I’m Jade. I am a thirty-year-old writer from Adelaide. I am allergic to cats, snort when I laugh too hard and can’t go past a Subway cookie – or three.
Where it all began…
I have always had a love for writing. Throughout high school I gladly relegated all maths, science and sport subjects from my daily life as soon as we were given the slightest bit of control over ‘picking subjects’ and stacked my timetable with as many English-based, sociology-centric, creative subjects as I could.
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Communications I gained work experience with ACP, Pacific Magazines and Frank PR in Sydney, before undertaking a journalism cadetship with Fairfax Media.
Through the traditional baptism of fire I mastered the the art of newspaper rounds and fell in love with telling people’s stories.
Heading north to Queensland, I found paradise on the Fraser Coast and learned more life lessons than I ever thought possible as a journalist at an independent newspaper. It was here I gained vast experience in feature writing and commercial copywriting, proof reading, photography, subediting, researching and creating social media content. Among my greatest feats was leaving Derryn ‘The Human Headline’ Hinch (momentarily) speechless during an interview. (You can read more about my days as a journalist here.)
In 2014 I embarked on an adventure to Cambodia where I worked alongside humanitarian Geraldine Cox, AM, as the Media and Communications Coordinator at Sunrise Children’s Villages (now Sunrise Cambodia) – an international NGO that provides care and community development opportunities for some of the most impoverished and at-risk children and families in rural Cambodia.
To say I went in to the experience ‘naïve’ is an understatement. I could hardly pronounce Phnom Penh when we first arrived at customs, let alone comprehend the level of poverty, heartbreak and stress that I was about to take in. It took many months of people looking at me with wide eyes asking how ‘fulfilling’ the experience must have been before I didn’t have to stop myself from saying that it was awful. You never understand how helpless you are as one person til you’ve seen people struggle in ways you didn’t realise was possible.
I returned to Australia with the greatest appreciation for my homeland and all the rights and freedoms I’d previously taken for granted.
Here we are…
These days I work in marketing and foster a great passion for storytelling, copywriting and exploring new platforms for showcasing digital content.
I value integrity, honesty and originality. I love working with people who are passionate, motivated and driven to create a life they truly love – be it through their career, hobbies, with friends, family or on adventures.
My goal for 2018 is to share my story without fear of judgement.
I started blogging last year when I fell in a pretty big hole. As you may have gathered from my spiel above, my work was my life. For the past 10 years, how I saw myself and who I believed I was, was tied to my job. I was a journalist. I was a writer. I was a media and communications coordinator for this company and that.
Last year all that crumbled and I was left with just being Jade. It turns out, after 10 years of being my job title, I didn’t know how to be me. Or even who I truly was.
So I started rebuilding and remembering what made me, me, before I let my need to please others and conform to my own perceived expectations of being ‘successful’ outweigh every other aspect of my life.
Don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t change my past or my life for a minute. I have loved every second of the journey. I have met some of the most incredible people, enjoyed some of the most surreal experiences, and exceeded my own expectations time and time again. And now I’m ready for more.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, by far the best moment of my life to date was the night I ate my first Easter egg: