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.
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.
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