Australian stories are always interesting, entertaining or inspiring, and with ANZAC Day in Sydney last week followed by the Australian Women’s Weekly visiting Dubbo yesterday, there’s no shortage.
This picture was one of the most significant I’ve seen lately – a small image on my phone – perfect timing as we made our way into the city to march on ANZAC Day. It was a clear reminder to me that behind the image you see when you meet someone or pass them in the street, there is a lifetime of stories.
I’m so grateful for so many conversations over the years that have helped me realise the value of everyone’s story. It takes a listening ear and a good deal of curiosity to discover someone’s story, and often the stories close to home have more gold in them that you first realise.
On Wednesday I’ll be introducing you to a regional-based author with a global readership, as she’s asked me to share what I’m working on – a chapter from my upcoming book “Why It’s Great To Talk to Strangers”. So between now and Wednesday I’m completing “Extraordinary Conversations”. Stay tuned :)
Below are a few pictures from last week in Sydney. It was wonderful to celebrate Grandad’s 95th birthday last weekend (my third Grandparent to reach this amazing milestone). We also marched with him on ANZAC Day, in Sydney, after the Dawn Service in Padstow. Also, Grandad & I were interviewed by Kim Goldsmith for Dubbo Weekender (click link to read/share).
It’s so lovely – and important to be sharing stories and having extraordinary conversations that cheer people on, express gratitude and deliver learning. (They can start out as ordinary conversations – so be on the lookout, and ask questions!)
Have a great week, learning and living purposefully.
Cheering you on,
PS. When it comes to great Australian Stories – the Young Achievers stories are a must read! This weeks is someone I’ve had a few Extraordinary Conversations with since meeting her in PNG – Genevieve Nelson – check it out…
PPS. I’m sure you want to know a little more about the visit from the Australian Women’s Weekly team! Editor-in-Chief, Helen McCabe and Associate Editor, Bryce Corbett enjoyed meeting many women from the Dubbo region and appreciated that I had a long list of women to interview! They interviewed our skydiving, pig-hunting, pole-dancing, Beautician, Business Owner friend, Noreen Keuning, along with recently featured Young Achievers, Amber Martin, Australian War Artist and Phoebe Maroulis, creative entrepreneur, BRW featured mum who’s living a rich life. Stay tuned!