I celebrated the launch of my latest kid's book head down in the veggie garden, vomiting my guts up and I promise it wasn’t because of too many cupcakes and fairy bread. It was anxiety. Not the amazing butterflies in the tummy nerves you get before you step on stage and present to 100 or … Continue reading How launching a book during a pandemic made me sick
I thought we’d reached peak overwhelm during the bushfire disasters in January, but now that seems a distant memory compared to what’s going on now. I don’t need to compile a detailed list of all that’s currently happening - you know it, you’re living it. It’s in the aisles of the supermarkets, it’s in the … Continue reading Trying to find stable ground when everything is collapsing
After nearly 2 years I finally got to hold my latest baby, Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures: Finding the good when things seem bad. While this is the advance reader copy (ARC) which normally goes out for reviews, my publisher sent me this copy so I could shed a little tear of joy. When it comes … Continue reading The long wait is almost over
If you want to build resilience in kids, there’s one simple, yet powerful thing you can tell them. Its impact will be long lasting and far reaching. Tell them, "You’re important to me and the world." ‘You’re important’, tells children they are not only valued, but they have a role to play in the bigger … Continue reading Want resilient kids? Tell them this.
When I was 10, I was given a dictionary for my birthday. It wasn’t any normal dictionary like the Macquarie or Oxford, it was the Misspellers Dictionary – perfect for kids like me, who couldn’t spell to save themselves. You looked up how you thought a word was spelled, and then the Misspellers Dictionary would … Continue reading The Boy Who Couldn’t Spell
Of all the images that have documented my journey from messing around drawing stick figure cartoons in 2010 to becoming an award wining children's author and publishing 8 books, there is one that stops me in my tracks. It's an image that completely defines what I've achieved in last 10 years. And I'm not even … Continue reading One Image that Defined the Most Transformative Decade of My Life
10. Ambassador for the Children's Tumour Foundation Undie Run I still can't believe I wore a pair of snug undies and tight fitting T-shirt, and walked around in public! But that's what I did as ambassador for the inaugural Bunbury Cupid's Undie Run for the Children's Tumour Foundation. The team raised a load of cash … Continue reading 10 Extraordinary Things That Happened This Year
As part of WA Mental Health week, I've plucked up the courage to share my personal story. If reading it triggers anything in you, please reach out and talk to someone. Contact numbers are at the end of the article. A life not worth living When I was 15, I tried to take my own … Continue reading The suicide attempt I didn’t tell anyone about