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Feeling in control again

As I look ahead, the future is bright, but it wasn’t always that way. 8 years ago I came out of a difficult marriage. I spent the next 4 years in a custody battle. Over this time, my son was regularly hospitalised with asthma, making it very difficult for me to maintain regular work. I moved in with my parents, sold my car, wedding ring and other valuables and could only afford to put my son in childcare once a week...

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My lightbulb moment

I was at a funeral of a close friends' dad when I had a proper lightbulb moment. Actually, I had a few but this was the first one. I didn't know him well, but I went to support her, and listening to his eulogy lit a fire inside me and made me want to take action - because I want mine to be as inspiring...

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Embracing my strong independent life

I grew up in a tight knit loving Jewish family. My mother was my best friend. I ran every decision past her in our daily conversations. So when I told her I was pregnant, she and the family were over joyed. The first grandchild didn’t arrive easily though. I quit my job and spent the first 3 months in the bathroom. The week my nausea subsided and I began to get my life back, my mother had a stroke...

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My changing attitude from cringeworthy to celebration

When you are closely tied to your career, like I am sure most of you are, it will come as no surprise that to be made redundant from a senior executive position, without notice, your whole life seems to spiral downward very quickly. First there is panic, then anger and then a very short hop skip and jump to self-criticising. I could even pinpoint the day that (I believe) was the day of the career...

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When life shows you the way

Having always thrived on adventure and variety, I moved to the UK for a ‘gap year’ before university, to Canada for work at 26, to Papua New Guinea for my partner’s work at 30, then to Tasmania, to start our family. Most of this time I worked as a Travel Consultancy Manager; the perfect job for the wanderluster in me. Over this period, I sustained myself on what I called ‘positive stress’. I was always busy...

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Discrimination fuelled my passion as Young Australian of the Year

I am Deaf and was born deaf. Luckily I have very supportive, loving parents who taught me Auslan (Australian Sign Language) right from the start, giving me the ability to communicate and express myself. As I matured I became a strong advocate for deaf people, working to raise awareness in society and fighting for the right of deaf children to access Auslan from birth. I have encountered discrimination along the way but I have always felt as though I was making a positive difference. Ironically though, it...

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My life with high functioning Autism

I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 12, just as I was starting high school. But I refused to believe anything was wrong so I spent the following years in a state of confusion. I was so different to everyone else in the classroom that I became a prime target for bullies. I was picked on a lot, though it settled down in senior school when everyone matured. My challenges continued when I moved out of my parents’ place...

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Through my deepest grief, I found added meaning in my life

In late 2011, I was driving home from work when I received the telephone call, that everyone dreads. “Hurry home”, my son said “dad’s collapsed”. I was on the highway, not too far away, so thought I would see him at home or at the very worst in hospital. But I was wrong. My husband suffered a heart attack and in that moment, our lives; mine and our 17 and 21 year old sons’ were thrown into...

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My 30th birthday awakening

My name is Ruby. My story should have been straightforward. A good girl from a good family, there were high hopes for me. I had high expectations of myself. I would never have believed you if you had told me back then how my life would turn out. I now think back and often times I can’t remember if something actually happened or if I dreamed it. It’s almost like it happened to someone else...