My story so far...


I’ve had many chapters in my life.  Some I’ve wanted to skim through as quickly as possible, some breathtakingly beautiful, some that I wish had never been written, and some that have completely made my heart sing and encouraged me to keep turning page after page.  I'm sure you can relate! 

While my creative story will be different to yours, one thing we all have in common is a ‘Chapter One’. That starting point, when a light switches on, a spark ignites or something just “clicks”. That moment for me was scoring a job as a cadet newspaper journalist not long after finishing high school and a very unremarkable attempt at first year university.

I wasn’t a complete stranger to a newsroom. A burning desire to be the next Lois Lane (the tenacious reporter in the original Superman movies) had inspired me to gain work experience at a local newspaper and then in a television newsroom. I thought all my dreams were finally coming true when I set off to start my cadetship, driving my first car ( a second-hand, bright yellow, Torana with a foot operated handbrake and the gear stick on top of the steering wheel!), wearing a shoulder padded shirt, and my hair teased and gelled to within an inch of its life. It was the 1980s, after all!

The newspaper’s editor was a formidable, old-school, grey haired, Englishman who growled orders from beneath an ever present thunder cloud of cigarette smoke that swirled around his desk and engulfed the newsroom.  I swear ink ran through that man’s veins, but his willingness to teach and share every in-and-out of featuring writing, news reporting, copywriting, photography, typesetting and print production laid the foundations for each and every job I’ve had since. 

Over the years I've been so fortunate to work in both print and broadcast media, public relations, government, the corporate world and private sector- always creating with words and images and more than often both!

I had to take a different path for a while when a series of unexpected events turned life upside down.  Thankfully, that time passed and  I now find myself using all my creative and professional skills, doing exactly what I love- photography, writing and art.

As well as working with small businesses to create content for their social media, websites and other digital platforms, I also teach photo styling at workshops, create my range of paper props, prints, stationery and collages and, when time allows, source products and stock for my 'Two at a Tea Party' vintage wares and prop shop on Esty.

Life is full, busy and I love every creative moment! I hope Creative Moments Daily helps you find the inspiration, information and resources you need to follow your own creative calling.

Creatively Yours,

Michelle

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Professional life:

-Photographer.

-Photo stylist.

-Content creator.

-Journalist / writer. (Feature writing and copywriting)

-Maker / artist.

Life in general: Busy working Mum. Also head of cooking, cleaning, laundry, accounting, grocery shopping, garden, household and car maintenance, school runs, dog walking, computer/ IT ("Mum!! I've got no internet connection and I need to do my homework!!") and everything else in between!

Life necessities: My morning quiet time with a cup of tea before the day begins. My daughter's laugh. Coffee straight after school drop off. Beach walks. Books. Music. A nightly square (or maybe two!) of dark chocolate with an end-of-the-day cup of tea (or sometimes a glass of wine!) A daily laugh. True friends. My camera. A notebook and pencil always in my handbag. (I'm old-fashioned like that!)

Remember to do this every day!

Remember to do this every day!

Words to live by:  

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." 

-Mr Mark Twaine-