20 Things you didn’t know about me.

I recently had the great fortune, of being selected into Sarah Prout’s ‘Sprout Mastermind Group’ (say that real fast). It’s a group of 44 amazing women, (including lil’ ol’ me!) all in business, located in different parts of the world – with a common goal, to share knowledge, learn and support each other through our entrepreneurial journeys. Not only was meeting Sarah a fortuitous moment, (I interviewed her for a publication I freelance for – article coming!), but she extended an offer to be a co-author in her series Adventures in Manifesting!

One of our first exciting tasks is to write a blog post about a particular topic. I chose this one, as I love hearing about people – in their own words. It’s such a great insight and trip down memory lane. So here goes:

  1. South Hedland beach, circa 1977.

    South Hedland beach, circa 1977.

    I was born at 5.55am. I am not overly sure what I was thinking. For starters, I’ve not gone on to be a ‘morning’ person. Perhaps I wanted to make the most of my first day into the world. That, I have gone on to do. I sure can cram a lot into a day.

  2. Aung San Suu Kyi's release in November 2010.

    Aung San Suu Kyi’s release in November 2010.

    I cried and cried when Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest. Both my parents were born in Myanmar and I have been very fortunate to visit their home country 7 times. It’s one of my absolute dreams to meet her. My mum hopes by me studying journalism, I may well go on to do that! We actually have a connection with her. My mum went to primary school for years with her little brother.

  3. Blonded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night.

    Blonded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night.

    I’ve had every hair colour feasible. Near on every length. Fringe, no fringe. I’ve yet to get an undercut or shave my head. I’ve had the start of dreadlocks and also not washed it for days on end. The closest I got to a ‘perm’ in the ’90’s was a number called the ‘hit and miss’ perm. It created waves in your hair and I was chuffed about that. I did hair modelling for a few years and loved that tousled look that only unwashed beach hair can give you.

  4. When, will I, will I be faaaamous?

    When, will I, will I be faaaamous?

    I had the biggest crush on Bros. Namely Matt Goss. I was convinced I was going to marry him and had a sticker of Bros on my desk in primary school. I bought their cassette with all my pocket money (change) – dumped it on the counter of Karratha K-Mart and got home so fast to listen to it. I thought it was the.best.thing.ever. I miss those days. Such fervour about music.

  5. Have feet will travel.

    Have feet will travel.

    I take photos of my feet when I travel. Weird.

  6. Pie-riffic!


    I love a good pie. This was one of my favourite’s ever. From that famous pie place next to the Blue Hotel in Woolloomooloo. I was not drunk, I was sober and it had so many of the best things on it – mashed potato, gravy, cheese and mushy peas. I mean really? Suffice to say, this is a sometimes food and the memory lives on (4 years later).

  7. Good Vibes, Gold Coast. More like good use of tie-dye.

    Good Vibes, Gold Coast. More like good use of tie-dye.

    I love music festivals. Absolutely. I would love to take a year off and just go to as many as possible and listen to as much awesome music as possible. ‘Music’ was the first proper word I spoke and also my solace when I lived at home. It provided me with company and acted as the siblings I never had.

  8. My amazing mum, Cordelia. Always told me to dress well and 'are you going out with your hair looking like that?'.

    My amazing mum, Cordelia. Always told me to dress well and ‘are you going out with your hair looking like that?’.

    My mum is my best friend. We went through a lot together in the 19 years that I lived at home. Growing up in a violent and abusive house is really, really hard. The memories never leave and the pain likes to visit you at times when you think you are okay. It can masquerade, take your hand and want to dance you into oblivion. Amidst all this, she taught me to learn. That, knowledge is empowering. There hasn’t been a moment in my life I haven’t studied. It’s the one thing that keeps me going.

  9. Mt Kilimanjaro.

    Mt Kilimanjaro.

    Summiting Mt Kilimajaro was the hardest thing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually I have ever done in my whole life. The view from the top was absolutely worth the painstaking last day.

  10. Triathlon time.

    Triathlon time.

    When I lived in Brisbane I joined a triathlon club and competed in a number of short distance tri’s. I had no idea this was going to happen. I was just looking for a cycle club, fell into it and then decided to give it a whirl. I find this often happens to me in life. I tend to throw myself head first into things, give it 200% and then find the next adventure.

  11. Mini-pavlova's. Too pretty to eat.

    Mini-pavlova’s. Too pretty to eat.

    I’ve got an addiction to taking photos of food. It’s like a compulsion. I’ve been doing it for years as I love the presentation of beautiful food and the aesthetics of it all. I can see why people become cake decorators and the like. I just wouldn’t want to eat the end product.

  12. Ampelmann!


    I went to Europe for the first time last year and fell in love with Ampelmann! I seriously got obsessed with this thing. I have a hoodie that I proudly wear with him emblazoned on the front. Another dream is to go and live in Berlin for at least a year. It’s a pretty cool place and I loved every minute of my time there.

  13. I'm on top of the world.

    I’m on top of the world.

    I remember seeing this dude in Brisbane and thinking holy hell, he is up really high! Heights are exciting to me, the higher the better. The rush and adrenaline from looking down is exhilarating. I was attending a circus school at the time. I did it for 2 years and learnt trapeze, aerials (I sucked at that part), lyra and hoops. I have a tremendous respect for circus artists. They train super, duper hard.

  14. Hyde Park, Mt Lawley.

    Hyde Park, Mt Lawley.

    Hyde Park is my favourite park. It holds so many memories for me. Every time I go back home to Perth I make a point to go for a walk around it at least a couple of times. I’m an incredibly nostalgic person and love reminiscing. It’s so enjoyable how some places can take you back and invoke such fond times.

  15. School of St Jude's.

    School of St Jude’s.

    My friend Leah and I sponsor a child in Tanzania and we also sponsor a dormitory of 8 girls. When we went to visit them all, we noted how beautifully they kept their shared room. I felt so proud! And I love how inventive the blanket folding is. It’s so endearing to see no matter what, having pride and joy in yourself can make a huge, huge difference. Helping these girls get an education is so important to give them the best chance in life. Our sponsor ‘son’ is pretty academic too. I love getting his report cards!

  16. The Great Wall of China.

    The Great Wall of China.

    My friends Leah (she’s my trekking idol!) and Di trekked a part of the Great Wall with me to raise funds for the burns unit of The Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. At one point, I was standing there and I counted 7 rolling mountain ranges. It was truly breathtaking. During the day it was searing hot, with no shade, no reprieve and continually ascending and descending steep, loose stone wall. I learnt to really trust my inner resolve during that time, as one wrong footstep was precarious.

  17. My best friend Jess.

    My best friend Jess.

    I owe a lot to my best friend Jess.We’ve been best friends for over 15 years and only ever lived in the same city for about 2 years of that whole time. She encouraged me to leave Perth to pursue my career in Melbourne, travel with her to different parts of the world, be brave, confident, adventurous and mostly live and do as much as humanely possible. She’s been there for me through everything and never judged. I love her for that.IMG_0006

  18. Bloody Mary’s are single-handedly the best drink in the world for me. It’s like a meal in a glass. The more tabasco the better.
  19. Diagonal this and that.

    Diagonal this and that.

    I started studying photography last year and this was one of the first shots I took. I’ve got a ‘thing’ about diagonals. I had to take a year off and I am really happy to be taking it back up again in about a month’s time. I went through a lot of ups and downs last year, so I had to put it on the back burner. My iphone was a happy substitute camera in the meantime.

  20. Lunchtime read.

    Lunchtime read.

    I love reading and eating. If I am out at brunch, or at home – I will plonk the plate on the paper or magazine. A book I will juggle in one hand and eat with the other. I know you are not meant to, but I love it. Beats my old habit of smoking and eating. Yes, gross but true. Lucky I quit that one more than 15 years ago.

I hope your little journey reading my post has helped you learn about me. I am still learning about myself every day from when I wake up. Although, you will recall – I do have penchant for sleeping in when I can, so the I am missing a learning curve right there I think!

LD xxx


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