Author: Diane Lee

Diane Lee is a fifty-something Australian author who quit her secure government job in 2016 because she was dying of boredom and wanted an adventure. Taking a risk and a volunteering job, she escaped to Hanoi, Vietnam and hasn’t regretted it. At all. Diane now works part-time for a social enterprise, and as freelance writer and editor. One day she hopes to marry a red-headed Irish or Scottish man named Stan.

This post was originally posted on WFA.Life. The Freedom Road series documents my transition to a more freelance, less corporate working life. The freedom to choose… I’ve got a confession to make. I’m 52 years old and I’m sick of working. Actually, that’s not quite right. I’m 52 years old and I’m sick of working for other people in a job. I’m sick of the 9-5 grind, the having to be at my workplace because someone has decided that “being there” constitutes productivity. I’m over being told what to work on and what to do by “leaders” whose only real claim to

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Rebekah Stevens is 29 and lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She is married, with one child and one fur baby (dog). She works as a medical secretary and loves being a mum. Rebekah only started running a couple of years ago, but in that short time, has been able to tick off some fabulous running goals. Rebekah is a huge fan of  the paleo and vegan approach to food. 1. At what age did you start running? I was 27ish when I started running. 2. Why did you start running? It was free! I was having issues with my weight as I had

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Fuck It Right Off. After a year of wandering around in a work desert, with a brief respite in only one or two oases, I’m checking out. And by checking out, I mean checking in. For the last three months, I’ve been back in a marketing communications role. Finally, after close to nine months, I thought I’d found my home. That I could relax. Nothing could be further from the truth. After working my butt off for the last three months, putting my hand up to help out my immediate team (who by the way, are wonderful and I respect

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Michelle Hanlin is 44 years young and lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She is partnered with five children and lots of pets, and works as a registered nurse/nurse educator and consumer advisor. In amongst all this, Michelle still finds time to run, is an active member the trail running community and loves supporting other runners. 1. At what age did you start running? I was 41, almost 42. 2. Why did you start running? A shoulder injury had forced me to give up paddling and netball. I was sitting on my butt and getting fat! 3. How did you approach running when you first started?

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Melinda Kovac is a writer of short stories, historical fiction, young adult novels and memoir who is working on her first novel. She has been blogging for a number of years, with her newest blog now at melindakovac.com. She also has her own copywriting, editing and proofreading business, MKK Communications, should you need any of those services. Writing: find what works for you A year ago when I offered to write a guest blog post about how writers juggle art and life I naively thought I’d have it all figured out by now. People seem to do this all the

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Late to the party, I have become a huge fan of House of Cards. Just like Game of Thrones (of which I’m also a huge fan) HoC deals with the theme of power, and is an expose of what one couple would do to: a) gain (arguably) the most powerful political position in the world and b) retain this power. Murder, manipulation, corruption, lies, cover-ups, abuse of power: these actions are all in a day’s work for Francis and Claire Underwood. From where I sit—intrigued, I might add—they are clearly psychopaths. They are arrogant, callous people who are defined by their lack

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Rose Lowe—who is now 67—took up running in her late 50s because her weight was an issue and walking took up far too much time. While she never played sport as a youngster because of poor eyesight, she built up her running distances from 100m to full marathon, and has now competed in a couple of ultras. Ros’s Running With Sisters story includes her daughter. Spoiler alert: you’ll need tissues. My daughter’s name is Annie. In January 2013 she moved from Adelaide to Sydney, taking up a high-profile job. For the previous 12 months she had been unwell and was treated

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An award for me? Aw, shucks Recently, I was nominated for a Liebster Award by the fabulous Laura Roberts from Buttontapper Press—who was one of my first Secret Lives of Writers guest bloggers—and has become a firm favourite of mine on Facebook. A big, huge thank you, Laura, for nominating me! I have nominated five more bloggers (see below), and for nominated bloggers, these are the guidelines to keep the award going if you choose to accept it: Display an image of the award and write about your nomination. Thank and link the person who nominated you for this award. Answer the 11

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Photo by Tim Marshall via Unsplash. Used with permission. What can be better than a Bucket List? Bucket Lists have been done to death, pardon the pun. Anyone and everyone has been compiling lists of things to do and places to see before they kick the bucket, as it were. The underlying philosophy of the Bucket List is the notion that life is short and temporary and that one should make sure that one does and sees everything one can before one dies. Sorry about the queenly language there. I’ve never had a Bucket List as such, although I do have

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Rula Hockley is 54 years young and lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She is married with children, and works full-time as a registered nurse and midwife. Rula is living proof that you can take up running at any age and with careful management  of health issues. 1. At what age did you start running? I was 50. 2. Why did you start running? I lived with worsening bladder incontinence following birth of my last child over 20 years ago. I had corrective surgery, then boom! Off I headed. I was also three quarters of the way through completing a Personal Trainer course

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Dorothy Distefano has loved to read since discovering the power of words at four-and-a-half years old with the book, “Ann Likes Red.” Moving to writing was a natural progression, though she took a circuitous route to get there. She has been, in no particular order, a wife, mother, psychiatric RN, gastroenterological nurse, substitute teacher, family book club creator, PTA president, and soap opera critic. She is finally living her dream. Random facts: her children can tell what kind of day she’s having by looking at her hair; her favorite word is lollygag; she loves Kindle so she can carry 3,000

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Lorita Sasikin is 44 and lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She works full-time as a HR Systems Specialist for Capgemini. Lorita is single. 1. At what age did you start running? I was 25 years old. 2. Why did you start running? I was living in Sydney with my flatmate and she had started going for morning walks at 6 a.m. and I decided to join her. As we got fitter, we started to incorporate a bit of running. Also, I used to go for walks around Centennial Park and this girl ran past me. I say ran but she was doing

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