This is my first post on my first blog… woohoo… so here goes.
I have to admit that this is a nerve-wracking experience, and while on the one hand, I can’t wait to get started, on the other I would be quite happy to curl up in bed.
A few things about me. I am quickly approaching my mid-50’s, happily married to a farmer of 30+ years, which has gone on to include one daughter, one son-in-law, and two beautiful grandchildren. I started life in England, and after a crossing-the-line ceremony dressed as a hula girl, I have lived in Australia for 50 years. I lived in South Australia for 49 of those but now call Tasmania home.
I started going to TAFE when I was 15 and in year 10, and this is the first year I have never been enrolled at TAFE or University since. I gained my Ph.D. last year and currently lecture in dementia care. So you can see I have a bit of a passion for learning!
I’ve changed career paths several times now, but have always wanted to be a writer. Some of the jobs I have held include; vet nurse, jillaroo, timber mill floor hand, shop assistant, waitress, riding instructor, nurse, Director of Nursing, lecturer in horse husbandry, nursing and now dementia care.
As an introvert, but with extrovert skills when I have to, I am comfortable with my own company and less comfortable when in others’ company. A lot of my life has been spent ensuring the people around me feel comfortable and working hard to support them to achieve their dreams. I do a lot of cheerleading from the sidelines, encouraging others to do what makes them happy, or just being there if they need me.
However, I can also swear like many a good farm girl, call the horses in from the back paddock and wear my cranky pants when I want to.
I want to write stories that have a bit of a message in them, and I have plans for two book series at the moment. One that involves a strong young woman standing up for what she believes in for our environment, and another that will star strong woman of different ages, traversing their relationships with a bit of steam and whistle. I believe we need more strong woman role models for our daughters and granddaughters. I do not mean the traditional fierce/aggressive definition, but more like… accepting that anything that tugs at you deeply is valuable enough to pursue. It’s not about the size of the impact you may have, or your fame or your budget, or society’s view of the worthiness of your purpose. It’s about pursuing your call to be involved in the world in a specific and meaningful way that’s unique to you, regardless of measurements. (Katherine Stone)
Well, I think this is enough for now. I look forward to sharing more of my journey, and little sideways sojourns no doubt, as I dare to follow my dream before it is too late. I hope you can see my growth as I plod my way towards my goal. I will also look forward to seeing yours, and help wherever I can along the way.