I didn't intend to be a journalist - it just worked out that way and I'm very glad it did. What better job is there if you like meeting interesting people and have a natural nosey streak?
Having gained a Psychology degree and an MSc in Equine Studies, I found myself casting around for jobs which weren't thick on the ground at time. So I wrote a feature based on my thesis and approached Your Horse magazine - the feature sold and I was offered work experience on their then sister magazine, Horse & Pony. Here I discovered the buzz of seeing my words in print and snapped up the chance to stay as staff writer.
I gained a Diploma in Journalism (run by parent company EMAP, now Bauer) and valuable experience in advertising sales, marketing, internal and corporate communication and PR, as well as editorial.
After six years, I was approached to join a dot com start up company as assistant editor - it was a heady few months. Lots of risk, challenge and excitement but sadly, like many, it didn't last as the quality of cash flow didn't match the quality of content.
By this time I had started a family and a self-build project, so work took a back seat while my son, daughter and house grew. In 2002 I went freelance and have not looked back since. I love the variety it offers - whether in the type of media, subject matter or the people and places. There's no knowing what challenge the next phone call may bring...