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I tried to find the elusive work/life balance and failed at both.

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I tried all the hack, tips, tricks and apps.

But still, I’d be answering emails on my phone at the dinner table. (The ‘no screens at the table’ rule doesn’t apply to parents, right?)

Fail.


I’d remember about that proposal I had to send at 9pm as I was making the school lunches. No early bed tonight. Again.

Fail.


I’d allow way too much screen time during school holidays.
Because, y’know, work.

Then, I’d yell at them to get off screens when I wanted quality family time! (‘Seriously, I think mum’s lost it...’ is what they were both saying.)

Fail.

 
 

 

Those hazy dreams always took place in the magical land of ‘One Day’.

 
 

 
  • One Day I’ll have time to work on that project.

  • One Day I’ll take a full day off with them to just have fun.

  • One Day I’ll actually get offline for the weekend.

  • One Day I’ll have time for all of this.


But there’s just never enough time. Right?


That’s what I thought too.

And wasn’t this all supposed to be easy once the kids were in school?

Except… school holidays and excursions and basketball practice and class performances and dress up days and soccer matches and class activities that your kid volunteered you to help with (again) and dance recitals and what about those sneaky little student-free days that always catch you off guard!


It felt like balance, money and joy would never be possible for me.

Then I learned the truth.


This life was possible for me.

I’d just been going about it the completely wrong way.

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When I realised that it wasn’t time that I needed to manage, but my thinking about time, everything finally clicked.

 
  • I set goals and achieved them.
    Because I had a rinse-and-repeat process that made it virtually impossible not to.

  • I learned to let go of parent guilt.

  • I nurtured my business, my kids and myself without compromise.
    And watched all 3 flourish.

  • I created a life that was beyond what I thought was possible for a divorced, work-from-home, mother of 2.


If this is what you want for yourself, I can teach you how.

Anything is possible.

Truly.

For me and for you.

We’re the same.

I just have the formula that actually works.

 
 

More about me…


curious (adj.):

  1. marked by desire to investigate and learn

  2. strange; unusual.


One of the people who knows me best said this was the word she’d use to describe me.

My immediate reaction? What a compliment!

I’m curious about people and places and how things work.

About the energy that art and words have and how that impacts and connects people.

So me and my friend, Curiosity, decided to leave home in Glasgow at 17 and see what magic and mischief we could find.

From New York to Melbourne and many places in-between, I’ve travelled the world with this endlessly inquisitive companion.

And I always feel like we’re just getting started.


What I know to be true…

  • That beauty and art matter. More so now than ever.

  • That the opposite to freedom is trying to live in a way that pleases others 100% of the time.

  • That the ‘gatekeepers’ (publishers, agencies, gallerists, labels…) are now redundant. We have more opportunities than ever to put our art out into the world. Simply by announcing it (to the world or just to ourselves) we become it. Writer, artist, musician, photographer, poet, actor, entrepreneur… We get to choose.

  • That play is a non-negotiable every single day.

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