Writer, Traveler, Social Entrepreneur
I was born on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean & spent my childhood in the savannas of Southern Africa. I’ve worked in South East Asia, North America & Europe, but now spend my time in cooler climes, where I like to write, read, cook and bake for friends and anyone who comes my way.
My goal in life is to inspire girls, especially the young women who live in the darkest corners of our planet. These are sad places where girls don’t matter, where women have few rights, if any. I want to inspire these girls and young women to stay strong against their adversities, fight for their rights, grab onto chances, and to never back down. I want them to know they matter and they are not alone.
I write to entertain, but more importantly, I write to inform the world about what happens in different parts of our world today.
“I hope my achievements in life shall be these: that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, that I will have given help to those who were in need, that I will have left the earth a better place for what I’ve done and who I’ve been.” by Carl Thomas Hoppe
A little about me:
- I love to cook up a storm. Like my grandma, I cook by instinct with not a measuring spoon or cup in sight. I’m happiest in my kitchen with a glass of red wine on the counter and the blues playing in the background
- If I ever get stranded on an island, all I’d ask for is dark, dark chocolate and tea, my two favourite foods in the world. Other than that, since I’ve got tropical blood in me, I love hot and spicy foods too
- I haven’t eaten meat for months, beef for years, and I’ve never felt better. I started this diet after learning the health benefits, but stuck to it after learning how animals get treated as they’re prepared to feed us. 🙁
- I have a Most Important Morning Ritual. As soon as I get up, I get into my workout gear and do 20 minutes of yoga, 15 minutes of core and cardio and finish off with 10 minutes of meditation. Then I have breakfast with as many colours of fruit on my plate as I can. It’s a happy way to start the day! 🙂
- I worship the sun. I’m the kind of person who drags the lawn chair to the sunniest spot and follows the sun all day
- I love to read. My favourite books are about travel adventures and comedies, stories that teach me something new, surprise me and make me laugh out loud.
- My most romantic dream is to one day see the musical Romeo et Juliet, les enfants de Verone, in Paris
- I’m a homebody. I can stay in for days on end, especially when I’m writing the end of a novel. I love my solitude and all I need is a hot cup of tea and a seat in a sunny place and I can write all day long.
- I used to be an adrenaline junkie. To celebrate my university graduation I went skydiving. To celebrate my first “real” job, I went bunjee jumping, first over a river in British Columbia, second over a quarry in Quebec and a third time from a parasail over the Caribbean ocean. I’ve also tried rock climbing, white water rafting and flew upside down in an acrobatic plane, but have calmed down a bit now. Just a bit. I still dream to get a recreational flying licence one day
- I’m an accidental traveller. I travelled to start at a new school, to find a new job, to rejoin family or because I had to leave a place and make a new home elsewhere. In this way, I’ve found myself around four continents, living in seven countries and travelling through many more. The embarrassing thing is I’ve only learnt one language fluently.
- Even more embarrassing is I don’t know how to ride a bicycle. Yet.
- I love red heeled shoes and shiny things. But recently, I’ve realised that on my deathbed, I’ll only remember memorable times and people, not how many pretty heels I had. So I’ve stopped shopping unless truly necessary. My closet has clothes more than five, even ten years old. When almost 3 billion people live on less than $2 in this world, I’m grateful for everything I have. Everything.
- My strongest belief is in the power of knowledge and the power of choice. I left home at 19 and have worked ever since, carving my own path. I built my entire life on my own. No one has ever given me handouts, gifts or inheritances. I cleaned toilets, made beds and worked at a dry cleaner to put myself through my first degree. I still remember that first $57 cheque I got for my first chambermaid job. It wasn’t just money, it was freedom. It was independence like I’d never experienced before. It was the beginning of a new life where I could finally choose my destination. It felt good.
- What breaks my heart is there are little girls in this world who do not have half the chances I’ve had. I, and you, have the choice to make choices. They do not. I once saw an NGO clip of little girls being abducted from a village to be sold as sex slaves. Their screams of terror as they were being pulled away from their mother’s arms at gun point still haunt me. This wasn’t a movie, some freaky video. It was real and it’s happening now – horrors I can’t even imagine. I cried that day and couldn’t eat or sleep for days. This is why I write. It is what I can do. Tell their stories to make the world aware and care. And I want nothing more than to find a way to shelter all those girls and give them each a hug. But most importantly give them hope, maybe even their childhoods back and help them to dream once again. One day I’ll figure out how.
- My greatest passion is to empower little girls to follow their dreams. Though I don’t have children, I believe they’re the most precious things in the world. I believe, and you may disagree with me, that we must think carefully before bringing a life into this world of ours. I remember when I was a child. Though I never experienced the horrors happening elsewhere, I lived in an environment where women were lesser, subservient, and where those with power got away with yelling, throwing things, intimidating, threatening. Every single day. I lived in fear. The worst was that feeling of helplessness I couldn’t shake off. Then in my twenties I reacted angrily at the world lashing out at everything and nothing. It was in my thirties I rebuilt myself. It took a decade of introspection, self-discovery and learning to forgive. The reason I didn’t have children was I wasn’t emotionally ready and I never, ever, wanted to recreate the environment I grew up in. It was a conscious decision, and though some call me selfish, I’ve never regretted that choice. Now I’ll devote my time to helping other people’s lost children, the discarded, the hurt, those who’ve never felt love. Because I know what it’s like to be a little lost girl. For them, I dedicate my life.
I wish for every girl in this world to dare to dream and dream big. I wish for every girl to know she can make her dreams come true. And I wish to make a difference by:
- Making the world aware of the disadvantages & abuses little girls face around the world
- Inspiring the world to care by taking action to eradicate injustices against girls everywhere
- Authenticity – Being true to self
- Integrity – Saying & doing what I mean & believe in
- Justice – Ensuring fairness & impartiality
- Social Value – Bringing value and helping the most vulnerable in society
If you’d like to work with me, there are a few things you might want to know:
- I work with those who align with my principles
- I work with those who believe in egalitarianism
- I am not afraid to speak truth to power
- I will not be censored
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