Lessons from a Texas Mom

I connected with Texan author Ann Bell Worley via an online blogging community and I was flattered that she agreed to write a guest post for Downunder Dad. Turns out we have a lot in common and are both parenting a son with special needs. I promised I would write an article for her lovely…

Lessons from a whole month without alcohol

I went dry this July for Dry July. Along with 43,017 other well-intentioned heroes. Two factors were key in deciding to go without the booze for 31 days. Firstly, I was into my second day of an epic red wine hangover. And secondly, we had a sincerely close friend battling cancer. “Sure,” I thought, “it’s…

Lessons from dominating at Apex Legends

I hated Fortnite. I gave it a real crack but could not get into it, kind of like jogging. My friends were super into the smash hit multiplayer release, they were well hooked, they spent money on new look weapons and outfits, many of them absolutely loved it for months on end. I found the…

Lessons from two hours on a yacht

The main lesson from my maiden voyage on a yacht recently is an easy one, I can quickly cut to the chase. I want to spend more time on yachts! Where have these glorious and magnificent beasts been all my life? Honestly, if you haven’t tried it yet, do it. Just contact your local yacht…

Top 10 fears I have about sharing my blog

I always knew it would come to this, time to share my work. Shit. As I have gotten older I have certainly cared less and less about what other people think of me. Not because I am dwindling my personal care-factor levels towards wearing old and bally Kmart tracky-pants, a Bintang singlet and thongs in…

Lessons from Mr Money Mustache

Have you heard, the FIRE is spreading?! There is a movement afoot. It’s a mindset, a system, a cult-like community. It’s an age-old way of thinking that has been given a modern day dose of manscaping, not to mention the positive impact and passions of countless extraordinary women. Like any wonderful and worshiped venture it…

Lessons from one month of Airtasker

The number one thing I learned from one month of Airtasker is that Airtasker is making shitloads of money. For those that may remain unaware, Airtasker is a cool little app that matches people to certain folks who are happy to have their skillful expertise palmed off as someone else’s handiwork. I have spent the…

Lessons from one month of group fitness

Decision fatigue is a real thing, as is actual fatigue. I did not even realise I was suffering two major bouts of decision fatigue until I used group fitness classes to remove both of them entirely. Heading to the gym, in fact joining a gym in the first place, is always a well-intentioned and noble…