My name is Jules, I’m a 28 year old, mum to one beautiful, clever and bloody cheeky little girl. I’m a hybrid and contradictory character living in Sydney, Australia, but born in Johannesburg, South Africa. My family emigrated to Perth, Western Australia when I was too young to put up a decent protest, and happily bundled me off to a private, all-girls school. Which was hell. Luckily for me, the blood-ties of family called us back to our motherland, and I spent 10, somewhat now fondly recalled years, in South Africa.
Still not content with the life our family had made for ourselves and the environment we faced, we packed up our lives again and one-by-one, made our way over to the United Kingdom (and yes, this time I did put up a rather impressive protest). So at the tender age of 16, I began my life as an adult. At the time, I was naively full of confidence and energy, ready to start working with the all-consuming goal of the two pinnacles of teenage life – a car and my own flat. Ahhh the innocence of youth! Ironically, 12 years later, I still don’t have my drivers license (a story for another day), but I do have my own house. One item off the bucket list – tick!
My 8 years in London, like South Africa, provided me with many experiences that have carved out the character I have become. Not so much a diamond in the rough, more like attempting a sculpture with blue stone. (Note: blue stone is a rather irritatingly tough stone that is very hard to break and mould. Just ask any pool installer.) With these experiences and notches in my belt and a whirlwind decision, I took it upon myself to emigrate back to Australia, except this time with a 1 year old daughter in tow. Having moved interstate 3 times, I am now in Sydney – where I intend to stay put, for fear of having to deal with the repercussions of my own daughter putting up a protest at moving. You know what they say, the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree!
Life in Australia has been… interesting. From attempting to juggle being a single parent and working full time, to running two businesses – life has not just thrown curve balls, I think the machine overloaded and went haywire! I have made a mental note to myself to slow down this year and enjoy the proverbial smell of roses.
But I digress. My blog and Twitterverse is a space I hope to create that is welcoming, enlightening, humorous and thoughtful. Because we’ve all been there. We’ve all travelled the roads and chosen our paths and hit the bumps… and sometimes we’ve fallen, and sometimes we’ve sprinted on victoriously. Whatever the course we choose or we find ourselves on, there is as much to be learnt from our failures as our successes. So share your thoughts, your feelings and your opinions as I share mine. Offering a fresh or different angle to life – major events, gossip, fashion, parenting, food, travel – may just change your path, and you never know where it will take you.
P.S. Just a friendly heads-up. I’m terrible for using cliches. I love them, use them frequently and play around with them. I am trying to kick the habit, but Rome wasn’t built in a day…