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by Katie Paul on January 30, 2015

I went back to work today teaching production to high school kids. Underneath my white t-shirt and black tunic mini dress are green and purple paisley tights. This is why I don’t want to work in corporate world. I’m a kooky, theatrical, artistic hippy, and my days of dressing conservatively are over.

What is the craziest item of clothing you wear?



Self Portrait 365|102

by Katie Paul on January 29, 2015


And then I realised that it is actually the fear of loss that is so agonising. Loss itself is more like a cut to the skin— it happens, it heals, there’s a scar but life goes on.

But the fear of loss is like being cut in the skin every day, over and over again! When you allow yourself to believe in that fear, you are cutting your own heart open, every day, not letting anything heal.

The secret is to not believe in it. Look to the sun, because it will always shine again in the morning. Diminish the fear into nothing.

~ C Joybell C



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by Katie Paul on January 28, 2015


The Hoodie

So I almost decided to quit my 365 project yesterday when I reached #100. But I’m always giving up on things when I lose interest so I pulled out my camera this morning and took another photo of my head.

I know there is nothing more boring than talking about the weather, but it has gone from 35º on the weekend down to 17º today. I have my hoodie on and my woolly socks. I almost need a heater. I don’t like being cold in the middle of summer. But I can’t complain when I know many of you are snowed in right now.

Are you hot, cold or somewhere in-between in your part of the world?



Self Portrait 365|100

by Katie Paul on January 27, 2015


Pleasure is wild and sweet. She likes purple flowers. She loves the sun and the wind and the night sky. She carries a silver bowl full of liquid moonlight. She has a cat named Midnight with stars on his paws.

Many people mistrust Pleasure, and even more misunderstand her. For a long time I could barely stand to be in the same room with her.

― J. Ruth Gendler, The Book of Qualities



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by Katie Paul on January 26, 2015

Happy Australia Day.

And at this moment in history, our core value happens to be the raw, aching truth of the human predicament.

It may also be the only belief that can save us as a species. A species that will continue to find comfort and delight in the companionship of animals, the miracle of birds, the colours of the corals and the majesty of the forests.

We are in it together, on this blue spinning marble in the cold and silent void. And we must act on that belief, if we are going to be able to continue to live a good life here, in this beautiful and fragile country, on this lovely planet, our only home.

~ Geraldine Brooks, Boyer Lecture 2011



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by Katie Paul on January 25, 2015


For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.

― Neil deGrasse Tyson