I had been seeking something I enjoyed that would provide intellectual stimulation for me while I was a new mum, and these parent interactions, provided the inspiration to write parenting and child development articles.
My first article was published in a national magazine. I was proud of this accomplishment and continued writing. Some of my topics included language development and toddler displacement when a new baby arrives.
I started attending a church playgroup and offered the co-ordinator my spare copies of the magazines. It turned out that this person was a journalist and she wanted to quit. Soon after, she offered me her job as the local correspondent for a nearby large town newspaper.
I didn’t want the job. I politely said I’d think about it.
I mentioned this happening to my old school friend, Serina, and she said opportunities like this do not exist in Sydney. University trained journalists leave Sydney to go to country towns to get work on local papers. She opened my eyes to this opportunity and encouraged me to go for it.
The editor of the paper asked me to write a feature for a major national event in our small town, for which I interviewed many people and spent several more hours writing and choosing the best photos. The feature was accepted. I was offered a job and I negotiated a fully-fledged journalist pay rate. I remember an acquaintance congratulated me on my feature and commented on it having a “by line” which at that time, I wasn't aware of the significance.
It was the perfect job for me. I didn’t realise that I would enjoy it so much. With my toddler in-tow, we covered local events, gallery openings, hospital openings, conducted interviews while he played on the floor, reported on political events and farming issues.
And this is how my heart-felt intention for intellectual stimulation, with the grace of the Divine, landed me a job as a freelance journo, and got me started on a new adventure that ultimately helped me balance my life as a new mother.
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