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Christmas pressies – without the guilt!


Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? If like me, you’re a last minute mall rat that ends up buying whatever is cheapest/easiest/most convenient, you might want to read on….

This year, in an effort to become more charitable with my giving, I’m going to make a point of buying gifts that give you the warm fuzzies inside and out.

A friend of mine works for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre in Melbourne who produce a fantastic gift guide for Christmas. Chocolate, tea, spices, soap, candles, wrapping paper and the best part? It’s all reasonably priced, fair trade, charitable loveliness that means Christmas without the shopping hangover!

If you want to give a thoughtful gift this Christmas, here are a few places to get you started:

Asylum seekers Resource Centre
Home-made Christmas treats
Head along to your local Finders Keepers Market
Or check out some great local blogs – Daydream Lily and Renee Anne have been known to produce spectacular gift guides in the past

Happy shopping!

Victoria Craw has a degree in Political Science and English and is currently based in Sydney as a finance writer. Victoria has also worked as a foreign exchange writer in London, a journalist in Samoa and at a winery in a small corner of New Zealand. Described as a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ she occupies her time reading, writing and thinking about how to finance the next trip overseas. Read her personal blog at

What would you do if money wasn’t an issue?


Victoria Craw has a degree in Political Science and English and is currently based in Sydney as a finance writer. Victoria has also worked as a foreign exchange writer in London, a journalist in Samoa and at a winery in a small corner of New Zealand. Described as a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ she occupies her time reading, writing and thinking about how to finance the next trip overseas. Read her personal blog at

Such a huge, exciting and un-nerving question…Nowadays, finance and money plays such a huge role in our lives. While they can be stressful and frustrating, understanding your finances properly can allow you to make choices. Always a good thing right?

Yet figures consistently show that people, women in particular, often put their money in the ‘too hard’ or ‘too boring’ basket and do their best to forget about the issue.

Recently I went to a 10thousandgirl workshop which was packed with creative, talented women who wanted to realise their dream. They just needed to take the first step.

As an avid reader of art and design blogs, I always admire those that have been able to turn their passion into a productive reality. So to inspire myself and others, here’s the first in a series of short Q&As with other women as they explain how they took the nerve-wracking first steps to getting out there on their own.

Renee is a tremendously talented illustrator, designer, artist, stylist and photographer living in Sydney. As well as running an online shop and vintage store, Renee recently moved to working freelance and you can see her work on her website and browse her lovely blog.

A massive thank you to Renee for taking the time to answer these questions. Make sure you contact her if you are ever in need of a designer!

What’s a typical day for you?

I guess being a “freelancer”, my days are not often typical. I do try and create a bit of a routine of waking up early, getting into my email that need actioning first thing and checking if I have any deadlines. I would hardly say that I have a 9-5 working day, more like 24 hours! Sometimes I find myself checking my email in my sleep. But for the most part I try and keep up to date on “admin” type tasks, so when the creative urge hits (sometimes at 2am!) I can get onto it! (just for fun, here is a little “day tripper” story I did for Elle Girl Korea!)

What do you love most about your work?

The wonderful amazing people I get to meet along the way. Being a freelancer can be “lonely” but I have never found myself feeling that way. It also helps when you are dealing with people who are passionate and love their jobs.

What inspired you to take the plunge and start your own business?

I guess I have always been inspired to do such a thing, and it isn’t something that I really dove into, more something that has been a gradual thing that has evolved over time. Starting with working on business things “after hours” while managing a full time job, to slowly making the shift into working for myself… I have always had my eye on the goal, it is just a matter of taking the steps to get there… eventually.

Were there any major challenges along the way?

Of course. There always is, and I still wouldn’t say that I am “there” yet either. There isn’t just a day where life just goes “pop” and says “you have a successful business now, enjoy”. It is a constant challenge and a lot of hard, but rewarding work.

Do you have any advice for young women looking to do the same thing?

Take your time. Think things through. Don’t rush. Consider all options.

Can you recommend any great sources of support or information?

I don’t think there is any one hub, especially online as everything is always evolving, moving and growing. There are SO MANY great blogs out their, full of information and inspiration. Try, and

Thanks so much Renee!

Profiled 10thousandgirl – Victoria Craw


Name: Victoria Craw
Attended: Life Planning Workshop, Sydney, 29 May 2010

My greatest achievements so far are… moving places on my own, carving out a little career and maintaining great relationships.

I joined 10thousandgirl because… I had recently moved to Sydney and was stuck in a bit of a rut financially. I wanted to meet some positive, inspiring women, do some more writing and get my financial life back on trac

My personal goals for the next 12 months are… to develop my own blog and website, do a LOT of freelance writing, see more of Australia, spend lots of time with my fantastic friends and stay fit and healthy!

My financial goals for the next 12 months are… to pay off my student loan and save $10,000 for a deposit on a hous

In 3-5 years I’ll be… working as a journalist, writer and blogger, have a graduate diploma in journalism, still be with my gorgeous boyfriend and maybe on the verge of embarking on my next adventure overseas.

And financially, in 3-5 years I’ll be… the owner of an investment property, have paid off my student loan and be generating some freelance incom

It’s my birthday in the year 2020 and I… am turning 36. I’ll be at a big barbeque party with my friends and family in my own house somewhere on the coast of New Zealand. There will hopefully be little ones and definitely animals. I will have done lots of travel, be an established writer, with a sound financial situatio

The very first steps I’m going to take right now are… to pay off my student loan, win the $10,000 from ING DIRECT and save for a deposit on a house!

This is where you can find more about me: Come and visit my personal blog

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