• 72% of us toss bagged salad leaves each month. There’s a reason why… When I wrote Simplicious Flow I pivoted the whole book from a huge survey I did with you guys. More than 3000 of you responded and there were 7000-plus comments and questions for me. Call me a sucker for flaggelation, but I went through every one of them and then wrote the book to attend more
  • Simplicious Flow has landed and it’s not a normal cookbook! Today my big fat new cookbook lands in bookstores around Australia and New Zealand (be patient with your local shop…they can take a day or two to unpack). It will be available via Amazon in the US and UK in a few weeks – hang tight! Here are a few not normal things to know more
  • The Simplicious Flow Book Tour dates: Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Brisbane Simplicious Flow and I are hitting the road. Over the next few weeks we’ve got some events lined up (hopefully in a city near you), talking all things cooking (and living) with less waste and fuss, and more floowwww. Special hosts will be there guiding the conversations. As always, lot of QnA time and book more
  • Why am I a nomad? Have you read Bruce Chatwin? I read Songlines, his fiction-meets-non-fiction account of his travels in deep Aboriginal country during a hiking trip at the start of the year. It’s worth a read. As I shared with my friend and National Geographic explorer Dan Buettner: “He is a rare writer who can actually insert himself into a story and more
  • It’s OK to do drafts I’m writing a book. A book that’s extending me in ways I probably wouldn’t have chosen. But I did. So here I am, strapped in, doing the work. I’m particularly attuned to insights about writing and the creative process right now. A few weeks back I wrote Just do it like a motherfucker. Michelle Barraclough shared this wonderful more
  • A trick for writers and artists: create with low expectations I did an interview with ABC radio host Mary-Lou Stephens the other day, chatting about food sustainability. Before I went on air she shared she’s just finished writing her latest book (she’s written several) and actually loved the process this time, churning it out in just three months. What was different this time, I asked more
  • Grandad has let go of my seat My Grandad Frank taught me to ride. He would run behind me, wearing his vest as he always did, telling me I was doing great. I’d just turned five. I never did training wheels. I remember the feeling of that tentative, delicate moment when his hand released from my seat and I glided on my more
  • Take time: the Ikarian lesson that’s changing my life On my last day in Ikaria Thea took me aside in her kitchen as I was making my morning mountain tea in a little tin pot on her gas stove and she was heating up the goat milk. “Sarah, I need to ask you one thing. When you go back to Australia and you’re busy more
  • Here’s a trick: use your body to make decisions As many of you know, I can get very indecisive. I can be walking down the street to do something nice and languid, like have a tea in the sun. And I suddenly stall in my tracks. Where to go? What cafe? What tea? Sunny or cosy cafe? Such painfully indulged innocuousness can render me more
  • Jump. and *then* you get your wings. Some of you have asked me about how I’ve made my (many, many) transitions in life. How I’ve changed careers, towns, life approaches. I’ve been asked, variously: how do you know when it’s time to move on? How do you pick that delicate juncture between opportunity lost and opportunity ready to be gained? How do more
  • why it’s good to give your stuff for free I like this story: Trevor from Youth Lagoon recently told my friend Tim (who told me) that back before he was Somebody he decided to release his first single “July” on Bandcamp for free. Everyone told him he was mad. That he should monetise his efforts. But then the track went viral. And he got fans. more
  • are you ready to meditate? The best thing I ever did was to learn to meditate. As in properly meditate. For years I flim-flammed around trying different techniques. They gave me the shits. I never “got” it. I then bit a bullet and tried Vedic meditation. I’ve talked about this style before here and here. When I first met Tim more
  • this is how I write… I read this wonderful interview with author James Salter in The Paris Review. If you’re not a writer, or you’re not working on a long, big, scary project (an essay, a thesis, a report, a house) I still think you’ll find some good life lessons in it. And will enjoy his considered, dignified answers. It more
  • how to start a blog. actually, how to start anything. A while back Clare Lancaster of Women in Business asked readers to share “the tips you would give yourself if you were starting up your blog today”. I get asked the same a lot. It’s funny because just yesterday I was thinking about a feature I wrote on the early blog sensations. This was back more
  • my bike philosophy *plus* I’m giving away two nutcase helmets!! “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein: A rippa of a quote. I live by it. Keep up the momentum, have a flow. In life, as on a bike, you only have to a) have the good intention b) activate your cells in flow. And more
  • coping with season changes… The seasons are changing. In light of such, I found this pretty…. I get a little unsettled when summer moves on. I want to grasp at it longer. I feel I’m going to miss out on something. And I hate the cold (it’s a vatta thing). As I write this I’m aware I should be more
  • clever guerilla green bombs. nice. This is an innovative use of something outdated and slightly crapp-ola (a lolly machine) transformed into something clever and randomly good (garden bombs). I saw this on Springwise. They explain the concept best: The brainchild of Los Angeles-based Common Studio, Greenaid aims to facilitate what it calls “guerrilla gardening” in the many forgotten grey spaces more
  • give good quote: stillness “In stillness the world is restored.” ~ Lao Tzu I can’t tell you how much this quote means to me right now. I’ve been moving around too much – travelling for work, looking externally for validation and stimulation, getting buzzy in my head about ideas and constantly in “scheduling mode”. I’ve been running late for more
  • you know, it’s ok to take your time “Spontaneity is not made by fastness” I often get asked how long it takes me to write my weekly Sunday Life column. I know why people ask – because they want to know if what they’re doing is taking too long. I wish I had a watertight answer. But to be honest, some days it more
  • try this: write serenely My philosophy right now: small, nice, gentle changes to the way you do things can drag you from the biggest of ruts and bored sludges. Little creaky movements to the left or right. Do-able shifts.  Like, sometimes I part my hair on the other side. Or write in a different location (yesterday I hung out more
  • this is how i started today… …down at Bondi, a quick sand run and a float in the ocean, looking up at the sky and getting into the right mood for the day. This has been my routine for years. I’ve watched one woman, in this time, get pregnant and – bounce back again – twice!! There’s the over-tanned older lady more
  • good thing to do #2: make an old-school visitor board I found this idea so damn cute: a collage of Polaroid pics of all the visitors to your flat/house. A Who’s Who visual compendium of Folk Worthy of Being In Your Intimate Space. It’s a bit like those walls at the back of Italian restaurants where they get famous people to sign pictures of themselves more
  • golf. it’s good. in a lemon plaid kinda way Right now I’m on a hobbies rampage. It started when I declared that I like men with hobbies. I had a cup of tea with a guy the other day who just started painting and I was immediately attracted. A hobby denotes an ability to shut off from what “you’re meant to be doing” and more
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