One of the highlights of my journalistic career was interviewing the beautiful, bold and talented singer songwriter k.d Lang. With a voice like marshmallow and a heart to match she spoke extensively about her gay identity. As we celebrate this monolithic milestone with the Australian Yes vote dominating our thoughts I recalled her powerful words “ I think that being gay is both biological and learnt. Three out of four members of my family are gay so whether that says something about the biological tendency is a question to contemplate .. “ #whativelearnt
K.d Lang is one of the many beautiful women featured in my new WhatIveLearnt book - Woman. Out soon. For more interviews please visit www.WhatIveLearnt.org
We are thrilled to have received the love and attention we have for What I’ve Learnt new concept: What I’ve Learnt Women. This concept is all about celebrating some of the brave, bold, and beautiful women I have come to know and love. To keep updated about what is happening, stay tuned on our Instagram page or head to our new website https://www.whativelearnt.org/
Thank you again for the love and support! #whativelearnt#whativelearntwomen
Hilary Clinton wrote a powerful letter to herself exclusively on @teenvogue “Take risks and don’t be too afraid to get caught trying. Do your best to embrace the excitement that comes with not knowing what’s next and remember that confidence and an open mind always serves you better than insecurity and doubt. There will be people who want nothing more than to see you fail. But you can’t let them scare you. Live your life on your terms, not theirs” VF repost #whativelearnt
Jennifer Lawrence and Jane Fonda have been outspoken about the sexual assault epidemic in Hollywood. Fonda elaborated “ it’s not about the sex. It’s about power. And I think now powerful men - it will be harder for them to think that they can do this and get away with it the way they have in the past”. #whativelearnt#inspired#women
With all the revelations about the abuse of women by opportunist powerful men dominating the news cycle we’re excited to focus on our newest interview series .. celebrating some of the brave, bold, beautiful women I have come to know and love. What have we learnt and what can we teach. We are not victims rather leaders, creators and visionaries - Excited to share my journey with you thanks to all the wonderful women who took part. #whativelearnt#iamwoman
As one of Australia’s musical icons and a trailblazer still performing and entertaining a whole new generation the stunning Marcia Hines was an absolute pleasure to interview - smart, sassy and so talented ...
When asked what she has learnt she said “In this life to have another birthday is a gift. In my culture black people are not obsessed with wrinkles. It’s good to have a big booty! But I’m oblivious to things that don’t matter. I deal with real things - Food, family, friends, love and a roof over my head” @MarciaHines. #whativelearnt #inspired #keepingitreal
Met Jose today in Wynwood - He has has been an artist for 19 years. Every day he sits outside this burger bar hand sketches of celebrities from all over the world that he deems as inspirations and empowering. I asked him - "what have you learnt in all these years about art, life and determination?" He replied confidently - "believe in yourself or no one else will". #art#inspiration#motivation#determination#whativelearnt
Very contextual given the latest marriage equality postal survey. Our voices are more influential than we realise. Speak out, share your opinion - you never know where it could lead. Voting YES could change the lives of hundreds of individuals who have been restricted the basic right to marry. We have the power. #whativelearnt#quoteoffheweek#gaypride#voteyes
Never underestimate the power of nurturing your mind. A lesson illustrated in the recent study of a 35 year old man who has been in a vegative state for 15 years. After activating his Vagal nerve in his brain he has been responding to stories and turning his head when asked. Read more at https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/25/nerve-implant-restores-consciousness-to-man-in-vegetative-state #whativelearnt#mindfulness#brainpower#inspiration
"This is Sona during Holi the festival of colours. This huge Hindu celebration is one of the most spectacular in the world the day when Spring comes, when good triumphs over evil, a moment to forgive" #whativelearnt#colour#religob#hinduism
New website up and running!
Check it out when you have a chance - have added a few of my past interviews with amazing stories of courage, success and achievement. Not only in areas of music and film, but in sport, fashion, science and business.⠀ #whativelearnt#globalmentorseries⠀
My daughter is now part of the What I've Learnt team and has started working on some mini interviews with me. Her meeting with head chef from Brae - Dan Hunter - got her a wonderful insight into the simplicity but absolute creativity behind the number 44th best restaurant the world. Dan not only spoke to her, but to every customer that dined there - answering any question they had. I think the important lesson from this is no matter how successful you are - it's important to remember the little things, and to remain modest and kind. You never know where it will take you. @chefdanhunter@braerestaurant#inspiration#brae#danhunter#whativelearnt
Amazing story told by Selena Gomez at the Hand in Hand telethon - which is raising money for all recent hurricane victims. Selena sheds tears over the Salvidar family who drowned in their family car during the disaster. Never forget the power of sharing a story in order to unite people during moments of such tragedy. #handinhand#selenagomez#hurricane#whativelearnt
As one of Australia's best known chef's Curtis Stone has a passion for making food and not wasting it. As part of a Food Rescue Project I am working on
Curtis Stone was a perfect fit to include ...as his passion for food rescue is a major part of what drives this food ambassador. "If you stop and think about it there's an incredible amount of waste in this world" CurtisStone
Be inspired by my global interviews with the extraordinary and the ordinary on my new website launching soon at #whativelearnt #journalisim#food#curtisstone#coles@curtisstone
The Melbourne Writers Festival featured so many writers here from around the globe .. I was reminded of this wonderful Australian author's words ...
"I knew I could never be a poet starving in a garrett. I used writing to empower myself.I always heard my mum's voice about making your own way. I always wanted to be a writer.I am who I am because of mum. she said 'Nikki you never rely on anyone else but yourself' Education was my way out." #nikkigemmell#whativelearnt#inspiration
A wonderful ambassador for food rescue Matt has been involved with SecondBite one of Australia's best food rescue organisations. He is a passionate advocate for rescuing food and encouraging everyone to do the same.
"it's criminal anyone should go hungry when we
throw away so much fresh, usable food" #whativelearnt#mattpreston#food#recycle#seconbite@mattscravat