Right now I’m on the cusp of transition from full time employment to becoming a mum, which is exciting and scary at the same time.

I’m feeling a bit strange leaving work to go on maternity leave. Much of who I am is tied up in my journalism career.

I don’t really know what it means to be a woman because I just am one. For me at the moment it means I’m carrying a baby … oh, and not being able to get into the car easily.

I was born in Canberra and while I went away for work it was inevitable I would come back as I love politics and Canberra is the best place to do what I want to do—be a political journalist in the press gallery.

I have good support networks here as well, which I found tough and missed when living away from Canberra. I think it is particularly important to have family here, and that is going to make things easier when we have kids.

I do like having time on my own but I am a socialite too and enjoy spending time with others. I guess that is not a function of Canberra itself but of my network. Canberra also feels like a fairly safe place.

The hardest thing about being a woman in Canberra is that it’s hard to get ahead in work, especially in high-powered positions. You have to work incredibly hard. While we are slowly starting to see more female role models across the Australian Public Service and the private sector there are still few women as the positions do not lend themselves to be so intense and also be able to care for their family. It’s just not possible. It’s not an easy town to start off in.

I do think it’s relatively easy to maintain your health and wellbeing in Canberra though, as it’s such a nice city. I take the dog for a walk most days and it’s a lovely city to walk around in, especially near the lake. It’s easy to get active, although less so in winter.

My favourite things in life are my friends and family, reading and eating good food.

A crisp, sunny autumn day, starting with a walk to Braddon for a lazy breakfast, then a sit in the sun with a book to read.


Image created by Liz Thompson