I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Brigid Fitzgerald from BeInspiredLiving.com .
Brigid has an exciting online business offering encouragement and support for women breaking free from the misery of midlife madness — particularly for women 40+ years of age looking to do something new, different, courageous, inspiring. She has blog articles, a series of short YouTube videos, an email course, and is currently adding podcast interviews with women who have made drastic changes in their lives.
As I made the giant change of moving from the USA to Australia in 2011, with nothing but a few suitcases in hand, Brigid felt I would be a good person to interview for her Be Inspired blog. Brigid said I was an example of a “gutsy midlife woman who has smashed the myths of midlife”!!
Wow. I felt honored to be invited for that!
(Yikes! A podcast interview! Something completely new to do … but okay… I’ll try it.)
The timing of this experience was very interesting to me. Brigid opened a door that I would not have opened myself. First of all, I had just posted my “Where Have you Been Kathy” blog article with some much needed explanations for the readers here. Secondly, many people still have additional questions about what happened the past five years, but I hadn’t found the right way or the right platform to address the questions that people wanted to ask.
And then out of nowhere, Brigid — someone very new to my life — presented an opportunity to for me to answer some of questions that many of you want to know.
Now, I must admit, I was excited to do the interview, but quite nervous and anxious at the same time. You can hear that in my voice! I’m not experienced at live recordings, and not being sure what questions she was going to ask me, I was very unsure. In the interview, I’m talking fast, I say “ummmm” about a million times, and my thoughts bounce around from place to place.
And seriously, do I really sound like that?!
(Yes, yes, and yes, I realize it’s going to take quite some practice for me to be a good podcast speaker!)
Of course, in all my anxiety, and in the heat of the moment, I forgot to include certain things in my responses to her questions.
If you listen to the podcast, and if you’ve been reading through this blog, you will already know some of the information I forgot to say.
I wish I remembered to talk about…
- the dugong that swam right beside me, touching the side of my leg, the very first time I swam in the ocean. I was convinced it was a shark that lost its fin! Who knows what a dugong is anyway??!!! We don’t have those in Texas, and they certainly don’t live in Canada!
- the balcony full of 12 different kinds of birds that visited me every day, sometimes many times a day (remember all the bird stories?). Those magpies, peewees, lorikeets, and drongos were such great pals when I first arrived in Australia and didn’t have my precious pugs and bulldogs with me.
- having pugs and bulldogs that might not survive a very, very long and possibly hot ride in the cargo section of an international flight, confined inside a dog crate for extended hours (those adorable smushed noses lead more breathing problems and less ability to manage higher temperatures)
- the 6-bypass open heart surgery that my father had while I was away, nearly taking his life
- the cancerous tumor the size of a grapefruit sitting on my father’s intestines that had to be removed while I was away – another life threatening ordeal for him to manage
- completely changing my hairstyle, cutting it drastically short, and blasting it bright red
- learning Tai Chi and learning to sloooooow down
- seeing dozens of kangaroos and little tiny koalas in the grass beside the road — I mean, wow, now how cool is that?!
- the wild peacock that lived with me at “the goat house” and having heavy rainstorms completely wash away the bridge and the road to my house….! Living stranded inside the mountains!
I answered most of Brigid’s questions with the years of 2011 and 2012 in mind. There is so much more that could be said, but I hope this 52 minute interview helps you to understand some of what you didn’t know before.
And even though it was a little scary for me to put this out there, I do hope you find these stories interesting, and maybe a few parts of it entertaining. Most of all, for those of you who have been waiting and wondering for a few years of time, I hope this personal information fills in some of the gaps that you may have about me.
Please Be Inspired, and have a listen to this podcast:
And if this small portion of my life story does inspire any of you to have the courage to make big changes in your life, that’s excellent news.
If I can make big changes, so can you!
I wish you all the best in your healing journey.
PS: Since I referenced the atrocities of “Snake Mountain” in the podcast, I’ll share a few “nice” pictures of that experience. Even though it was completely bizarre in some ways, it was still very beautiful.
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