identity. belonging. expat life.
Who you are. How you feel inside. Where you live.
As an artist, I illustrate and educate about marginalised experiences for positive change.
With a focus on identity, belonging and expat life, I help people to navigate ‘otherness’.
It creates division, prejudice and suffering.
We are all someone else’s ‘other’
Drawn to a Story exists to redress the imbalance
Let my clients tell you for themselves:
Continue the Connection
That blasted question eh? 🤪
For me it's a simple answer to a simple question. But I wait....
I wait for the clichés about Australia. Sometimes I'm lucky and they're nice ones.
Sometimes I'm not and then it's what do you do?
Do you smile sweetly and ignore?
Do you correct politely with a smile?
Do you make your own joke that masks a cunning defence move?
If it's a bad one, repeating what they say, but inserting their country instead of yours is usually effective.
What do you do? ...
What inspires you about Gertrude?
She's another frickin' feisty female doing her thing, but for me it's not what she did, but it's the 'defying expectations of her time' part.
That fight. That's exciting to me. ...
TALK-BACK TUESDAY: A quiz for you today! 🔊 ...
LGBTQ+ chat as always in 1 hour. See you soon! ...
Oh the shame.... 😆
Oh the disgust......😆
Oh the longing for a shower..... 😆
Oh the longing for clean clothes.... 😆
Oh the longing for CLEAN UNDERWEAR! 😆
and I'm not sorry. It's too true not to mention.
I know you've all been there.🙃
Am I the only one who is going to say it? 😝 ...
A glass of red to 'wine down' after a long week.
It's late and I've just finished recording an episode for my new podcast, Drawn to a Deeper Story.
What a humbling conversation. I can't wait to share these conversations with you.
These are truly special guests with life changing stories. I know you will be changed by listening. ...
"The crack of thunder; a plane streaming overhead; a knock on the door. Amani Ballour is afraid of loud noises. The sounds remind her of the fighter jets and ferocious shelling that forced her to reluctantly flee her native Syria in 2018." (National Geographic)
You can find out more about Dr Amani Ballour in the film 'The Cave' on Amazon. ...
What kinds of conversations do you want?
❓ Rich and deep?
❓ Questions you didn't know you could ask?
❓ Two souls connecting?
❓ Candid and real?
You'll find these at the #newpodcast Drawn to a DEEPER Story.
I invite you to join me. Coming Soon. ...
How are we already in September? London Pride is this week AND it's TALK-BACK TUESDAY in 1 hour.
What a week! 😃 ...
It's quiet out there. I've got no questions today.
Write them in the comments or DM me and I'll answer at 2pm (GMT).
You've got 1.5 hours to get them to me.
Who's going to get in first? 🙃 ...
This is a HARD place to be.
But it's also an incredible opportunity.
The opportunity to work out who you really are.
There are not many experiences in life that make us confront ourselves more, than being thrust into another culture. And just when you think you've got it sussed, it's time to move again.
Whilst these shifting sands can be difficult, every move is like peeling another layer of the onion.
Every country makes you do your life laundry - working out which bits of you you like, which bits you don't and want to work on (or maybe ignore for a little longer), which values are too important to ignore, which ones will make you ill if you don't speak out and which ones don't really matter because that was someone else's idea of you, not who YOU know you are.
And again you think you've got it sussed, but that's only one layer of the onion. There are layers within the layers.
You then meet 'your people' and realise that everything you have processed has been baby steps. How you are when you're with 'your people' feels amazing. THIS is who you are.
We can't reach this place before feeling 'too much' and 'not enough'. These are imperative to triggering growth and change within our heart and soul.
Embrace 'too much' and 'not enough'. They are your teachers. ...
🔥 For Sale - Kindness coffee mug 🔥
‘The I in kindness is not silent. You matter too.’
Set up your day with inspiring quotes and coffee.
Or there's a pandemic.
Okay, so I never got that bad that I cuddled a globe in the foetal position. My passports? Well, I couldn't say....😆
Seriously, it's not till you can't travel that you realise how much it's your life blood. I always knew it was important to me, but I'm also impressed at all of our abilities to cope with not travelling.
We've done alright haven't we? When choice is taken away from us, we dig deep. It's what expats do.
Dig deep, keep going and laugh about it later.
Now....where is my inflatable globe? ...
Many thought Jane Digby's life to be scandalous, but imagine her reality.
Aristocratic life would have had its privileges, but for intelligent women who needed more than being cloistered, it would have been suffocating.
Digby grabbed life and made it her own.
#feisty #strongwoman #women #celebratewomen #womeninhistory ...
Okay, it's all out on the table this week.
TERFs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) are a 'hot' subject. It is SUCH a loaded word and the subject is so often hostile on both sides.
I'm hoping to tackle this in an open and honest way today. Please join me. ...