I know, it has been awhile since I blogged last. But this post is going to be all about what has been going on in my life since the whole Hoopla debacle and I want to clear a few things up too.
So, things have been kind of chaotic for me. The big thing is that I’m moving house in a week’s time. Which for me is a seriously big deal – I’ve lived in my little place here for fourteen and a half years – the longest I have lived anywhere in my life. But I’m also moving across the city, not to mention doing almost everything on my own (but I do have a couple of awesome friends who have been really helpful – love youse!) and I’m moving because my current landlord is kicking me out, not for any negative reason, but because I no longer meet their criteria to rent one of their properties, which really sticks in my craw. So the whole thing is really massive for me. That said, I have a lovely new place lined up to move into that has lots of fabulous things that I don’t have here. My own private laundry! An east facing balcony! A lock up garage (lots of storage for me because I don’t drive)! Proper wardrobes, linen cupboard and kitchen pantry! Just the storage alone is making me excited. But best of all, I will be living by the sea. I am moving to a bay side suburb, and my new flat is only metres from the foreshore. I can’t wait to be able to ride my bike and walk up and down the waterfront at any time I choose. Not to mention those gorgeous sea breezes.
Yeah, so that’s the biggest upheaval.
But as well as going through a full residential relocation, I’ve had so much else on in the past few months.
There’s the shiny new library we opened at the end of March. I always think bringing a new library into the world is somewhat like bringing a new baby into the world. There is a long, uncomfortable gestation, then a difficult labour and intense birth, but then you have this beautiful newborn that you love like no other and are already beginning to think you might like another one!
I also sprained my ankle a couple of weeks ago. Walking to my bus stop, moved aside to let a cute little old couple that looks like Santa and Mrs Claus by on the footpath, hit an uneven bit of concrete and turned my ankle. Went down like a sack of spuds, landed on my right knee and sprained my left ankle. I’m healing ok, was very limpy for a couple of weeks there and am stuck in a compression bandage for another two weeks yet, but I’m thankful I’m strong and in robust health so that I can heal well.
Y’all know about the Hoopla drama. And in the thick of all of that, an interview I did back in January was published in the Sun Herald (Sydney). I had seen the online version, but when a friend left me a message to tell me that there was a “huge” photo of me in the print version, I was kind of “Oh yeah, that’s nice.” Then she sent me the paper copy:
That’s a library card sitting on top of the paper to give scale (same size as a credit card). I’m about half the page!! I sent it to my Grandma, she was tickled pink. I like how it shows off my gold We Love Colors tights and the leopard print Chucks my friend Kylie found for me in the UK.
And then there has been more media interest… Kelli Brett from ABC Radio Melbourne’s The Main Ingredient interviewed me for her programme. The podcast hasn’t gone up live yet but I’ll share when it does. Plus a news editor from the Australian Women’s Weekly interviewed me a couple of weeks ago, for a piece that I think will be in the June or July edition. More on that in a minute.
I do just want to clarify something. There has been some suggestion from several people that The Hoopla publishing my piece some weeks ago is the reason that these media gigs have been coming my way. I would just like to make it very clear that this is not true. I was interviewed for the Sun Herald back in January (on Australia Day, January 26th, to be exact, and photographed in the first week or so of February) and any subsequent media contact has come from either this blog or that Sun Herald article. One of the recent interviewers had never even heard of The Hoopla, the other wasn’t interested in it. As much as there might be people that would like to claim that they are the reason for my “overnight success” (after over 3 years of slogging away at this stuff as a second, unpaid, full time job), it is simply not true. The Hoopla did not “discover me”, I contacted them and asked if they would publish my writing.
Right, now that we’ve got that out of the way! I am very lucky to get these opportunities, but that luck is coupled by my own hard work.
As well as being interviewed by the Australian Women’s Weekly, they have set up a photo shoot on Monday, which I am both nervous and excited about. They’re going the whole kit and caboodle with a studio shoot, with fashion stylist, make-up and hair and Autograph Fashion are kindly loaning us the clothes for the shoot. I am so excited, because what fun is it to get all dolled up! But I am very nervous and anxious, as I’m suffering some impostor syndrome about it all. I’ve been labelled the “ugly fat chick” my whole life, and it’s just bizarre to think that I’m doing a photo shoot with AWW, a magazine that I read my mother’s copies of as a kid. As I said on Twitter this evening “I’m in your magazines, smashing your beauty standards!”
And the other big, exciting news for me is that I’ve found a way to wangle the finances to attend the Massey University, Palmerston North Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections Conference in New Zealand! I am SOOOO excited, not only am I taking a holiday (two beautiful weeks) to New Zealand, but I’m going to be able to get all fab fatty at the conference. I’ll get to see friends I made at the last conference, and hopefully make some new friends. It’s worth putting myself into hock for! Of course I promise to blog all about it, take lots of photos and I have also submitted an abstract for a paper I am writing. Cross fingers it gets accepted so I can present it.
So, there you have the absolute roller coaster of chaos that my life is at the moment. I’m knackered, a bit sore, sneezy from all my allergies stirred up by packing and cleaning, and in desperate need of a decent night’s sleep and a couple of days relaxation. But I’m also excited, challenged and happy.
Hope you are all in positive places in your lives too!