Well it seems that getting married wasn't enough life change for one year for me...
After seven years in my dream job as a music publicist and over a decade in the music industry, I've decided it's time to move on and pursue the other passions I have been exploring in this blog the past two years - food and gardening.
In a few weeks time I will be joining the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation as their new Project Officer for Victoria and Tasmania! I'm so excited but also still a bit in shock that I managed to score such an amazing job.
I'll be working with primary schools, helping them set up fruit and veggie gardens and kitchens to run classes in and helping them implement the SAKG program which teaches students between the ages of 8 and 12 to grow, harvest, cook and share their own food every week for 3 years of their schooling lives. It's such an incredible, unique and groundbreaking program, I'm so thrilled to be working on it. It's all about pleasurable food education - giving the kids a full, fun, sensory experience of food so they are not only learning skills but developing a genuine LOVE of food, growing it, preparing it and sharing it, sitting down for a meal and experiencing it and how food can bring people together!
Next week I start my Permaculture Design Certificate and then a couple of weeks later my new job. Talk about throwing oneself into a new field!
I seem to be moving through a whole array of emotions this week, this is a gigantic life change for me. I'm really sad to be leaving the music industry and the family that I consider the small company I work for, but in my heart I know it's the right time for me to do this. Working in music is all I ever wanted to do when I grew up and I did everything it was possible to do in the music world in my small hometown. I of course listened and consumed as many new exciting sounds as I could, when I was old enough to go to licensed venues I was at at every show from the first strum of the opening band til the headline act. I wrote about it, I organised shows, I booked a venue, I managed bands, I worked at a record store (and yes it was just like that film High Fidelity!), I started doing publicity for friends labels and tours and then all the stars seemed to align and I managed to get a full time music publicity job for an incredible independent label that gave me the opportunity to move to Melbourne and work with my favourite bands. It's been such an amazing ride, and I'm getting rather nostalgic this week.
At the same time I'm also really looking forward to music purely being my hobby again and also feel good knowing that by me moving on, there will be an opportunity for another really young, hungry, enthusiastic music fan to fill. For me it will hardly be a door closing, I will always love music, and I'm looking forward to being nothing more than a fan again! And once again it seems that all the stars have aligned to allow me to move onto this new and exciting next chapter of my professional life...