I’m a pretty ordinary person. I’m a middle-aged Mum, quiet, introverted, I’m no entrepreneur, and I don’t excel at any one particular thing. I’m not a model, an author, a journalist, or a celebrity of any kind. I’m kind of a Jill of many trades but master of none. I love to explore my creative side by writing here on the blog, and doing some arts and crafts (painting & crochet for example). I love animals and nature, and oh yeah – I like to sing! I used to be in a group and I’ve sung publicly on occasion but you wouldn’t catch me doing that now. Nowadays I sing around home and that’s about it and I’m very ok with that.
I don’t think I’ve ever been on TV (at least my middle-aged brain can’t recall anything), though during my childhood I longed to go on Young Talent Time. I have been in the newspaper a couple of times – in the social pages long ago!
So this brings me to my 15 minutes of fame – my contribution to an article in the December 2020/January 2021 Prevention Magazine. As you can see in the image above, I didn’t quite make the cover but you will see my name on the same page as Sally Obermeder, Jessica Rowe and Sarah Wilson! Now that is something I never thought I’d see! I mean, what the?! For non-Aussies, those women are all in media (+ do more) and are well known here in Australia. The links from their names will tell you more about them. You will also notice that our very own Western Australian midlife blogger Leanne from Cresting the Hill is there on Page 96 as well!
An editor from Prevention Magazine reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in contributing to an article for their magazine on what Christmas might look like in 2020 and the importance of celebrating occasions, especially during a crisis. Of course I said yes! I was interviewed via a series of questions sent to me. The answers I sent back have been woven into the article.
It was September 2020 when I sent the last of my answers back and I had forgotten about this article. I only recently became aware of it. Too late to buy a hard copy of the magazine as that edition has been superseded now by the next edition and is no longer stocked at newsagents. However, I have been sent a PDF of the article and have managed to find and download the whole magazine edition.
So without further ado – here is a gallery of three (3) images of the pages of the ‘Rewrapping Christmas‘ article below (click on them to see them larger). If they’re too hard to read you can see the PDF of the article here or you can see the whole December/January 2021 edition of Prevention Magazine here. You can see my contributions on the right side of the first image and the left and right sides of the second image (so pages 95, 96 and 97).
This was all a lovely bit of excitement – to see my name on the same page as those amazing ladies, all of whom I greatly admire, and such an honour to have been asked to contribute. How can I have 15 minutes of fame though without sharing it here on the blog and my social media? So here I am – documenting and sharing it for posterity.
In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes ~ Andy Warhol
You know how I love a quote. This one seemed most appropriate for this post and has actually become Andy Warhol’s most well-known statement. It led to the concept of “15 minutes of fame” – the idea that celebrity, from media scandals to memes, will almost always be fleeting. I’m not sure that my 15 minutes of fame saw me ‘world’ famous for 15 minutes though but who knows what could happen in these social media/digital times!
Have you had something happen in your life that you’d call your 15 minutes of fame? Please do tell!
Ciao for now,