Hope & new horizons

Charlotte Hillenbrand is a career high-flier: she worked as a lawyer, then pivoted to become an international pilot flying wide-bodied airplanes. She had a job and a life she loved. Then, in March 2020, the global pandemic grounded the world. Like almost every pilot, Charlotte’s career was abruptly put on what she thought was a …

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Beading a future

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Meet Scottish-born Karen Curwen, a mother who has re-invented herself out of necessity. When Karen and her husband David traded Glasgow’s wild and woolly weather for subtropical Brisbane 12 years ago, they couldn’t have imagined their escape to paradise would soon devolve into a nightmare. Their four-year-old …

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Soulful connection

It runs in his veins, this wild, wide blue ocean – and particularly the little stretch of the coast off Alexandra Headland. Damian Coulter, 54, is synonymous with surfing off the Bluff, his distinct, elegant style on a longboard as poetic as it is textbook. Surfing, the ocean and the coastal stretch are his love, …

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One with nature

It is quiet and it is still. There is no human interference – only the gentle breeze rustling through the leaves, and the soft melodies of the honeyeaters and butcher birds perched in the trees above. That is until you open your eyes and are jolted back to the here and now. The group of …

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Connecting cultures

A 12,000-KILOMETRE journey half-way around the world to a foreign country led Candela Sande to discover what her homeland had to offer. Candela was studying tourism at university in Argentina when, during a winter escape to Costa Rica in 2015, she met a traveller on his way to work in the ski fields of Canada …

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Force of nature

You could say Amanda Brooks is inspired by nature, but that would be far too simplistic. Her artwork isn’t just pretty paintings of birds and flowers, animals and landscapes. Absolutely not. It is layer on layer of colourful hues that have the ability to brighten your day and bring a smile to your face. Her …

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Passion for print

Inquisitive magpies look down on me from their perch on a wooden shelf in artist Kim Herringe’s light-filled north Maleny studio. These magpies look so lifelike their personalities virtually take flight from the paper they’re printed on. But they’re captured in ink by a process known as linoleum reduction printing. It’s a precise process using …

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Brightening life after loss

Domica Hill has one of those souls that shines bright and radiates goodness, strength and compassion. When you speak with Domica, you walk away feeling inspired to climb higher and brave enough to tackle whatever challenge or issue you are facing. This woman has taken the scars she has been dealt and worked hard to …

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How much is enough?

Could you give up eating out for 90 days? Not spend any money, unless it was on absolutely essential items? Could you also go home from work every day on time – for the whole three months? When Sunshine Coast radio broadcaster and author Sheridan Stewart set herself this very challenge, with a view to …

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Weaving waste into warmth

Recycling waste may not be a new idea, but two savvy Sunshine Coast sisters with a collective social and environmental conscience have taken the closed loop concept to a whole new level. Seljak Brand, founded by Karina and Sam Seljak in 2016, produces luxurious and unique wool blankets, woven from factory floor offcuts and textile …

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