We are overcome with nostalgia for this tiny being whose Father told her "young heart, run free'. And that she did. She began What Peter Said in memory of her late father, Peter. She used her scars, experiences and life lines to become her own muse. Through words and all sorts of beautiful bits and pieces she captured the attention and hearts of many dreamers, free spirits and hopeless romantics. It has the ability to take you to a whimsical place that you have yet to travel and make you believe that you can get there too.
This girl dreams big, proceeds to turn them into a reality and once she achieves it, she begins to dream again to create the success and life she deserves. From her first endeavors into writing, she has since turned her passion into a fulfilling career. Broadening her horizons with the creation of Love & List, she has manifested another wonderful website for us all to enjoy with an even dose of heart and humour.
In a space of four years she has built a blooming portfolio, which has seen her work for titles such as KarryOn, Pedestrian.tv, and Most Wanted to name a few. Matter's Speaking website was one of her latest ventures and without her, our vision would not have become a visual reality and sight to behold without her. Please let us introduce you to Pauline Morrissey...
When did you decide to depart from the ordinary and pursue your dreams
Not knowing exactly what I wanted to do fresh out of high school, I signed along the dotted lines of the first full time job that was offered to me, a corporate role within the recruitment industry. Four years went by and my creative itch had started to spread, which I healed by launching my own blog in 2010, What Peter Said. I later fell madly in love with writing and decided then and there that I would work tirelessly towards collecting all the experience, know how and self confidence that I needed to turn that love into a pay check.
What happened next? And what do you think the key to your success is
I had it planned out, I was going to quit my job, sell all my things, and move to London to see if I could make a career transition there. When I handed in my resignation letter, my boss at the time told me "My friend has a Journalism Degree and he only serves coffee for a living". This kind of comment could have been enough to discourage me from my grand plan, but luckily I've always been a fan of the 'underdogs'. By realising quickly that, that was what I had become, I used it to my advantage and kept on truckin'.
I quit, moved, and I scored my first editorial job with a London based website after being there for a month. I believe two things got me from A to B: HARD work and a sturdy backbone.
What piece of advice would you give to other people who are thinking of doing the same thing
Know that a 'dream job' whatever that may be for different people, can remain exactly that; a dream (a fantasy in which we can only live out in our minds), but if you decide you want it bad enough to live it out in reality, you better be prepared to put your back into it. You know? Like that Ice Cube song... "you can do it put your back into it!"
Inspiration is everywhere. You went road trippin for 3 months through the USA before you lived in London. Now having returned home to Sydney, what did you discover and learn while you were wandering
That getting completely lost is not always a bad thing! (Figuratively) Breaking down from a flat tyre, in a strange little town in the middle of nowhere during a road trip through Texas, doesn't necessarily mean you're about to get murdered like in all American horror movies. Sometimes it means meeting friendly strangers and creating memories of unplanned spontaneous shenanigans that you will forever remember fondly. (Literally) Breaking down of relationships, from living too far from home, for far too long, doesn't necessarily mean you've lost your way. Sometimes it's an opportunity to pave a new path for yourself and figure out who's going to walk it with you, and who's not.
You create to
Bring home the bacon! But also to sleep at night, I swear if I didn't have ways to type out my many manic thoughts that swirl around in my head, they would honestly keep me up at night.
What is it that you are most proud of
This thing I call my 'reserve tank'. Like a lot of people, for me, often when it rains, it pours. I have found myself in plenty of situations where I felt out of fuel, ready to flick on my blinker, pull up on the side of the road and call it quits. But I've always convinced myself to dig a little deeper into my 'reserve tank' and power on. I'm not sure where or who I adopted this type of resilience from, but I do like to think that my Father passed it on to me.
You will never
Be good with directions.
When you don't work, how do you play
I'm not going to lie...there may or may not be a few vendors at the Sydney Flower Markets, who may or may not know me on a first name basis. I don't miss a Saturday morning without going to buy myself a few bunches of blooms, it makes me feel refreshed and revived for the new week to come. You know the scene from Home Alone 2? Where Macaulay Culkin's Mum figures out that she could find her son at The Rockfeller Center Christmas Tree? Well, lets just say my partner would know where to find me when I get lost.
Jokes aside, when I'm not agonising over the decision between tulips and hydrangeas, I'm going on adventures with my husband (still newlyweds by 2 months!) That can range from taking off in the car and going on a road trip to escape the city, to building a fort with sheets in our living room just for the sake of it.
You have recently launched your new website Love and List, can you tel us more about this latest project of yours
There are many reasons why I started this new little pride and joy of mine; one is to make practice perfect, by learning and growing in my own writing style, the other is to manage a handful of other writers, in order to learn the ropes of a more senior role that I would hope to gain one day (always thinking ahead!), but mainly because I missed having my very own creative outlet. I stopped writing in my old blog What Peter Said the day I started to get paid to write for someone else's. So having something that's mine again feels fulfilling. Plus, I get to write about whatever I want, whenever I want, rather than what's on my brief for that week. There's only so much Mean Girls inspired articles my boss will let me write.
Lastly describe your life in six words
Large skim cappuccino one sugar...pronto!