Mar
22

2018
MAFS couples – are we moving too fast?

I like most other people have been caught up in the drama of Married At First Sight. I feel like it’s the drama associated with these marriages rather the marriages themselves that had us really hooked in. Whilst it is a show to find true love, the bold and the beautiful style plots have grasped a nation’s attention. Glued to this week’s final episodes, whilst the reality of more drama sank in, I was soon left with a pondering question about these relationships – are they moving too fast? It’s not the matches I am referring to, but the relationships that have appeared after the show. Whilst it seems couples like Charlene and Patrick and Telv and Sarah are settling in to life post experiment and working out kinks along the way, new couples Tracey and Sean, Carly and Troy seem to be moving along at a rapid speed as…

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Mar
14

2018
Are we living together too soon?

Originally posted in news.com LAURA and her boyfriend Will moved in together after just seven months of dating. While they saw a future together, they admit they were forced to move in sooner than planned for financial reasons. “I probably did feel like less than a year was too soon, I had thought that we’d be together for about a year or a year and a half before moving in together,” Laura told news.com.au. Both 28, they were paying a combined $610 a week in rent before making the decision. While they’re both working (she’s a social worker and he’s an electrician) they felt that paying ‘double rent’ made no sense. “Realising how ridiculous it was to be paying over $600 a week when we were spending so much time together, we both became more open to the idea of moving in together sooner,” Laura said. But instead of taking…

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Mar
13

2018
What a town of 200 taught me

Last weekend, I travelled to Perth and then drove 3 hours to a little town called Kalannie in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. No, I’m not considering a career change, but this was a work trip. I was invited to speak at the Dimensions of Women’s Wellness Conference that was being put on by the community resource centre. When this email first came my way, I hesitated as It seemed so to travel. But after soon realising the benefit this would bring, I said yes. Imagine what it must be like living in a town with a population of 200 and struggling with your relationship? We all struggle from time to time, but when everyone knows your name, is it so easy to put up your hand and ask for help, airing your dirty laundry, vulnerabilities and maybe even secrets along the way? As much as this town is only…

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Mar
12

2018
Busting the myths of porn with Australia’s most successful export

WHILE Australia was watching in awe as Margot Robbie got her Oscar nomination last month, another Aussie movie star was also taking the US by storm. But there’s a good reason you might not have heard about it, because Angela White is a porn star. I first met Angela (her real name and porn name) six years ago at a Sexpo in Townsville, and it was pointed out to me back then by Australian adult industry insiders how business-minded she was and how successful she would be. Standing with her in Las Vegas as she collected an unprecedented 14 awards at the 35th annual Adult Video News Awards (widely known as “the Oscars of porn”), I had a proud moment. This is a controversial and taboo world but it does not mean we shouldn’t celebrate her achievements. White is the only Aussie to have ever been inducted into the AVN…

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