I decided to become a journalist while traveling in Nepal in 1995. I was 22-years-old and wanted to change the world. As you do. I wanted to inspire others by sharing ordinary people’s extraordinary stories.
I wrote my first article about the impact of tourism on Ladakh, a remote region on the Tibetan plateau in India. My writing was untrained and impassioned. This article was published in Nova Magazine with two of my travel pics in 1996. I had become a published writer and photographer.
This achievement inspired me to go to university and study journalism. I started my undergraduate degree part-time when my son was one-year-old. He was eight when I graduated in 2005. I completed a degree in Mass Communication (Journalism and Public Relations), with results that placed me in the top five per cent of Murdoch University graduates.
I worked as a freelance journalist while I studied and found my niche in feature writing. My dream was to have a feature published in National Geographic magazine. I worked for Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio and for News Corporation’s NT News in Darwin after I graduated. I loved journalism, but it was a challenging career choice as a sole parent. So I moved into public relations and marketing, and I’ve worked in digital media for the past eight years.
I’ve been writing for more than 20 years now and I still love it.