IN THE BEGINNING, I LACKED CONFIDENCE IN MY WRITING
From the moment I could hold a pencil I wanted to be a writer but didn’t have the confidence in myself to pursue a writing career. A difficult life event made me realise that life was about doing what you love, so I enrolled into a Masters of Creative Writing.
You don't need a Masters degree to write a book. You need desire, commitment and a great story. The HOW will present itself.
TRUST IN THE PROCESS
While I might have a lot of initials after my name and a huge student loan to pay back - (Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), Diploma of Education and now Master of Communication (Creative Writing), it’s my life experiences that have taught me the most and made me a better writer and person.
I call myself a freelance writer, author, editor, mentor, speaker, writing teacher and Heal Your Life facilitator! (and in my spare time – mother, wife, house manager, cook extraordinaire, event planner, chauffeur, travel consultant & globe trotter, account manager, highly skilled negotiator, social advocate, movie-maker, wanna-be fashion designer and abysmal gardener.)
I REALISED - WHY NOT JUST GO FOR IT!
I believe the “pen is mightier than the sword” and have a strong sense of social justice. I have contributed to a number of publications in the hope of instigating positive change in our own lives, communities and the world.
My father escaped from former "Communist" Yugoslavia in the late 50s and was shot as he ran towards freedom. With one suitcase in hand, he migrated to Australia, saved his family and met my Aussie mother. So, you see, I'm "pola-pola" (half - half) a Croatian-Australian and believe in speaking and living my truth, our truth!
WE ALL HAVE A STORY!
Life hasn’t always been roses for me. I grew up with my parents fighting against corruption in local council. I was a high-school dropout, immersed myself in alcohol and men, was almost a domestic violence murder statistic, suffered depression and anxiety, lost myself in the role of mother and wife and while I painted on my happy smile, I was in a dark place for a very long time.
I opened up my personal development books and drew inspiration from Louise Hay’s, You Can Heal Your Life. I realised that loving the self is the first step to real change. I am not afraid of being real and talking about issues that are painful or taboo. I write about controversial issues in the hope of instigating change on a personal and wider level.
I share my passion with my husband, who is an OH&S consultant and transformational coach. I am amazed at how our life has evolved because we sure as hell have been through tough times. Through our learning and experiences we are still together and happier than ever. You can read all about that in my Wobbly Woman Memoirs 1 - Looking for Love.
I firmly believe that life is about doing what you LOVE and being true to yourself!
HOW WRITING MY STORIES HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE
Writing about your life is like running down the street naked! It takes courage. Through the process of reflection, talking to others and writing about your life - you gain more understanding and awareness about yourself and others. It can be life-changing. Here are some of my books below...
Guide to Write & Self-Publish Your Memoir (Plus Printable Checklist)