What I'm Doing Now
I packed up my Inner-Sydney wonderland last year, and now live at Gardenfarm, an edible paradise in Gippsland, near Melbourne.
We are running 2-week Social Permaculture Intern programs here, alongside extreme farmhouse beautifying.
Declutter & Transformation Work
I travel each month to Melbourne, sometimes Sydney to run home declutter and reset workshops, and do hands-on consulting and re-arranging. Collaborators document 'before' and 'after', and measure the impact of a clear house on mind and relationships. This year I'm focusing on dwellings of people who created their own 'Relm': women business owners, people who create schools, people who lead communities.
Home Enchantment Handbook. This collaborative publication inspires creative people to declutter and beautify, adding almost nothing. The team includes photographers, writers and social change academics, following me around as I work.
I'll spend July and August living and consulting in Kamakura, Japan, as I did last year.
I'm collaborating with Shinka Managment, taking factory managers to Japan to see The Toyota Production Method (Lean) in action. My project is re-interpreting and re-purposeing its principles to make home life better.
A photographic fashion project, set in Country Victoria, celebrating my 50th birthday in June.
Books To Reccommend
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if your life depended on it, The Inner Game of Tennis, Miss Lily's Lovely Ladies, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, All the Light You Cannot See, Dark Emu, Nanberry: Black Brother White, Girt: The Unauthorized History of Australia, To Pixar and Beyond, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Word of The Year
'Opulent'. Most of the work I've done in my life, my 'opus' has been hidden in my laptop, or with the handful of people who were there at the time. This can change. 'Opulent' gives me the energy to blog daily on beautiful and useful things. Word of the year is a movement created by Dr Jason Fox.