Welcome to my website. I often describe myself as “A Jill of all Trades and a Mistress of None” – as I have had a life full of amazing experiences, a strange range of employment, an assortment of studies completed for a variety of qualifications, a love of learning, a love of creating (sewing, crochet, knitting, jewelry making, paper craft and lots more), a love of plant life, and a love of exploring. Focus? I find it hard to do, but manage to complete most of the tasks I set out for myself – eventually.
I was recently interviewed for a book about nurses, and the lady doing the interview kept asking what I did “next” – in an effort to make some sense of my life, especially nursing. I must say, it felt like I was crazy!!!
I have had many careers – and if I endeavour to list them, I am sure I would miss some. If I was every asked if I could do anything – mostly I said I could and would. Hence the variety of careers.
My first real job was in an office (I learned typing, shorthand and bookkeeping) in my last year of school, in Adelaide. However, that wasn’t for me and I soon found employment in an ophthalmologist’s office – and I did this for a couple of years before overnight deciding to be a nurse.
Mt Gambier, South Australia, was the only hospital that had a vacancy for a trainee nurse, and I set off for another great adventure. I barely knew where Mt Gambier was, but it was to be my home for the next three years until I graduated as a “trained nurse.” I ventured to Melbourne afterwards and worked in hospitals and for a nursing agency, before returning to Mt Gambier to study midwifery. However, the course was cancelled but I stayed on as a staff nurse.
It was that year that another adventure started – I met the man I was to marry and we did so late that year and our family started to grow the following year, and the year after that our second (and last) child was born. His work took us to many places – Warrnambool, Victoria, Sydney, Brisbane, Sydney and back to Brisbane in 1974. It was to be our last interstate move. I loved Queensland.
Nursing played a big part in my life on and off until 2003 – but in between I ran an Art and Craft Gallery, an Entertainment Agency, worked as an insurance representative, A workplace trainer (Retail, Hospitality and Aged Care), a Marketing Manager for a shopping centre.
In the late 1900’s I started at university and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Training, actually qualifying me for something I had been doing for some years. My interest was in Literacy and Numeracy, as since childhood I had been a bit of a writer.
In 2005, I had an adventure which was to change my life in many ways. Solo, I travelled, via the USA to Dublin to do some research for a biography. I learned that I could do things on my own!!
In 2007, I commenced study to be an ESL Teacher and in 2008 I was working in China as an English Teacher at a University. In 2009, I was in South Korea in a similar capacity, and the following year I did my last full-time teaching in China, at the same university as in 2008.
On my return to Australia in 2010, my marriage was over so I went house sitting for over 2 years. I chose to study so in 2012 I graduated from Swinburne University with a Master of Arts (Writing).
After graduation, I set off on another solo adventure – a drive around Australia – from Brisbane, via Charleville to Bourke, Broken Hill and down to Adelaide, and followed the coast to Broome, Western Australia before driving across the top end back to Brisbane – some 35,000 kms over 5 months.
I have been back in Queensland for 3 years now, and as well as volunteering at the Caboolture Historical Village, I am endeavouring to complete some writing projects.
I still enjoy travelling.
This website is a collection of my interests and ramblings (Blog). I do work with writers (on editing, blogging and marketing) – am interested in history, bamboo, life story writing, and love photography. Of course I continue with my writing projects.
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