A little bit about me…
Life often throws us challenges. And, 2017 I faced some of my greatest tests of emotional strength.
We moved house, to the sorta country, and finally had a backyard we’d always dreamed of. The very second morning in our new house, I woke to one of my greatest fears: one of my beloved dogs, Fella, came down with IVDD. In the space of a few short hours she went from early signs of paralysis to full paralysis. Emergency surgery and months of rehabilitation followed.
This co-incided with the publishing of my first book. Ten days before my final, major deadline I came down with pneumonia. As a chronic asthmatic this presented extra challenges and needed me to dig deep to keep on keeping on. But, worse was still to come.
It wasn’t long before my husband went from fit and healthy to literally minutes from death in just a fraction of time. What was to follow was him spending weeks in hospital undergoing multiple surgeries and many long moments of not knowing if I was going to lose the love of my life.
I broke so many times that year. I sobbed each morning and night in the shower. Determined to give our dog every chance of recovery and be by my husband’s side with love and positivity, I braved each day.
Even the toughest of times can have a happy post script. Fella, through the expertise of a wonderful veterinary, surgical and clinical care team now leads and independent life. She’s disabled but not in her mind. My book all but sold out. Hubby is back to telling his sometimes hilarious, and often not, jokes. We’re living on the beautiful Mornington Pensinula in search of our forever home and enjoying each day as it comes.
Happy White Spaces is about things that make my life better, more interesting and more efficient. It reflects my long-standing and deep-rooted passion for animal welfare and taking care of the planet. It draws on my experience as an award-winning blogger, digital influencer and snort-laugher who moves between the corporate world and gumboots with the bat of an eye.