Have you ever been recognised for what you do in the world by being selected as a finalist in an award?
I remember all the points in my life where this has happened, from winning a book for a story I wrote in Children’s Book Week when I was 5 years old, to the many certificates I received from the Sunday Mail for the many poems I used to send to them for publication, to a handful of trophies in basketball, to winning many awards and grants for the diabetes counselling charity I founded, to being a state finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and the Australian of the Year, and winning a bronze award in the AusMumpreneur Awards.
These points in my life stand out as moments where somebody noticed me and celebrated my achievements.
It is very important to stop and notice the impact you have in the world. It is easy to keep moving forward and striving for the next thing. I am a shy person who doesn’t enjoy being the centre of attention, which many people who know me, wouldn’t believe because with them, I am a loud, chatty, vibrant person who enjoys laughing. But put me on centre stage, tell me I have to do a live video on social media, ask me to attend an event and speak about myself, and I begin to worry straight away.
I have done all of these things, many times over. I have overcome my fears and spoken at events across the world. I have acted and sung on stage. It is entirely possible to be frightened and still walk forward into the light. But it is exhausting for me and not my favourite thing to do!
So, today’s news that, I am a finalist in the SA Woman Australia Awards for the disabled woman in business award, brings much joy and anxiety! I was delighted to receive the email that I am a finalist, recognising the hard work I have undertaken over the past few years – developing my writing craft, learning about and networking with the writing and books community, writing 4 manuscripts which are all on submission with publishers, being taken on by a wonderful literary agent, winning a grant to write my current historical fiction book, and launching the #LoveAusAuthors blog and the Australian Bookish Shop.
PLEASE VOTE IN THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE!
I would love for you to head TO THE VOTING HERE and vote for me in the people’s choice!
Finally, I am thrilled to see women with disabilities, and books and stories, being celebrated in a business award. It is very important that writers and authors and books are held up into the light as much as possible, whenever possible, because stories can change the world.
Thank you for being part of our community and for loving books as much as I do,