It occurs to me, I don’t have an About Me page. Initially I didn’t bother because I figured, who cares?! Then I realised when I visit blogs I like About Me pages, so I wrote one.

I spent 36 years teaching and performing the flute, before resigning from my musical world. I grieve the loss of everything I adored about it, while knowing in my heart it was absolutely time. It was a great decision and I miss music enormously.

I’m married to a very devoted and loyal man. We’ve irritated the crap out of each other for more than two decades, but he always been my very safe place to fall. We complement each other amazingly well. I have the utmost admiration for his strength, intelligence, resilience, loyalty and honesty. Together we have brought into this world, three incredibly smart, sassy, funny, difficult and loving young men. We are intensely proud of them – even when they drive us to the brink of insanity.

I’ve had lifelong struggles with mental health – namely depression, anxiety and disordered eating. However, it wasn’t until I had a midlife crisis and broke apart I realised there were ever any issues.

Up until then I was expert at numbing emotions, wearing a happy mask, and just plain old ignoring stuff.

I’ve spent a few years working on myself now – often spending more time going backwards than forwards. I’ve had two inpatient stays in psychiatric facilities – both of which saved my life one way or another – and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that recovery is a journey not a destination.

In 2008 I started preparing for the end of my music and teaching career by completing a Masters in Journalism. My focus is now on writing about mental health issues, redefining myself as a writer rather than a musician (I’m penning a memoir and a few other projects), and figuring out how to earn some money to contribute to my existence.

And the snapshot above?

That’s exactly how I look every single day that I put on my favourite clothes, have hair and makeup artists doll me up, and find a professional photographer to capture my likeness with perfect lighting and post-editing of my frown lines. Other than that, I usually look like the photos scattered through the rest of this blog. But I just happen to really, really like this photo.

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