Alana James

An Adelaide girl's thoughts on life, love and all in-between.

How to break up

An inevitable part of dating is the breakup. Unless you’re super lucky, things are eventually going to go tits up and you’ll stop seeing each other. Continue reading “How to break up”


The comfort of being unhappy

Life has ups and downs. We’ve seen enough Pinterest-worthy metaphors to know we need the downs to give the ups significance. Continue reading “The comfort of being unhappy”

Queen of the first date

I’m getting very good at first dates. I’m getting very good because I go on a lot of them.

I’m choosing to ignore the possibility that I may in fact be terrible at first dates and that’s why I find myself on so many of them. Continue reading “Queen of the first date”


What it’s like to be in the Q&A audience

On Monday night three exciting things happened. I discovered what it’s like to be in the Q&A audience, I caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen in six years AND I appeared on live, national television with the biggest resting bitch face ever.

Continue reading “What it’s like to be in the Q&A audience”


Emotional intelligence + people skills = awesome events

What do you get when you mix 75 young people, 15 volunteers, 3 staff, 12 Youth Bills and 6 nights away?

Madness. And an incredible Youth Parliament program. Continue reading “Emotional intelligence + people skills = awesome events”


Want to fall in love? Try these 36 questions

Can 36 questions lead to love? The internet thinks so – it’s filled with stories of strangers falling in love after answering three sets of questions. A cute, quirky (also terrifying) idea.

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Democracy is not a spectator sport – get in the game

I’ve always been interested in politics. I was that kid at school that kept banging on about the importance of voting (and why drawing a donkey on your vote is not a good idea). I guess it’s no surprise I manage a Youth Parliament program for a living. Continue reading “Democracy is not a spectator sport – get in the game”


Remember to listen

Today’s lesson: Magic happens when you ask questions and listen. A few moments today were great reminders of this.

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Adelaide afternoons

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