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
A few years ago, I decided to ditch my award winning radio advertising job, and shortly afterwards starting taking the message of my children's book, 'Being You is Enough’ to primary school kids across Western Australia. So instead of boardroom niceties, I’ve now get called fat, told I'm old and a liar and I get … Continue reading From the boardroom to the playground, The unconventional life of a children’s author on tour.
Life has a way of sneaking up on you. I'd always wanted my #writerslife to be full and overflowing with opportunities to meet new people, to visit new places, share my books and talk to kids and adults about what matters in life. And make money while doing it. So while I was busy over … Continue reading Schools, Prisons, Podcasts, Interviews, Guest judging, Guest Speaker and Wildflowers… It’s all part of a #writerslife
Have you ever got angry? What about cried over losing a good friend? And I’m sure you’ve been scared once or twice in your life too? Well, guess what, your kids have the exact same emotions and feelings as you do and will go on to keep having them. However they’re less likely to be … Continue reading A simple way to help your kids understand their emotions
Ever wondered what a book on resilience looks like, when it's written by someone who has no background in education, no psychology degree, or by someone who doesn't even have kids? Well Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures; Finding the good when things go bad is a refreshingly different book on resilience that I hope will inspire … Continue reading Cover reveal for new kid’s book on resilience
I know a lot of people read veraciously as a kid, but not me. I was more inclined to ride my bike and go on little adventures around my suburb, venturing all the way to the railway line so I could watch the trains rattle past. So when I did pick up a book, it … Continue reading My top 5 favourite books I loved as a kid
In June, I packed the car and headed north with Andy to take the #beingyouisenough presentation to primary schools in Geraldton. Each school was different, each class was different, but one thing was common between, I was made to feel very welcomed and appreciated by them all. Then in the middle of the … Continue reading Geraldton Visit and Telling Tales in Balingup