About Me

Photo by Alana Phillips PhotographyAh yes! I’m really glad you popped in.

My name is Deb.

Once upon a time I wanted to be a photographer, Bono’s roadie, a diplomat, or a mermaid (though apparently that gig is difficult to get into). I didn’t really achieve any of that, but I am really happy with how things did pan out.

Along the way I travelled the world, worked in various lacklustre jobs, met my kind husband, and now I am a mother of two sparky little children. My kids stretch me, amuse me, and rock me to the core.

There is another thing. Cancer. Nine years ago, 11 days after my wedding, my world came crashing down. I had leukaemia. Four months later, after a couple of intense rounds of chemo, I walked away in complete remission. It features in my life because how could you forget it? I’d like to say it’s all behind me now, but these things are inescapably an insult to one’s psyche. It shapes who I am and how I live. The good part is that it’s made me grateful for every breath of health. The even better part is that I value the important stuff, throw out the rubbish stuff, and enjoy delicious details.

My first love is writing, which is why I’m here! Sometimes life is serious, especially because it’s the truth… so I write about it.  I have passions: concious parenting, social justice, and the human heart. I write about the cold hard realities of being a mother, trying to make sense of the hardest job I’ve ever had. And then there’s the light stuff, because life is also charming, eccentric, and terribly amusing.

You guessed it, I write about all that is bright and precious to me.

There’s another reason behind the title of this blog. Maybe I’ll leave you to guess what it is.


* The Welcome! photo and the above photo of myself & baby are by Alana Phillips Photography.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Lee October 12, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Lovely to meet you. It’s amazing that you have a Miss A and Baby J too, and a very beautiful blog to boot. I look forward to reading more.


Deb October 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Thanks for saying hi Lee! :)


Naomi Bulger October 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

I absolutely LOVE the new site. Truly bright AND precious. It is beautiful, whimsical, creative and honest, just like you. I can’t wait to read more. (And it’s actually letting me leave comments, which the other site wouldn’t do, so that’s even better, at least for moi).


Deb October 24, 2011 at 9:58 am

Yay! I’m so glad you said hello! I’m so glad you like it! :)


Naomi Bulger October 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm

LOVE it. Not just like it. LOVE. I want to hang out here.


Deb October 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Oh please do! Please hang out! (with me).. (in here)!


Robyn (@slightly_deep) June 6, 2012 at 12:14 am

Just come across your blog (can’t believe I’ve never seen you before!) and have been reading some of your old posts- and I love your blog! Am an avid follower now :)


Deb June 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

Hi Robyn! I’ve admired your blog from afar for awhile now. So lovely to see you here. :)


Pip June 10, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Hi Deb, love that my blog led me to yours. Beautiful prose in yor posts I’ve read so far. Sounds like you’ve got some incredibly strong moments to share. Looking forward to more reading. Thank goodness for the power and love wrapped up in words hey? X


Deb June 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Pip, it was a genuine pleasure to read your post today. Absolutely, words are so powerful. I hope to read more of yours too. x


Stephanie July 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Hi Deb, I stumbled upon your blog today and I just love it. Your writing is so moving and beautiful, I am looking forward to reading more. I’m also 40 with (3) young children, so it’s nice to read the thoughts of someone in the same boat. Stephanie xx


Deb July 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Hi Stephanie! I’m so glad you said hello. Lovely to meet you. Being 40 with young children is hard work! Thank you for saying hi. xx


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