The Suburban Person’s Everest

Every year, tens of thousands of runners around the world tackle marathons, otherwise known somewhat scornfully as “the suburban person’s Everest”. But what drives them to put their bodies to the limit to complete the 42.2km endurance test? The question is compounded by the surprising number of people who accept the challenge in older age.   For me, it had never been my ambition to... Read more

Preparing for a Longer & Better Lives

Australians are living longer and while we are living longer, we need to live better too! From health, finance, work and social life we could all improve from a little to a lot! The positive changes we make now can help us maintain physical and mental health as we get older, have enough money to live the life we want when we stop working, have the skills to be able to work as long as ... Read more

Music & Memory

What’s your favourite song? Does it invoke memories of yesteryears or does ground you in the moment you are currently in? American singer songwriter, Eric Church, sings in his song “Springsteen”, “Funny how a melody sounds like a memory, like the soundtrack to a July Saturday night…” Music can transpose one back in time and awaken thoughts, feelings and emotions once felt or long t... Read more

In the Spirit of Giving

The holidays are around the corner and some of us will over indulge our family members or treat ourselves to that one gift we’ve been eyeing all year. But if you want to give your time or donation and need a little inspiration on what’s out there, here are a few ideas. Giving Trees There are many types of giving trees and by that we mean those run by charity organisations like the Salva... Read more

How to Avoid Christmas Debt

It’s finally December and that means one thing: the holiday madness has begun! According to a recent article, the average holiday shopper plans to spend $776 this year, but it is possible to get through the holidays without it breaking your bank. Here a Few Tips on How to Avoid Christmas Debt Price Comparison Shopping: One of the easiest ways is to Google Search what you’re wanting... Read more

These Boots Were Made for Walking...Australia

60’s pop star, Nancy Sinatra, sang “These boots are made for walking and that's just what they'll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you…” The Aboriginals of Australia had a rite of passage for males known as a Walkabout where the adolescents went and lived in the wilderness for a period as long as six months to make the spiritual and traditional transition into ma... Read more

Dealing with Surprise Bills

According to a research, the average Australian still carries about $76 in their pocket and men over 50 carry $99 while women carry around $68. No matter the age, most of us still carry cash for small transactions and emergencies but what about those unexpected bills that hit us at the most inconvenient time? How does one handle that? Two-thirds of Aussie households are getting hit... Read more

Preparing for Your Own Death

Talking about death is often seen as taboo and often ignored until the very last minute or not at all, but understanding what you want (or what your loved one wants) can save you and them a lot of stress when the time comes to say goodbye. Here are 8 things you can do to prepare for your death. Wills and Estate Planning We wrote about the importance of a will and it could be one of t... Read more

Things No One Tells You About Cruising

Sailing the high seas is the easiest holiday for a lot of us, but here are secrets and tips that could make your cruise even more fun and relaxing! Embarking Arrive at your embarkation port a day early. This allows you to avoid any last minute stress caused by potential delays and allows you to adjust to a new time zone or allows you time to sightsee. Everyone wants to be on board fi... Read more

Curb Wasteful Spending

Are you aware of how much waste you’re creating, and how much money you’re throwing away in the process? Spending money on unnecessary items is not only bad for the environment, but it can also add up over the course of a year. Much of our consumption these days is based around convenience says Deborah Southon of budgeting and debt solutions provider Fox Symes. “People would rather bu... Read more