Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a 26-year-old country girl from Goulburn who LOVES my food and anything to do with fashion, makeup and hair. I’m one of four girls, and since I was young I’ve been styling my sisters and doing their hair and makeup for special occasions. We are all different shapes and sizes, and I think the key to feeling good in your own skin is knowing the style tips and tricks that work best for your body and personality. I always think that if you like how you look on the outside, you will feel good on the inside.
While I was working in my family’s business I studied Skin Care and Makeup at the Canberra Makeup Academy and got my Cert 2. I’m also currently studying a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of Canberra. Journalism is and the world of media is what I’ve always wanted to get into, it just took me a while to get my confidence up and take that leap. My blog, Tailored Talk, has been a great help in making connections in the Canberra region and beyond.
I’m definitely a weirdo at heart. I would rather spend a night in with a big cup of tea, a book and a dog on my lap then head out and hit the club scene. I have 2 dogs, a corgi with small man syndrome named Archibald Napoleon, and a lovely old Cocker Spaniel named Louis Lagerfeld.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it!
I’m a full time Journalist at Canberra FM, and I read the news in the afternoons for Hit 104.7 and Mix 106.3. I do it because I love it. I’m lucky enough to work with some insanely talented and passionate people, and I’ve had the opportunity this past year to learn from some of the best. It’s a busy work environment, but I like it that way. There’s always something fun and exciting happening, and the nature of news means you’ve always got to be on the lookout for the next breaking story.
I’ve always wanted to work as a journalist, and I am so grateful to the amazing team at Canberra FM for the opportunity to do what I love. I feel incredibly lucky to not only love the work that I do everyday, but the people I get to work alongside and learn from as well.
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
I once watched a speech by Amal Clooney on Facebook, and she said that Courage is contagious. The inspirational women that I know make me feel courageous.
My Mum is a businesswoman who is respected by her staff and the community, and has helped to provide opportunities for people to thrive. She also has a huge heart and is constantly generous with her time and effort.
My best friend Lauren, who is a mother of 2, makes me feel courageous. The way that she cares for her gorgeous kids, her family, and her hockey club! Lauren also has the ability to always stay positive regardless of the situation. She is great for a pep talk and is the most loyal person I know.
The amazing women I get to learn from at work make me feel courageous. They inspire me to be better and to have courage in my own abilities. I have learnt so much from my colleagues and friends. They have been so patient with this rookie journo and are always so willing to help me out whenever I need it.
It’s the people around me that make me feel courageous, that beautiful feeling of support that I am lucky enough to get from my work family and my actual family!
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
I’d tell my 16 year old self not to worry so much about pleasing everyone. I spent so much time making sure everyone else was happy and approved of what I was doing, rather than prioritizing what I wanted. I had a habit of downplaying my talent and hard work to make other people feel comfortable. I’ve come to realize with age and experience that it’s impossible to please everyone. It’s also sometimes a good sign when you’re not pleasing everyone, because it’s when you get successful and earn your place in the spotlight that others who aren’t as confident in their place in life try to tear you down.
I’d also tell 16 year old Sammy Dee, with the fabulously styled hair and immaculately tied ribbon, just be happy. Be happy with who you are, because you’re pretty amazing little one.
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
Don’t feel guilty for being you, and find your tribe.
I feel as women we are often made to feel guilty for who we are and the choices we make that best suit us. So often I hear women being criticized for choosing career over family, or family over career. The choice is ours and I strongly believe that as long as you’re not hurting anyone, you can do whatever the hell you want. Be courageous in your choices, because there will always be some doodle who voices their opinion on how you should run your life.
The amazing women in my life have taught me that you just need to look out for you and your tribe. That’s the best you can do, and never feel guilty for prioritizing you’re needs above someone else’s. Find your tribe and keep them close, because we rise by lifting others.