Category Archives: Nothing new

Created or Curated?

I’ve been writing less lately, online at least. I think I’ve become confused about what blogging means, IView full post »

Second hand style.

Antique stores, salvage yards and tip-shops are essential to the charm and beauty of living in the South-West. AView full post »

Be ordinary.

“To go wrong in one’s own way is better then to go right in someone else’s.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky It was aView full post »

Recycle: Soft Plastic

Is your home a soft plastic magnet? It doesn’t seem to matter how conscious I am about not using too muchView full post »


A couple of weeks ago Bo and I moved into our own home. A sweet little cottage with a greenhouse window in the kitchenView full post »

Transitional Living.

In July last year Bo and I moved out of our rental. As a part of our Nothing New Project I wanted to see if we couldView full post »

Community Timebanking: Bringing communities closer.

  I’ve been speaking about community growth and resilience since I finished my Masters mid 2014. Everytime IView full post »

To listen is to learn.

There has been a lot of noise lately. A lot of it coming from me. I’ve spent the past 8 months of my lifeView full post »

The Economy of Human Connection

Four years ago I started my Masters in Social Change. I started studying this field seriously for a few reasons, firstView full post »

The end of the Nothing New Project

 A year ago I had a crazy idea. Not a new idea in the grand scheme of things, but I pretty radical idea in my ownView full post »

Week 51: Christmas

We managed to avoid the shops completely this Christmas, with nothing to buy there was no reason for us to be anywhereView full post »

The “No Buy” Gift Guide

It can be easy to forget that what we have in our lives is secondary, always, to WHO we have in our lives…View full post »


“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, itView full post »

Week 48: Communal Responsibility.

On Friday I stood in my friends suburban backyard homestead. It had been a busy day of work meetings and daycare. WhenView full post »


“Times are difficult globally; awakening is no longer a luxury or an ideal. It’s becoming critical. WeView full post »

Week 41: The art of living without shopping.

People often ask me how I can live without shopping. Both friends and family seem aghast at times that this is what IView full post »

Week 40: Back to Reality

Like any wonderful thing that you spend days or weeks or months preparing for – when it’s over it feelsView full post »

Calm + Connected

Last weekend Bo and I escaped our everyday life and headed north, picking up one of my favourite people in the worldView full post »

This {+Big News} life

For those of you who follow us on Facebook you will know that I have had some pretty massive news that I have been (notView full post »

DIY: Chickweed Salve

A few months ago I started seeing a naturopath for a host of things that I was struggling with, anxiety, stress,View full post »


“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”  ― Charlotte Brontë As parents we spendView full post »


Once a month we head out to the farm that Bo and I lived on for a while when we first started our transitionalView full post »

Week 34: Silencing the perfectionist

Thirty four weeks into the Nothing New project and we’ve found ourselves living at my mothers… thisView full post »

Week 31: Balancing act

It’s been exactly a month today since we moved out of our little home. A month of living out of bags and boxes. AView full post »

A simple exchange

“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.” ― Charlotte Brontë I got a message from aView full post »

Week 29: The spaces between.

The ebb and flow of our days changes at a whim these days. Our rhythm shifts with the home we live in, our days areView full post »

This life

Coats and hats. Fresh winter air. Muddy boots kicked off by the door. Socks on wooden floor boards. Hot cups of teaView full post »

Kickstart social change in YOUR community.

I talk a lot about social change, not just here on the blog, but in my day to day life. Having just finished a MastersView full post »


“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer andView full post »

Family friendly vapour rub DIY

Moving house, winter storms, icy winds and the general sniffles that come from cold air and daycare germs have beenView full post »

Nothing New: The halfway point.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside theView full post »

What buying nothing is teaching me about giving…

Bo and I are moving out of our place this week, we are moving into transitional accommodation as we continue toView full post »

Week 25: The next phase

We are entering the next phase of our Nothing New project. Over the next week we are packing up our home and putting aView full post »

Week 24: Why are we doing this again?

We are gearing up for a shift into a new phase of the project that is going to give us a new approach and willView full post »

Week 22: On rocky ground…

I noticed holes in my favourite t-shirt and my most comfortable leggings this week, and it nearly sent me into a miniView full post »

Week 20: Waste not. Want not.

If you look around at our societies, in our stores, in our homes – we already have everything we could possiblyView full post »

Week 18: The purge

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”View full post »

Week 16: Just start where you are.

Week sixteen has come and almost gone, and with it a defined change in season here in the West. The air is cold atView full post »

Week 14: Money and sacrifice.

I got a sweet email from a lovely friend of mine over the weekend asking me (among other things) if I could write a bitView full post »

Recycle: A no-footprint dollhouse makeover

When I embarked on this Nothing New Project at the beginning of this year, I knew that I would have a fewView full post »