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A decade ago, after an intense 12 years working in politics and the media in Australia, I was burnt out and off track. Exhausted and stressed, I was neglecting family and friends, my health was suffering and I didn’t recognise the irritable person I had become. Under the weariness, there was also a niggling sense that I had veered off the path I was supposed to take. By the end of 2011, that whisper had become a drumbeat that I could no longer ignore.

For years, I’d wanted to enter humanitarian or development work. Finally, in my early thirties, I had to roll the dice. I was terrified of facing myself in the mirror as an old woman and asking that tortured question, ‘What if?’ So I quit my job, packed up my Sydney apartment, and got on a plane to Jerusalem.

That decision forever changed my life and who I am. I have since lived in Palestine, Pakistan, Belgium, Nepal, Myanmar and New York; and worked for the United Nations, Doctors Without Borders, and an Australian charity, The Fred Hollows Foundation. I studied my Masters in International Conflict and Security and visited post-Arab Spring Tunisia for part of my research.

I feel connected to friends and colleagues from the last ten years, in a way I never did before. I share their passion for wanting make the world a better place—to eradicate poverty, end child marriage, support refugees, defend human rights—and, like them, I’ve adapted to life experiences that might overwhelm others. I deeply admire their courage, resilience and determination.

Since that first plane out of Sydney, I’ve never doubted that I’ve found my tribe and stepped back onto my path.

Today, after years of moving between countries, cultures and contracts, I’m working for the UN in New York and enjoying some stability. In a city bursting with creative minds and big ideas, I’ve finally started this blog—something I’ve talked about doing for years.

It’s a way to stop, reflect and filter back through the incredible people and stories I’ve come across, and to share them. And it’s a way for me to appreciate how far I’ve come, and hopefully inspire others to also trust their intuition and step into the unknown. Because you never know where that first step will lead.

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