Currently on maternity leave from Bendigo Health, working in her own business: Inner Me Wellness, coaching & guiding women to shift from feeling ‘just okay’ to great.
What was your first job? Babysitting, I was 12 years old and whilst mature for my age as a Mum now I can’t believe I used to babysit a family of four, it was hard work too!
What book are you reading? Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection
What’s your favourite saying? Hmm, I guess it would have to be Gandhi’s ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world‘.
Ideal drink: A glass of Sauv Blanc; I really enjoy Brewhouse on a Friday night. Also, I can’t go past their chips as a snack on the side.
Ideal meal: My favourite right now is the lasagne at The Exchange, it’s really delicate and the side salad is delicious. Quick, next question, my mouth is watering!
Favourite view in Bendigo? I’m sorry I don’t have a pic but it’s the view from the top of the multi-storey carpark in Hargreaves Street.
Undiscovered gem in central Victoria? Hmm, I’m not sure, perhaps I haven’t discovered it yet!
When visitors come to town, where do you take them? It depends a lot on the visitors; often we go for a good pub meal at The Queen’s Arms. The QA was the very first pub I went to when I moved to Bendigo to study at La Trobe and hung out with friends for a parma occasionally, so it’s a little bit nostalgic for me.
Favourite Bendigo interior? The French provincial interior at Basement on View. It’s relaxing to hang out in the loungeroom & the interior design is unique in Bendigo; I feel like I could be anywhere when I’m there.
Apart from the people, what’s the best thing about Bendigo? It’s charm, it’s got beautiful old buildings, lovely trees, it’s a picturesque place, particularly when the grass is green! It’s got lots of great places to go, things to see and without the stress of traffic. Which reminds me, the first time we heard the morning traffic update on local Bendigo radio we laughed, coming from Melbourne it seemed that a slowed ‘Chapel St’ in Bendigo just can’t compare to the hell-ish experience of being stuck in Melbourne’s Chapel St.
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in Bendigo? I’m not originally from Bendigo, so my reflections on changes are during the 10 years since I initially moved here. I lived here for 4 years whilst at Uni and then moved to Melbourne for 4 years. I met my partner in the city and after a while found myself craving a tree change, I convinced him he’d love Bendigo as much as I did and here we are! The biggest change I’ve noticed since moving back is the surge in new cafes and places to dine. Bendigo has a great range of cafes to choose from and plenty are now serving great coffee made with ethically sourced beans – which is important to me, part of my work in Melbourne involved educating people about the importance of Fair Trade coffee and cacao.
Your most recent discovery: Oooh I’ve had a couple of discoveries of late, I’m always looking for new things, can I share two?
- Bendigo Water World in White Hills, we had my son’s 1st birthday party there and it was a real hit. Lots of the ‘big kids’ had fun sliding, we enjoyed a bbq and great seating and shade, the vibe is fun with music & everyone in the mood to have fun.
- Get Naked Espresso I knew it was there but just hadn’t made it in until this week, I’m glad I did this week as I enjoyed a great coffee and they’re so friendly! My little boy had a great time playing with their pretend cup cakes and espresso machine- very kiddy friendly.
What makes you proud of Bendigo?
The people make me proud, so many wonderful people doing great things. There’s a strong community and many smaller communities within. There’s something for everyone, it’s not always easy to find but once you do it’s great.
Is there someone else in Bendigo we should know about? I’d like to see Jacinta Allan profiled; she’s a proud and passionate Bendigonian and works hard for our state and region.