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Things to do in Port Fairy on a couple’s weekend

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Why Port Fairy? Simple-not-simple. I bought a Mornington Peninsular calendar thinking it’d be a fun idea to visit each of the 12 destinations. My partner agreed. Turned out is wasn’t a Mornington Peninsular calendar, but a Great Ocean Road calendar (my bad.) The deal stood.

So, we’ll find ourselves venturing on weekend-long trips throughout the year. First up: Port Fairy in January.

Problem. When you Google ‘Port Fairy’, you get nada. Well, okay, you’ll see there’s a wildlife park nearby, plus mini golf and an annual festival. Search results do not inspire.

We learned the best way to discover things to do in Port Fairy is to ask people who’ve visited. So we’re paying it forward – with options to suit your style.

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Melbourne’s inner-city vego hangouts for non-vegans

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Melbourne is for vegans like Gold Coast is for people who’ve lost their shoes. No one asks questions. So what do you do when your shoe-wearing friends visit (aka non-vegans?) You take them out on the town, show them some of Melbourne’s best vegan food and convince them they don’t need meat to live a fulfilled life – which is easy in Melbourne: the vegan capital.

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Is it inbound marketing or is it just me?

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I’m an inbound marketing noob. I’m still learning; still questioning. I started working for a HubSpot agency and inducted myself through the certification videos to get a handle on it all. The videos were common sense, really. Like, ‘here is everything you’ll ever need and it’s laid out for you – follow this methodology and you can do no wrong.’

I come from a client-side, B2C content background, but it didn’t feel like a stretch to enter the world of B2B and inbound. HubSpot makes sense – familiar, like content marketing.

Yeah, well, I’ve had some challenges. Continue Reading

Mediocrity’s calling. Put down the imposter syndrome and answer

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“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”

– Bertrand Russell.

Throughout my career, I’ve found myself at different points of a self-doubt spectrum, spanning between feeling like a lot of a fraud and feeling a little fraudy.

Since I entered corporate life, I’ve let others dictate the person I’m supposed to be, the salary I’m supposed to earn, the ways I’m supposed to conduct myself.

I’ve been playing the game. And I haven’t been winning.

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Port Melbourne | Winter 2016

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Port Melbourne does winter

Touring Melbourne’s strange and iconic cocktail bars

I used to take a camera with me everywhere. I’d upload photos to Facebook like nobody’s business. I’ve moved to Instagram and instantly share moments with my iPhone, but I don’t always spare time for descriptions.

I had four years to write about my experience living in Vancouver and blew it. After a former colleague from Vancouver paid me a visit in Melbourne recently, I vowed to do a better job of it in Melbourne. Here’s a start.

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Goodbye, Harry and Frankie rockling tacos

The relationship

Harry and Frankie have a special place in my and my husband’s heart. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and chat with both regulars and noobs. The vibe is relaxed, even when busy. The interior is stunning. Wine bottles, stacked five shelves high, line one side of the venue and the the arched ceiling, covered in an intricate vine design, gives a warm glow to the place.

2013 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay
2013 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay

It was here we took home the 2013 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay. A perfect balance between over-the-top oaky chardonnay (my taste) and a more fresh, citrusy flavour (my husbands preference). Six months passed before we reached an occasion special enough to crack the bottle. Worth it.

I’ll never forget our first visit–the night we were introduced to Harry and Frankie rockling tacos.

Hooked. Instantly. I would dream about those tacos and return every six weeks or so especially for them. Everything else was a bonus. A server once said I wasn’t alone. He’d heard it all before. People craved those damn fish tacos.

Our relationship grew. I introduced friends to those tacos. I sent people specifically for the tacos. I promised to take friends and family to “the place with the best fish tacos you’ve ever had” when they next visited. I was proud to give away my little secret. Continue Reading

An exercise in observation: Walking home from Melbourne’s city

Some authors take words and create sights, smells, sounds and shared experiences.

When Jenny Sinclair uses her words, I’m inside her head. It feels natural. It’s like I’m reading my own thoughts. She pays attention to her world and narrates rich stories.

“Here, an open door gives a glimpse of a bicycle prostrate in a darkened hallway; there, a wall is painted with a blue mural of fish in darker hues; the scent of frying onions drifts out of a half-open window; and somewhere down the street, a guitar is playing.” This is Jenny describing a walk through suburban Melbourne, only, you took it together.

Jenny’s words made me realise my eyes might be open, but I’m not truly looking at the world.

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Imperfect first post

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Perfection. That’s what holds me back.

That sentence seems incorrect. “That’s what”. Is that right? Wait. Is right right or is it correct to say correct?

This holds me back. What will people find fault with? What should I triple check before publishing? *spends twenty minutes Googling “right vs correct” just to be sure*

People can’t pile on a put-down if they don’t see you. *Googles whether to use a hyphen with “put-down”*…*Googles whether to us double or single quotes when emphasising a word.*
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