Here I Am

You can check out my background in the post Who Am I but the thing that matters the most is where I am now.

I am here, in this moment, because I am a writer. Because I am a woman that wants to make a difference. My heart is open and I want to share with you information that will make you want to question the way we do things in the world.

We need to cultivate more empathy, compassion and understanding in the world and I want to do that through giving you the information you need to empower yourself to make your own conclusions. About the problems of the world that are bigger than us.

Helping others, being of service, sharing our compassion, lending our voice –  this all creates more joy in our own lives. We feel good about our contribution to society and we have more appreciation for the things we have and the people in them.

Knowledge is power and I want to give you that. I want to give you an overview, a contained version of the story that you can read and get up to speed on stories you may have missed whilst you were living your life.

I want to question. I want you to question. There may be questions without answers. Questions that need to be looked at, examined, dissected and work out a way to be actioned. Maybe we will come up with a solution, maybe we can contribute, share educate others.

Please email me with any questions you have at nicolagarciablog@gmail.com

Questions like: What is the Syria conflict about? What is the role of the UN? Why do we have NAPLAN? How the hell did Trump win? Who decides our education policies – politicians or educators? Why are there homeless people in Perth when we have minimum wage, the dole and council housing? Is yoga religion based?

I have a Bachelor of English and a Bachelor of Social Science. I am also a yoga teacher, a mother of three little boys, an adoring wife, a speed reader, a coffee, wine and tea lover and much much more. Please email me: nicolagarciablog@gmail.com

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Who Am I?

I’ve been wanting to rewrite this hastily written post for a while.

Who Am I? It’s a big question with no easy answer. How do you define yourself outside of the normal, “I’m a Mum, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend” parameters?

This weekend I read a blog that has inspired me entitlted More than a Mum. She had read similar blogs that inspired her to celebrate herself in a blog.

So that’s what I am going to do.

I am a Scottish-born lass from the clan McDonald, maiden name Donald.

My parents immigrated to Australia when I was just two years old so I feel pretty Australian!!

I was blessed to grow up in a loving household with all we ever needed. My Grandparents immigrated when I was in primary school and then we had even more love.

I grew up an avid reader and would read any books I could get my hands on, from The Sweet Valley Twins to Stephen King.

I had a great time in High School starting with a romance in year 8 that lasted until year 10…making us a kind of golden couple. My High School experience was capped off by making friends with a girl who is still my BFF today…and lives next door.

After high school I started a degree in Mass Communications…maybe I could be a journalist? It took me a couple of classes to realise that I hated annoying people…or even bothering them so I switched to English where I majored in Creative Writing (surprise, surprise) and coupled that with the more stable and career-orientated Public Relations.

As you can imagine there was only one class I really looked forward to…and I didn’t really make the most of my time at Uni. I spent most of it working all hours at my part-time job and had very limited contact time on campus.

I moved to London in 2001 where the love of my life had gone and we started the life-long task of learning to live in harmony with one another.

We had a lot in common, despite our differences and we both knew how to have a good time.

We also wanted to see the world and were fortunate enough to see quite a lot of it….without hanging out in youth hostels (cue massive debt but travel perfection).

I completed another degree in History and Political Science whilst I lived in London and held down a full-time job that bored the pants off me.

We returned to Perth via some very awesome destinations in 2003……

We were desperate to keep up the travelling but horrified at the massive cost that ensued getting anywhere from little ol’ Perth… it was totally worth it at the time….especially to get up close with things like this but…..

We gave up and bought an apartment….and travelled closer to home…..(a hardship)

We got married…..

Honeymooned…..

And swam with sharks….

I wrote a couple of (unpublished) novels….

Got pregnant…..

And had kids………

My life changed when I became a Mother but who I am did not. I lost a daughter at 32 weeks gestation (in between my two boys) and I was devastated but I am strong and I made her death mean something to me.

I live better because of her.

Ultimately I pinch myself  myself because I get to live the life I love.

Does this explain who I am?

Not really, but explains why I am who I am.

I am a woman who believes in love, feels love and has love.

I am a woman who is kind, dreamy and happy.

I am a woman with dreams of writing incredible novels…novels that will matter to the world and leave an impact.

I am a woman whose chest swells with pride when I think about my kids and whose heart bursts with happiness at the thought of my husband, family, friends and the life I have created.

I am a woman who wants fun, adventure. happiness, travel, laughter and love to follow me all through my days.

Even if I am not all of these things at all times, this is the essence of me.

[The good photos are by Dana Gallop of Bloom Pixels and Leon Mead (wedding shots)]