Watercolour Portrait of Joanna Funk as a child by artist and illustrator Mary Funk Butterworth London


Watercolour by my cousin Mary Funk of me as a young girl.

I think of my mostly musical life as a “second time around” story. I hope it encourages others to revisit activities that used to bring them joy, or to explore new ones which they have always wanted to try but previously never had the time to do so.

I loved playing the piano as a child in London. I had a solitary childhood and spent hours a day unwittingly expressing my unspoken feelings through those piano keys.

As an adult I worked in non-musical fields; finance and later financial news. Between work and motherhood, playing the piano became a whimsical memory of a time long ago.

In my mid-forties I took voluntary redundancy from my employer ThomsonReuters, and had the opportunity to change my lifestyle.

I moved from London to my late parents’ birthplace, Sabah, Malaysia, where I had not lived before, and started to do the things which I like: writing and playing piano.

I became a pianist in a hotel, and wrote my first blog which was later turned into a book. By the time I moved with my family to Australia, I knew I would not work in an office again. Having had a taste of the creative life, I didn’t want to let go.

So here I am, living in the Scenic Rim, Queensland Australia, blogging about my little life in this beautiful part of the world.

My Portfolio is a snapshot of projects past and present, as a writer, pianist and working as a commercial talent. I also teach piano, and post about that under the lessons tag.

I’d like to grow musically as much as possible before these fingers succumb to arthritis! Time is our most valuable commodity, there’s no saving it up to enjoy later. I encourage everyone to use theirs well.

Thank you for visiting my blog.
Joanna Funk



    1. Joanna

      Yes, Queensland really is the beautiful country. Can’t help but feel lucky being here. Thanks for your good wishes Kim, continue blogging your beautiful photography.

  1. Ruby Yeh

    Dear Joanna, Thank you for sharing your life journey and it’s inspiring to see that it’s never too late to accomplish anything. I’m in my mid 20s. I played piano since I was 7 and got my AMEB grade 8 when I was 15. I love music, but I didn’t pursue it as my career. I have been studying and working in scientific research but recently going through a change and studying postgrad diploma to become a secondary science teacher. Earlier this year an ex-colleague offered for me to teach her 7 years old and 12 years old piano and just like you said, it has been very rewarding watching them improve just over the course of a few months! I am still not confident enough about music pedagogies and whether I am good enough to be accepting more students. It would be good if I could learn from your experiences! Thanks for reading my long introduction!

    1. Joanna

      Hi Ruby, being in your mid-20s you have plenty of opportunities to find your calling 🙂 You may end up doing several things well, or change directions a few times in the course of a lifetime. Sound like you are interested in working with students whether in a science or music capacity. It’s great that you have options.

      It looks like you are based in Brisbane. Perhaps we could meet over coffee one day 🙂

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