Will You Accept This Rot? Why watching The Bachelor is bad for you (even though it’s fun)

Relationship entertainment – NOT relationship education

March 2016: Well, another season of The Bachelor has just concluded. Drop-dead gorgeous and truly delightful Bachelor Ben Higgins is engaged to the sweet blonde, Lauren Bushnell. The runner-up, JoJo (although, I prefer her full name – Joelle) is the new Bachelorette – and I have no doubt she’ll be fabulous.

I’ll admit it – I love The Bachelor. And The Bachelorette. As a dating and relationship expert, it intrigues me almost every season, unless I’m completely bored or disinterested in the particular Bachelor or Bachelorette. (Juan Pablo, anyone? I could barely watch an episode of that season. I thought he was a douche. And his ‘sexy’ accent and general arrogance irritated me.) Anyway, it’s fun to see how the various relationships develop, and try to figure out who he or she will choose in the end, and why. But while watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette is a kick, it’s absolutely disastrous to live your love life by, and I have no doubt it’s doing more harm than good, especially to impressionable young people (particularly girls/women who are obsessed with the show), as it’s literally a what-not-to-do guide to choosing a life partner.

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Sleeping with rock stars: The night I said NO to sex with one of my idols

This piece was also published on The Huffington Post. CLICK HERE to check it out.

Music, metal and moshing – my well-spent youth

I’d always wondered what it would be like to hang out with a big, international rock band. I’d grown up around boys who were more into guitars than cars, and I got into music, metal and moshing at a young age. So, when one of my favorite bands booked a gig in my city, there was no question about it – I was going.

The only problem was they’d become so popular that their gig was at a stadium rather than one of the smaller venues I preferred, where you could weasel your way to the front (my high school boyfriend taught me how to do this) and practically feel their sweat spray onto you as they head-banged to the beat. I conceded that if I didn’t make the effort to go to the stadium, I’d never get to see them live. So, I booked my ticket and off I went…

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Punching above your weight: If I can do it, so can you

This piece was also published on Mamamia. You can view it, and over 100 comments, HERE.

To be bold or not to be bold? That is the question.

2012: Girl walks into a bar and sees drop-dead gorgeous boy who looks about 10 years younger than her. Girl immediately assumes he is ‘out of her league’, but she can’t help trying her luck anyway, despite the odds. After a brief interaction, girl goes into the bathroom and scrawls cute note plus her phone number on a piece of paper, comes out, hands it to boy, and scurries away with her friend before the inevitable beetroot face ensues. Friend gives girl a pat on the back for being so bold, but girl thinks that’s as far as it’ll go. What are the odds of hearing from boy? Not good.

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You heart NY? Here are 17 tips for improving your relationship with New York City

Don’t miss my other handy New York piece: 44 NYC hotspots for tourists and locals.

Great loves usually come with an element of dysfunction

Ah, New York City. Like the one that got away, it’s charismatic, seductive, full of promises… and totally dysfunctional.

Yes, despite our salacious on-again-off-again affair for a number of years now, New York and I have reached the point in our relationship where we’re starting to see each other’s flaws. That doesn’t mean I don’t still love it, but I’m beginning to question if things are going to work out between us for the long-term.

Of course, because of my deep affection for this magical place, I won’t be letting go without a fight. New York and I just need to get to know each other a little better. We need to learn how to communicate and work as a team. We need to give it some time.

I realize my relationship with New York is a polyamorous one – I’m not the only person who’s enamored with this town. And New York, being the big slut… err, apple… that it is, opens its arms to everyone within its orbit (including the poor, tired and huddled masses, as it says on the Statue of Liberty). If you’re one of those people, even if you’re just visiting, here are 17 NYC tips to help make your relationship with New York a little more harmonious. Hey, I’m not a jealous person. If New York and I are meant to be, we’ll be…

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NYC hotspots for tourists and locals: 44 things to see, do, eat and drink in New York City

There are NYC hotspots in every neighborhood, so this guide is a great start

2016: I’ve been back and forth between Sydney and New York for almost three years. But in summer 2014, I spent three months living in the city, and kept track of everywhere I went. Unfortunately, I’ve had to cut a few things from the list because the places are now closed. I hope this guide helps you take a big, juicy bite out of the Big Apple.

But wait! There’s more…

My other piece, 17 Tips for Improving Your Relationship with New York City, will also help you enjoy the city, whether you’re a tourist or a local.

First thing’s first: Know your neighborhoods. The map to the right will help you understand the lay of the land, so you’ll know what the heck I’m on about when I group places according to neighborhood in my guide below.

Okay, here are your NYC hotspots: 44 things to see, do, eat and drink in New York City…

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Single at Christmas: How to have a merry Christmas when you’re single

Update: I was such an expert at being single at Christmas, I wrote a humorous yet helpful article about it a few years ago. If you’re single at Christmas this year, I hope it makes you smile. But as of 2016, it looks like I won’t be single at Christmas ever again. Next Christmas, that could be you! Especially with my help. (Sorry. Shameless plug.)

Don’t let being single knock the Christmas spirit out of you

Christmas 2015: I’ve always been single at Christmas. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a Christmas and a relationship at the same time. Sure, I may have been ‘seeing someone’, but I’m yet to bring a significant other to the annual family Christmas Day celebrations. And this year will be no exception.

Now, before you break out the violins, or hand me a double-eggnog with extra cinnamon, you should know that I’m not remotely rattled by this. It’s simply how the cards have fallen, and I’m sure the day will come when I can barely remember what Christmas was like BC (Before Commitment), as I’ve been with Mr Right for such a long time.

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How to Come Up with an Idea for Absolutely Anything

It’s my last day in Portland, Oregon, where I’ve just attended my first World Domination Summit. (Finally! I’ve been wanting to attend since it started in 2011.) If the name of the conference sounds kinda lame, creepy or arrogant to you (a little Dr Evil, perhaps), let me explain. World Domination Summit is a warm, welcoming and inclusive gathering of around 3000 entrepreneurs, humanitarians and creative people who are inspired to live a life of non-conformity (usually away from traditional employment), and want to impact the world in a positive way with a special project – or ten. The three pillars of World Domination Summit are service, community and adventure.

A couple of months ago, Chris Guillebeau, the humble genius who started it all, sent out an email asking for attendee stories. There were so many great submissions that, unfortunately, mine wasn’t selected. But I’ve written it up as a blog post for y’all to enjoy. Whether it’s a business idea or birthday party idea, I hope the following helps you come up with a great idea for absolutely anything…

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Dating and Relationship Expert: Elly Klein (that’s me!)

Being the author of a humorous relationship advice book is fun! In 2012, Australia’s Grazia magazine decided I was a dating and relationship expert, and asked me to respond to three dating dilemmas with a lighthearted yet insightful answer of around 350 words. They were debate-style questions, so I chose the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ side of the argument and they gave the opposing view to another writer. I thoroughly enjoyed it – plus, it didn’t hurt to be remunerated for my efforts. Read on for pearls…

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