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Jane Hone


Location icon Australia

I am a deeply inquisitive storyteller, creative writer (First Class Honours, University of Melbourne 2012) copywriter and lifestyle journalist. My main areas of interest are travel, health and wellness, sustainability, philosophy, spirituality, feminism and relationships.

My approach is always about finding ways to tell a story, to make words sparkle on a page, and to create content that’s not *just* content but rich, emotive, thought-provoking writing. Having said that, my writing style is often minimal and economic and I pride myself on being able to say more with fewer words.

I’ve worked as a journalist, social media manager and copywriter, so I understand communication from a variety of angles and across a range of mediums. I’ve written everything from front-page magazine features to billboards and radio ads.

My work has appeared in places like Dumbo Feather magazine, The Weekly Review, Australian Traveller, Domain, Kill Your Darlings, WellBeing Yoga Experience, Mary Journal, Mornington Peninsula Magazine, pedestriantv.com and the Melbourne Writers Festival blog.

I live by the ocean on the Mornington Peninsula, where I teach yoga most days.

Dumbo Feather
An ode to work friends

I adore the freedom of working for myself and from home. I love that I can start work at 6am or 12pm; that I can peer out the window while working at my desk and then, when the mood strikes, relocate with my laptop to the floor and later, the couch; that I can cook my lunch in my own kitchen; take a walk on the beach to clear my head when necessary; and generally satisfy my mostly introverted tendencies.

Dumbo Feather
The inner grandparent | Dumbo Feather magazine

I dreamt recently that an old woman, my grandmother but not my grandmother, was going through a box of jewellery and delicately handing things to me. She was nearing death, and she was passing on pieces of knowledge, too-she told me every pearl of wisdom she'd ever learned.

Dumbo Feather
On living the dream (and loving what is) | Dumbo Feather

I was staring recently at a wall covered in other people's dreams. They were written in the style of manifestation, as if they had already happened. People had described their dream home by the ocean; their perfect partner; their beautiful children; their deeply fulfilling, luxurious job.

Dumbo Feather
Courage is making space | Dumbo Feather

I was terrified of athletics races at high school. Before a race, I would feel a churning in my stomach like I was going to vomit. But I was a fast runner, and it seemed important that I push myself to do this thing I didn't want to do, so I never backed out.

Australian Traveller
5 of the best ways to enjoy Byron Bay in the rain

Byron Bay: the land of sun, sand and sea. It's the place where wandering tourists bask in soul-reviving sunshine - until it starts raining. Locals and seasoned visitors know that when it rains in Byron, it pours. For those planning to spend their holiday surfing, cycling, walking and sunning, Byron's infamous subtropical rain can throw a spanner in the works.

The most exciting homes to check out at Sustainable House Day 2019

Each September, home owners and designers across Australia throw open their doors to showcase and celebrate the latest in sustainable housing technologies. Sustainable House Day grows bigger and better every year, and event organiser Renew says trends for 2019 include several net-zero properties, which produce more energy than they consume.

Dumbo Feather
The wisdom of the body | Dumbo Feather magazine

How aware are you, at this very moment, of which areas in your body feel tense, or whether you're breathing into your chest or belly? Unless we are dancers or athletes or circus performers, most of us spend much more time in our heads than our bodies.

Dumbo Feather
On settling | Dumbo Feather magazine

From dating, to travel, to careers and what we eat, we think the more choices we have the better. But too many options can create anxiety and leave us unsatisfied. One solution is to focus on our needs, rather than desires.

Dumbo Feather
Why we must believe we are special | Dumbo Feather magazine

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. - Max Ehrmann, Desiderata I want you to tell yourself that you are special. I know, I know. There is too much of this kind of thinking these days.

The Weekly Review
Making waves: Quincy Symonds & the rise of the surf sisters

Legend has it that in 1915, Hawaiian surfing pioneer Duke Kahanamoku picked a local teenager from a crowd at a Sydney beach to ride tandem on a wave with him. Her name was Isabel Letham. Though some of the finer details of the story have since been disputed, Isabel went

The Weekly Review
A vibe that is quintessentially, unmistakably Byron Bay

Long thought of as the peace and love capital of Australia, Byron Bay has come a long way since its humble hippie beginnings. These days, every street corner seems to feature a gorgeous new cafe or a shop selling high-end fashion and furnishings, and, as a local friend of mine says, "you can hardly swing a dreamcatcher without hitting someone famous".

One good habit to change your life for the better

OK, January is well and truly under way. How are you going with that plan to get up earlier, do 10,000 steps a day and cut out alcohol? It's at this time of year that many of us realise that we've tried to take on too much with our new year's resolutions.

The Weekly Review
The 4-hour work week

Ten years ago, Tim Ferriss burst onto the scene with his revolutionary book, The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. His idea? That we don't need to be working the standard 40-hour week, but can make more money while working fewer hours. Tim reasoned

The most important question to ask yourself before you move in together

It's one of the first major milestones in a relationship, but how do you know when the time is right to shack up with your beloved? First up, it's important to ask yourself whether you're still in the limerence phase of the relationship - that is, the period that usually lasts between 18 months and three years and has you all starry-eyed and wearing rose-tinted glasses.

My island home

How to escape the rat race: the couple that swapped city life for a dream existence

The Weekly Review
Strike a pose: professional yoga training at an ashram in Goa

Fifty of us, all clad in white and with red dots on our foreheads, sit in a circle chanting. Our hands are in prayer position. In the centre sits a priest, who periodically sprinkles leaves and pours ghee into a small fire while he leads the chant. Our eyes are

The couple driving clockwise around Australia

Shadiya Nusrat, 32, and Steve Hocking, 31, spend their days fishing, climbing mountains, bathing under waterfalls, marvelling at Australian wildlife and finding gorgeous crystal clear beaches. At least, that's what they've been doing for the past 12 months.

Why Amy and Richard's home is shipping container goals

Like many young Australians, Amy Plant and Richard Vaughan had always dreamed of owning their own home. They didn't, however, want to do it at the cost of their other dreams - namely continuing to travel the world, and perhaps moving overseas one day.

Melbourne Writers Festival

Jane Hone is a 2015 MWF programming intern. She completed her Honours in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne in 2012. The critical component of her thesis followed Helen Garner's feminist trajectory from Monkey Grip to The Spare Room, and looked at how age affects power and radicalism in women.

I haven't paid rent in a year: A guide to a rent-free life

With the cost of living constantly going up, many renters are left wondering if there is any other way. Well, it turns out there is. Since February this year, Rowie Geraerts has lived in several inner city apartments, a mansion in St Kilda and a villa in Bali - all without paying a cent of rent.

The Weekly Review
Meat your match at Melbourne Salami Festa

In politics, 'salami tactics' refers to a divide-and-conquer method of overcoming your opposition. Melbourne's fourth annual Salami Festa on the weekend of October 16-18 isn't likely to be as ruthless - that is, unless someone gets in the way of you overcoming your hunger.

The area of New York City becoming known as 'Little Australia'

Moving to New York City: it's a notion that figures in the wildest dreams of people the world over, but usually it remains just that - a dream. Not so for Claire Weller and Josh Evans, who made the move to the Big Apple two years ago.

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