Hello and welcome!
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to connect with you.
I’m a journalist, reputation strategist and content consultant, podcast host, speaker, health coach & wellness advocate, wife and mum-of-two. It’s a lot of labels I know but I get bored quickly.
Most importantly though, I choose to have it all because it’s all important to me – I want a complete life.
I think all women should have the choice to have it all if that’s what they want, but without the pressure or expectation of having to DO it all.
And that dear reader, is what this space is about.
You see, I have a thing about balance – about helping women achieve some sense of it in their day-to-day lives – and seeing women elevate in work and in life.
Because we’re not there yet.
Let’s talk about evening up the playing field in work and life.
At the moment, the deck is stacked against women who want to maintain their career after having children.
The corporate world might have welcomed us to the ranks but – let’s be honest – it didn’t change the office hours to suit school runs and dinner time.
There’s a whole generation of women who are spinning their wheels trying to maintain a professional or personally-fulfilling life with the expectations that mothers are the primary carer or parent.
Or their career has taken a hit and been downgraded because they can’t put in the hours of a system designed for men who had wives at home looking after family.
For us, life has been about existing in the man’s and the woman’s world simultaneously, with varying degrees of success.
I believe there’s a revolution afoot in which this is changing, and we can be a part of that revolution.
For a better work-life existence for everyone – for women and men and families – a shift in corporate and society culture that is more people-orientated and flexible is needed.
That means having the conversations on these issues – talking about work-life balance, about flexibility, and about how we can better look after ourselves and our wellbeing and happiness so that we have a complete life.
I want to have the conversations with women who have made courageous choices to live on their own terms, or who are agitating for change on a broader, wider scale for the future.
Women shouldn’t have to sacrifice their own fulfillment and sense of self on the altar of motherhood. They should not have to choose between the two, nor burn themselves out.
With a more level playing field, they won’t have to.
Where to start …
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Read these …
For your health, this is perhaps the most important piece I’ve written here – why I want you to know about your thyroid. Busyness and stress can have a particularly negative impact on women’s physical and mental health once they’re over 40. It’s critical information we all need to be aware of.
To understand more about what life is like for Australian working women and their families, I ran a survey – these are the results. You can see how you compare.
If balance is a concept you struggle with, then this piece may bring about some helpful clarity. Balance is possible, once you understand it a bit better.
Tune in …
My podcast has had a makeover – whereas it started out solely about women in business, Conversations for a Complete Life now encompasses all the elements of a complete life, including how women build their own businesses and thoughts on how to live life better as a working woman with a family. It’s about addressing the issues we face and amplifying women’s voices to help foster positive change.
My official resume, if I had one, would contain details of a 20+ year career in newspapers, as a journalist, columnist, chief of staff and other bibs-and-bobs (predominately at The Gold Coast Bulletin but also The Sunday Mail in Brisvegas).
I’ve interviewed some amazing people, the most amazing being not the celebrities and politicians, but the everyday people living through terrible tragedy or triumphing over it, or those making a difference in other people’s lives.
I became a health coach after studying at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school. It enabled me to transform my life and that of my family through better food choices, an understanding of the mind-body connection, the effects of stress and how to beat them, and the total importance of living life in the present moment.
I now use my extensive journalism experience to work as a reputation strategist and consultant for professional women to elevate their careers and business, and for forward-thinking organisations who want to remain relevant.
When I’m not researching, writing, coaching or broadcasting, I’m busy doing mum-stuff, like going to swimming, surfing or dance pick-ups; buying then cooking copious amounts of food; and washing mountains of laundry.