About

Hi, I’m Cathy and I’m from Sydney, welcome to my blog – don’t forget to run away! I have:

  • just quit my job
  • given away all my possessions
  • got my motorbike licence
  • said goodbye to my family and friends

I’m going to Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Europe and the UK, and the US. I can’t wait to run away to new opportunities, new food, new people, new cultures, new places, new adventures and living out of my comfort zone.

Why?

I’ve worked as a researcher in the child protection system for the last 8 years (5 years in government and 3 years in a NGO) and I’m burnt out! After interviewing more than 300 families and talking to over 100 practitioners I have concluded that the system causes harm to the children it is meant to protect and there is a lack of leadership to change it. I need inspiration to decide what to do next.

 

My beautiful daughters have grown up to be independent woman and are taking on the world in their own unique ways.

I just turned 50 and feel 50 is the new 18 – gap years should be compulsory for all ages! I spent 4 months travelling when I was 19 and the experience transformed my life for the better and I’m excited about how this experience is going to transform the next period of my life.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Cathy, you always inspire me and now via blog from Japan. Even though I’ve accepted that epilepsy means I’ll never drive, I want a motorbike licence too. I was also feeling burnt out late last year and while I’ve found a wonderful new space I wish I had your courage.

    Japan was the first country I travelled to – I guess I was 18 or 19. First year economics was a deeply depressing experience (bar Philosophy 1) so when the chance came to skip most of a semester and spend 2 months travelling I grabbed it. Need to work out where that more adventurous bent has gone. 46 ain’t time to play it safe.

    Make sure you remember the contribution you made in child protection research. You are right about leadership (or lack thereof) but your deep interest in the experiences of young people and practitioners across all those interviews meant more to hem than I suspect you understand.

    You are wise and brave and I’ll be following the blog!

    Much love, Sal

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