Bonjour! I'm Annie
I’m a passionate woman who finds ways to squeeze the most out of life.
I am a born storyteller,
I tell stories that inspire and empower those around me.
I am a wife, a mother to 3, a daughter and a sister.
In 2006 I left a great career in journalism in radio and television in Canada. I was unhappy. The question that kept coming up was: How did I get there? How did I become so unhappy with my work? I felt like a spoilt brat. Complaining while living the dream I had envisioned.
I was becoming more and more aware that the road I had taken wasn’t the road for me. It was a path traced by others. It was no one’s fault. It’s how society works. We hop on the train and do all the “right things” only to discover that we want to be on a boat and there are no boats near by.
Since the age of 4 I was told what I was good at, weak at, what to do, where to go and how to go about it. So this wasn’t a big surprise. I had lost my internal compass, my ability to know what was good for me and what my soul yearned for.
In my primary years I was a bright, well-spoken straight A student. My mother would help with home works and lessons, celebrate my wins and take me to McDonald’s when I had great results.
By the end of high school I had hit rock bottom. I had stopped going to classes and nearly failed year 12. I was disconnected from myself while making important decisions for my future. When I finally got my diploma I cried with relief. For the last 3 years of high school I had been dragging my feet at school, finding nothing interesting, not even my arts classes. I wanted to stop studying but was encouraged to keep going. I could always take a break after my studies, I was told.
Like many of us, I let life make choices for me. I ended up studying journalism in university and working as a reporter.
My arrival in Australia was when my OWN Life schooling journey started. I had to learn to live with a clean slate. I felt like a prisoner who had been locked inside for a long time experiencing complete freedom for the first time. That’s when I decided to invest in my own self development. I invested money and energy and listened to every master of motivational intelligence under the sun...
But it took me a while to listen to the most important ones: myself and my most important calling motherhood. I was 35.
I had no idea what happy and independent children would look like at the time but I knew it wasn’t how our culture was doing it.
My child was learning everything through modelling. I didn’t need to teach her to walk, to speak English, to eat, or to sing... she was doing it by watching me, I would just speak to her and I could sing to her and eat with her. And all this required spending time together developing a deep connection. This connection gave me access to my intuition, a tool we have forgotten to use. All I needed to do was to be there to support and encourage her.
But we live in a society that sends us different messages: Don’t listen to yourself, read books from parenting experts, follow other’s instructions. And then: when are you back at work? And what school will she go to? I was asked to put her on a list for a good school from birth in fear we would miss out.
I saw parents and children feeling empty, overwhelmed, anxious, drained and disconnected. I saw tired children fighting their parents not wanting to do homework, families spending less time together, filling their schedule with more activities in fear that their children would miss out. Let me tell you something: If that’s you, you are not a bad parent. Parents have simply lost touch with themselves and fear that their children will do the same. They fear they will mess up their child’s future.
But they won’t. Children need one thing: the freedom to choose a new path, their own path. That's what Lifeschooling has given us!
I’m here to tell you: You and your child have the instructions within yourself. We all came with it. That knowing is crucial for a mother. Because it allows you to connect to your instinct, your intuition without shame or guilt. That connection gave me the ability to become the mother I needed to be and that same connection will help your child create a lifelong love of learning.
You and your child have the instructions within yourself. We all came with it. That knowing is crucial for a mother. Because it allows you to connect to your instinct, your intuition without shame or guilt.