Playlists on Spotify

My favourite Spotify playlists, not in any particular order.

  1. Women in Hip Hop
  2. Songs by Sistas that shaped my sound by Kaylah Tyson (aka Kayla Truth)
  3. Black Panther – The Album Music From and Inspired by
  4. Odette loves these Hot Trax
  5. Chill the Fuck Out
  6. Electro Workout –  great for running
  7. The Hip Hop Show on Triple J
  8. I Love My 90s Hip Hop
  9. Train of Thought by Birdz
  10. Since Ali Died by Omar Musa
  11. Triple J Hitlist
  12. Study Vibes – great for when you need to shit done at work, I used to play this one a lot last year when I was finishing uni.
  13. musical women by Montaigne
  14. Top-Shelf Electronic
  15. Black Australia
  16. This is Talking Heads
  17. Deadly Hearts
  18. Layers by Royce Da 5’9′
  19. Jorja Smith
  20. Cub Sport – Bats



Start with Why – Simon Sinek (February 23rd 2018)

This book was recommended to me through a doTERRA training video in 2016 and then it seemed to come up everywhere in work presentations, friends talking about it, etc so I thought that must be a sign to read this and see what all the fuss is about.

I really liked the book as it explains how to develop your Why and how to use it to make decisions and create goals. There is also a TED talk that Simon does that summarises how to develop your Why!


My only criticism of this book is there are too many examples from organisations like Apple, too many about men and not enough from women in leadership roles. My favourite example is in Chapter 11 about Christina Harbridge who turns around a debt collection company by measuring positive interactions with clients, she talks about what gets measured gets done. I like this example as it shows that being kind, caring and listening truly works, even in a debt collection company where you would assume all clients will be angry as soon as you mention where you are calling from. I like the measures that she used to show that her methods showed an improvement, positive interactions with clients. I work in quality improvement in healthcare so this is my bread and butter and this was such a great example of being creative with data collection, being customer/client focused and putting things in place that showed an improvement financially but also with the interactions with clients.

TED talk with Simon Sinek

What I learnt from the book and TED talk?

  • Filter decisions through your why? This helps you make decisions that align with your why and your goals.
  • Do things that make sense to your why as this shows you are true to yourself and your why!
  • Focus less on competing with others and compete with yourself. Try to be better than you were last week. Competing with others can lead to negative feelings, low self esteem and it just doesn’t make  you feel good about yourself.

    My why!

  • My Work Why! – it is to make a difference in the lives of patients in healthcare, by supporting staff to improve work practices through education, support and training.
  • Why no 2 – to encourage and improve self care in women, by sharing my experiences such as using essential oils, exercising, meditating, etc by running classes teaching about essential oils as well as sharing my experiences on a daily basis or through social media or my blog page.

Grief….time to say goodbye (July 20th 2011)

During my pregnancy and just after Baby K was born both my grandmothers passed away.
One during my baby shower in October and one on Christmas Eve.
Both amazing women and who have shaped my life in different ways. When we were younger my sisters and I used to call them Big Nan and Little Nan….purely based on height. Here are some thoughts and my goodbye to both of them.

Big Nan….

my mum’s mum who was so independent and family oriented. She loved craft and I don’t know how many knitted coat hangers and paddlepop creations I have admired over the years. The last years of her life she suffered from dementia which meant that each visit to her from me was more and more difficult. After I was married each time I would visit I would tell her I got married and she would be so excited. When I was pregnant I saw her for the last time in July last year….it was difficult because she had fallen and hurt her face. I visited her two days in a row. The second day I could not stop crying and so couldn’t stay for long. I was determined to make sure Big Nan knew I loved her and for a moment….I saw a glimmer of recognition….she knew who I was and at that time she told me she loved me too.This was the last time I saw her and I am so happy it was this visit. I do wish she got to meet Baby K but she will be so proud of me and my daughter and I promise to speak to Baby K often about Big Nan. She passed away in October last year and it was during my baby shower that I found out. It was so hard to keep it together but I had so much support around me from friends and family (especially Mum and my sisters) that it made it a little easier. Good bye Nan….I miss you so much.

Little Nan…

my dad’s mum is also amazing and she loved her family very much. Her death was on Christmas Eve in her sleep and it was so unexpected. I thought she would outlive all of us but in a way I am glad she is now hanging out with my grandfather.

I was one of many grand children but she always knew what was going on in all of our lives. She was the one who told me I would get married…even though on the day she first met him I was cranky with him and didn’t think it would last. She welcomed him into the family immediately…that’s the kind of lady she was. Very cheeky as well. She was the first person to teach me how to swear. I loved staying with her in Newtown and would go to Bingo with her. There are so many experiences that I remember that include her…..when everyone else was whinging about going to visit their grandparents I would look forward to it. She had amazing stories from when she met my grandfather in La Maddalena and the trip over to Australia, funny stories about my dad and my uncles and aunty as children. I lived with her in 2004 for a few months and it was great except I would get in trouble if I came home late and she didn’t know where I was….oops sorry Nan. My last visit to Nan was just before Baby K was born and I was on my mega drive from Canberra to the Gold Coast to live. It was great to see her but I wish I spent more time with her. I spoke with her a few days before she passed away when one of my cousins called during a visit to her….I can’t remember what was said. Baby K was only just over a week old which explains why but I wish I could remember the conversation. I know I would have told her I loved her.

On Christmas Eve we heard the terrible news that Nan had passed away. I was so distressed about her dying and this affected Baby K who was quite unsettled.

The positive from this sad occasion was the support and love from the entire family who had gathered in Sydney for the viewing and funeral. We spend time together recounting funny stories about Nan, crying, laughing, hugging and just being there for each other. I could not wish for a better family, I love them very much. Everyone fell in love with Baby K instantly and I had trouble at times tracking her down as she was being cuddled by someone from the family.

It was sad for me as Nan had never met Baby K….so I introduced Nan to her at the viewing. This was extremely hard to do but was something that helped me deal with the grief. Nan was an amazing woman and instilled family values within myself and the rest of the family.

The day after the funeral was a special time for Mama Merco as she spent some quality time with two of her sisters at the Maltese Cafe in Sydney….eating ravioli (not as good as Nan’s but definitely up there) and hanging out before we flew back to the Goldie with Baby K.

I still wish that she got to meet my amazing daughter but she will be looking down from heaven so proud of me and totally in love with Baby K. Goodbye Nan….I miss you everyday and I am reminded of you every time Baby K has a cheeky smile, just like yours 😉


Please note: This blog post was originally on another site and was published in 2011. I have combined two blogs into one and this post means a lot to me that I really wanted to keep it.

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DōTERRA membership

Every enrolment with dōTERRA includes:
🌱 Access to wholesale prices (25% off retail) for as long as you like
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Membership is $35 or free on enrolment with a kit. I recommend starting your dōTERRA membership with the home essentials kit as it equipped with with the “essential essentials” for your home, and is the best value for money.

Next month, you can start taking advantage of the loyalty rewards program to gradually build your collection. An annual fee of $25 is introduced if you choose to stay enrolled for over a year, and this is typically offset by dōTERRA sending out a free bottle of 15ml peppermint oil when this payment is made.

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From there:

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Baker Boy – Cloud9 (feat Kian) (July 23rd 2017)

This song has been played a lot recently on Triple J and my daughter and I love it. I am a big fan of Aussie Hip Hop and its great to hear a song performed in English and Yolngu Matha (from Northeast Arnhem Land). The more I hear about this guy, the more I am impressed at how much he has done for someone so young, only 20 and doing great work with communities all over Australia, with the Indigenous Hip Hop Projects. Baker Boy also won a Triple J Unearthed comp to play at the National Indigenous Music Awards in August 2017.

Enjoy, the chorus is killer and will get stuck in your head!

48. Baker Boy – Cloud9

Chemical Beats – The Chemical Brothers (June 14th 2017)

This is one of the first songs I heard from the Chemical Brothers, that they had first released under their original name the Dust Brothers. I said on an earlier post that the Prodigy got me into electronic music but I was wrong, these guys did and the Prodigy was a definite close second.

Any song by the Chemical Brothers reminds me of my sisters who I have seen them with a few times, most memorable was the Big Day Out in Sydney in 2000. I’m pretty sure I also saw them the next night at the Hordern Pavilion. The good old days when I could go out two nights in a row and be fine the next day. 🙂

This song is from their first album and I bought it on CD, second hand from this awesome second hand store in Blacktown (Western Sydney). I found some great music at that place.

These two guys can do no wrong in my eyes. The music never ages and is still danceable and relevant today.

47. Chemical Beats – The Chemical Brothers


Burn the witch – Radiohead (June 6th 2017)

This song came out just before I went to the UK on a holiday in 2016. For some reason it has a calming effect on my daughter which was brilliant as she was having some, lets call it ‘behaviour issues’ at the time.  So we were on holidays in London and this song was my saviour….

My favourite line from this song is “this is a low flying panic attack” maybe this reflects how I felt every time I thought a tantrum was looming perhaps…..thank you Radiohead for this beautiful song.

Check out the link to the video clip for this song, wow!

46. Burn the witch – Radiohead

Opiate – Tool (May 5th 2016)

So I discovered Tool in about 1995, I went to the music festival Alternative Nation, but it wasn’t until around 1997 when I saw them at Macquarie Uni Equinox Festival that I was hooked. This EP and the next two albums (Undertow and Ænima) are my favourites, I kind of lost my way with Tool after that….. I have played all 3 albums over and over and over again. I found a live version of this track and it reminds me of how I just went off at a Big Day Out watching them (2007). (I”m really trying to not write awesome as I’m pretty sure its how I describe each song I have written about so far, however, Tool are F&^king awesome and so is this song).


Let’s Go Crazy – Prince (April 21st 2016)

I woke up to sad news today, RIP Prince. Not really sure what to write about someone so amazing, creative, legendary and a musical genius.

I grew up listening to his music and this song to me encourages you to live life to the fullest and celebrate the great things you have like friends, family, etc. There were so many songs I wanted to post about but this one today has meaning for me, while I write this with tears in my eyes.

Lets celebrate Prince, RIP.

44. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

Golden Years – David Bowie (February 2nd 2016)

Its taken a while for me to write this as I wanted to pick the right song….and I have chosen Golden Years.

I’m sure this has happened to everyone (except die hard Bowie fans) that you love this song you have heard by one of your favourite artists, only to realise its actually a David Bowie track.

My experience of this is with Golden Years. I got the soundtrack to Dead Man on Campus, not the best movie, but amazing soundtrack. On it is Marilyn Manson’s cover version of Golden Years. Clueless me thought it was his own song. The year was 1998 when I was 23 years old, not realising the song actually came out about 2 months after I was born in 1975. I’m not sure when I made this discovery as to who the original artist was but it was not a surprise.

This just proves to me that he is an amazing artist and his music does not age. It was great when it was released, its great now and will be in the future when my daughter is um 40 like me!!!!

You will be missed. RIP.

Golden Years – David Bowie