Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A glimpse of my purple Malden personal filofax

This gorgeous Filofax has been used daily since 2015. Whether I use it as my primary diary/organiser/planner, or whether I use it for lists and information (as in the old 'file of facts') it has been used. Thrown in bags, dropped on desks and working like the little amazing purple powerhouse it is. The cover just looks better and better with the slight scratches and stains it gathers on the way.

The rings are perfect and have stood up to the test of time, opening and closing and lots of paper stuffed in them!


Currently I have a day to a page, and lots of lists, information and note pages crammed inside.


I edged my day to a page pages in month groups, with Washi tape from local Aussie washi tape seller Chiyogami Designs.


Here is my Filofax Malden personal sized in purple in all its stuffed goodness.






Friday, 27 April 2018

Sharing - AWSN article Profile of Veterans - Mary-Jane

Latest article I wrote for the official AWSN Blog as part of the Profile of Veterans series. You can see the article at this link >>
Profile of Veterans - Mary-Jane <<

Sunday, 22 April 2018

SHARING - post from AWSN blog - Where are all the women


I am the Blog manager for the official Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) blog, we had a guest writer this month, Lidia Giuliano, who wrote about the lack of women presenters in the infosec industry and why  she thinks this is. This is such a great article I am sharing the link to it here: >>Where are all the women <<


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Happiness Day

This post originally appeared on the Australian Women in Security Blog.


The United Nations, via adviser Jayme Illien, founded the International Day of Happiness, also known as Happiness Day, when the UN resolution 66/281 was unanimously adopted. This day is celebrated on 20 March each year.

Pledging to create more happiness in the world aligns with the goals of the AWSN. By supporting, collaborating with, inspiring and connecting women working in security AWSN can help promote well-being and happiness in these individuals.



On this International Day of Happiness let's reflect on how we can promote kindness, fun and happiness in our own communities.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Flamingo in a flock of pigeons - first published on the Austraian Women in Security Network Blog

Excerpt from a post I wrote that originally appeared on the Australian Women in Security Network Blog

I am all about STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths.  I do not stick to only one subject or thematic topic, instead preferring to explore a wide variety of disciplines. Over the years I have had people express criticism of my need to learn and my eclectic interests. '. 

To these people I say that my hunger for learning:


  • has not reached a limit and I doubt it will.
  • gives me a broadened outlook.
  • gives me the ability to converse on all manner of diverse topics.
  • makes me anything but boring.
  • enhances my abilities as an employee, enhances my empathy and, enriches my soul.

I am a #GeekGirl and proud!
I am a flamingo in a flock of pigeons!

To read the entire post please go to the Australian Women in Security Network's official blog at this link.



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Monday, 1 January 2018

Making Resolutions and keeping them - post first appeared on the AWSN blog

This post in its entirety was first published on the Australian Women in Security Network blog, to see the whole post please go to this link.

As a year ends and another starts it is quite common for people to make resolutions. Sometimes they resolve to lose weight, get fit, stop smoking, pay off debt... endless lists!

According to Statistic Brain however only 9.2% of people succeed in their resolutions and, Business Insider stated that 80% of new year resolutions fail by February of that year!

So how do we make positive improvement resolutions  that we can keep?

Targets are more likely to be achieved if the steps towards them are both realistic and feasible.

When making your plans for 2018, reconsider the standard resolutions that are often made while in party mode and are so vague they never stand a chance of being achieved, and think of two to three main things you wish to do or achieve in the year and make reachable plans on how to bring these into fruition. There is no guarantee that your goals will be achieved in the year, but at least this way you are working towards actual realistic outcomes with tangible steps.

What are your reflections of your resolutions or goals you made in January 2017? Have you achieved these goals/stuck to these resolutions? If yes, what did you do to ensure success? If not, what can you improve on next year to help your success?