They say…Life’s experiences shape you & you are a product of your environment.
(We as women born into a westernised culture fulfil a traditional role (Wife/Housewife/Mother)! This what shapes the society we live in and indeed also what drives us.) But I think even more importantly today…
We have “CHOICE”– The luxury of freedom of choice.
The freedom to DREAM & FULFILL THOSE DREAMS.
(Even if you don’t or won’t admit it, you all have dreams and while in the scheme of things mine aren’t that big or dramatic, I have achieved my biggest.)
WORK/LIFE BALANCE & PHYSICAL HEALTH & WELL BEING…(At least to date) and overall both a STRESS FREE PROFESSION & A STRESS FREE DAY TO DAY LIFE.
This is my journey…
Having studied drama upon leaving school, I then became an actor working mostly in theatre and touring theatre productions. At the age of 26 much to my dear mother’s joy, I decided to pursue a career in the media. (I can still hear my dear Mother’s chants of HALALULIA!)
I entered the print industry; with my first job in magazines as advertising manager of a small women’s publication. From here I managed the launch of “Smart Woman” magazine, which was sadly short lived, however it lead to me running the advertising & sponsorship arm of Federal Publishing Company’s customised publishing division.
(Federal Publishing Company is Now News Limited Magazines; publishing amongst its large stable of publications; Delicious & Australian Good Taste).
My 4th and final position working for a publishing company in “magazine land” was National Advertising Manager of Elle.
It wasn’t too long after I left Elle that my parent’s entrepreneurial influence & example started to drive me…WE ARE A PRODUCT OF OUR ENVIRONMENT.
I worked on my own publication “Silks”, a horseracing lifestyle magazine reflecting the fashion, travel, & ownership side of Thoroughbred racing. I’m proud to say it was a success and sold to Pacific Publications in the early 2000’s just before the digital “revolution” and the emergence of websites/web marketing.
As a former actor and someone with a number of years working in print media I wanted to combine my interest in both; and Produce. It was A DREAM I made a reality, creating & presenting my own documentary (Hong Kong 2002, Five Years After The Handover) for Foxtel’s History Channel. This was followed by a scripted comedy also for Foxtel called “Derrick”. In 2004 Derrick received a Logie Nomination for “Most Outstanding Comedy Program”.
KABOOM…A MAJOR LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE HIT…My mother passed away. I wasn’t married (how can you be when your only true commitment is to your career); nor did I have children like my brother (my only sibling). My career changed through my own CHOICE. Gone was my passion for A career in media and TV producing. I wanted WORK/LIFE BALANCE; and I wanted to give back to those less fortunate than I. I also became acutely aware of my own mortality and wanted to “always” maintain physical fitness. I went back and studied to teach gym classes, Pilates and work with people post-operative, aging & with physical injuries or illness.
Still working for myself I have achieved my career dream…Work flexibility, a stress free job (no more budgets and deadlines to meet)….And I get paid to exercise. I have WORK/LIFE BALANCE. I Have been able to pursue other interests like home renovation, the financial markets and travel. And have not felt that I’m “abnormal” in any way because of my CHOICE not to have children.
I’m happy to say I have a desire to learn and continue to learn each day. I very much still have DREAMS that I would like to fulfil (and I will), but to date being a woman today with CHOICE has been a gift. I hope it is too for all who read this book.