I’ve been honoured with an invitation to be guest speaker at a Pink Ribbon Day event in Sydney on October 21st, so it’s with mixed feelings that I’m cutting short my current stint in New York. The event is one of many awareness- and fund-raising events held around Australia under the auspices of the National Breast Cancer Foundation to promote breast cancer awareness. While I’m fortunate in not having experienced breast cancer directly or indirectly in my family, I was invited to speak because of my career transition into the philanthropic and not-for-profit sector since leaving Freehills (the host of the event), and because of my experiences as a primary care-giver to my husband during his battle with cancer, which I wrote about in my book, The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement, published earlier this year.
So in the next week or two I must squeeze in a few more meetings with philanthropic advisers and not-for-profit executives and conduct more preliminary research for what I hope might eventually turn into another book. I’ve also been busy finalising two unexpected commissions – one from the Australian magazine Notebook and one from the British magazine Psychologies, for their respective January issues. (Once I finally work out how to upload PDFs and revise content on my website proper, rather than simply on this blog, then I will be able to share them once they’re published.)