Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
I was born in Ipswich, Queensland as the child of an air force officer and a seamstress, and subsequently grew up on military bases, moving every 2 years, to various locations along the east coast and southern states of Australia. Around 15 years ago, just like a homing pigeon, I moved back to Ipswich to settle amongst family.
What was your dream job growing up? Is that what you ended up doing?
My dream job was to be a teacher or lawyer. Other than the most significant role in my life as mother to two now brilliant adult daughters, I ended up initially training and working as a police officer in Melbourne before moving back to Queensland where I worked in various victim/disability advocacy roles in justice and academic environments whilst returning to university to gain undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Clinical psychology. I now work in private practice in Ipswich and Brisbane.
What is one of your most defining moments in life?
So many...one would be my decision to move back to Queensland after my marriage ended...that move laid the foundations of confidence and resilience...ingredients that allowed me to develop an independent identity as a woman and as a professional.
What are three of your favourite things to do?
- Spending time in nature and with animals
- Yoga and Mindfulness meditation
- Chatting over a good rustic meal with family or my favourite Scotsman whilst sipping on a delicious single malt whisky.
Your favourite aspect of being in the Leina Broughton Facebook Conversations Group?
The generosity of spirit and unconditional encouragement of this amazing group of women.
Your “go to” LB piece?
What is your favourite quote?
“There’s a quiet love that grows in the silence; It creeps in like the returning tide, Slipping between the cracks, And filling my heart with grace.” (from ‘The Beautiful Garden’, by Freya Watson)
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Blue Monday by New Order...or maybe Like a Prayer by Madonna...or maybe a Town Called Malice by The Jam...or maybe Just Like Heaven by the Cure...or maybe Planet Earth by Duran Duran (yep...can't narrow this one down.... essentially an 80's tragic with a love for anything British invasion/post punk).
It’s 2020 – what are you choosing to leave behind and what will you be taking forward into 2020, your new year
I'm choosing to 'put down' the emotional baggage left behind by the decisions and behaviour of others and to 'pick up' an attitude of curiosity and playfulness with which to approach opportunities, adventures and new experiences.