Perhaps it was living in Iran as a child that first sparked my interest in other cultures, but whatever it was, I’ve had an insatiable curiosity to discover and explore not only how other cultures exist in the world, but how societies affect individuals and how they navigate their way through them.
After being evacuated from Iran due to the revolution in 1979, I discovered a new life in Melbourne, Australia where I’ve spent the majority of my adult life – with the added blessing of being able to mother two wonderful sons.
From a work perspective, it occurred to me that since I spent so much time reading books, it would be logical to carve out a career in a library so I completed a Diploma in Library/Information Services. My next discovery was personal styling in which I also gained a diploma. I then thought,
Well, if I’m going to make people look good on the outside, how about I explore how to help them on the inside too..
That’s how I discovered life coaching – one of my great interests. Completing a Diploma in Life Coaching at The Coaching Institute gave me the tools to begin my own business in 2016. As well as engaging in one-on-one coaching, I write about various aspects of living a more meaningful life – particularly for women in midlife .
However, in order to gain a more holistic viewpoint of the factors that may be impacting my clients’ abilities to lead a more meaningful life, I returned to university and completed a life-long dream to attain my degree – gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Melbourne
And now? Well, being an incurable learner, I completed a Master in Publishing and Communication also at the University of Melbourne. This allows me to indulge in my true passion – the craft of writing and editing – particularly exploring culture, crime/mystery writing, non-fiction writing, and the sociology of literature.
Writers’ Victoria https://writersvictoria.org.au/
Society of Women Writers http://www.swwvic.org.au/,
Institute of Professional Editors (IPED) https://www.iped-editors.org/
Non Fiction Authors Association (NFAA) https://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/
Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) https://www.austcrimewriters.com/
Sisters in Crime https://sistersincrime.org.au/