I’ve always been an Adventurer, right from the time I packed my little school suit case and told my Mum I was running away from home. At the (tender) age of 20 I set off from New Zealand on the Shaw Savill liner ‘The Northern Star’ to the UK and since that time, I’ve lived what I am proud to call an interesting life, raising two beautiful (now adult) children, travelling and working my passion – helping people write their life stories.
I’ve met some amazing people from all walks of life who have entrusted me with their very personal stories. Bundled into all that is a couple of personal counselling courses and a long stint working as a Lifeline volunteer, skills which helped secure me a great position in the Student Services Department at Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne where I’ve worked for the last four years.
A health scare a couple of years ago, an unexpected and deeply upsetting relationship break down (which actually turned out to be a blessing) has seen me at last take control of my personal life and re-build (or re-invent?) myself as a strong and much more aware woman and mother. And all this has not been without the help and support of some pretty amazing people who I feel privileged to have met and worked with. You will all know who you are.
I started to think about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life and, still being fit and able, have decided to take some time out and drive to Broome. Yes, from Melbourne! It’s a pretty big drive, but I feel ready for it. My son and family live in Broome and I’ve been there three times now and feel drawn to return … it’s a very spiritual place for me … and author Di Morrissey writes a wonderful tale in her book Tears of the Moon … a novel set in the early pearling industry era of that magical outback town.
So currently I’m organising myself in preparation for the journey ahead, aiming to leave Saturday 14th April.
Looking forward to writing about my trip and the challenges ahead …