Freelance writer, editor, author & problogger, specializing in family & parenting, wellness and entrepreneurship.

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Copia Magazine: Donate Cash

Everything's getting smaller, from our phones to our laptops. "Micro" is in, whether it's microwave technology in our tech gadgets, or micro-blogging on Twitter. So it's no surprise that savvy philant...

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Copia Magazine: Back to Nature

Some psychologists and counsellors are prescribing a long walk in the woods, a fishing trip, or a day's canoeing to combat stress, improve mood and boost self-esteem. Some have been doing it for years...

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Copia Magazine: Feature: Voluntourism

There's a new buzz word in the international travel industry - voluntourism. Broadly defined, it means any travel experience that includes some kind of volunteer work. It could be a weekend break clos...

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Surprising Ways To Be Happy

Stay healthy, spend time with friends, find a job you love. These are all
great ways to feel happy. Here are some more you may not have
considered.
Don't get too rich. We all look at all those supe...

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Copia Magazine: Feature: Flashpacking

I have a confession to make. When I went on my first backpacking trip, the internet hadn't been invented (before you write me off as a wizened old lady hobbling round on a walking frame I'd like to po...

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Copia Magazine: Act of Kindness

Today a random stranger paid me a random compliment. I was waiting for a ride outside my local mall and as he passed he said, "I like your hair." My hair wasn't looking great and the guy was significa...

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Buy Less, Do More - Break Even

"Money doesn't buy you happiness" must be one of the most repeated
and least believed epitaphs in the Western world, and, " It does if you
know how to spend it" must be the one of the most common
c...

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Copia Magazine: Adventure: New Zealand

New Zealand is famous for a few different things - amazing scenery, unique wildlife, 40 million sheep. But if you take a leisurely drive through the country, guidebook in hand, one of the things you'l...