About Me

In a Nutshell

I started blogging in 2010 as a means of expressing my creativity, and finding healing, after a brutal attack on my life. At the time, I felt completely alone, hopeless, and frustrated.

Being a creative person, I needed a positive, creative outlet in which to express myself. Being a sociable person, I felt that I needed to reach out and share my story of survival in the hope of helping others. These two needs merged into my first blog, Dandelion Days. Starting the blog brought me so much joy, and a sense of healing. Many people contacted me from all over the world with such kind words of encouragement. Yes, it was sometimes extremely difficult to hear others share their stories of pain with me. However, knowing that through my blog people were encouraged, and given hope through me sharing how I overcame trauma, provided such a sense of purpose to my pain…

Fast forward 6 years and my writing style has matured and become broader. Not only do I write, and film, about life, but also about that which brings me joy – culture, coffee, travel, food, and film!

I have spent the last 6 years redefining, refining, and learning about myself, and about that which ignites my soul. I truly hope to inspire you to do the same, by doing the things you love.

I am at my most happy when combining my love of people and their stories via film, words or travel. In my downtime I love spending time together with my friends and family over a delicious meal whilst a fire crackles in the background, or sitting in a sunlit cafe sipping an umpteenth cup of double shot cappuccino. Coffee is my ‘Kintsugi’. It connects all the cracks in life just like the ancient Japanese did with ceramics. To me, coffee is the black gold in the cracks of disjointed places.

You may notice the common thread of coffee throughout my stories and
travels.
Why? Well, coffee is culture. It’s ubiquitous, and a good social barometer. I can easily and quickly gauge a new city based on the coffee culture. Coffee has history and a future… It’s indicative of an ever changing world. And honestly, how can I not love the warm and earth aromas conjured up when a fresh batch of green beans is being roasted?! The coffee bean is the greatest traveller of all, holding within its pulp many an aroma and story waiting to be cracked open, and released.

If you long for depth, authenticity, and cross cultural exchanges, then join me on this quest.

It will be a journey peppered with honesty, sprinkled with humour, mixed in with travel, mashed together with cultures, garnished with love – and all served with a double shot flat white.

I hope that through authentically sharing my explorations and creations,
you may find something that resonates with you, which stirs in you a pang for adventure or a desire to meet the unknown.

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings, 1955″