How to make friends as an adult

Let’s be frank: no one likes to admit they could do with a few more amigos.

But sometimes – perhaps you’re extremely unlikeable (I jest!) – you may find your social calendar a little lacking.

Maybe you’ve moved to a new postcode, city or country, or have suddenly realised all your friends are up to their necks in nappies and far too busy to flit about town on a Saturday night with you.

Whatever the case, there’s nothing wrong with giving the old social life a little rev-up.

The Weekly Review, February 2018. Read the full story here.


I’m an Airbnb host and I’m falling out of love with Airbnb



I’ve started to wonder whether Airbnb has become, well, too “mainstream”. Do people no longer respect the trust that underpins the whole deal?

Is it OK to smoke in a no-smoking apartment, to leave rubbish all over the place?

Domain, Fairfax Media, June 2017. Read the full story here

The Australian couple restoring an 18th century French chateau


When Perth couple Karina and Craig Waters hired a car and headed on a scenic drive towards the Pyrenees, they weren’t seriously expecting to buy an 18th century, 96-room chateau.

After all, what business would an Australian taxation accountant and a neurological surgeon have in pouring their blood, sweat and savings into a French historical monument with the same protection status as the Eiffel Tower?

Domain, Fairfax Media, February 2017. Read the full story here.

Grant Trebilco’s Fluro Friday movement: How surfing saved my life


If you spot Grant Trebilco out in the waves – ripping it up in a pair of bright yellow leggings, perhaps a floral shirt, and a face slathered in pink zinc – you’d assume the surfer is one of the most carefree blokes getting around.

But paddle closer, and the 36-year-old may share some darker stories. Like the time he experienced psychosis during a work trip to Mexico, and seriously considered ending his own life.

Executive Style, Fairfax Media, June 2017. Read the full story here


Ethical superannuation: save the world and for retirement


Would you be happy if your super dollars were being invested in cluster bombs, companies that use child labour or even tobacco stocks?

Simon O’Connor, CEO of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, says most people don’t know where their superannuation money is being invested, and might be unpleasantly surprised if they did.

The New Daily, March 2017. Read the full story here



‘My biggest mistake’: Entrepreneurs reveal where they went wrong


By definition, entrepreneurs are rule-breakers who thrive on testing the limits.

But with the potential for great success and acclaim comes the potential for their businesses to go right off the rails – at least temporarily.

MySmallBusiness, The Age, July 2016. Read the full story here.

The rise of Airbnb’s sidekick start-ups


It’s no secret that Airbnb is booming, with 70,000 listings in Australia alone – double that of last year.

But while its founders are laughing all the way to the bank, Airbnb’s success is also paying dividends for the many businesses that have sprung up around it.

ShortPress, July 2016. Read the full story here