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An assistance dog could change my friend Emma’s life

Sharing my beautiful friend Emma Miceli‘s story and fundraising campaign to help her get an assistance dog! Emma has severe autism and an intellectual disability. An assistance dog could change her life and support her everyday.

Please donate, share this page and help spread the word: https://www.mycause.com.au/…/help-change-a-young-womans-life

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On the Disabled Wintersport Australia Women’s week camp, I was snow boarding with and guiding the beautiful Emma. She has severe autism and an intellectual disability. She’s also prone to wandering off and has been in quite some danger at times – something we witnessed even on the camp. I’m a volunteer guide with DWA and we support people like Emma to go to the snow.

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To help her, Emma is getting an assistance dog. This will help with panic attacks and also help to find her if she does get lost.

Seeing someone with autism have a panic attack is heartbreaking and traumatic. It was hard to see her in such pain during these panic attacks. It’s also difficult to know how to manage it, but we did. The week taught me so much and gave me such a different view of what the world is like for others.

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The assistance dog will be a great support to Emma in her everyday life. But they are expensive. So Emma’s family is fundraising to help with the cost of the dog and the extensive training it will need.

I’m sharing her fundraising page here and would be so grateful if you can share her story and/ or donate.

Thank you x

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Emma and Emma at the Women’s week camp with DWA


The Strength in Fragility

Brilliant article by my beautiful friend Naomi for World Mental Health Day. Proud of her and all those who can stand up and say “I’m not ok”, to seek help!

“”It takes more strength and courage than you could ever know (unless you’ve been there) to admit to yourself that you have a mental health illness, it takes an enormous heart to be honest enough to tell your support network that you need help, it takes an open mind and a strength of character to take that help and improve your life one day, one moment, one breath at a time.”

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The 10th of October yearly is World Mental Health Day. Think about it right now as you are reading this there is someone in your life who is suffering from a mental illness whether you know about it or not, there is. And today is a day where we can all open the doors of communication and talk about it, enrich and even save lives, with the goal of making every day a day just like this.

Here are the bare facts that as a citizen of the human race you need to know about. In Australia alone:

At least 6 people commit suicide everyday

For every failed suicide there are 30 attempts

More people die from suicide than road accidents

1 in 5 Australians suffer from a mental health problem

54% of people with a mental illness do not access treatment

These findings are for lack of a better…

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If you see something, say something!

If you see something that’s not right, you must speak up!

Last Friday, I stopped a girl from being mugged on the train on the way from Sydney city to Miranda. A bunch of thug like teens, no more than 13 or 14 years old, lined her up and I saw what was going to happen, so I stepped in.

A poor young school girl, also maybe 13, was on her phone in the middle compartment of the 8th carriage. No seats, no other people. These girls who had been swearing, kicking the boys and generally being horrible, saw her and pounced.

They were so obvious! The two of them went a meter either side of her and I knew they were waiting for the next stop where they would take her phone, potentially HIT her, and run off the train.

Sadly I saw this happen when I was 15 to a fellow girl in my year. She was punched in the face and mugged by two girls her own age. I to this day am ashamed that I didn’t step in, nor did any other person in the carriage, and it just slowly unfolded in front of us. It was pathetic and cowardly.

Today, I chose to stand by that girl. I walked up to the middle platform and stood near her. One girl had gone down to say something to the boys, the other didn’t dare do it with an adult standing near. She mumbled something about “b%#*^” and went back downstairs. I leaned into the girl and whispered “you must move carriages. Now.”

I took her with me and led her through two carriages and kept an eye out behind us. I didn’t want to freak her out so explained that the two girls were looking at her phone and were going to get it if we didn’t move. She stood near the doors in a crowded carriage and I sat downstairs and kept watch over her. I was shaking with rage and fear and adrenaline.

The girl got off the train and mouthed thank you to me. I stood at the doors and watched her move safely into a crowd, keeping close eye that the teens hadn’t got off.

Once I reached my station, I asked a nearby man to walk with me as I was worried the teens may now target me (and my laptop and phone!) He was very kind and walked me to the guards office to report it. The woman who I called from the station took it very seriously and alerted stations ahead. So thank you Jane from Miranda Train Station.

This behaviour is unacceptable. Cowardly. And dangerous!! I could not stand by and watch that girl be attacked, nor let those children get away with such behaviour.

Apparently this has been happening on sydney trains of late. So do lookout and report what you see.

If you see something. Say something. And be kind to one another!!!

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Be Kind image photo credit: https://kindakind.com/random-acts-kindness-spread-act-kindness/

Business Profile: Sam Lippiatt from Health and Fitness Travel

Combining travel and health, we love this business! Take a look at the business profile of Sam Lippiatt from Health and Fitness Travel

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We like to profile businesses and people that we think are doing great things. Health and Fitness Travel is right up there. Combining the love of travel with the importance of health and well being. As soon as we heard about it from one of the founders, Sam Lippiatt, we had to know more. Read here about how Sam started the business and why she’s passionate about running the company!

001Name: Samantha Lippiatt

Business: Health and Fitness Travel

Position: Co-Founder and Managing Director

Country of Residence: Australia

Website: www.healthandfitnesstravel.com.au

Business Phone: 1300 551 353

Facebook: facebook.com/HFTravelAU

Instagram: instagram.com/HealthandFitnessTravelAU

Give us your elevator pitch. What does your business do?

Health and Fitness Travel is a luxury wellness travel company specialising in creating exceptional healthy holidays around the world. We are Australia’s only dedicated health and wellness travel agency.

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Why did you start your business?

To…

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Don’t miss The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls in Melbourne

Loved this show! Lucky enough to attend as a guest on Opening Night and just loved it. Mix of fairytales, mystery and enchantment. The darkness of the tales is broken up by the well-timed comedy throughout. Talented actors and a brilliant set. Just a few nights left in Melbourne so get down to see it!

The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls opened in Melbourne on 19th May 2017. Not knowing what to expect, I can honestly say this is an exceptional piece of independent theatre, one of the best I’ve seen in a while. Well produced, brilliantly acted and totally engaging.

The storyline is:

Once upon a time, in 2005, 20-year-old Annie is sent by her mother back to her native Russia to brush up on the language, and lose her American accent. Underneath an opulent, neon-lit, post-Soviet Moscow she discovers an enchanted motherland – teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears.

The dynamic nature of the play means there is never a dull moment. The fairytale stories have been intertwined and you keep guessing throughout, what will happen next. I loved the tailoring of the stories to the Russian setting and the actors captured that grim side to the fairytale’s well, as did the set.

I don’t want to give too much away but I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how the story would unfold. You can get a feel for the show here in trailers and imagery for the show here at Boutique Theatre’s website. : https://boutiquetheatre.com.au/season-2017/russiangirls/ 

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The actors are all brilliant and perfect for their parts, however I must point out that Felicity Steel is a stand out. Her stage presence and physicality is spectacular and her delivery of the character will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Some of the players performed multiple roles which added a great dimension, and made the cast seem much larger than it was. A great diversity amongst the players too.

The Irene Mitchell Theatre is a lovely little venue tucked away in the backstreets of South Yarra. There’s a bar at the show – but make sure to eat before you arrive as there aren’t so many food outlets close by. What they’ve done with the set is incredible and it was the perfect space for this back streets fairytale play.

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Trust me, don’t miss this show. The details are:

19 – 27 May, 2017
Tues – Sat, 8pm
Tickets: $32 Full, $28 Concession, $25 Grps 6+
Bookings: online only at www.boutiquetheatre.com.au
Enquiries: 0403 937 529 or boxoffice@boutiquetheatre.com.au
Venue: St Martins Youth Arts Centre (Irene Mitchell Studio) – 28 St Martins Ln, South Yarra
www.boutiquetheatre.com.au 

Thank you to Boutique Theatre for having me!


Review: The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls

Loved this show! Lucky enough to attend as a guest on Opening Night and just loved it. Mix of fairytales, mystery and enchantment. The darkness of the tales is broken up by the comedy throughout. Talented actors and a brilliant set. Just a few nights left in Melbourne so get down to see it!

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We were invited to the Opening Night of The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls in Melbourne on 19th May 2017. Genuinely I can say, this is not a show you want to miss.

Not knowing what to expect, I can honestly say this is an exceptional piece of independent theatre, one of the best I’ve seen in a while. Well produced, brilliantly acted and totally engaging.


The storyline is:

Once upon a time, in 2005, 20-year-old Annie is sent by her mother back to her native Russia to brush up on the language, and lose her American accent. Underneath an opulent, neon-lit, post-Soviet Moscow she discovers an enchanted motherland – teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears.

The dynamic nature of the play means there is never a dull moment. The fairytale stories have been intertwined and you keep guessing throughout, what will happen next. I loved the…

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Help us Launch Raspberry Ripple Productions

I’m really excited to be working on this Pozible campaign. To see an organisation officially launch and give people with a disability access to the arts. Helps us Launch Raspberry Ripple Productions!! I’ve been working as Publicist for almost a year through Lovelly Communications and am so excited to see this campaign LIVE.

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Raspberry Ripple Productions is a Disability Led theatre company. This campaign will help to build a fully accessible website, officially launch and put on many more brilliant performances that are inclusive. We aim to raise $9,500 – and hopefully more.

Raspberry Ripple aims to create compelling theatre of a professional standard using disabled and mainstream performers, writers, directors, designers and technical artists.

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Celebrating the milestones – $9,500 is the goal!

Why is a company like Raspberry Ripple needed? Because disabled performers have been excluded from mainstream performing arts for too long.

Raspberry Ripple operates around the Social Model of disability, which says that the barriers put in place by a world designed for ‘normal people’ disables us far more than our bodies ever will. Disabled people are excluded from work, education, recreation – and of course, the performing arts.

As a small team and a start up, we have limited funds to operate on. We rely upon grants and income from our productions to continue. Such an undertaking as an accessible website has to date been beyond our grasp but we know without it, we cannot grow and fully offer the services to those who need them.

We ask you to help support us by donating to our campaign and helping us to raise awareness for disability in the arts.

Pledge here: https://pozible.com/project/launch-raspberry-ripple-productions 

goal $9,500


Dragon at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017

Melbourne! I am here! And tonight, I’ll be going to Dragon! Come with me. Nat Harris is awesome and I’m so excited to be going to her new show. See you there!

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Natalie Harris had a stellar 2016, performing her solo show Good Grief to sold out crowds at MICF and Melbourne Fringe and being awarded Screen Australia Gender Matters funding to develop the show into a web series. Now, Nat returns to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with her brand new solo stand up show Dragon.

‘Dragon’ is the nickname Nat proudly gave herself at the age of 19 and persisted with until even her own mother finally started calling her ‘Dragon’. Now 31, she’s got an RSA under her belt, body corporate on her tail and two online dating profiles to her name. Her third solo show is filled with honest, divergent and hilarious tales of what it is like to be a self-made ‘Dragon’ in a modern world.

Natalie Harris (The Vagina Diaries ABC2, Twentysomething ABC2, , Fancy Boy ABC2) was a RAW State Finalist in 2012 and made…

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Girls Night is back at MICF 2017

It’s all begun! Get your tickets and don’t miss this fab show as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017!

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Expect witty. Expect wicked. Expect wonderful. Grab your girlfriends and get ready to giggle, Girls Night is back for Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) 2017! Shows will run from 29 March to 9 April 2017 at The Upstairs Lounge @ Little Sista in the center of Melbourne.

cath-styles-girls-night Producer and MC Cath Styles

Cath Styles is bringing together the cream of the festival’s funny ladies in a night to celebrate all things female and funny. This festival favourite is big on value and even bigger on laughs.

Girls Night features an exciting mixed bag of stand-up, storytelling, sketch and musical comedy. The line-up changes every night and features: Mandy Nolan, Bev Killick, Nikki Britton, Alice Fraser, Diana Nguyen, Tessa Waters, Lauren Bok, Sally Kimpton, Georgie Carroll, MC Cath Styles and many more.

Always hilarious, Girls Night is hands down the ideal start to any night out at The Festival.

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I miss writing for me!

Reality check – I travel as a lifestyle and I am fortunate to do a lot of it! 

My job is on my computer. My desk is wherever I am (it’s generally my lap.)

I love people telling me I can’t earn a living and continue to galavant. Or that I can’t buy a house and travel. Ummm watch me! 

I work to travel. To explore. To experience. 

I build my life and my career around my adventures. I’m loving that I can have a rewarding career, loving boyfriend, goals of investing in my future and still see so many amazing places.

A lot of work I’ve been doing in the past year has been around writing content. So much content. I’m so busy writing posts, articles, copy and more, that there is no room for my creative writing.

I’ve been to SO many places and I get asked all the time for my advice and guidance. It’s all stuck up in my head. I haven’t had, or I haven’t MADE, the time to share it. It’s my goal this year to blog in real time and to also re-live some of the wonderful travel moments I’ve had. Such as this, sitting at the top of a waterfall in the tropical jungle of Xilitla, Mexico.

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Travel is a part of me. It’s not something I do. I live for it!

I love that this blog is a platform where I can share my stories and those of the people I meet and places I see. I hope that people can feel inspired to take on their own adventures. Writing about travel transports me to exotic lands and wonderful places. It’s a blessing to get to have these experiences in real time, when writing, and later again when I read back over the adventures.

This year, I will write! For joy. For me.


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