Joy Studio - Annette's story
  • I would love to hear your story? What are the experiences that shaped who you are today?

Many varied experiences. I have been married twice. My first marriage taught me that both partners have to be prepared to work on the relationship. Not just one. You don’t have to be the underdog. Respect and care for each other is paramount.  Backing each other up as life throws its various curve balls. Spending time together, enjoying each other. Watching your children grow into nice adults. Exploring the world and meeting people. I was a first responder with St John Ambulance for a few years and I loved it! Seeing a patient improving because of your care. Hearing their stories after they return from a trip to hospital. Making a difference. Having fun!  Learning how to deal with bullies and negativity.

  • Tell about the time in your life when you felt the most powerful?

When I gave birth to my first son. I couldn’t get over the miracle of creating a perfect little being. He’s still lovely.

  • What is your inner attribute that you like the most?

I tend to be at ease with people and often draw them out with laughter. I think people like me.

  • Are you at ease with your own body and age?

At ease with my 61 years. Not so much the body

Joy Studio - Annette's story
  • What would you try to do if you felt that you couldn’t fail?

Sing! And paint, and explore nature and spirituality. Drive a racing car.

  • Research shows that a lot of women want to know that the work they do is significant, meaningful and embodies their highest potential. What do you think?

I’ve always been passionate about the work I do. Often to my detriment because of the stresses involved. I always put the job before my wellbeing.

  • What words of wisdom, based on your personal experience, would you like to share with others who struggle to see their own inner light and inner power?

Stress is very dangerous for your health. Find a way to unwind, particularly if you are a working mum. Also, don’t allow guilt in your life. Remember you are a beautiful, powerful woman! Spend time in nature and doing what you love.

Joy Studio - Annette's story
  • What do you do to let your hair down or as a self-care ritual?

Spend time in nature, have a bath, a glass or 2 of wine

  • Who are the women that you find inspiring and have influenced you in some way?

Meryl Streep, my sisters and my mother

  • Why are beautiful photos of yourself important to you now?

I hate having photos taken of me. But I think it’s important for my boys to have a nice record of their mother.

Joy Studio - Annette's story