While the house is clean, washing is on, the worms are fed and have cup cakes in the oven, I need to take advantage for this quiet time, me time, to collect my whirlpool of thoughts and share them across the world. Time for indulge in a quick tangent.
Before I move on I must acknowledge everyone in my life and those who are close to me, support me, and pick me up and dust me off when life becomes overwhelming. You know who you are and thank you.
Life seems to be in fast forward at the moment. I feel like it was only yesterday when I packed up my desk at the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management after an amazing half a decade of sharing my passion for Gold Coast’s beaches, and making them even better. It’s been 6 months since that day and to be honest I haven’t had a chance to look back as my journey in front of me is widening into a 6-lane highway of possibilities – someone last night was telling me about the 12-lane highways in Korea! Now that is crazy – too many cars, I think so.
This makes me wonder, which exit may approach first and where may that runway take me. Because never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be co-driving Australia’s Happy Beaches competition. Seriously, and get on prime-time live television to share my idea, my big dream, the Beach Happiness Index. How cool is that?
So, how did this happen? How did a talkative, smiling, skinny gal from Keebra Park SHS on the Gold Coast rise up in the classroom, study hard and inspire change?
To be honest I have been spoilt with opportunities. I have amazing, supportive parents. I have been blessed with foundation inspiration from my science teachers and the bilby man at school. This led me to life-changing education and experiences at Griffith University, Deakin University and the United Nations University and in between gain meaningful work, indulge in lots of volunteering and be creative, debate issues and connect with the right people.
I am now in the Board room and on the beach inspiring change for a happy, sustainable future. I don’t take ‘no’ for an answer and I am as persistent as ever before to share my ideas on how to create a better world with happy and happier beaches. Since I have incredible knowledge about the environment and environmental sector and know that I still have a lifetime to learn. I understand the challenges we have to overcome and that there are challenges yet to be discovered. But at the same time I don’t dwell on what is not happening and focus on what is. Cause being positive is the only way to be in a world where war still out-competes love, peace and happiness.
Above all I have been consistent and committed to my causes. If I need to get something done, I just do it, wholeheartedly and complete. Yes, I could be out frolicking in the waves more often, but I know what needs to happen and get it done, and it’s the best feeling when something is completed.
I am sharing this formula with you as it has enabled me to complete my studies (and go back the third time – I am submitting my Honours thesis in Humanities and Coastal Knowledge in about 6 weeks!), get an idea into action and make it all the above happen and strive towards being the person I dream to be.
That is… an expert in making beaches happier, a National Ambassador for Landcare Australia, a Board member for environmental networks, a networker, collaborator and be a person in full-action everyday. Actually, I am that person. I am living my dream. I am the person I aspire to be.
So, my two words of advice for you to be the person you aspire to be – consistence and commitment.