What do you do?
My full-time job is working at Griffith University as their Placement Officer for the Journalism, PR and Communications Internship Programs. In addition to that and in my spare time I write for scenestr which I have done since 2009 where I started as an intern; I also work as the local ABC (612 ABC) Community Correspondent for Darra and Centenary suburbs. I also sometimes assist with the production and research of an ABC Radio National program called 'Conversations With Richard Fidler'. Finally and my most important job of all, is being a Mum to my beautiful two year-old daughter, Audrey :)
Why do you do it?
I get asked that question a lot haha… no seriously, I love working in the media and all types of media, but my passions really do lie in the arts, entertainment, human interest and social justice arenas. I get such a buzz out of talking to different people, right from very high-profile musicians or artists through to my local shop owner. Everybody has a story to tell and working in such an industry as journalism and the media gives you the opportunity and access to people and to hear about the various things that have happened in their lives that wouldn't be afforded to people in another industry. It's a privilege and probably one of the most exciting careers I think out there.
What do you love about the city you live in?
I love Brisbane because it's big, but not too big and the weather is generally always pretty mint. I also love that it's close to everything: beaches, mountains, bush and country, plus it's a lot more affordable than a lot of the other big cities in Australia. People are also generally a bit more laidback, although I have realised over the last decade that people are getting a bit more impatient and rude, so maybe that's a generational thing or just a sign of the times.
Where did you go for your last holiday?
I went to Denmark actually to visit my rellies. Was cold but good :)
What's your favourite item of clothing? Why?
Ohhh… I would have to say a maxi dress. I live in them, be it winter or summer.
What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
That's a hard one because it always changed depending on how old I was… I do recall, however, being quite excited about 'Ren & Stimpy' coming on. My daughter's favourite is beyond doubt, 'Peppa Pig'!
If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
I think I would go back to when my grandmother (my mum's mum) was a young woman and see what life was like for her back then, so I could understand her life a bit better because I didn't grow up with her being around and I think it would be interesting to see what life was like for her growing up etc. I think I could say the same thing about my dad's childhood and experiencing my grandparents on that side as well. I think you can learn a lot more about yourself and your own parents when you can understand where they came from and what they experienced etc.
If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?
I would probably make a really big, yummy salad with some kind of seasoned meat be it beef or chicken.
What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
Again so many to choose from! I think there are lessons in everything you do and in every experience of every day, it's just whether or not you choose to be open to the lesson or are aware enough to receive it. I would have to say though, that recognising the world around you is a reflection of your own self-worth and respect for yourself is probably the best way in which I try to guide myself through life. If your life seems to always be in chaos or if things aren't going the way you want them too, then sometimes it's just a matter of taking a look at what your beliefs are and how you are feeling inside and making some positive changes to live a life closer to what you want and need.
Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
Most of my Kiwi friends know this, but my Aussie friends don't know that I'm the 11th decedent of a famous Maori Chief, Hongi Hika, who was heavily involved with the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Are you happy with your work/ life balance?
Not really, I would like to be even more dedicated to my craft, but when you have small children or want to have children, sometimes you have to momentarily put things on hold until the little ones are not so little any more :)
How do you define success?
I think doing something that you love every day and it not feeling like work is true success. Also being 100 percent true to yourself and living life to the best of your ability. I wouldn't care if I only made enough money to just cover my bills and pay for food etc. if it meant that I was living my life to my absolute, fullest potential. I heard a great quote last night actually about the father of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan a few years ago. He said: "I'm really proud of my boy because everybody will die one day, but not everyone will live. My son lived!" That really moved me and is so true.
What's your spirit animal?
I think I would probably be a dolphin. I think most people say that right? Or I'd be my Persian cat, George. He's really got the life and the best little personality haha. I'd def come back as him!