A writing journey takes many twists and turns and it often presents unexpected surprises. I was recently given the opportunity to do something that I would never ever have thought possible. I met with our state member of parliament to discuss my new picture book project Our Shellharbour and to introduce myself as a local children's author in our area. I took along copies of my books Go Away, Foxy Foxy, Feathers and Home. I was dressed professionally and on time. I instantly liked our local state member, Anna Watson. After our introductions, I showcased my picture books and Anna was extremely interested and loved my writing and professionalism. She was particularly drawn to Home as it is so relevant to what is happening in the world at this present time. The book covers the themes of migration, new beginnings and refugees. It's inspired by my own family heritage. Anna wanted to present Home in the New South Wales parliament so she asked me to write a speech that she would read out in parliament on my behalf. What a wondrous opportunity, I had just completed a course on pitching and used the knowledge gained to write my speech. Rather that procrastinate and worry I followed my instincts and was authentically real. Who would have thought a children’s author would have a speech read out on their behalf in the New South Wales parliament? You may not be aware of this but people in your local community do watch what you do. I often pop down to a local coffee shop where I can focus on the task at hand. This means I get to chat to people in our village. A local business lady, who has bought my books for her grandchildren said, ‘I saw this and knew I just had to get this for you.’ I opened the beautifully presented package and inside was a gorgeous handmade felt foxy badge. Her granddaughter loves reading Go Away, Foxy Foxy. Treasure your journey gifts they are precious.