This is what I set out to do in 2013, when pinchmyself was established…
Ever have those moments in your life where you feel like you need to pinch yourself? Situations where you can’t believe that something so good is happening to you? Surely it must be a dream?
It could be the experience of something that’s quite personal to you or the people you love. It could be an achievement in your career, sport or hobby. Sometimes it’s not even the achievement itself that sparks that feeling, it’s just the possibility of having a shot at something amazing that once seemed out of reach.
So could you imagine wanting to pinch yourself if your job was made redundant?
I did. And pinchmyself tells my story.
In a nutshell, pinchmyself is the story of how a senior woman from corporate Australia (yes, that’s me, but as the little girl who grew up on a farm in wheatbelt Western Australia, I have to pinch myself) got over the shock of losing her executive role and realised that she had been given a gift.
Being made redundant in April 2013 felt like the start of something, not just an end. I’m planning to go with the flow and see what this year brings, and what it teaches me. I’m optimistic and hopeful. That doesn’t mean it’s all been easy so far. I’ve had my share of sadness and fear, and I’m facing huge uncertainty, so there are likely to be trying moments ahead. I feel like I have an opportunity to give something back this year and I hope that sharing my experience might help others.
If journalism is the first draft of history, then pinchmyself is the first draft of what happens in my life this year – as it unfolds, without the benefit of hindsight and before any outcomes can be known.
I’m pinching myself.