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Grateful for the journey

When you look back your life and you think ‘how on earth did I get here?’

A few people I’ve been reading this paste month have referred to different ‘chapters’ in one’s life. It’s sometimes easier, especially when you’re asking yourself, how did I get here, to imagine that there are different chapters. I like that analogy.

I’m in New South Wales today, sitting in a hotel room in Campbelltown, west of Sydney. This week I had a number of meetings with clients and projects in Sydney, but I’m also here because it’s the opening of my husband Vernon’s latest exhibition The Island at Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of the Sydney Festival. In addition to the opening event, various media commitments, Vernon also ran a life-drawing workshop for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

We have been together for over 25 years, and I thought it timely and appropriate to acknowledge how grateful I am for the opportunity to be on an amazing life journey with him.

This week was filled with critical works and ideas, wonderful conversations and inspirational connections. Over two and a half decades together hasn’t been easy – neither personally or professionally. Neither of us was born into the arts or business worlds. We’ve made plenty of mistakes, but we’ve learned so much.

Just before New Year we shared a stage for the first time together to talk about one of our projects – Dark and Disturbing. It was odd – we are very different people and how we approach our work is different. But it was challenging and fun to share with an audience where the project came from and where it is going.

I’m not sure what the next two and a half decades will bring us. But I’m definitely up for the adventure.

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