Since 2009 I have worked in the public service, across two state governments and withim several portfolios. Prior to that, I worked for the briefest of times as a solicitor in insurance litigation.
My first job out of university was at criminal defence firm, where I worked for a sole practitioner. Every day I would turn up in court dressed in a suit that cost more than my week’s wage and rub shoulders with members of the profession as we navigated Queensland’s often fraught justice system. Had it not been for the often harrowing crimes that I was tasked to defend, I may have stayed in this role for a lot longer. I loved going to court (even if waiting to be heard was a pain) and I did have a fondness for some of my clients, which meant that visiting them in jail was less traumatic than it may have otherwise been.
As you may have guessed, at university I completed a Bachelor of Law (Hons) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Media and Culture (Journalism). I also have a post-grad diploma in Legal Practice and was admitted as a solicitor in 2009.
I tell you all of this so that I can explain why in 2016 I chose to leave it all behind. I was earning a decent income after working in the corporate world for almost a decade, but throughout that time I always suspected that ‘work’ as I knew it was not fulfilling me. I used to mistake this for not being ambitious, but now I know I was wrong. I am a writer at heart, and I have ignored my thirst for creativity so that I could earn money and climb the corporate ladder. But the higher I got, the less satisfaction I found. So at the age 34 years of age, I decided it was time for a change.
That change was a family decision to sell everything, including our house in Melbourne, and travel Australia in a caravan. You can read my posts on our travels on this blog, suffice to say it has been an incredible adventure.
We reached Brisbane in December 2016 and I have been working in the government again and in a strange twist of fate, have found myself actually enjoying it. The subject matter is interesting and the work valuable.
Notwithstanding my current role, I am available for freelance writing on a variety of topics included but not limited to politics, feminism, motherhood, mental health and any other subject you might like to throw my way. Also having lived through a chaotic childhood and a precarious adolescence, and given my substantial experience at speaking before groups of people as disparate as criminal offenders, Ministers, judges, police officers and a range of us normal folk, I am confident in presenting for a variety of audiences.
To add another layer to a potentially crumbling cake, I should also mention that in 2016 I completed a Diploma of Mindfulness Therapy. It was a good way to help me figure out how to help myself and hopefully others to quiet the thoughts that WILL NOT JUST SHUT UP.
In a nutshell, if you think I sound interesting or you would like me to be part of any speaking or writing gigs, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will respond as soon as practicable.