What we know matters, but who we are matters more.
~ Brené Brown
Hello and welcome!
I’m a freelance writer. For 25 years I worked mainly in the corporate and government sectors. But life has changed. I’m building a new life around working with words — to tell my stories and to help you tell yours. It began with the desire to live a passionate life.
In the past my life played out in three different spheres—communication professional, blog writer, and traveller—unconnected, each with its own story. However, I discovered the golden thread connecting all three spheres which brings my narrative together in this new chapter of my life.
Writing is that golden thread. The written word has been my passion since I was a child, getting lost in the adventure of reading. Writing has been a constant since my first secretly scribbled words in notebooks, weaving through my work, life, and travel stories. It’s my foundation for living a passionate life.
This new chapter is different in some life-changing ways. It’s selling our business and our home and moving with amore and our princess dog, Lily, from suburban Adelaide, Australia to the south coast of New South Wales. Clearing out, closing down and packing up a life occupied us for twelve months. But we’ve arrived, ready to weave the threads to create a new tapestry.
After many years of writing and editing in the corporate world, I worked with my husband in our small business and came to appreciate the writing needs and challenges of those who follow passions, roll up sleeves and pour hearts and souls into their businesses. My words work in many ways — in brochures and magazines, on websites and social media. I’m here to write new words, refresh your existing words, or edit your words to enable you to connect and engage effectively with your audience.
For me, travel is a big part of living a passionate life. I look forward to sharing stories about this stretch of the Australian coast that is my new home. People, places, food and culture are what engages me. Stories about my Italian journeys have found a place here too. I’ve been travelling to Italy regularly for the past ten years. I speak the language well enough to read and engage in conversation, and well, I’m in love with the people, the beauty, traditions and history of this ancient culture.
My passionate life
My journal is where you’ll read about my odyssey to live a passionate life. It’s a record of the things that matter to me, a reminder to be grateful, and it keeps me on the straight and narrow for living an authentic, purposeful life. You won’t find advice here, I don’t have the secret. For each of us, living a passionate life is a personal journey and to find joy, all of us walk a different path. These pages are my story but I’d love to hear yours too, so drop me a line!
I believe in:
● effective communication — being aware of the messages we send and receive and how they are received and understood by others
● sincerity — heartfelt words always win over saying what you think others want to hear
● integrity — honesty and fairness are my friends
● good relationships — those built on a foundation of good communication
● having the courage of your convictions — being willing to stand up for what you believe
● appreciation — being grateful very day
● beauty — it’s all around us
● words — they are my world
● learning — I’m a lifelong student
● Italy — a place of my heart
● chocolate and Italian gelato
A few other things about me:
I’m an Aquarian, a seeker of truth, beauty and simplicity. A few of my passions are effective communication, books and reading, my dog and my man. I’m a student of life and the Italian language. I’m also a traveller, photographer, gardener and cook. And Italy and all things Italian have a huge part of my heart.
What brings me here:
My life evolved to no great plan. I was born in South Africa and emigrated to Australia with my family when I was seventeen. I found a job, found the love of my life and by 25, was a mother of two.
I graduated with a communications degree, worked as a writer and editor in the corporate world and continued my studies in business, PR, visual communication and Italian language.
Life threw its punches and after some scary health issues about ten years ago, amore and I travelled to Italy. What an eye-opening, life-changing trip it was! After living for years in a sort of limbo, my quiescent heart was aflame with awe and gratitude. I found a place where I felt a sense of belonging, an affinity with the people, an appreciation of the beauty of this ancient land, and the musicality of the spoken word.
In short, I fell in love with Italy and all things Italian. I travelled there every year — sometimes solo to study Italian language, the rest of the time I worked in our business.
But my life was still blowing in the wind. . .
. . .until our life-changing decision to transition from the suburbs to a place near the sea.
My aim is to live a meaningful life, not just skim the surface of experiences. I want to live in the present, to find joy in the everyday, and to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary.
I’m really happy you’re here and I hope you’ll find something on these pages that resonates with you. So, stay a while and if you’d like to engage and share your own stories, I’d really love it!