Melinda J. Irvine is an Australian freelance writer, poet, and blogger writing for corporate clients, small business, and real people all over the world.
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In January 2014 I quit my job, sacked my clients, shut down my freelance writing and consulting business, and spent every cent I had volunteering in the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda. I returned home to Australia 2 months later 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 people I had never met. I used all the money to create my own humanitarian projects helping the children I had met and their families.
Somehow I did three trips to the Philippines in 2014 — what a year!
Having shed all but a few material possessions (and my business too), 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 a fatal car accident, followed quickly by the suicide of one of the children I had been helping, shut me down. Overwhelmed by grief I found myself unable to write, or play music at all. I went into hiding.
Finding Jerry (and my way back)
Then a little Ilonggo boy (only seven years old) came into my life and changed everything. He didn’t even own a pair of thongs (flip/flops), his mother was dead and his father semi-paralysed from a stroke. Their house — all their things including his dog and 8 new born puppies — had been totally washed away in Typhoon Yolanda. 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 say hello in his mother tongue Hiligaynon (Ilonggo). It has been a challenge learning to be a parent, but along the way found release and fulfilment by writing songs, poems, and blogging my struggles. And somehow — at last — real joy in returning to my work as a professional writer.
In early 2017 I re-opened my freelance writing and consulting business, and now live between the Philippines and Australia — serving clients from all over the world
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 is the place to engage the services of a professional writer and business blogger. It is a collection of inspiring stories of love and kindness (from 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.