli, and settle in for Almelor, Unsp lash other than just Venice on a tour in August the night. go, go now! 2011, I felt exhausted and A self-guided day-return train trip from hot. I didn’t see it for all its This medieval wonder is built along the Milan to Varenna is a great way to see grandeur. This time, I felt it – the attraction pretty Adige River and is renowned for Lake Como. A stark contrast from the – throughout Piazza San Marco, across being the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo bustling city, picture: a mystical body of the city’s red rooftops and along the and Juliet. A 14th Century residence with water reflecting the snowy Alps, colourful magnificent Grand Canal. Shout yourself a a little balcony overlooking a courtyard buildings scaling mountainsides, piece of glamorous Venetian glass beaded is said to be Juliet’s House. It was made punctuated with old steeples and linked jewellery as a memento; a reminder that world-famous in the 2010 film Letters to by narrow cobblestone streets. Varenna’s Italy is always worth the trip. Juliet, and is worth a visit, for sure. charming enough, but from here Bellagio, the jewel in Como’s crown, is a Find the full Italian experience and Verona Arena dominates the city centre short ferry ride away. Sarah Blinco online at travellivelearn. – a huge 1st Century amphitheatre com, and resembling Rome’s Colosseum, it hosts ‘Fair Verona’, where we lay our next scene, Instagram @sarahblinco concerts in summer, and was our meeting is about two hours’ train trip from Milan. 39

June 2019


Protecting your money

Les McGuire ADFS(FP), Principal of Future Proof Financial, teaches us the signs of a scam and how to protect our money through difficult situations

arning, the following is an important message: be careful with your money and what you do with it… Beware! There is an increasing trend in Australia and abroad where fraud and scams are running rampant. Before investing in anything, don’t provide your bank or credit card details to anyone without first doing your research. Your personal details are constantly under attack, so let’s limit the amount of exposure we have by respecting and protecting your hard earned money. Scammers sometimes call, claiming to be a stockbroker or investment manager offering low-risk investments with quick and high returns. Often, they try to encourage you to invest in overseas companies. Scammers will frequently sound legitimate, and persuasive, with access to the resources to back up their claims. Their relentless persistence will mean they will keep calling you back. If you are contacted from any investment company, gambling experts or currency traders that somehow can predict the future through their amazing software and guarantee investment returns, hang up fast. This trend is catching more Australians every day and costing people significant money. I had one of these companies contact me trying to tell me how to invest money. I first gratefully declined the offer, and they persisted. I explained the various awards and achievements I had been recognised for in the advice industry, and they replied, but I am sure we can help you invest your money. They are relentless, and their sales process is designed to make you second guess yourself and give in to their offer. That’s why you lost me at hello and hanging up is a far better outcome. There have been many investment schemes over the years which have caught people out. Whether that be investing in trees, grapes, investment properties where the returns seem to good to be true, or for many being advised to start a Self Managed Super Fund unnecessarily. I am constantly helping people who have been taken advantage. This includes unwinding or repairing the damage that has been caused. The purpose of this article is hopefully, to make people more aware of their surroundings, and if it seems too good to be true, more than likely, it is. Another difficult and costly subject ‘divorce’ is a difficult time for many. It is a time of incredible emotion, frustration and can be a costly outcome if not managed well. I have a passion for reconnecting people. Working with people going through this difficult time can be extremely rewarding for all involved. June 2019

“There is an increasing trend in Australia and abroad where fraud and scams are running rampant. Before investing in anything, don’t provide your bank or credit card details to anyone without first doing your research.”

I like to take people back to when they first got together. “Wow” you may say, or “Brave”; yes to both. People are a bundle of energy at times, both positive and negative. I have experienced amazing outcomes for people taking the negative emotion out of the room and helping them repair and connect the emotional damage that has been caused, allowing for a better, more civilised outcome for all. The power of this is not to be underestimated! To date, I have helped reconnect three marriages, which are still together and happier than ever (so they tell me). This may not always be the best outcome, but civility, especially with children, involved is critical. The cost of divorce is often extreme, and not a pleasant time. However, with maturity and careful management, more money remains in the people’s pocket opposed to the courts, which must be positive right? Money invested well is far more beneficial than chasing that get rich scheme. My advice is to seek specialist advice, don’t be led, be educated, empowering you to make the right decisions through knowledge. As always keep smiling, take care and if you have any questions email me 40


you need to know about managing your personal brand

Lisa Stephenson, founder of global, Australian-based consulting firm, Who am I Projects and author of Read Me First (Major Street Publishing), teaches us how to manage our personal brand

ere’s the bottom line up front: you are your brand, and it’s a good idea to know what people are saying and feeling when your name is mentioned. There is nothing complicated about it. Your brand is what it looks like and feels like to be around you. There’s no need to run off and research this one. What is absolutely critical is an understanding that your brand is directly linked to your career progression, salary and reputation. We live in a complex and fast-paced world where our brains can barely process the data we receive in any given day. We know some people are feeling busy to the extent that they can’t sleep at night. Despite the rate at which we work and evolve, one thing will never change, and that is how you behave, perform and make people feel,

Seek external feedback

Identify your strengths

Asking others, ‘what’s it like being around me?’ is one of the most important questions you can ask when it comes to determining your brand.

Design a strategy

Be deliberate and specific when it comes to what you want to achieve with your brand. Write down what you want to be known for and your plan for making that happen.

Self-awareness is king Always be looking for ways to learn about yourself. Don’t just look for evidence to make yourself right. Have real and ongoing conversations with people from all aspects of your life.

“Would you know the three words most people would use to describe you?” don’t think they are. They are talking about you even though you might not hear what they say. The decisions you make, and the way you handle challenges, creates your personal brand story. It’s smart to know what you want to be known for in your organisation, you’re your community. So, to help you manage your personal brand, here are 10 things to think about:


Your uniqueness and strengths are your greatest currency. Make sure you are clear about where you add value and what you are awesome at.

Communicate Tell others about yourself. Celebrate and communicate your activities. You can be humble while sharing what you are working on.

determines how successful you are in all elements of your life. We have always been aware of organisations focusing on their brand. We could all list business names that we know and love. We could also likely describe their logo and products: Nike, Google and CocaCola are obvious examples; you couldn’t think of Lego without the bright colours popping into your mind; you could probably have a good go at drawing that blue bubble that appears around the skype logo; but would you know the three words most people would use to describe you? What do you want to be famous for? Every day you are communicating your values, beliefs and goals to the people around you. They are watching you, even when you

Own all of it

This means saying sorry when you get it wrong. Take responsibility for your role in the team and be authentic when you do it. People do actually appreciatethose who know when they’ve got it wrong. 41

Identify opportunities to work with others so you can learn, but also give them experience of you.

Contribute Look for ways to support others with their career, projects and brand. Investing in other people’s success is always a good idea.

Be consistent Adults like to know where they stand and what to expect. When you do what you say you will do, people will trust you and what you stand for. In every meeting, sales pitch and email, you are saying something about who you are. Consciously choose your Find someone personal brand and watch who has a personal the benefits flow. If you don’t brand that you like your current brand, you respect. Ask them can absolutely start to change to spend some time with it today. If you’re proud of your you exploring their greatest brand, consider how you can learnings. leverage it to create your most successful life.

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CURRY HOUSE JALFREZI The spicy and flavourful jalfrezi has now overtaken tikka masala as Britain’s favourite curry! This curry stock can be prepared in advance and frozen or kept in the fridge in an airtight container, so make a big batch to save time. Be sure to taste the curry as you go to get the perfect balance, as spices can vary in strength and flavour. SERVES 3–4


Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, nicknamed by The Times as ‘the vegan Jamie Olivers’, are on a mission to show the world just how versatile cooking plant-based foods can be. Their first cookbook was the highest-selling vegan cookbook ever, and now their new cookbook Bish Bash Bosh! is set to make us feel inspired to get creative in the kitchen all over again. This is an extract from Bish Bash Bosh! by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby (HQ Non Fiction, $39.99) Credits: Photography: Lizzie Mayson Website:

1 large aubergine


4 tbsp sunflower or olive oil

1 onion

1 onion

2-inch piece fresh ginger

1 red pepper

5 garlic cloves

small bunch fresh coriander

500ml + 1 tbsp water

5 green bird’s-eye chillies

½ fresh red chilli

1 tsp garam masala

3 cherry tomatoes

3 tbsp curry powder

1 tbsp sunflower or olive oil

8 tbsp tomato purée

¼ tsp ground coriander

12 cherry tomatoes

¼ tsp ground cumin

½–2 tsp hot chilli powder

¼ tsp ground fenugreek

500g cooked basmati rice, or use 2 x 250g bags microwavable basmati rice, to serve salt

¼ tsp ground turmeric ¼ tsp paprika

Method Preheat grill to 200°C | Baking tray | Medium saucepan on a medium-high heat | Liquidiser First cook the aubergine | Trim the aubergine and cut it into 2cm chunks | Spread over the baking tray | Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons oil and a good pinch of salt | Toss to coat | Grill for 15 minutes, turning occasionally | Remove when golden brown all over but not burnt Meanwhile, make the stock | Peel and finely chop the onion | Peel the ginger by scraping off the skin with a spoon and grate | Peel and grate the garlic | Put the ginger and garlic into a bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon water to make a paste Finely chop the red chilli and tomatoes | Pour the oil into the saucepan | Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes | Add a teaspoon of the ginger and garlic paste | Add all the remaining spices and half the water and stir | Simmer for 10 minutes, until browned and reduced completely | Pour in the rest of the water, stir and transfer to the liquidiser | Blend to a smooth liquid | Clean out the pan Back to the curry | Peel and finely slice the onion | Cut the pepper in half and cut out the stem and seeds, then finely slice | Pick the leaves from the coriander | Finely chop the stems and roughly chop the leaves | Trim and finely slice two of the chillies | Quarter the tomatoes Pour the remaining oil into the clean saucepan | Place over a high heat | Add the onion, pepper and sliced chillies and fry for 3 minutes, stirring regularly | Stir in the chopped coriander stems and remaining ginger and garlic paste | Add the curry powder, garam masala, ¼ teaspoon hot chilli powder, tomato purée, grilled aubergines and stock | Taste and add more salt, garam masala and chilli powder if needed | Stir in the tomatoes | Simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened Transfer to a serving dish | Cut the remaining chillies in half lengthways and use them to garnish the curry along with the chopped coriander leaves | Serve with the rice 43

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CAMEMBOSH! HEDGEHOG This always generates big smiles in all who behold it! Big thanks to Ellie from KindaCo (makers of incredible plantbased cheeses) for the original recipe, which we collaborated on together in the early days of BOSH!. Tapioca flour is crucial for the gooeyness, so do seek some out. To get ahead, make the cheese the day before and keep it in the fridge. SERVES 6

Ingredients 75g cashews 1 x 400g fresh tiger loaf 2 garlic cloves 1 tbsp tapioca flour 1½ tsp salt 3 tsp nutritional yeast 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 150ml warm water 1 sprig fresh rosemary 1 tsp olive oil black pepper FOR THE HERB OIL 2 garlic cloves 1 sprig fresh rosemary 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper 8 tbsp olive oil

Method Preheat oven to 180°C | Line a 12cm ovenproof dish with parchment paper | Small saucepan of boiling water on a medium heat | Pestle and mortar, optional | Baking sheet | Kettle boiled First make the cheese | Add the cashews to the pan of hot water and boil for 20 minutes to soften | Remove from the heat, drain and leave to cool Prepare the loaf | Use a bread knife to cut even slices across the top of the loaf, 3cm apart, making sure you don’t cut all the way through as the base needs to remain intact | Turn the loaf 90 degrees and cut across the first slices to make a criss-cross pattern To make the herb oil, peel and roughly chop the garlic | Remove the leaves from the rosemary by running your thumb and forefinger from the top to the base of the stems (the leaves should easily come away) and finely chop | Put the garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper into the mortar and bash them with the pestle to make a paste (or put the ingredients in a small bowl and use the end of a rolling pin) | Pour the olive oil into the mortar and mix with a fork

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Put the loaf on the baking sheet | Use a pastry brush or teaspoon to drizzle the herb oil deep inside the cuts | Put the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 25–30 minutes, until golden and toasted Meanwhile, finish the cheese | Peel one of the garlic cloves and put it in the liquidiser | Add the drained cashews, tapioca flour, salt, nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar and warm water | Blend to a smooth cream Pour the cashew cream into the saucepan, taste and season | Put the saucepan on a medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes until slightly thickened | Pour into the parchment-lined dish Peel the remaining clove of garlic and cut it into sticks | Remove the rosemary needles | Gently push the garlic sticks and rosemary needles into the top of the cheese so that they stick out the top | Drizzle over the olive oil and sprinkle over a little black pepper When ready to serve, put the cheese in the oven alongside the bread and bake for the final 12–15 minutes until the cheese has formed a skin and the colour has darkened Take the bread and cheese out of the oven | Serve immediately


Ingredients 140ml aquafaba (the drained water from 1 x 400g tin chickpeas) ½ tsp cream of tartar 100g caster sugar 2–3 bananas 25g dark chocolate

MINI BANOFFEE MERINGUES It’s a joyous and magical experience to watch a drizzle of chickpea water turn into a fluffy, sweet meringue mix! If you have one, use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment for this recipe as in our experience hand-whisks don’t have the power to get to stiff peaks. MAKES 18

FOR THE CARAMEL SAUCE 150g caster sugar 120ml coconut milk a pinch of salt ½ tsp dairy-free butter

FOR THE CASHEW CREAM 150g cashews 600ml coconut milk 2 tbsp icing sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ banana

Method Stand mixer | Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper | Preheat oven to 180°C | Frying pan | Small saucepan | Liquidiser Pour the aquafaba into the mixer | Turn the mixer on to high and leave it running | Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat | After 2 minutes add the caster sugar, one spoonful at a time | Beat on high for 10–15 minutes | It’s ready when the aquafaba has magically transformed into a thick, meringue-like mixture that won’t fall off a spoon turned upside down Spoon the meringue mixture on to the lined baking sheets to make nests about 8cm wide, no more than 1½cm high and smooth on top, leaving 5cm between them | You should end up with about 18 nests (you can draw 8cm circles on the parchment paper, then flip over the paper and use them as templates) Put the trays in the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 100°C | Bake for 2 hours, then turn off the heat, leave the door closed and let the meringues cool completely, preferably overnight | Cooling the meringues overnight in the oven allows them to set properly and reduces the chances of them cracking due to sudden changes in temperature. To make the caramel sauce, put a frying pan on a medium heat | Pour in the sugar, 75ml of the coconut milk and the salt | Bring to a boil, whisking continuously | Once the mixture has turned caramel in colour, remove from the heat | Add the rest of the coconut milk and the dairy-free butter, stir through and transfer to a bowl To make the cashew cream, put the small saucepan over a medium heat | Add the nuts and 400ml of the coconut milk | Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until most of the coconut milk has evaporated | Transfer to the liquidiser | Add the icing sugar, vanilla and remaining 200ml coconut milk | Add the banana half to the liquidiser | Blend until really smooth. Place your meringue nests on serving plates | Peel 2–3 bananas and cut them into long diagonal slices (the longer they are the more beautiful they will look) | Lay half the slices on top of the meringues | Cover the bananas with dollops of coconut cream | Top with 1 or 2 more banana slices and lashings of caramel syrup | Finely grate over the chocolate and serve.

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A DINING UNICORN or my husband and I, dinners out are always a special occasion. A time to dress up, leave the kids with their grandparents and hit the town so we can enjoy some drinks and indulge in a few delicious dishes that I don’t have the skill to cook myself. But it takes a special kind of restaurant to take the dining experience one step further… To make me forget the frenetic pace of everyday life and feel like I’m a VIP living my best life. Bacchus, arguably one of Brisbane’s finest dining establishments, is this rare breed of restaurant. Put simply, after enjoying one of the most magical meals of my life there, I would say it’s a dining unicorn. From the moment you step inside the opulent restaurant, which is perched high atop Rydges Hotel in the stylish precinct of

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Southbank, you’re transported into a heady culinary world. Think plush leather arm chairs, gilded vases adorning specially-lit cabinetry and old-world drinks trollies piled high with spirits, liqueurs and cheeses. The staff were amongst the most attentive I’ve been served by, with a special mention to sommelier Andrew Giblin for his seemingly unending knowledge of wines from around the world. Bacchus’ wine list is extensive (more than 50 pages!) and has won many awards, but thanks to Andrew’s guided tour of the viticulture world, there was no need to be daunted. Under his care, we enjoyed an array of beer, sparkling wine and red wine that perfectly complimented our meals. I personally recommend you try the Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Nebbilio as a light-but-not-lightweight red. Exquisite.



We started our meal by sharing a duck ravioli and ‘fish pillow’ gnocchi, and despite being pasta-based dishes, they were light enough to not spoil our appetites for the rest of the meal. For mains, I ordered a whole deboned quail served with pumpkin and sage; and my husband (who typically orders steak), ordered a steak that was anything but typical. His ‘Hanging Tender’ was 170 grams of smoked eggplant, camel cheese pure black onyx from Rangers Valley. It melted in your mouth. Feeling full and very content, we opted to share a dessert, a ‘Coconut on the Beach’ which was a decadent mix of cheesecake, lime and butterscotch. In between each dish, we were delivered tasting dishes from the kitchen, which provided us with further proof of the depth of talent of Head Chef, Massimo Speroni. He really is a genius. Meal finished, we rolled ourselves out of the restaurant with full tummies and glowing faces. So next time you’re in Brisbane, if you want to live your best life, do yourself a favour and make a reservation at Bacchus. You deserve it. So, what are you waiting for? Make your booking at Bacchus now! Podium Level, Rydges South Bank, Glenelg Street & Grey Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101 Ph: +61 7 3364 0837 E:

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Foodies heaven at OTTO

Foodies of the Gold Coast unite – Good Food Month is back in Brisbane! e know that you need no excuse to indulge in some good food, but we’ve found one for you any way! Good Food Month returns to Brisbane in July with incredible feature events exclusively curated for your palette. The Night Noodle Markets, everyone’s favourite open-air Asian-hawker markets, will also return to South Bank; sizzling, smoking and searing all your favourite foodie treats. Let’s Do Lunch and Friends of Good Food Month will also see the best of Brisbane’s food scene offer up imaginative and ingenious menus that will have you crying,“Please sir, may I have some more?” Venessa Cowell, Head of Food Events, Fairfax said,“The Brisbane food scene is finessed, dramatic and innovative and we wanted to showcase that in this year’s Good

Duck done differently at Donna Chang

Food Month’s program. We’ve got one-off, unique collaborations across three feature events that food lovers of Brisbane will be very excited about.” This year, the head chef of two-hatted Lûmé will be at GOMA for an evening of modern art, both on the walls and on the plates. The perennial favourite, Young Chefs Lunch returns as well, showcasing the next generation of superstar chefs at OTTO. The incredibly beautiful and extremely delicious Donna Chang’s will host an evening with chef, author and television personality, Adam Liaw. If that’s not enough to get your tastebuds dancing, then we don’t know what is! The focus is all on food this July in Brisbane, so get ready to enjoy and indulge! For more information and tickets, visit

GOMA's Chef Matthew Blackwell

Food is art at GOMA in July


GOMA x Lûmé | Gallery Of Modern Art | Friday, 12 July, 7.30pm | $160 What does John Rivera’s food at Lûmé and GOMA have in common? They are both are edgy, creative, and have a spirit of experimentation about them. That is why the two are combining for a contemporary and immersive dining experience! Tickets include six courses with matching wines and beer supplied by James Squire. Young Chefs Lunch presented by Citi | OTTO | Sunday, 14 July, 12.30pm | $155 They are the future Marco Pierre Whites and Stephanie Alexanders; the up and coming generation of talented young chefs, and it’s their time to get the spotlight. Join three of the hottest rising chefs from Brisbane’s top restaurants as they take over the kitchen at OTTO under the guidance of head chef, Will Cowper. Tickets include three courses with matching wines and beer supplied by James Squire. Adam Liaw at Donna Chang | Donna Chang | Thursday, 4 July, 6.30pm | $180 Adam Liaw, television host of Destination Flavour and author of five incredible cookbooks, knows a lot about Asian cuisine. He’s a walking Wikipedia on food, and he’s inviting you on a cultural and culinary journey at Brisbane’s coolest, and tastiest, modern Chinese restaurant, Donna Chang. After his two sell-out Canberra Good Food Month events in March, we anticipate tickets will sell out quickly. Tickets include six courses with matching wines and beer supplied by James Squire.

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Alexander Marine Australian launch at The Boat Works

Alanna Davies, Amy Mayan and Jade Cooper

Sandra Sarmiento and Maria Argentato

Karen Longhurst, Leanne St George and Tony Longhurst

Natalie King & Jeni Bone

Mayor Tom Tate 'kidnapped'

Binaca Patel, Kishan Patel & Melissa Lambert

Lauren Hyland and Yasmina Despot

ALEXANDER MARINE LAUNCH VIPs, clients and industry professionals joined Alexander Marine Australia to celebrate the Australian launch of the Galeon brand of motor yachts and debut of the Ocean Alexander 88 Skylounge at The Boat Works, which is well underway in the construction of its new $100m super yacht facility. During the evening, Mayor Tom Tate was 'kidnapped' by a rogue team of bike stuntmen, and rescued by MC Russell Ingall in a sharp Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, one of several on show from Aston Martin Queensland. Guests were treated to a flaming stunt show by ShowTime FMX, complete with pyrotechnics and aerials over the Galeon yacht's bow, scintillating jewellery from Calleija and the revelation of plans for the new superyacht facility and lifestyle precinct, on track to be completed by the end of 2019. Teagan Hunjas and Dan Hunjas

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Cameron Nobbs and Andrew Meadowcroft


Photographer: Brian Usher


Vanda Hogan, Kaye Lycos and Leah Hook

Deborah-Lee Planinac, Morgan Sisalio and Trish Jones

Jasmine Stringer and Odette Stringer

Michelle Marks, Manuela Whitford, Zoe Scharenguivel, Julia McKenna, Jess Komene, Aimee Nowland and Joanne Rahn

Rachel McVinish and Amy Shipley

Zoe Scharenguivel, Kathleen Simpson and Kellie Swann

Jonny Gardner, Natalie Hinton, Manuela Whitford and Darrell Whitford

Bridget Daley and Joanne Rahn

FRIENDS WITH DIGNITY HIGH TEA WITH FRIENDS The Gold Coast's most charitable came together to support survivors of domestic and family violence at Friends With Dignity's annual major event, High Tea With Friends, held at Southport Sharks Event Centre. Amongst the 500 guests were keynote speaker Vanessa Fowler, sister of the late Allison Baden-Clay, and chairwoman of The ABC Foundation, with breakfast radio presenter extraordinaire, Bridget Daley as MC. Thousands of dollars were raised for Friends With Dignity, a national not-for-profit organisation, recognised as The Australian Charity of the Year 2018, providing practical assistance to men, women and children displaced by domestic and family violence. For more information, please visit Friends With Dignity at Facebook or the website: Photographer: Lana Noir Photography

Urban jungle‌or city chic? Why not both‌ Natalie King & Jeni Bone

Binaca Patel, Kishan Patel & Melissa Lambert

Lauren Hyland and Yasmina Despot

The Best Little Shoe Boutique in Town!


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WOMEN IN TOURISM Over 130 women and men gathered in the heart of Surfers Paradise for a luxurious morning of networking with the Gold Coast's most friendly tourism men and women at the exclusive Hilton Hotel Surfers Paradise. Guests were treated to fruity mocktails and a delicious breakfast before Destination Gold Coast CEO, Annaliese Battista took to the stage to candidly share her journey from Perth ‘ratbag’ to earning the City’s most sought-after job. Photography: Visual Reality Productions June 2019



Get your horoscope Greg Summer Greg Summers is an empath, healer, intuition consultant and astrologist based in Sydney and regional NSW. He runs workshops, consultations, one-on-one alignments, and offers a comprehensive life-coaching seminar annually. Find him on Instagram at @GregSummersHealing and for more personal consultations.

Aquarius January 21 – February 19

Gemini May 21 – June 21 June is a month of magic for Gemini. It’s time to celebrate and embrace the opportunities you’re being given. You ‘ve accomplished so much, and it’s time to let everyone see how far you’ve come. You are a blessing to be shared. Design star: Spell

Cancer June 21 – July 22

Your career requires your full attention this June, Cancers. There are big opportunities on the horizon, you just need to know where to look for them. Put your nose to the grindstone and trust that your hard work will be rewarded in the long run. Work today to play tomorrow. Design star: Bec + Bridge

Leo July 22 – August 23

It’s time for the lion to roar. You’ll need to summon all of your bravery if you’re going to resolve the issue that’s been worrying you over the last month. Trust in your support network and lead the charge. Courage is bravery in action. Design star: Alex Perry

Virgo August 23 - September 22

You’re rested and recovered, Virgo. Time to get back into the swing of things. Your tribe need you to pick up the reins and continue the journey. You may stumble a little while you find your legs again, but it will all be worth it. The journey can’t begin until you do. Design star: Realisation Par

Libra September 22 – October 23

Romance is in the air for Libra this June. Whether the flame is rekindled or a new fire burns, things are certainly heating up! Make sure you’re open to the experiences you’re

being presented with and embrace the love. You are loved when you love others. Design star: AJE

Scorpio October 23 – November 22

June’s not the time to rush into big decisions, Scorpio. Take the time, weigh up the options, talk to your mentors and explore every possible scenario. You’re walking a tightrope and it’s important to make sure you’ve got a good net. Precaution and preparation prevent potential problems. Design star: Toni Maticevski

Sagittarius November 22 – December 22 You’ll learn to develop a new skill this June, Sagittarius. There’s something that has always held your curiosity, and now is the time to explore it. Buy the books, consult the experts and get ready to flourish in this new world. A new skill is a gift to yourself. Design star: Camilla and Marc

Capricorn December 22 – January 20

Friendship is vital to a Capricorn, especially this June. You’ve assembled an impressive tribe, with their perfect gifts and talents. This is the perfect time to appreciate your friends for who they are and how they’ve enriched your life. Our friends are, after all, reflections of ourselves. Design star: Ellery

Investing wisely will be a top priority for Aquarius over the next few weeks. Put your resources where they will provide the best dividends and avoid things which will offer a bad return. Remember that not all investments are financial. You reap what you sew, and it’s time to get planting. Design star: Zimmermann

Pisces February 19 – March 20

It’s time to enjoy yourselves again, Pisces. You’ve held back for a while, but the stars are aligned, and the time is right for you to find your inner joy. Sing, dance, play. You’re a free spirit who needs to flourish in the universe you love. Smile and the world smiles back! Design star: Gorman

Aries March 20 – April 19

Steer clear of people you distrust this month, Aries. Your gut instinct is your guardian angel, and your intuition is never wrong. Stick to the people you love and protect those around you. Not everyone has your best interest at heart this month, but you can survive and thrive without them. Trust yourself before you trust others. Design star: Dion Lee

Taurus April 20 – May 21

You need to be immersed in nature this June, Taurus. Go for a walk, run or sail. Get into the peace of the natural world. Take in the splendour of this planet on which we live. Your atoms are the same as those in the trees, the water and the stars. Be one with the world around you and connect with the rhythm of the Earth. Breathe with the wind. Design star: Romance Was Born

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