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About this blog - an introduction

About this blog

I read somewhere that the things you were naturally doing when you were ten are a true expression of what you love to do — before the need to be sensible by getting an education and finding a job shapes what you focus on for the next 40 years or more.

When I was ten I created a two page magazine, which I laboriously copied out four times for distribution to my family members, complete with a word puzzle. I must admit they weren’t as excited about it as I was, but the satisfaction of creating it is a strong memory that returned to me as I was putting together this website.

I want your arrival here to feel like turning up at a café to meet a friend, where you might scribble down the name of a book, a website or a course discussed, or a TV show or podcast that sounds like something you would enjoy.

Freelancing

Many of my cafe conversations with friends cover the terrain of what it’s like to be a freelancer. Since becoming self-employed in 2014 it has been really important to me to be able to talk with other people on a similar journey of figuring out how to go about this new way of working.

Some of the articles published here began life as a blog on my Writing for Councils website. I have adapted the ones which are also relevant to people who work in other sectors and so are unlikely to come across them on that site. So far this includes content about working from home, figuring out formatting and applying Whole Brain Thinking in the workplace.

Paintings

Now that we both work at home, Dean and I have a tradition of having morning tea together on the front porch, where we talk about the day to come. Often he will bring his current painting out of the studio and we will talk about where he might go next with that. I have included his available paintings in the ‘Shop’ section of this website.

Family stories

The ‘family stories’ category reflects conversations with my parents and grandparents, where I sat down and asked them to tell me about their lives. A recent addition is the content of a ‘memory book’ I created for my mother for her 80th birthday. It was such a rewarding thing to do that I am now working on one for my father, who turns 80 next year. 

I really want to encourage other people to take the time to record family stories before it’s too late. I also want to show how we can write down our own memories about the people in our lives. One of the gifts we can give others is to show them that we see them and their quirks. Please don’t leave it until the funeral to say all the amazing and funny things you appreciate about them.