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that's life! 06 Jan 2020

Many media outlets try to connect with readers and engage them. But for genuine engagement and a vibrant sense of community, there is nothing else on the Australian media landscape that so clearly connects with its audience like that's life! magazine. That's because our million-plus readers also provide our content - it is their voice that makes that's life! the magazine with heart.

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52 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
welcome!

And so it rolls around again. That time of year when the tl! team has to ’fess up as to whether they’ve kept their New Year resolutions from last year. And there’s no escape, because I can simply pull out this issue from 2019 and there they all are, in black and white. Sarah, for example, said she was going to take up running. And she did! She was thrilled to finish the 14km City2Surf fun run. ‘The only downside was I aggravated an old injury,’ she said. But she reckons she’ll be in good enough shape to lace up her joggers again for the big race this year. Beth said she was going to be kinder to her partner, Suddy, and she was happy to say she kept her…

1 min.
your life!

WINNERS are grinners Thank you that’s life! for my Vileda Steam mop. I’m very happy as it is just what I needed. Elsabe Molvik, Pukekohe, NZ Amalya was so excited when she found the ‘Golden Ticket’ in her Wonka bar recently. Judy Ridley, Warren, NSW Allistair, three, was excited to get on board a PMV-M at a school fete. Siaw Mei Kong, Karabar, NSW What’s in a NAME ? Nevahlia Jane Neveah and Tahlia are both beautiful names that were combined to make a one-of-a-kind name for my gorgeous granddaughter Nevahlia. Kelly Smith, Lawitta, Tas The Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand made even the shorter members of our family look tall. Belinda Brisbane, Farmborough Heights, NSW While on holiday in the UK, my mother-in-law Jill and I couldn’t believe that former British prime minister Theresa May was standing next to us at…

4 min.
i gave my boy life twice!

I tried to relax as the sonographer pressed the wand against my skin. I was 20 weeks pregnant and my then partner and I had just found out we were having a boy. But after a few moments, the sonographer stopped scanning my belly. ‘Hold on, I’m going to fetch a doctor,’ she said. When the doctor came in and looked at the screen, he also suspected there was a problem. More tests followed, and doctors discovered there was no fluid surrounding my baby. There was a block in his urethra, meaning his bladder had been damaged and his kidneys hadn’t developed properly. ‘I’m sorry, but it’s unlikely your son will survive the birth,’ I was told. I stared back at the doctor in shock. How can this be happening? I thought. I’d already gone through the heartbreak of…

4 min.
church horror stabbed by my friend

Loading up my car, I was helping my new friend Ethan move house. A Singaporean bloke, he’d relocated to the Gold Coast and we’d met at church. Both in our mid-20s, we hit it off and saw each other during the week too, for Bible study and game nights. But a couple of years into our friendship, Ethan stopped coming to church. Our congregation tried to stay in touch with him, but it was no use and I didn’t hear from him for months. Arriving home one day, I was shocked to see Ethan outside my place. ‘Bronson, is there anything you don’t like about me?’ he asked, anxiously fidgeting. ‘Of course not,’ I tried to soothe him. He was visibly shaken, so I tried to calm him down. ‘Can I give you a ride home?’ I asked, gently. ‘Nah,…

4 min.
i lost 55 kilos in my lounge room!

What do you think?’ said my friend Ashleigh, twirling around in a figure-hugging bridal gown. ‘You look stunning,’ I smiled. I loved helping my best mate pick out her wedding dress but one thing kept going through my head - Thank God that’s not me. It was 2015 and I weighed 120 kilos. I could just imagine how the sales assistants would judge me if I came in looking for a bridal gown. She’ll never fit into any of our dresses, they’d be thinking. No, I could never marry, I decided. I was far too embarrassed about my size. As a teenager, I’d been slim. But after leaving school and qualifying as an aged care nurse, I worked late shifts in a nursing home. It meant I’d eat dinner when I came home at midnight and I didn’t have…

3 min.
playing cupid

Cheers, darl,’ I grinned as I clinked glasses with my daughter, Zara. ‘Bliss, this is just what I needed,’ she sighed. Zara, 31, had split up with her boyfriend a few months earlier, so I’d organised a girls’ trip to Bali to take her mind off things. Spending our days at the pool with cocktails, I could already see that my girl was happier. ‘You know, I think you should get yourself out there. Maybe try a dating app?’ I suggested. ‘No Mum,’ she groaned. ‘I want to find The One in real life, like in the movies.’ ‘Well, don’t rule it out completely, love,’ I said. Tucking into the hotel brekkie the next day, Zara’s eyes lit up as a man strolled past our table. ‘He’s so hot!’ she whispered. With his piercing blue eyes and dark brown…