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CELEBRATING BEING OUT OF DEBT

I have always been a future focused gal. Always looking forward to winning an Oscar (when I was an actress), always wondering what new adventure was around the corner, always trying to figure out how to earn more money next month or next year. I used to have a ritual...

REFLECTIONS ON 20 DAYS OF STORIES

You may know that I challenged myself to write 20 personal stories in four weeks. If you have no idea what I am talking about, you can find out more here to read the catalyst post and the 20 stories. I decided I wanted to write a reflection on piece on my thoughts of...

THE ICE QUEEN

I was an Ice Queen. This story is difficult to share but I feel I need to. I need to document it and put it out there for a number of reasons that I’m not going share right now. When I was younger, I was shy. I wasn’t particularly good at asking boys out, although I...

MY BROTHER

My older brother and I are very close. We don’t often speak because of our family responsibilities, our work and the fact we live three hours apart, but we’re connected through deep family love which nothing can break. Granted, there have been times when we’ve not...

TAKEN? THE DAY MY KIDS WENT MISSING

This is one of those moments where your stomach lurches. Not just a little, but you go from zero to 100 in a split-second and you’re sent into a blind panic. It was a normal day, like any other. Realising I was almost out of the essential groceries, I decided to pop...

THE DAY I JUMPED OUT OF A PLANE

I was more than half way through my round the world trip when the day came where I jumped out of a plane. It was St Patrick's day and I was in a little town called Taupo in New Zealand. I know the date exactly because during my travels I kept a hand written diary. I...

THE EXPECTED YET UNUSUAL VISITOR

The year was 1999, and it all started with The Matrix. I love all things sci-fi and sci-fi fantasy, so when I saw the trailer for The Matrix I knew I had to see it on the day of release. I know some people don’t get it, but for me it blew my mind. Not just the concept...

TOUR LIFE

The idea of touring sounds glamorous. It’s not exactly glamorous, but it’s certainly an adventure. When I says ‘touring’ you may be thinking of music stadium tours, or perhaps if you know me better you might conjure up beautiful theatre tours with fabulous green rooms...

RECLAIMING MY SOUL

Child birth is messy. The physical act of pushing a tiny human out of your nether regions is not something you can fully describe to someone who has not been through it themselves. However, I was quite lucky in that contractions started fast and I had a baby in my...

THE NEAR MISSES

I want to write about my near misses in my acting career. Those times in my life that I very nearly got the part or was down to the last two or three people to choose from. Do you know how that feels? When you are on the brink of something amazing or what you feel...

THE MOMENTS WE REMEMBER

I don’t think our memories are necessarily about being good or bad. I believe it’s the emotion that is attached to them. How we make a moment feel or what we make it mean is what sticks with us. I have a memory, that by all accounts should be something that I remember...

THE F*CK BAN

That grabbed your attention right? That wasn’t the intention, but that is the truth of the matter. There is a f*ck ban on me. Not exactly what you think - just I am banned from saying f*ck. You see, I can't even write it! So, I have to take you back a few years....

THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD

I don’t believe in a God. I do believe there is some unseen power that we don’t fully understand and I am open to it’s magical ways. However, my Nan was brought up in a very religious household. I think that was the norm back then, so that’s not unusual. Her family...

AN ODE TO ELLIE

Traditionally an Ode is a lyrical poem. That’s not what this is. So why call it an Ode? Because it’s a meaningful piece of writing dedicated to the love I have for my Ellie dog who now resides in the Great Kennel in the Sky. I was never a dog lover. Phil had always...

THE NIGHT OF THE ROOKIE CROUPIER

I have been through many iterations of so called ‘careers’. However, I would say they were more ‘things I do for a while’ rather than career choices. I’ve been very much one for following my passions and the tug of my heart rather than financial reward. One such...