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Stepping out of the darkness

I’ve lived under the darkness of a black cloud since I was 15. From a ‘quiet as a mouse’ little girl through to a reckless and rebellious teenager who always succumbed to peer pressure, I was binge drinking by the …

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Discovering it wasn’t them, it was my ego

A few years ago my eldest daughter started attending a prestigious primary school. I remember the first day of class driving through the school gates feeling completely overwhelmed at the mass of luxury SUVs in the parking lot and the …

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Taking the good out of a bad marriage

In hindsight, I married too young. I was naïve and didn’t know exactly what I was looking for in a relationship.  Soon after our honeymoon though, it became clear I had married someone who was not a good match for …

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Jacob and Lydia’s amazing story of love and redemption – Part 2

I was born in Eritrea, a small country in Africa. When I was 2 months old my father left to go to war. After the war ended, he stayed in Ethiopia and later immigrated to Australia as a refugee. Once …

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Jacob and Lydia’s amazing story of love and redemption

My 27 year journey has been raw and relentless, tempered with brutality and beauty. Having arrived in such a good place gives me confidence to share my story. If it helps one person then I will be happy. I was …

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Empowering young men to be Top Blokes

It’s not every day that you hear a young woman say she is passionate about men’s health. But someone has to be. At the age of 19, I realised young men were being painted as liabilities in our community, never …

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Serving lashings of love in “Compassionate Food”

Being a mother of small children is such a beautiful, precious, short period in our lives, but it is also incredibly physically and mentally challenging – and exhausting. Many mothers don’t have extended families living nearby to help and support …