Well at the moment being a woman means to be a mother, which has taken over my life in such an unexpected way. I never thought that I would love it as much as I do and that it would feel so natural and right. I don’t think anything has really clicked with me the way motherhood has and it kind of feels like a really great achievement!

It means raising her to be who she wants to be, to be her own person and not be afraid of that, and to know what she wants and know that she can go out and get it.

Sophie is one of my very favourite things in life! Well, Sophie and my husband—my family. Coffee would be my second favourite thing, I couldn’t get through the day without coffee. And thirdly, being a bit inspired and having something to be passionate about or to look forward to.

I was born and raised in Canberra, I have lived here my whole life and have never lived anywhere else. This is my home.

The best thing about being a woman in Canberra is that we have quite a bit of freedom and we’re not as persecuted as we could be in other places. We are on a fairly equal footing—I know it’s not as equal as it should be—but we have a tremendous amount of freedom and our options are open to us, which I think is really important.

I find it easy to maintain my health and wellbeing. I have always had supportive and understanding GPs. From pregnancy right through to birth I had wonderful women looking after me. And for anything else, whether it be mental health, or physical health, I have not found it difficult to get assistance when I needed it.

My perfect day would be going and checking out some new place, or just going out and having a nice meal or a little adventure as a family and spending time together in the nice weather.

At this moment I would describe myself as relaxed, which is nice. Enjoying some downtime and just taking it easy.


Image created by Nicole Zimmermann as part of Canberra’s You Are Here festival