Pleats please

It’s been a sad time in the world of music and fashion with the passing of Australian luminaries Olivia Newton-John, Archie Roach and Judith Durham and Japanese designer Issey Miyake.

I will always think of Olivia Newton-John every time I drive past the ONJ Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Heidelberg and know a number of school mums who’ve had breast cancer treatment there including one who sadly lost her battle last year. I’m also thankful to have done the Olivia Newton-John Wellness Walk and Research Run back in 2019 before our lives were all forever changed by the pandemic.

My then-colleagues at La Trobe University and I had a great day out at the Alexandra Gardens (below) and I couldn’t believe my luck at the start when I spied the great lady herself in front of the media doing her thing (above). I managed to get fairly close to take a photo of her from the side and remember being surprised at the time at her lack of entourage or close personal protect (bodyguard), which was lovely – she really was one amongst the people. I do think she was a beautiful person inside and out and her legacy in the health and wellness space as well as her music will live on – she was one of the early wellness industry pioneers with her Gaia Retreat in the Byron hinterland.

With Judith Durham and The Seekers, I often think our unofficial Australian anthem is I am, you are, we are Australian which is more inclusive. It was the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples last Tuesday and we had a special treat at ANZSOG with presentations on the movement towards Treaty here in Victoria and the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand. It was lovely that Archie Roach was also paid special tribute to at the National Indigenous Music Awards 2022 in Darwin last weekend.

Meanwhile, I think Issey Miyake hit his peak in the 90s with the release of his namesake perfume for women and I remember Collins Street fashion store Cose Ipanema (which more recently had an outpost in Ivanhoe that has sadly closed) stocking his clothing including the fabulous pleats he was known for. Locally, I’ve had my eye on Melbourne label Alpha60’s pleated scarves in black or cream which remind me of Miyake.

Image via Alpha60

My work weeks continue to be pretty full on but it’s made a difference having a full team and someone to support me in the alumni space. Social events too, have meant winter has passed relatively quickly – my work team had our quarterly lunch the other week at Lygon Street stalwart DOC Carlton and the cinema end of the street frequented by locals has fared a lot better than the city end.

I had a girls’ night out in Fitzroy last night with a yummy, reasonably priced express dinner (some of our shared dished pictured above) at atmospheric Lebanese restaurant ISME in Kerr Street (tip: there is 4 hour parking closer to Smith Street if you’re ever in the area) – we arrived late for the earlier session so had to leave by 8pm but had a leisurely stroll down Brunswick Street with all the pretty young things ending up outside under the heaters at Farro Pizzeria for some hot drinks to keep us warm.

If death by cheese is more your thing than chocolate this winter, you might want to head to That’s Amore Cheesery in the backstreets of Thomastown. While Mr Rosanna and I have had their cannoli in the West Heidelberg industrial estate, we might need to venture further out next time.

No money no fun

Ain’t that the truth. After moving house over three months ago, the fun has come to an end now that heating, painting, flooring, cabinetry, carpeting and lighting have all been done. We had tightened our belts anyway with taking out a new mortgage but had allowed a bit extra to do those cosmetic things. We still have some further cabinetry, cornicing and window treatments to go but our house looks a lot better than it did with its different coloured walls, floors and velvet curtains! I take off my hat to serial renovators or those of you who’ve done large scale structural renovations or new builds.

High tea tiered platter – The Hotel Windsor

Money of course is on a lot people’s minds with rising interest rates, inflation and the cost of living let alone building or renovating which has been a fraught exercise for many people. We have friends who’ve been lucky to have been on a fixed contract with their builder so will actually have their house finished at Christmas (a year later than originally planned) while others who’ve delayed renovating due to prices for everything being so crazy. I feel for people seeking to work in regional locations who can’t even find a house to rent and I was very sad to see the homeless man begging outside the front of the Ivanhoe Woolworths supermarket this weekend – it’s very confronting when it hits so close to home.

While you can give people money, it’s trying to ensure they don’t end up in those circumstances in the first place that’s more important and teaching them job and life skills, which I know is easier said than done. Working in higher education meets public sector these past 18 months for me has highlighted the responsibility that lies with leaders to deliver public value for the common good. Most ANZSOG students and alumni I’ve come across are incredibly earnest and greatly believe in what they are doing – it is almost vocational for them as I’ve previously mentioned and I admire their passion. I’m not sure I could ever do what they do – especially at the highest levels.

Work itself has been very hard – my team has been spread very thin and as much as cavalry is finally on its way in terms of a new staff member starting this week- we’ve been one down since last November and it’s taken its toll. We’re not the only team or organisation where this has happened with the current skills shortage but it’s made life very challenging juggling multiple balls and trying to keep things moving forward. I am very much looking forward to Spring and it’s tantalisingly close.

With belt tightening budget-wise, holidays are on hold and we are doing more entertaining at home, which isn’t a hardship. I’ve been relishing the less frequent dinners and events out given they’re now more for special occasions only. It made catching up with my uni friends last weekend in the private dining room at The Windsor for high tea feel all the more special and I can greatly recommend it. I’ve got different catch ups with my closest friends and family on every weekend for the rest of August so that’s the one good thing about getting through this winter. While it’s felt like a long winter – the end is now in sight.

Forest of Hope

It’s the name of the immersive art and sound installation opening on Friday 5 August at the Yarra-me Djila Theatrette at the Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub with large scale paintings by Anne Bennett, projections and sound recordings by Jutta Pryor and original music by bass artist Scott Dunbabin and flautist Megan Kenny. Given the somewhat depressing State of Environment report released by the federal government last week, it sounds like a welcome antidote and where there is action being taken, there is always hope.

Image: HeideMoMA

The 2022 Banyule Art Salon opens the same night from 6 – 8pm and is Banyule’s biggest community art exhibition with this one also dedicated to the great outdoors – forest bathing has kept most of us sane over the past few years and personally I feel very grateful to live in a municipality where park life is abundant.

I’ve long been fascinated by the moon, the stars and the evening sky and I’m not the only one. Night Paintings at Darebin Creek by Fran Lee opens on 26 August at Loft 275 also at the Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub while the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Across the Stars‘ September concert and ‘Nightscapes‘ December concert will be held across the road at the Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School Performing Arts Centre.

In nearby Bulleen, Double Moon by Korean artist Jaedon Shin (pictured above) opened at Heide Musuem of Modern Art last month and runs until October while Tyama: a multisensory experience of nature has opened at the Melbourne Museum and looks quite spectacular and means ‘a deeper sense of knowing.’ Our First Nations people have a different relationship to Country and Bangarra Dance Theatre’s latest production SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert also looks just as visually amazing.

While there’s another month of winter, there are blossoms and wattle on the trees and if next Sunday is just as nice weather-wise, it will be a fun day out at the Eaglemont Village Heritage Day with bookings already open for the Red Rattler steam train rides and the Eaglemont Village Market also on that day – the Art Deco village is one of my very favourite places in Banyule to visit.

If the shoe fits

Well, I felt like the real Cinderella on Friday at Banyule’s Women in business lunch held at The Centre Ivanhoe with key speaker celebrity stylist and shoe business entrepreneur Lana Wilkinson. With my hired Alemais dress from GlamCorner, vintage fake fur jacket and leather boots and borrowed bag from my bestie Jules – it was a lovely excuse to dress up.

Picture: Lana Wilkinson

And what a fabulous event it was, even with COVID-19 lurking in the background. My fairy god-sister – local identity, personal trainer and podcaster Nikki Ellis – hosted a table of Banyule’s leading business women pictured left to right below: Amy O’Shannessy (Perform Physiotherapy + Pilates), Kate Heslop (State of Solace and Be Podiatry), Jodi Crocker (Baketico Heidelberg), Cinch Training rep Justine, Cinch Training nutritionist Stephanie Canning, me and Nikki (Cinch Training/Find Your Fierce with Nikki Ellis), Nicole Webb (Greensborough Remedial Massage & Myotherapy), Ilene Kairouz (Aqueous Designs) and Karyn Harte (Bees Knees Marketing & Design).

Our power table of 10 local women in business

This Women in Business event was particularly stylish from the beautiful plants by The Greenery Garden & Home and table flowers by Floral Impressions to the typeface used for signage and name cards. I think the Banyule Business team did an outstanding job including an event timed to perfection – starting at 11.30am and finishing exactly at 2pm (according to Nikki’s Apple watch!) and there was a quick turnaround with an evening event being held at the same venue. The food by Peter Rowland Catering was also excellent and I think they hold the bar in Melbourne along with other long-term-ers The Big Group. Locally, I have used Luckman Catering and would use them again for future events.

L- R: Banyule Mayor Elizabeth Nealy (at lectern) and CEO Alison Beckwith

It was a momentous event not only in that it finally happened after two years of lockdowns but also in that Banyule Council has both a female Mayor in Elizabeth Nealy as well as a female CEO in Alison Beckwith (who did a great job as MC having a fireside chat with Lana Wilkinson) so women in business all round. A big thank you too from me to the women behind the scenes in Dani Ahimastos and Jacinta Simms at Banyule Business.

L-R: Alison Beckwith and Lana Wilkinson in conversation

Lana herself was very impressive – articulate, authentic and very down-to-earth highlighting not just the glamorous side of her business (she’s worked with the original stylist turned entrepreneur – Rachel Zoe -and clientele includes Megan Gale, Rebecca Judd, Whitney Port, Millie Macintosh, Rachel Zoe, Ruby Rose, Zoe Foster Blake, Anna Heinrich, Elyse Knowles, Rachael Finch and Natalie Bassingthwaighte) but also the lowlights and stresses with finances, managing staff and a young family coupled with opening a business just before the pandemic hit. What stood out to me was her work ethic inherited from her drycleaning business father – most highly successful people have this in common but it’s always a balancing act. I was glad to hear she prioritises self-care with training three times a week.

L – R: Me and Nikki Ellis

The event was the highlight of my week – with the surge in cases in Melbourne – my organisation has given employees the option of working from home over the next four to six weeks. I’ve now had my second booster and masked up on Friday so not only hoping to avoid getting COVID again – I’m also thinking of our strained healthcare workers who are both burnt out and understaffed. While it’s been very challenging as a knowledge worker – it pales in comparison to those at the frontline.

While I haven’t lost my glass slipper, it is back to reality this week but how wonderful it was to have lived the fairy tale life on Friday.

Get up! Stand up! Show up!

It has been another historic week in terms of local and international affairs with NAIDOC week here in Australia but lots of change overseas. I think the plates are still shifting and with the surge in COVID-19 infections, I have booked my second booster and fourth vaccination for COVID. After going down hard in March, I will do everything I can not to get it again.

Above: Gimlet at Cavendish House interior

Culture-wise, it was wonderful to see Melbourne restaurant Gimlet in the top 100 longlist for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 – the only Aussie contender to make it. I feel grateful to have dined there shortly after it first opened. If you’re venturing out to the eastern suburbs, I also drove past authentic looking Italian wine bar Mister Sandrino on Riversdale Road in Hawthorn and my aunty who is a local has given it kudos as a dining destination.

Not every restaurant or person is lucky enough to have fared so well over this time – I was sad to hear the Morrocan Soup Bar in Fitzroy is closing its doors after 24 years although it will still trade for takeaway and catering. With the rising cost of living, Foodbank Victoria is also providing food for 50,000 people every day and it is a difficult time for people in more vulnerable situations.

I missed the Finders Keepers market at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton and the So Frenchy So Chic Bastille Day discotheque at the Melbourne Meat Market also looked like a lot of fun but there are lots of activities happening around the place including the Winter Night Market every Wednesday night at the Queen Victoria Market and the Scandinavian Film Festival at Palace Cinemas.

I’m in the middle of doing some minor renovations at home and have had a setback after discovering borer (luckily not termite) in our bedroom flooring delaying the wardrobe installation – I’m hoping there’s not a knock on effect as we’ve also had to wait months to have carpets laid in the bedrooms. The unplanned events you don’t budget for…renovating or building is also a lesson in patience and acceptance. I’ll be ‘camping’ in my lounge room for the next couple of weeks.

It’s the dead of winter and I’ve found myself eating a lot of baked goods so it’s just as well I’m back at yoga this week and went for a long run (for me) today. Mr Rosanna and I have been enjoying the delights of Bread Wise bakery in Ivanhoe including its cinnamon donuts and substantial roasted pork bahn mi. This weekend I tried their date and orange scones which were delicious and I’ll be back to sample their passionfruit icing topped vanilla slice! A competitor, An Bahn Mi, has just opened across the other side of the road so no doubt I’ll be giving them a go as well.

We visited Rita, Michael and Fidel for a yummy brunch at Picket Fence cafe in Ivanhoe East as well over the weekend given we know them from our days in Rosanna when they owned the Greville Road Fish and Chip Shop. I also drove Mr R and his friends to Vinoshis for drinks at East Ivanhoe Village a few weeks ago which looks lovely but be warned it closes early at 9pm if you go. Apparently there is a new bakery going in at East Ivanhoe to replace Brumby’s – which is also going to offer ramen – so that will be an interesting combination if it happens! Only in Melbourne…

Good luck for the start of Term 3 this week if you have school-aged kids.

Moonlighting

It’s cold in Melbourne and about to get even cooler over the next fortnight – traditionally the two coldest weeks of the year. I went running at dusk last Sunday in the rain and wished I had windscreen wipers for my eyes – I did manage not to slip in the mud. It is dark but there are lots of activities taking place celebrating the light.

Lightscape is on at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne until 7 August saluting light, nature and wonder, while the Docklands Firelight Festival finishes tonight. You can also head indoors to enjoy Light: Works from Tate’s Collection at ACMI in the city or Bruce Munro: From Sunrise Rd at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen, the latter of who brought the spectacular Field of Light Uluru light installation to the Northern Territory in 2016. Light festivals are apparently now a thing if you’ve read this article in Traveller.

The Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is currently on and it’s exciting too to hear about new Melbourne music festival Always Live, which is modelling itself on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. If you like the great indoors, Open House Melbourne starts at the end of this month and I was glad to hear the Nicholas Building is close to being sold under a unique social enterprise model that will allow its creative community to stay. Interesting too that a Robin Boyd house in Warrandyte was also ‘whisked off the market’ last month by one lucky buyer.

It’s been busy at work with end of financial year, with my team launching a re-vamped website (and all the work leading up to it) and doing a bit of professional development. I watched a fascinating presentation on culture, brand and COVID-19 by a speaker from Kantar Public and while perhaps not unexpected, the themes of safety, belonging and self-esteem, have been prevalent and people’s behavioural responses to them over this time.

Also interesting has been census data showing how diverse we have become as a nation, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney. It was also great to see Melbourne re-joining the top 10 most liveable cities list – jointly tying with Japanese city Osaka and being crowned Australia’s most liveable city. While we continue to live with COVID and the numbers are still very high, I’m very grateful to be living with relative freedom this third winter of the pandemic. If anything, I think it’s taught us not to take the simple things for granted ever again.

Portrait of a woman

The Picasso Century at the NGV is now open and we went to see the exhibition today thinking crowds would be lesser before the school holidays. It was still pretty busy but great to see so many people in the city out and about despite the cold. We weren’t very prepared given the late morning tickets I’d bought so grabbed some coffees and toasties at Protaganist cafe at the Arts Centre Melbourne before heading inside but if you do get hungry, Bar Lourinha currently has a pop up restaurant at the NGV.

Picasso’s Portrait of a woman

The exhibition is broken into two parts and I recommend walking outside to the pink open air Pond(er) installation – a reminder of Australia’s great inland lakes – if the sun is out, it’s good to catch some rays of vitamin D and rest your legs before viewing part 2.

Pablo Picasso lived through some very hard times over his lifetime including the Spanish Civil War followed by World War 2. It’s hard to imagine how much suffering and loss people had to endure over nearly a decade – there are no winners with war only pain and loss on both sides.

The winter solstice is fast approaching and I’ll be glad once it passes although I’ve been so busy at home and work – it’s been a welcome distraction from the dark days and nights. I still have tradies booked over the next 6 weeks at our place to do various bits and pieces but am looking forward to having a breather from house stuff before spring.

We’ve celebrated the solstice with an open fire outside in previous years and if you’re a BBQ lover, I’ve heard good things about Grill Americano in Flinders Lane which has a hand-built wood oven and Josper Grill. Further out, Olivigna at Pietro Gallus Estate in Warrandyte is holding two more Italian Grill Night experiences (at $75 per head) on Wednesday 6 and 20 July, which look delicious.

For full snuggle mode, you might want to lie down with a good book wrapped up in a quilt. I love the new Nancybird hand stitched patchwork kantha quilt (above) while today at Dymocks in Collins Streets, The Museum of Modern Love by Stella prize winning (and aptly named) Australian writer Heather Rose caught my eye, but I ended up walking out with Japanese writer Ken Mogi’s book (below) The way of Nagomi. I did have a shiatsu massage with my long time massage therapist Aliki Zouliou last week and it was just what I needed in trying to find some balance inside and out. Wishing you a peaceful week ahead.

A laugh and a half

After having a few fairly intense past weeks on both home and work fronts (this year continues to surprise me), it was nice to let my hair down this weekend celebrating one of my uni friend’s birthdays at the The Comic’s Lounge in North Melbourne last night. Ten of us met there queuing on the stairs to get in where we had a booked table (thankfully in the middle not at the front) and where they do a good pub line up of fish and chips, pizza and chicken parmigiana etc. which most of us ordered before the fun began.

Kloke oversized shirt

We were treated to a warm up act by the host and then three sets of performances by six different comics which had us laughing at our tables. It’s been a long time between drinks for performers and the venue itself came close to shutting for good over the pandemic. Gold passes to see unlimited shows for a year are $70 each and some of the comedians were spruiking their wares at the end – if you can support them, I can highly recommend for a great night out.

Saarde natural/nutmeg towels

It’s been super cold and lucky you if you have headed to the mountains this long weekend to enjoy the bumper snow that’s fallen. Our house is our holiday, beach house and investment property all wrapped into one at the moment so we won’t be going anywhere for a while! Given the dark, it’s been great to see a number of inspiring-sounding indoor experiences including Bruce Monro’s light installation From Sunrise Road from 25 June at Heide in Bulleen, The Picasso Century at the NGV and Light: Works from Tate’s Collection at ACMI which both started last Thursday and Vincent van Gogh currently showing at digital art gallery The Lume Melbourne.

Frankie4 sneakers

While we’ve now found our forever home, I still enjoying looking at houses and this showstopper in Merton Street Ivanhoe has caught my eye as well as the quiet charm of these two houses in Valentine and Green Streets in Ivanhoe. The former looks like the home of a creative couple and I love the parkland access of the latter. Not all houses have to be obvious to be attractive in much the same way as people.

Bared ballet flats

If you’re a fan of Angus and Celeste, their sale is currently on and while I’ve not had the budget to indulge – I love this oversized shirt with green detailing from Kloke (above first image) as well as some of the middle eastern-inspired homewares from Saarde. While I have returned to wearing platform or block heeled shoes (no higher than 6cm), most women in the city are still wearing flats and they are a lot more comfy! I’ve got my eye on these Frankie 4 sneakers and Bared work flats for summer. Stay warm peeps.

She’ll be apples

I mentioned green being the new black a while ago fashion-wise and it’s a particular shade called Bottega green. I’m more of an emerald girl myself but I’m loving all the colour. It was interesting too to read about P.E. Nation’s collaboration with Virgin Australia – I’ve got a lilac sweat top that I’ve worn to death and know their activewear is very popular.

Speaking of style, after a two year hiatus the Banyule Women in Business lunch event is back with a vengeance on Friday 15 July at The Centre Ivanhoe and I’ll be attending as a guest this year sitting at local influencer, trainer and speaker Nikki Ellis‘ power table of 10. This year’s keynote speaker is celebrity stylist and entrepreneur Lana Wilkinson and I love that you can recycle old clothes with Upparel – who Banyule has partnered with for this event.

I’m so excited that I’ve already hired my outfit (with a back up outfit in a smaller size) from Glam Corner and have some vintage and other accessories to match it up. All will be revealed if you’re coming along! It’s been a long time since I’ve worked in fashion but I thought you might like this 90s throwback photo of me (above – check out the fringe and dark matte lipstick) as Daimaru house model in Kenzo long before the days of Instagram and Tik Tok.

I worked in the international designer area selling Armani, Max Mara, Kenzo and other labels in the Valentino boutique while studying Public Relations at RMIT. Some of my fellow staff alumni from the time include Jacqui Bonnett Hoppe – the current owner of Chapter One in East Ivanhoe, my New York-based friend and stylist turned sustainability warrior Susan Joy as well as my former Divisional Manager Leigh Forster (who happens to be singer Chrissie Amphlett’s sister – a coincidence I discovered later as I am named after Chrissie, which is another story all together). I am still in touch with all of them and they were heady days indeed.

From my time there I ended up moving into fashion PR with my first career job at AMPR (Ann Morrison Public Relations) working with the inimitable Ann and her daughter Catherine Hancock (Ab Fab eat your heart out!). I then went on to work as beauty PR for Aveda (around the same time as Aesop with both companies being started by hairdresser entrepreneurs) prior to the company being bought out globally by Estee Lauder, before ending up as PR for David Jones in the days of the travelling European and Australian Designer Collection fashion parades up and down the eastern seaboard.

While I am now in a more serious stage of life – I do think it’s possible to be a woman of both style and substance. I’ll forever be grateful for my early years in the creative industries surrounded by creative people. It has given me an edge in my professional career with the ability to think laterally and add a different string to my bow – no experience is ever wasted.

I hope you’re coping OK with the onset of winter – it’s got very cold very quickly. A quick shout out for my friend Alcohol Mindset Coach Kathryn Elliott who is running a free Living Well conversation with Holly Ransom (above) this coming Tuesday night at Be Well in Hawthorn. You will need to register on Eventbrite if you’re going along.

As an arts lover, it’s been great to see the Rising Festival also resurrected – The Wilds at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl looks like a lot of fun if you’re brave enough to venture out in the elements.

Nb. Miss Rosanna is attending the Banyule Women in Business event as a guest of Banyule Business.

Careering

It’s the name of the new book by Daisy Buchanan and a Millennial term similar to ‘adulting’ – where the noun becomes a verb. While I don’t have a toxic relationship with my job, I have very much been caught up with the demands of my recent appointment as Deputy Director of Marketing & Communications at ANZSOG. While we’ve now advertised for an Engagement Coordinator to backfill my former Alumni Coordinator role, it’s still been very busy now that applications are open for both the Deputy Leadership Program and 2023 enrolments for our two year part-time postgraduate Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) – our new marketing campaign also launches at the end of this month for all our foundation programs.

It’s been busy at home as well given the flurry of activity booking tradies in for jobs including still feeling like I’m camping until my new wardrobe is built and having to empty out all the bedrooms again to be carpeted in two months’ time-yes, the lack of skilled workers and housing/renovation boom coupled with supply chain issues and increased costs is very real. Still – it’s first world problems and I feel grateful to have a roof over my head and to be able to pay for my no doubt increased power bills this coming winter. Politically and economically, it is an interesting time with our new Prime Minister now in office and we may have official dealings with him very soon at ANZSOG.

It is an adjustment on both personal and professional fronts and while I hope I’m putting my own stamp on things, it’s definitely not comfortable and I’m not resting on my laurels – if you are in a new job, I reckon it takes a good six months to come to grips with all aspects of your role and to be able to take things forward. I’m trying to keep up my exercise and some social activities including a couple of long planned catch ups that are now happening.

Locally, Mr Rosanna and I had a cheap and cheerful anniversary dinner at Indian restaurant Cafe Saffron – an Ivanhoe institution that I hadn’t visited for a number of years and it was lovely to see lots of Indian families and friends dining the night we went out for dinner. Their specials are worth ordering if you go.

Cotham Dining Kew

I’ve also been to Kew twice in the past fortnight having fine dining Italian at their local institution Centonove where the waiters are suited up and it’s a cozy atmosphere that awaits you with great service on offer. The same owners also own Bar Alba across the road if you get there early and feel like a drink or something more lo-fi. Today, I caught up with one of my former La Trobe bosses – The Professor – and another friend and ex-colleague at Cotham Dining (the former Hellenic Republic in Kew) where the food was also excellent – it’s a big space and more modern in style but deserves a local following as well. Both places are lucky to have the well-heeled locals of Kew as customers.

Winter is coming and there’ll be an early blast of it this week – I hope you’re staying positive if you’re not a winter person like me. You may find this Age article on the benefits of dancing interesting like I did – it’s an activity that keeps you very much in the present moment and maybe we’d all benefit from dancing like nobody’s watching as the song goes (the Yuna version not Iggy Azalea’s). Hope you have a great week and I’ll try to ensure I stay careering onwards and upwards (rather than off the side of the mountain!).