I'm not on this earth to be popular. I'm not here to be a pleaser. I'm certainly not here to whinge about my life and do nothing about it.
I'm a do something kinda gal. I'm here to make a better life for my family and loved ones.
I'm here to give back. Im here to serve and help others - should they wish to help themselves first, that is.
I'm here to find out what true happiness is and find ways to live it every day.Read More
I went to a conference for my new business. In Las Vegas.
I mean, a girl's got to go there at least once in her life, right? But it was also for work. I wanted to see the Chief Exec of the new company speak, get a sense for the leadership and culture first hand.
And I wanted to drink martinis, eat at Hooters and get some new boots at the Outlet Mall.
(That's what you do in Vegas, of course)
So off I went, and loved every minute. Apart from the heart-wrenching feeling missing the boys on Mother's Day, the day before I was due to come home.
But I was there for my business and my family (and my wardrobe) - I had another, higher purpose than just drinking martinis and eating buffalo wings (which were, just incidentally, deep fried with a side of blue cheese dressing).
I heard so many great people speak that week on the stage at the MGM Grand, and committed it to memory.
There was this one phrase that I still can't let go of.
"This is a face-to-face, heart-to-heart business."
What does that even mean? Why did I like it so much?Read More
The other day I was at an event and heard something from a dear friend and biz partner that's had me thinking ever since.
"You can put your dreams back on the table."
It was like a shock of electricity. It awoke childhood memories, ideas from years past. I recalled places I dreamed of travelling to, like New York and Antarctica and South Africa. I recalled the folder of homes from when we first married.
But most of all, it created a feeling inside me, one that hasn't subsided since.Read More
Many moons ago, as a Comms chick at our nation's most iconic performing arts centre, I had the opportunity to work with some like-minded, big-thinking, collaborative colleagues.
Some of these colleagues passionately love working in the arts sector, so much so that they consider it a vocation, and wouldn't trade it for the higher paying corporate sector for quids.
Sydney Festival, Sydney Symphony, Sydney Film Festival, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Theatre Company, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Australia... many friends are still working in these venerable institutions, almost a decade on.
And in this way we became the recipients of tickets to the media preview of Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour.Read More