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His tongue was programmed to circulate 360 degrees per second and I had two options; fight the rhythm and engage in tonsil combat or hand myself over to the spin cycle. I surrendered. I was exhausted. Three whole nights, the lead role with so many lines, performing to crowds in the dozens. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at Outsourcing Ash
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It’s taken me a long time to understand the coffee pod craze. Until recently, my coffee habit was costing me about $35 a week, an investment I easily justified. “What in life,” I would ask myself, “gives me this much pleasure and only costs me $35 per week?” (Nothing. The best things in life cost $35 per week or more - everyone knows that.) But as I adjusted to life on a student income, I became more sympathetic to integrating cost-effective, poor quality choices into my life. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2014 at Outsourcing Ash
I have a LOT of writing to do this semester and I really hope my Outsourcing Ash readers might be interested in coming along for the ride. It's here on this blog I am going to road test and publish my writing as it unfolds. The pace of this blog is about to change. I've been blogging about once every two months and will now be blogging about five times a week. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Outsourcing Ash
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Back then, in a relationship that we thought was headed towards marriage and that whole package, reproduction felt far more imminent. But with hindsight, not even snowflakes falling on eyelashes and hands wrapped around mulled wine in gorgeous Christmas markets could have saved us. We were damn precarious. Eggshells and exhaustion. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Outsourcing Ash
“I can help you. But we’d need to get started soon. I would need to order a special crystal. It will take three days to arrive. After that we can begin our work. I will clear your blocked energies, balance and cleanse you.” She lowered her voice and tilted her head slightly, “I will be upfront about the cost." And then as if she was letting me in on a secret, "The cleansing starts at $900.” Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Outsourcing Ash
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For someone who works in social media, it's a right embarrassment that I don't really know much about Instagram. Selfies, emoticons, relentless hashtags, people using filters that I can't seem to find on the original app... I get so confused. But perhaps the biggest thing that is holding me back from embracing Instagram is that I've slapped the same label on it that I smeared on "Fashion" in 2008. "Vacuous". Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at Outsourcing Ash
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The constant barrage of criticism I level at myself had become so familiar it hung around my headspace like white noise. My sinister whispers were travelling incognito. I wasn’t until I spent eight Monday evenings at Macquarie University in a room full of people manifesting all the behaviours I’ve dedicated my life to covering up, did I tune into their message. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2013 at Outsourcing Ash
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I've recently posted six tasks on Airtasker in a matter of hours. The volume didn't go unnoticed by Sarah K, an Airtasker who commented on one of my tasks, "I keep seeing your tasks pop up. Looks like your doing an overhaul! Go you!!!! Just wanted to say that :) btw your gorgeous keep it up!!" Did you see that? Sarah K thinks I'm gorgeous! Not mad. Nice. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at Outsourcing Ash
The silver and gold catch the light in my open palm. "You dropped this", I explain and wait for him to be humbled by the privileged white girl's efforts. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at Outsourcing Ash
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When Chris is training me, I’m always thinking something along the lines of, “First you need to start a YouTube channel! Then you need to write an e-book! Then get featured on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop! And then you’ll be famous!” Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at Outsourcing Ash
Ash is now following Dan Gaffney
May 8, 2013
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Once again, your ADHD companion provides a pleasure to pain ratio of one to twenty four and leaves your life encircled by cleaning paraphernalia and exhaustion. It is not your best friend. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Outsourcing Ash
Ash is now following fruity
May 6, 2013
Welcome Ann. Just checked out your blog too (thank you Google translator!). I see you are based in Indonesia. I imagine there is good coffee there too. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments :)
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This is the same anxiety I see in this meme. The rallying cry flanked by the Madonna-like image of the young girl denotes an urgency, We need to teach our daughters all these things! Right now! Before she grows breasts! Before the men get her! And like any inspirational fodder worth your "like" on Facebook, a light at the end of the tunnel shines brightly. If we get in now hopefully we can safely shepherd her into marriage, intact, with the right kind of unlusting man. You can almost sense a collective sigh of relief as parents everywhere, credit cards burdened with the cost of a wedding, can finally relax. Phew. Our job here is done. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at Outsourcing Ash
Sure you can Billy! Where will it be posted? If you can include a link back to OutsourcingAsh that's be great :)
Thanks for taking the time to write something a little in depth here Andrew - I appreciate it! You touched on some good points. I might review the use of "Slavic", I'm uncomfortable with how I've used it. Not enough context. The "balding" and "short" stays ;) I think both "stupid girl" and "creepy guy" are cliched and don't adequately explain the motivations for going on a date together.
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Even as I wrote this story I was still so critical of myself I didn't pause to consider the man. To question if he should be criticised for asking me for my number. To speculate whether he saw through my teenage bravado and detected vulnerability. To ponder the possibility that I may have been preyed upon. Was I? I mean, it was inappropriate, wasn't it? And if so, why was the "stupid girl" script so ingrained that "creepy guy" remained unwritten? Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Outsourcing Ash
Toms, I would be delighted to click on your link. To be honest, you seem to be a very deep thinker or are you? What will the answer be!
Yay Kitty, birthday twin! We share the same birthday along with a few more favourite people of mine. Spilling wine (or any food) on my clothes is pretty much a daily occurrence, seriously. Must high five myself next time :)
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Like people who dream of perfect weddings right down to the bonbonnieres, I would dream of how perfect my life would become if I could outsource a fortnightly recalibration of my domestic world right down to my coathangers. (There may or may not be a Pinterest page with all these details.) This dream, this place I went to was safe and warm. It felt like grass; sun-bathed, spongy, non-damp grass you lay on after an afternoon of eating delicious and expensive cheese washed down with vintage French champagne. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Outsourcing Ash
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By the time you've reached 30, you've hopefully learned a few things about life and maybe even invented something. I've learned how beneficial it is that people do things better than I can and I've also invented Mexican Piano Bar themed parties. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Outsourcing Ash
Love you cuz xx Good luck with your HSC - proud of you!
Thanks Leonard for your comment. I am seriously thinking of clicking on your link because a) I aspire to be a small business owner and b) I CAN'T HANDLE MY LIFESTYLE ON MY OWN.
Thanks for your comment Fashion Design Books. For a second, I thought it might have been some spammy attempt for me to click on your link (which I am seriously thinking of doing!) but I have realised you just want to share some interesting thoughts on outsourcing with my readers here - thank you!