Today’s guest is mum of two Jules Sebastian – a TV presenter, stylist, public speaker and philanthropist who has captured the heart of Australia through her warm, relatable and honest approach to life.
Today’s conversation was such a joyful one for me. I first spoke to Annabelle Hickson over a year ago about having her as a guest on our podcast. Annabelle is a writer, photographer, florist, podcaster, author and now magazine publisher – she recently launched Galah magazine which is dedicated to celebrating regional Australia.
One thing I love about Annabelle is her grit. In today’s episode we’ll take you back to how she landed her first job at the prestigious newspaper The Australian through sheer willpower. So when she fell madly in love with a pecan farmer from regional NSW, and gave up the dream job to start a new life with him, she was prepared to work hard. What she wasn’t prepared for was how surprising her new life was. And while there was plenty of elbow grease, she says, she was taken aback by how much joy, beauty, and opportunity she found. In contrast to the stories we all hear about farm life, of shortage and lack, Annabelle found inspiration.
She taught herself photography, published a book, started a podcast, freelanced as a writer, oh, and had three children. And Annabelle wants to do away with the myth of ‘simple country folk’. Her magazine Galah already has over 80 stockists around Australia as well as being available via her website galahpress.com. It’s shot in the most beautiful vivid colours – and if you’re one of her over 70 thousand followers on Instagram then you’ll know and love her eye for breathtaking images and lust-worthy interiors – and it’s printed in real, hard-copy form. Remember that?
In this episode you’ll be inspired and reminded of the beauty in slowing down, whether it’s via the art of letter writing, or flower arranging, or simply being in nature.
If you’ve ever dreamed of a tree change, this episode might push you over the edge. Or onto a pecan farm.