A friend from high school popped in to The Shoe Garden to visit this week. We have only seen each other once in 32 (gulp) years and that was about 20 years ago.
She remembered that at school I was always determined to be a journo and also frequently declared that I was going to help people … as one only can when one is a confident teenager who thinks she knows exactly what is going to happen in her life!
Well, I was proud as punch when I graduated from university and became a fourth year cadet journalist at the Gold Coast Bulletin and later worked at the Sunday Sun as a features writer.
Then I found myself overseas and was editor and deputy editor respectively of the Windhoek Advertiser in Namibia and the Anglo-Portuguese News in Portugal. That was a particularly fast learning curve!
But mission accomplished, a journalist I became.
And, while I hope I have helped people throughout my life, I now do that more formally through my business, having helped to raise more than $24,000 for MicroLoan Foundation Australia to give small business loans to some amazing women in regional Malawi.
Funnily enough, my school friend also remembered how I hated shoes because I could never get any to fit.
Who would have thought a few decades later that I’d be the proud owner of The Shoe Garden who definitely doesn’t hate shoes anymore!
Funny what you wish for and what actually comes true, isn’t it? Sometimes the path is not quite as straight or as straightforward as expected, but I now know, of course, that the journey is also part of the adventure.
Until next time
Carol (aka “Jana” as my friends called me at school, after Jana Wendt!) & CCx