Leaving everything behind
I returned home to Australia obsessed, changed, uplifted and depressed all at the same time.
I sold my stuff, played music in the streets (you may call this busking) and received donations from family, friends and complete strangers. I used all the money to create my own humanitarian projects helping impoverished children and families.
Somehow I did three trips to the Philippines in 2014; what a year!
Having shed all but a few material possessions (Yeah, I was done with marketing forever), I had planned to travel from country to country exploring my creativity, playing music in the street and writing stories of the people and places. But overwhelmed by grief at the shock of death, poverty and ignorance I found myself unable to write or play music at all. I went into hiding.
Finding Jerry and my way back
Then a little Filipino boy (only seven years old) came into my life and changed everything. He asked me (someone who had never ever had children) to stay with me and live at the house. At first I said no!
Somehow, I found myself in my mid-forties a mum for the first time. He couldn’t speak English and I could barely even say hello in his mother tongue Ilonggo. It’s been a challenging few years learning to be a parent but somewhere along the way I found fulfilment as a creative poet and songwriter, and (at last) real joy in my work as a professional copywriter, online marketing consultant, and WordPress blogger.
This website and blog is a story. It is my love of self-expression through music, art and poetry recording my travels and dual lives between Australia and the Philippines. It’s the place of a marketing consultant and professional writer. It is a collection of inspiring stories of love and kindness (the people I meet and the places I see). But most of all it is a narrative of a little boy who has changed my heart forever.