Journaling: Cathartic, or a crock?

For someone who grew up with the thought that writing about cars for a living was, well, life, the suggestion that I take to ‘journaling’ as an emotional release should have been a natural extension. Right? When my awesome psychologist (he’s let me name him: Phil Milligan from JPM Life Innovations in Mornington) initially suggested the concept, for some reason…

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Winter Charity Drive, August 19 2018

Wow. As I stood on a rock in the freezing sleet, that was the word that came to mind as we assembled our DAD Winter Charity Drive participants for our welcome. I was standing next to DJ, and my baby girls were alongside me. I couldn’t see Sarah, thanks to the enormity of the crowd that braved Victorian winter to…

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Rallying, driving and empathy

I recently had cause to pause for thought. My great mate Scotty Newman had asked me to co-drive with him throughout 2018, in the Victorian Rally Championship. John Carney, a well-known figure in rallying circles, had offered the opportunity to try out his freshly-built Ford Fiesta R1 with a view to getting a one-model rally series off the ground.  Being…

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Gearing up for the Noosa Hill Climb

With the Noosa Hill Climb just a month away (9th and 10th June) we’re getting ready for our winter escape and gearing up for a sensational event… and in breaking news we’re thrilled to welcome Luke Youlden to the event with Drive Against Depression! Luke’s motoring bio reads like a dream journal for many of us, with his latest accolade…

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Mornington Peninsula Drive, 4 March 2018

With Christmas a distant memory and the new year well and truly marching past we were eager to bring the Drive Against Depression community back together for another day out. Autumn is perfect for a Mornington Peninsula Drive, so we took advantage of the stunning views and engaging roads to welcome everyone back on Sunday 4th March for a leisurely…

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Mornington Peninsula Drive, 4 March 2018

The Mornington Peninsula turned on its stunning autumn weather for our biggest group yet. Some 53 participants across 33 cars (and our first motorcycle!) enjoyed some of the peninsula’s most engaging and scenic roads as we cruised from Baxter to the Flinders Golf Club for lunch. The MX-5 Club of Victoria and Tasmania graciously supported this event with several of their…

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Treasure Hunt Drive, 18 November 2017

Our third Drive Against Depression (and first as a fully-fledged charity!) road drive was conducted under beautiful blue skies. 30 people joined in the Treasure Hunt Drive, that snaked its way from Croydon, Victoria out to Marysville via Healesville. Then, it was on to Eildon and the legendary Skyline Road before lunch at Alexandra. Imagery below kindly donated by Dishan…

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One Pathway, Many Turning Points

This slightly battered, but otherwise non-descript, box has travelled with me since February this year. It’s Sertraline, a medicine that falls under the category ‘Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor’. The keyword to that category is serotonin, which is a naturally-created chemical that carries signals between nerves. It’s essentially a neuro-transmitter largely present in the brain (but also blood platelets, intestines and…

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