All the photos in this post were taken by the super talented James Horan – check out his websites James Horan Shoots People and Solas (his wedding photography business). Thank you James for allowing me to share them here.
Well yesterday I was in Sunday Life magazine (you can read it here) and I think I did a good job of keeping it kind of quiet in the lead up. I expected some backlash to the article and that’s ok. The world would be a pretty boring place if everyone was the same or didn’t have an opinion. And my blog would be a very boring place if I was too scared of what other people thought of me. I just did a session during my time away last week about how we need to get out of our comfort zone if we want to go anywhere in our life. So true. In every aspect of our life. Opening up your life and home to a big newspaper, yep that’s getting out of your comfort zone.
Anyway, I work so hard on this blog. If you’ve been here a while you know that. Late nights, answering emails, running my own website, taking all of my own photos, working with some of the biggest brands here in Australia and running all of my social media stuff that goes along with running a blog these days. 1am is the usual time I flop into bed each night. But I love it. L-O-V-E. I have the best life right now. And I get to be home with the people I love. It makes me happy. I’m one of those people that doesn’t like to sit still and always wants the best life ever.
I did the biggest clean up before the lovely Alex came over to interview me. We talked about loads of things – from the expectation that I was always going to go uni (and it had to be a top uni like ANU where I completed my Bachelor of Commerce), how my mum had a PhD in philosophy (womens studies!!!!) and Alex’s mum had a PhD too, how would I react if my girls didn’t want to go to uni and I even showed her the kids bedrooms with unmade beds and clothes in piles on the floor because of course I cleaned downstairs and didn’t get the time to make upstairs presentable. We talked about how my mum went back to work when I was in year 4 and I hated it. I had to catch the bus home and had a key to get in the door with my sister. We’d watch agro on tv, have a few biscuits and wait till she came home. Everyone else had someone waiting at home for them but both my parents were working hard to pay off a mortgage.
It did influence the way I wanted to bring up my family but I love that my mum wanted a career herself and for me too. She was an ambitious and hard working woman who only left work when the cancer in her brain left her too sick to work. Two school terms before she died is when she finally left work because she was just too sick. Even when she couldnt drive due to her treatment she held down a full time job with people driving her around…..in the last year of her life. She was that devoted to her career and I just wanted her to retire and spend her last year with family. She was a huge influence in my life and was so proud of everything I did.
I am crying right now as I write this. She was an amazing woman and I miss her so much. All she wanted was to give me the best life possible. She went without so I could do ballet, piano and horse riding. I was never allowed to wear thongs because when she was growing up in south west sydney they didn’t have money for shoes in summer so she’d always have to wear thongs. I didn’t grow up with a lot of money but my parents loved me so much and just wanted the best for me. And she is the reason why I am the way I am. And I know that Alex couldn’t write an article about my life story or every little detail about my life but I loved the article and photo. She is an amazing writer.
Having the photos taken was so much fun. A few days after the interview the most amazing makeup artist Shane came out. What a life she has led and the night before I thought I’d check out her website to see who was coming to my house. Oh ok she’s done Drew Barrymore and other hollywood celebrities as well as models and lots of Australian celebrities. Oh cool. Great, she’s coming out to the suburbs to do little old me. I love when she politely said she’d correct my eyebrows for me. The eyebrows I do myself. She was just lovely and what I would do to have my make up done professionally again!
Then James Horan the photographer arrived. What a character. We had a lot of fun during the day. And I had to laugh when I saw the paper yesterday with just 2 photographs….he took hundreds from 11am to 4pm! And the photo he did take was hilarious – I said to him ‘ living the dream’ and ‘welcome to the suburbs’. I hate washing! And James has ever so kindly allowed me to share the photos here so long as I link back to him. Easy. He was just so funny and it was like he was part of the family, the kids loved him.
Oh and I have to say a big thanks to my school mum friends who were texting me telling me how lovely I looked in the paper! I mean these are the ladies that see me everyday looking less than glamorous wrangling 5 kids and trying to keep them all happy. And my gorgeous readers and lovely people who know me who are just proud of what I’ve achieved. Thank you for your support.