Lessons from volunteering on McHappy Day

Have you ever bought yourself a Big Mac, you know… for the kids? It is a naughty sometimes-food indulgence that is easy to justify once a year during November on one particular date. McHappy Day is an important icon on the fundraising calendar of Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC), it drives a super-sized amount of…

Lessons from my 40th in Vegas

Chances are that you have been to Vegas or that you want to go. Or that you have been and you want to go again. I was lucky enough (get it, “lucky”?) to head across to the fabulous gambling capital of the world for my 40th birthday with my lovely and understanding wife. She even…

Lessons from building our forever home

You should build a house. I can personally recommend the experience. Wow, it is a journey. An unpredictable roller coaster full of lessons both positive and negative. It is an adventure, a stress, a passion, a test, an accomplishment and eventually your own customised and intimately designed part of Australia. Before we get into my…

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…