My Life in a Minute: 27 July 2012

My life in a minute 27 July 2012 POST


Driving: From Sydney to Melbourne
Yes I’ve done it again. With two cats and one dog in the car. Regular readers will know that I’m well acquainted with my friend The Hume Highway. He’s like a reliable, loyal mate who always leads me to where I want to go. The trouble is that he’s mighty long. And when you have a car full of fluffy white animals (who don’t bother to synchronise their pee-ing and poo-ing needs), this normally straightforward journey can take on epic proportions.


On the road trip, Rocky declares that the best place to sit is IN the kitty litter box


So that’s why I decided to break this trip up by staying the night somewhere in between. Unfortunately, The Hume Highway seems to be bereft of any five-star pet-friendly hotels. Or even four-star. Or even two-star. So, after what seemed like hours of trawling the internet, I finally found a pet-friendly motel in Wodonga who were more than happy to accommodate me and my tribe – Rex, Rocky and Rambo.

As you can see from the stylish bedspread, it wasn’t what you’d call my usual standard of accommodation. But the furry kids had a ball exploring so we might be on to a winner. In the meantime, if you hear of some lovely pet-friendly accommodation on the Hume (who don’t require a minimum two-night stay), I’d love to hear about it.


Rex on bedspread MEDIUM


Exploring: KnowEm
This cool tool may help you secure your name across a variety of social media platforms. Don’t you hate it when you sign up for a new service – but someone has already taken your name? Instead of having to visit every social media platform to find out whether your name has already been taken, this website does it for you.


Knowem screen shot MEDIUM


Having: Countless meetings
Some of you may know that I’ve launched a new business. When you’re in startup mode, there are so many stakeholders, and so many decisions to be made so you get the foundations of your business right from the beginning. So there’ve been more than a few coffee-fuelled sessions over the past few days. It’s exciting. But I might have to start cutting back on the caffeine!


Coffee social callout MEDIUM


Looking forward to: Breakfast with Ita Buttrose
A lifetime ago, I worked for CLEO magazine in both Sydney and Singapore. I spent four years doing the annual list of “50 Most Eligible Bachelors” (trust me, it was only exciting during the first year – after that, it was just a logistical nightmare). I wrote about everything from fashion and celebrities to makeup and relationships. And I had a lot of fun!

CLEO was founded by publishing doyenne Ita Buttrose. Her editorship of the magazine was captured perfectly in the ABC mini-series Paper Giants: The Birth of CLEO, with Asher Keddie as Ita. Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to the Business Chicks breakfast with Ita Buttrose on Friday 24 August in Melbourne. If you’re going to be there, come say hi!


Ita Buttrose Business Chicks 24 August 2012

Ita Buttrose


Shopping for: Furniture
As we’ve finally finished renovations on our property in the Yarra Valley (well, as finished as they’re going to be for now!), it’s time to buy some furniture. I’m all for the “in with the new, out with the old” approach. However, my partner is more of a “let’s hoard all the crappy mismatched furniture we already have but complement it with some stylish new items”.

I haven’t had too much success explaining that it doesn’t quite work that way. And I’m pointing him to fabulous blogs like Jen Bishop’s Interiors Addict for some uncluttered, zen-like inspiration. Hopefully, we’ll come up with a compromise.

Watching: That Gotye Song
If you’ve heard “Somebody that I used to know” by Gotye (and, let’s face it, who on this planet hasn’t?), you’ll love this. It’s a short film about two men who can’t shake an ear worm caused by that now-ubiquitous tune.



About Valerie Khoo

Valerie Khoo is founder and national director of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country's leading centre for writing courses. She is a journalist, blogger and author. Her latest book is "Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business" (Wiley). Valerie is a keynote speaker, small business commentator, and investor and mentor to startups and businesses in Australia.
  • Gwynn

    Hi Valerie,
    We also need a pet friendly motel on the Hume Highway. Can you please give the name of the one you found in Wodonga?
    Many thanks,

    • valeriekhoo

      Warrina Motor Inn. The first time I stayed there the room was very average. The second time I stayed there the room was lovely. I found out they changed management in the meantime!