‘How to Clear the Chaos of our Minds simply by Journaling.’ Elephant Journal.

“For those yet to discover journaling, are apprehensive about it or basically think it’s a whole lot of bullshit – Let me try a different tact.

Imagine we all have a whirlpool swirling just above our heads. Inside are our thoughts. Half thoughts, full thoughts, bits of memories, a couple points from the to do list, an annoyance from earlier on, a flashback to something last year, a millisecond of feeling we’ve forgotten something, a worry about something next week, a nanosecond from a recent dream, some uncertainty about the future, mixed with the shopping list and what’s for dinner.

These thoughts, memories and fears flash and jump, sink and disappear, reappear, whirl and swirl until we are not sure if we have remembered or done anything today and all we know is that we feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious and can’t quite focus.”

 

Full article published in Elephant Journal,

Somatic Therapy, Interview on aftercare practice.

Learn more in this upcoming Somatic Therapy online course by Chinese Medicine Doctor, Jim Spears.

Below is a teaser from the one-hour interview of Dr Jim with counsellor Romi Grossberg on care/aftercare practice and the mental & emotional well-being of somatic practitioners and patients.

The full course will be released Aug 2021.

Working with emotions and conditions like anxiety, depression and emotional holding patterns requires specific skill sets which many acupuncturists and manual therapists do not have. However, since our methods often do result in emotional catharsis for people, it is essential to have the right communication skills and other techniques to support people in their healing process.To do this, talking therapies are essential as well as good communication skills. For therapists that are not psychologists, and frequently work with clients suffering from mental – emotional disorders, it is essential to have some skill sets for speaking with our patients.

In this course run by Chinese Medical Doctor Jim Spears, the topic of aftercare practise for acupuncturists and other somatic healers is addressed through an interview with Holistic Counsellor Romi Grossberg.

Somatic Therapy Online Course – In this course you will learn powerful and practical techniques in various somatic therapies. This is a fully engaged system for meeting your clients emotional healing needs.

The course will be released August 2021.

MORE INFO / SIGN UP HERE: SOMATIC THERAPY

Asia Pacific Writers’ Conference, Macau.

Guest panelist – ‘When on the road and the superhighway is your writing life.’

Nov 5th at the Asia Pacific Writers conference in Macau.

Surfing tours, road trips, exotic and not so exotic postings, ex-pat bunkers, bribery for wi-fi, our panellists have done it all and will share with you their hilarious and often heartbreaking stories of a writing life lived on the road – in a globalised 21st century world where the digital nomad reigns supreme they will examine how the internet has changed the writing landscape – for better or worse.

Chair: Pia Mutsamaski

Panelists: Romi Grossberg, Tim Baker, Kiran Bhat

Asia Pacific Writers Conference, Macau.

Panel: Expats Unleashed @ The Asia Pacific Writers Conference, Macau in November.

Nov 6th, 1.30pm.

Writers often seek to venture far from their country of origin – whether that’s out of curiosity, on assignment or sometimes for good. What happens when they do? Three Western writers discuss the interweaving of their writing with their expatriate lives and experiences in Asia particularly in Korea, Shanghai, Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia – tackling head-on perceptions of their white western privilege alongside their strong desires for cultural exchange and new experience.

Chair: Shelley Kenigsberg

Panelists: Kevin Maher, Adam Narnst, Romi Grossberg

The 7th Annual Cultures of Thinking Conference.

I will be presenting at the Cultures of Thinking conference on Monday 19th August in Melbourne. At 1.50pm I will run a 90-minute workshop from my latest book THE KEY, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens to teachers and educators from all around Australia and the world. I have chosen two main topics from my book and in this workshop I plan to break down the theme of ‘success and failure’ and ‘tone of voice’ (with ourselves and with others). My aim is two-fold, to have the group experience learning, brainstorming, collaborating and sharing their thoughts, fears and ideas on these topics as well as have them realise that the topics are easily teachable to teenagers in their own class settings.

Go to my blog to see how it went.

Asia Pacific Writers Conference, Australia

This was the first year that the AP Writers Conference was held on Australian soil.

Funnily enough for me it was a pain in the butt because I live in South East Asia and thoroughly enjoy each year meeting up with this amazing group of people in a different part of Asia. It was fun too though to be introducing Australia to everyone else from all around Asia, the Pacific, Canada and the U.S.

I would have liked to have had my memoir published by this point and be presenting it here but alas… next week I will meet up with my editor Laurel Cohn at the Federal Writers’ Festival and hand her my way-too-long manuscript to deal with before I move on the next stage of editing my memoir Hip Hop & Hope, from the slums of Phnom Penh.

 

So no reading for me this year at the conference but I was asked to MC instead which was fun too.

I had the honour of MCing the book launch of indigenous writer Philip McLaren’s book Innocent Abroad, Emmanuela Shinta’s book Me, Modernism and my Indigenous Roots and John Dale’s book Sydney Noir. What a fantastic group of authors. Lots of juicy questions and juicy answers.

 

 

‘Rock, Paper, Scissors,’ Travel essay competition Top 20

I Must Be Off! Travel Essay competition, 2013

“… I look in to the street and see there are beggars everywhere, from five year-olds to this ancient looking woman I just encountered. They all look sad, with the same vacant look in their eyes. As I am watching a little barefoot girl in tattered clothes being shooed away by the expats next door, I am startled by a young boy that approaches my table….”

My first ever story writing competition, and I made the top 20 list.

Read it here: Rock, Paper, Scissors

Singapore Youth Olympics 2010