Author: Diane Lee

Diane Lee is a fifty-something Australian author who quit her secure government job in 2016 because she was dying of boredom and wanted an adventure. Taking a risk and a volunteering job, she escaped to Hanoi, Vietnam and hasn’t regretted it. At all. Diane now works part-time for a social enterprise, and as freelance writer and editor. One day she hopes to marry a red-headed Irish or Scottish man named Stan.

One of the best things about NaNoWriMo and NaNoBloPoMo is that I am blogging again. I am posting something new just about every day. But blogging scares the pants off me. It’s scary to put your writing out there on such an immediate (on so many levels) and global platform. Here’s why: What if I can’t find anything to write about? I am always worried – needlessly it seems – that I’ll run out of things to say.  I have readers and subscribers who expect me to write. And I expect me to write. What if I wake up one

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…and what makes you pull the covers over your head and hope it all goes away? When my relationship with The Italian ended after five years, I was devastated. Heartbroken doesn’t even begin to describe what I felt in the aftermath. I was left with nothing. I had no job, no friends, no life. I had to completely reinvent myself. And part of that process was (please don’t laugh) going to see a life coach. It was a process that was both confronting and enlightening. I discovered more about myself in those few months than I had in, well, forever.

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I am nearly 50 years old (I’m saying this a lot lately, aren’t I?). I have been on this planet for close to half a century. I have seen the birth of Sesame Street, and watched Apollo 11 land on the moon. I have been witness to some of the greatest technological advances humanity has ever known (thus far!). And some of the worst (reality TV comes to mind here). We are more connected than ever before. And in many ways, more isolated. In my 50 years, the gap between rich and poor hasn’t diminished, but in the Western world

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I have been on Twitter for a little over 2 years. In that time, I have amassed over 45 000 tweets and more than 1 300 followers (not many in comparison to some twitterers, though).  I have seen it at its best and worst, and given my recent two year anniversary, this post is about what I love and hate about Twitter – from my perspective. 1.  People I have met some fabulous people on Twitter,  both locally and across the globe. Locally, people I met first on Twitter (who I would never have had the opportunity to cross paths

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Bolshie – (more commonly) an adjective meaning that someone is very assertive in the pursuit of something and/or hostile to authoritarian manoeuvres by others. A bolshie person gets cross if confronted and is likely to say “what’s it to you?”, “mind your own business” and stuff like that a lot.  Source: Urban Dictionary. In my adult life, I have always been a bit (actually a lot) of a rebel. This probably has something to do with the fact that I grew up in a quite dysfunctional household.  As a child, I was a timid little mouse, because being otherwise wreaked havoc

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I have three degrees; one undergraduate and two postgraduate. I’m not saying this to brag; it is a matter of fact. I have three degrees because the undergraduate one (Arts) didn’t deliver on its promise for better work opportunities, so I kept adding to it. I have an Graduate Diploma in Education and a Master of Arts in Communication Management. I studied because I believed that it would lead to better work opportunities. I’m not convinced, though, that this is the case, and here’s why: 1. You will be paying off your HECS debt FOREVER I started my Arts degree

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I have been participating in NaNoWriMo, which, for the uninitiated, is National Novel Writing Month. Except I’m not writing a novel, I am blogging as part of NaBloPoMo, or National  Blog Post Month, an offshoot of NaNoWriMo. Apparently, I am what is known as a NaNoRebel – typical! ( I had never heard of NaNo Rebel or NaNoBloPoMo until a couple of Twitter friends [whom I also know in real life] explained the concept to me, so hat tip to @ShaiCoggins and @KamTiger. These ladies have also been my blogging cheer squad, along with @danaesinclair – thank you!). A NaNoRebel prefers to concentrate on

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A while ago, I was chatting with a friend about her future prospects.  She had just resigned from a long-term job, and been offered a similar role in a sister company.  While she was pleased she had something to go to, there was a nagging feeling that it wasn’t the right move.  I suggested that perhaps a leap of faith might be the order of the day, and she didn’t look convinced.  Later, when I was thinking about the conversation, I decided that it is difficult to have faith in this age of cynics (and I am one).  Then I

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If you are a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I have become very disenchanted with my job of late. This comes down to a number of issues, namely: a poor change management process; a new manager who I find difficult – nay impossible! – to work with; and a loss of my higher duties allowance (decided by said new manager). Of course, because I can’t change any of this, it means that I am job-hunting. I am luckier than most. I have tertiary qualifications in education and communication and a c.v. that demonstrates I can turn my

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I registered my domain a few weeks ago <dianelee.com.au> and I have been umming and ahhing about what to do with it in terms of carving out my very own spot on the interwebz. I have so much digital stuff scattered everywhere, and my personal brand has diminished somewhat because I’m not freelancing much anymore (pesky job), that I wanted a central location to populate my All Over The Shop digital profile. I thought about a website, but it just seemed like too much trouble. And then, I had a light bulb moment. Why not use my blog? I have

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“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”  – Mark Twain I have been doing a quite a but of soul searching of late. I’ve been thinking about who I have in my life, and why and how, and I’m starting to scale back. And a lot of this scaling back is based on the Mark Twain’s quote. I’m thinking about whom I’ve made a priority, and whether that person has reciprocated, and made me theirs. It’s about making decisions around, for example, how inclusive a person is in involving me in his or

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Just over a year ago a couple of firsts changed my life for ever. I went overseas and I walked a fun run – Fitzy’s 5. Not that big a deal, I hear you say. People do stuff like that all the time. But between then and now, I’ve lost close to 20 kilograms. And I’ve gotten fit, and I mean really fit. Fitter than I ever was even in my twenties. And I’m closer to fifty than I am to forty. My trip to Vietnam was the impetus for losing the weight. I knew I had put on some

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