my places ♡
I’m a Novocastrian who moved to Sydney, then to New Zealand, then to London, and back to Sydney.
What I do with myself
I work with organisations on digital strategy, content creation, search engine optimisation, and a mish-mash of other nerdy and writerly pursuits.
The work I do makes for a lot of time on the laptop... that's one of the reasons why, on weekends, I hike and take pictures as I go.
Sometimes I visit somewhere new — a lot of the time I make the most of my favourite nearby national parks — that's what I share on this website…
Living in Sydney means being spoiled for choice when it comes to nearby national parks — with Royal National a short way south, the Blue Mountains a couple of hours west, and a half dozen others not too far off either.
A couple of weekends out of each month I'll pull on my hiking boots, pack my camera, and head out — often for a day trip, and sometimes for the entire weekend. Long trips to far flung places are 👌🏻, but I’m all for making the most of what’s closer to home too — like wherever I can get to in a weekend.
Other stuff I'm into
📖 I’m currently reading several wonderful books: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, Everything in its Place by Oliver Sacks, and dipping in and out of Figuring by Maria Popova.
📺 This article brought to my attention that 7plus is streaming all 14 seasons of Blue Heelers. I’ve officially transported myself back to the mid-90s to ship PJ & Maggie ♡ and am wondering if I can work Nick Schultz’s charmingly ocker ‘good onya’ into my vernacular. A quick Google has told me that there are 510 episodes of Blue Heelers all up (!) so, I guess I’m cancelling my Netflix subscription for the next year…
🎧 A recent episode of 99% Invisible introduced me to the The Anthropocene Reviewed, a podcast where host John Green ‘reviews facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale’. It’s funny, heart-warming, and well worth a listen.
I’ve been doing this sharing life on the internet thing for a while now, maybe you have too? Here’s a bit of what my journey to now looked like…
Welcome, you’ve got mail!
My introduction to online was very 1990s — my first website was on Expage, I learned the art of internet oversharing on Livejournal, chatted with mates on ICQ (eh-oh!) and AIM, and sent my first email newsletter from Easymail… before moving to AOL because ‘you’ve got mail’ was once more exciting than inbox zero.
Building things on the internet
I didn’t know how to get a job at a magazine or newspaper, so I made my own. During my teens and early twenties, I created a number of websites, including founding a lifestyle blog that covered topics including work, relationships, style, and politics. My blog opened the door to opportunities ranging from brand collaborations, to visiting New York City to cover international diplomatic negotiations at the United Nations.
From Sydney to London, via NZ
While writing my lifestyle blog, I spent a number of years living and working abroad, first in Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island, and then in London. During my time in London, I began writing more about politics and civil society — the UN trip combined with evenings spent at the LSE’s public lectures were, no doubt, formative — I contributed a weekly political opinion column to a newspaper, as well as writing a blog about the environment and climate change.
When I returned to Sydney I went to university where I studied communications and journalism, ultimately earning a degree in media and cultural studies (and a couple of journalism diplomas too).
To the frontlines
After graduating I worked with environmental nonprofits and advocacy organisations on media and digital communications.
Working with these organisations often meant travelling around NSW and beyond, with my camera and laptop, to meet and tell the stories of communities on the frontlines of environmental battles. You can read some of those stories here.
And I’ve written here about how people, place, and protest contributed to my photography journey.
This work deepened my appreciation not only of people's resilience in the face of adversity, but of the vitality of place, and protecting diverse natural landscapes.