Thrilling Me!


Summer is well and truly here in Brisbane. And that’s not just because it’s been hotter than hell’s kitchen here since August, but the cricket season is now upon us. And it’s just not summer without cricket. The Brits have arrived in town for the Ashes (and to serve us up some humble pie again, I fear).

I’m left reminiscing about the last time I felt joyous about Australian cricket and I think it was this time three years ago, opening day of the Ashes here in Brisbane and being at the Gabba to witness Peter Siddle’s hat trick. What a day. The thunderous uproar at the stadium was something to behold – absolutely breathtaking. Even having a drink with Bernard Fanning at the German Club afterwards paled in comparison.

Let’s get on to this week’s thrilling me Thursday post…

Forever Glow Beauty

My beautiful girl Dani from Forever Glow is on a heart-centred mission to help women everywhere ditch their toxic beauty products in favour of beautiful organic, body-loving products. Not only is Dani a highly experienced beautician, she’s also a certified health coach and has a wealth of knowledge on nutrition and the body. Her approach to beauty is far more than skin deep, it’s truly holistic beauty. Dani does Beauty Cabinet Makeovers,  for people who are keen to ditch their toxic products but have no idea what’s good for their skin or which products are suitable. Dani has also designed an amazing program to guide you through all things beauty and wellness which will shortly launch, so stay tuned to her site.


I’ve tried the OrganicSpa skincare collection and they are a fantastic range of products – plenty of active ingredients that really work as well as being non-toxic for your bod. Win-dingin’-win. Dani has some amazing Christmas specials and gift packs going on at the moment, so for easy breezy Christmas presents from about $20, head on over to her site. I’ll definitely be getting myself an OrganicSpa skin pack for Christmas.

Speaking at Lowy

I’m a dash excited to have been invited down to speak at Lowy Institute’s Australia-PNG emerging leaders dialogue in Sydney next week. The Dialogue event is bringing together 20 emerging young leaders (10 from PNG, 10 from Australia) from the private sector, civil society, and government to share ideas and discuss priority national issues for both Papua New Guinea and Australia. 

LowyThe topics being covered in the dialogue are:

  • Growing the economy and attracting investment in the Asian Century;
  • National infrastructure challenges – new approaches;
  • Reform and innovations in the delivery of health and education services; and
  • Politics and accountability – new expectations.

I’m speaking on Politics and accountability, which is largely my academic background, so I’m very much looking forward to sharing my thoughts and ideas in this forum.

Spring Cleanse

I’m getting in a short but hopefully effective spring cleanse in before we head in to the silly season. I’m using it as a time to truly slow down, look within and reflect, before I launch in to what invariably tends to be a month of mad-dashing and merry-making. Parties, end-of-year events, get-togethers, travelling, holidays, Christmas, my birthday – it all happens in December. Not that I’m planning on un-doing my good work by ditching healthy eating and commencing champagne-guzzling all month, but all of the outward-focused ‘busy-ness’ can leave little ol’ introvert me a bit strung-out.

Sol Cleanse

So I’ve dedicate next weekend to a gentle Sol Cleanse 3-day juice cleanse, and a host of associated supportive cleansing rituals and activities. Think acupuncture, massage, upping my dry-body brushing, going in for a colonic. ‘WAIT – did she just say the c-word?’. Yep, I’ve done one or two a year for the last four years, and have found them to be an utterly non-dramatic experience and really great for my overall health and wellbeing. So if you want to hear a little more about my cleanse experience, stay tuned!

Earth Crystals

Last weekend I had a beautiful day down the coast with a couple of my amazing soul sisters – sunshine and swims down at Rainbow Bay, deliciously nourishing food at Mandala, and then a spot of crystal shopping at Earth Crystals. Such a blissful day, and I’ve been hanging out to check out this warehouse of crystal treasures for a long time.

Earth Crystals

Let me assure you it doesn’t disappoint. Floor to ceiling and wall to wall of every kind of crystal you can possibly imagine, in every kind of shape – rough, smooth, cluster, points. A crystal lover’s dream come true and paradise all wrapped in to one. I added an amethyst cluster, ruby in fuchsite, citrine point and lil’ fluorite to my collection.

What’s lighting up your life this week, gorgeous one? Please share below!


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