My 15 minutes of fame

January 21, 2021
15 Minutes of Fame

15 Minutes of Fame

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!

Prevention Magazine

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  Too late to buy a hard copy of the magazine as that edition has been superseded now by the next edition and is no longer stocked at newsagents.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,

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  • Reply Anne Downing January 21, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Congratulations, that is awesome!

    • Reply Min January 22, 2021 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks Anne 🙂

  • Reply Vanessa January 21, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Oh that’s pretty cool! Congratulations.

    • Reply Min January 22, 2021 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks Vanessa – a nice little pick me up!

  • Reply Leanne | January 21, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Min – it’s always a lovely compliment to have your work shared with others – the author obviously really responded to your thoughts and comments and wanted to share them to her wider audience. Being featured somewhere is a great boost and shows that blogging isn’t dead in the water just yet. And thanks for mentioning me – and letting me know that this had actually happened – I’d forgotten about it completely until you did!

    • Reply Min January 22, 2021 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Leanne – it sure is a nice little boost and I didn’t realise how much I needed one till this! The blogging world is not like it used to be. The opportunities seem mostly to have dried up, along with the communities there used to be. Of course I’d mention you. I hope you got a nice little boost out of this too! xo

  • Reply Christie Hawkes January 21, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Congratulations Min! That is an accomplishment. As for me, does local fame count? 🙂 I have had a couple of articles published in our local newspaper and I was recognized a few years back by Utah Business Magazine as one of 20 Women to Watch. I’m afraid if anyone was watching, it was a little boring…but it was nice to be honored that way. Thanks for sharing the article.

    • Reply Min January 22, 2021 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks Christie! Of course local fame counts, and wow well done to you for having some articles published in your local newspaper and for the recognition you received by Utah Business Magazine! That certainly beats my little claim to fame! lol It’s always nice to have things like this happen to give us a little boost in self confidence and sense of achievement!

  • Reply Laurie January 22, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Wow! The magazine article is so exciting! I don’t know if this counts as 15 minutes of fame, but I have written some op-eds for our local newspaper. I just wrote a letter to the editor a week or so ago (criticizing our local congressman for supporting Donald Trump) and got quite a lot of positive feedback from that.

    • Reply Min January 22, 2021 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks so much Laurie and yes your op-eds for the local newspaper do count of course! Well done to you and great you got some positive feedback!

  • Reply Christine January 22, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    That would have been fun to be involved in that. I’d be happy to share a page with Sarah Wilson – I think she’s terrific and not afraid to be outspoken on some subjects that really matter.

    • Reply Min January 25, 2021 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Christine! Yes Sarah is incredibly brave and intelligent! She walks her talk and bravely speaks her mind. She has my admiration for sure!

  • Reply Joanne Tracey January 24, 2021 at 8:02 am

    That is so awesome. There is nothing like seeing your name in print. I’ve had articles published before with Good Health magazine (and various astrology titles) and the buzz is phenomenal.

    • Reply Min January 25, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Jo! As a published Author you have far more to be proud of than me! I am in awe of your commitment and drive and have absolutely loved your books that I’ve read so far. Amazing to hear you’ve had articles published as well. I don’t know how you fit in everything you do! xo

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit January 28, 2021 at 5:11 am

    Wahoooooo!!! That’s so exciting. You’re in such great company too. I love Prevention magazine. Well done you good thing.
    I’ve had a few 15 minutes of fame moments. Maybe more like 7.5 minutes of fame. Mine weren’t national though … more Canberra based.

    • Reply Min January 28, 2021 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks Leanne – it was a nice little buzz. I’m sure you’ve had many more 15 minutes of fame than me!

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan January 28, 2021 at 6:42 am

    Wow, very impressive and well deserved. Bravo!! My only claim to fame was being awarded the first librarian in my school district to be teacher of the year. That was long, long ago!!

    • Reply Min January 28, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks so much Leslie. I think that receiving teacher of the year is a huge honour – well done to you – even if it was long ago!

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