And no, it wasn’t a 30-day yoga challenge.

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It’s been about a month now since I started doing yoga first thing in the morning.

And I’m loving it.

In fact, I reckon it’s one of the best habits I’ve ever created for myself, with both physical and mental benefits. I won’t go on too long about this, since I’m sure you’re aware of these already, but after practising regularly for just a month, I’m now a firm proponent of yoga and very happy to call myself a yogi.

This wasn’t my first attempt at building a yoga habit though, and I’ve tried my fair share of 30-day challenges…

Here’s what you need to know, and why it might be a good thing for us all.

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From Sydney to Perth, Brisbane to Adelaide, Australians all over the country woke up today to a new sort of Facebook — a Facebook with no news pages, posts or articles whatsoever.

And why is this happening, you ask?

Well, it’s largely due to new ‘media bargaining laws’ that the Australian Government has introduced. These laws effectively mean that large corporations such as Facebook and Google will need to ‘pay Australian media companies for their content’.

To see what I’m talking about, here are the new-look Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Channel Nine Australia, and Channel Seven News Facebook pages:

Carol Dweck’s framework transformed everything for me.

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For much of my life, my self-awareness existed on a two-dimensional plane.

I had a clear picture of what I was good at — English, music, and languages— and an even clearer one of what I was not good at, namely sport, art, and drama. In my mind, people were talented in some areas and, if the universe was being equitable, they would have weaknesses in other areas that offset those talents. Those people who seemed to be good at everything? Well, that was just plain unfair.

If you’re waiting for a sign to start, here it is.

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Welcome to part two of this quick series on choosing a musical instrument (if you haven’t read part one, click here).

With more and more child prodigies popping up on the internet, it can be quite daunting to begin learning an instrument as an adult. But if learning music has been a lifelong dream, or even just piqued your interest, choosing an instrument is the first step, and it is never too late to start.

In part one I covered the brass and string instruments, but if those didn’t catch your eye, one of these may be your perfect match…

How my life took a 180 degree turn.

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For the first twenty years of my life, I ardently, passionately and wholeheartedly hated exercise.

Growing up, I had never been a fierce competitor sport-wise. I was never the fastest runner or most competent swimmer and was always one of the last people to be chosen for a team in sport class. To me, ‘fun run’ was the biggest oxymoron to ever exist in the English language. I just didn’t get how voluntarily becoming sweaty and tired was necessary, let alone enjoyable.

Instead, I found my solace and greatest satisfaction in pursuits of the mind — learning, reading and music…

Work and money are important, but they aren’t everything.

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Being twenty-something-years-old is a bit of a mixed bag, isn’t it?

Yes, you’re full of drive, your body is in peak condition and you’ve got your entire life ahead of you. But what to do with said life? That’s a question everyone struggles with. And precisely where things get a bit messy.

Work, jobs, saving up, crafting a career — young adults are often herded by society into these lanes of thinking; however, I’d be willing to bet that, when we reach the end of our lives, it’s not going to be our job titles or bank accounts that bring…

Because children are the best teachers of happiness

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As a young adult who still keeps stuffed animals on her bed (and loves them to pieces), I’ve had my fair share of people telling me to ‘grow up’.

Of course, there are circumstances where mature responsibility and decision-making must come into play, but I can’t help but wonder if, in our pursuit of ‘growing up’, we’ve lost some magic along the way.

“Act your age.”

“Stop being such a baby.”

“Get your head out of the clouds.”

Judgments like these are all but commonplace, but when did being child-like become such an insult in our society? …

Because everyone has a perfect instrument to match their personality.

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Ah, the joys of playing music.

Though many children are responsibly enrolled in instrumental lessons by doting parents, as many as 70–80% of the adult population say they wish they could play one. If you’re an adult beginner and have no idea which instrument to choose, you’ve come to the right article.

Having been around musicians for my entire life, I’ve definitely noticed that certain personality types tend to be drawn to different instruments. Call them stereotypes if you will, but speak to any musician worldwide and they will most likely say something similar.

Clarinettists are the quiet ones, brass…

Putting Robin Sharma’s apparent life-hack to the test

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“Winning starts at your beginning. And your first hours are where the great heroes are made. Own your mornings and you’ll master your life.” — The 5AM Club

“Does it count if I go back to sleep at 6?” was my first response after trying Robin Sharma’s 5AM method for the first time.

Based on the author’s own philosophy passed down to (in his own words) “celebrated entrepreneurs, CEOs of legendary companies, sports superstars, music icons and members of royalty” with “extraordinary success”, it seemed promising, but a little too good to be true. Despite my misgivings, however, something about…

All those characters aren’t just random lines

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Chinese has a reputation for being notoriously difficult to learn because of its seemingly complex writing system, especially for native English speakers. But are we short-changing ourselves by giving in so early? While the comparative ease of languages like Spanish, French, Italian, and a dozen others provide plenty of accessible alternatives, after a few months of practice, I’ve come to realise that learning to read and write Chinese is enjoyable, intellectually fulfilling and, surprisingly, much more systematic than it seems.

I committed to learning how to read and write with some trepidation. There are, after all, many thousands of characters…

Celine Chong

Writing about life’s curiosities from sunny Queensland, Australia 🌻🌾 Seek first the kingdom (Matt 6:33) 🕊

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