Book Club Questions

Since my book was published in late 2020, readers have been reaching out to me. It is an incredible honour to learn how someone encountered and experienced my story and how easily readers, especially women and birth workers, launch into sharing their own stories with me. Pregnancy, birth and motherhood are universal experiences for the female sex and so, it seemed fitting to invite Book Clubs to...

…on being liked

My name is Jodie Miller and I am a people pleaser. Sometimes it works in my favour. Sometimes it doesn't. As a self-employed person in a service industry, my natural inclination to please has made it easy... no, easy isn't the right word, anyone who is self-employed will know it isn't easy... my natural inclination has made it possible to build a brand that customers associate with service. In...

…on maintaining creative practice

I have always aspired to have a daily creative practice but have never managed to sustain it for long. I love my garden - but it would surely be more wonderful if I spent a little time in it every day. I love to write - but the bulk of my writing energy goes to my business. I love to cook - but so does my husband and unfortunately it tends to be a solo exercise rather than a team effort (not for...

…on resolutions

It's safe to say 2022 has so far been the most lackluster start to a year that ever was. I feel for regions that have had covid around longer than we have in the south-east corner of Queensland. Melbourne: hand on heart, you guys have more right to this whinge than me. Folks in the the rest of the world, especially at the start - avert your eyes. I claim the right to whinge on my own blog....

The feasts of Christmas past

My family of origin was not big on celebrations. My father would carve the (cold smoked) ham, but leave everything else to my mother, who did not love her place in the kitchen. Christmas, for me, evokes memories of said sliced ham, mangoes, cherries and a Lions Christmas cake, which I loathed and never ate. For my friends in the northern hemisphere this probably sounds exotic at best, or an...

… on cultivating adult friendships

Image by clotho98 As a married woman and mother whose grown children still live at home, I don't feel I can stake a claim on the word 'lonely'. Life is too hectic to reflect deeply on what it actually is I feel, but I know it isn't that. Confession: I crave deep and genuine friendships with other women. I suppose I want to replicate the kind of besties that I easily found in high school or my...

… on bleeding.

It's my birthday, and this morning I got my period. Fortunately, today is my work-equivalent of Sunday, so I have a rare day off, and I don't have to do anything I don't want to do. I'm actually okay that Aunt Flo barged in and made herself at home. At least she didn't spoil my party. That was yesterday. Happy birthday to me! I don't have to lift or drive today. I get to write (and tackle the...

#BirthTime, Amazing Grace, oxytocin…and a tipping point?

Is there suddenly more oxytocin flowing at Channel Nine? Never would I ever have imagined an Australian TV drama about a midwife and a Birth Centre on commercial free to air! With gooey babies and relatively realistic and humorous shenanigans that actually make you think childbirth's not all bad, will most often go right and we don't always need to make a fuss about it. Okay, so it's more Call...

…on achievement

It's a surreal thing, to work on a project for so long, pick it up, put it down, get distracted, imagine it will never come to fruition - in between I cared for my mother-in-law with Dementia and after that, in a crazy moment of inspiration, started a business with the small inheritance she left behind - and still I played at writing my book. Somehow almost fifteen years passed. Then finally I...

…on disruption

Original art by Blu Art Xinjia. Where have I been and why have I been neglecting my blog? I dropped a hint last July when this was so new it didn't have a name. All this unkindness surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey has touched a raw nerve. In excuse for my silence, I'm coming out as a parent of a kid recently diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome. The past...