Anneli is a regular contributor to The Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers and is author of Flirting with Finance, the modern woman’s guide to financial freedom. She lives and writes between Melbourne, the Kimberley and Northern NSW.
I was born in Melbourne and spent my childhood growing up between Melbourne and Mansfield, in the Victorian High Country – I’ve never been able to shake the city-country kid split.
My first job was making “scrunchies” on Mum’s sewing machine and selling them to local chemists when I was 11 (remember scrunchies? …those bright material hair bands that were massive in the 80s), I also had a job delivering the local paper when I was 12. Since then, I’ve worked as an intellectual property lawyer; as a scuba dive master in Honduras and Egypt; in an investment bank in London; as part of the team that launched the creative arts startup redbubble.com; teaching media law and journalism at University of Technology, Sydney; and doing a few volunteer projects in the Kimberley through icv.com.au.
Empowerment of disadvantaged groups. Follow your bliss – it’s amazing what can happen when take a leap and free yourself up to pursue your passions. It’s not what you earn, it’s what you do with it. Small amounts of investments over time lead to financial security and lifestyle freedom.
The moments in my career that have led to the most exciting opportunities have involved making a big decision to leave: firstly, by becoming a ‘uni dropout’ by withdrawing from my dentistry degree after six weeks when I was 17; then resigning from my job (and career path) in a major law firm; and then leaving my job as a staff journalist at Sydney Morning Herald, which I had once thought would be my ‘dream job’.
I’m passionate about helping people realise there are other ways to live and to have the confidence to make big decisions in the pursuit of a dream.
Last year I presented a personal finance segment on Channel’s 10 breakfast show The Circle, and every so often my face pops up on The Age and SMH websites alongside my blog Well Heeled.
I’ve been conducting interviews for the Stolen Generations Testimonies Project that will be launched online and as an SBS documentary in 2011. www.stolengenerationstestimonies.com.au. And very soon I will be finishing my PhD in Creative Writing and with it my first novel, which is based in a fictional Aboriginal community in the Kimberley.