I’ve been to paradise but I’ve never been to me

Actually not true but I have to admit to a love of this song. Thanks Charlene!

Last night I started a Cert IV in Small Business Management at Southbank TAFE. I only enrolled last week but had been circling the idea for a few weeks.

The best thing last night for me was turning up as Laura. I was not a mother of two teenagers, one autistic. I was not a wife or carer. I was not the agitator my son’s school treat me as. I know I know the notion of inclusion is very unreasonable for me to demand.

Last night I identified as a student and prospective business owner. It was so much fun to learn and swap ideas with others on the same path. One was quite a ways down the path and another like me just starting.

This is an Instagram post I made last night. What this course offers is great. For me it’s time away from my life to formulate and plan. At home there’s far too many lovely distractions.

This past week has been filled with excitement and stress. Lots of highs. Watching my son being filmed yesterday for an upcoming show just filled me with pride. He was a natural.

He’s worked so hard to arrive at this. I may have been the springboard he used to launch but the barriers he dodged are all him. There is more filming happening at home today looking at his interests and his family my two introverts (husband and daughter) are dealing with this remarkably well.

When I’ve been advised of scheduling I’ll post a link.

2 thoughts on “I’ve been to paradise but I’ve never been to me

  1. I am so delighted to have found your blog! I love it Laura thankyou!have just read 3 in a row and particularly thankful to you regarding mental health. We are the same age and I really needed to read what you had to say. Perhaps I can be OK. 🙂


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