Edwina - Reconnect in an authentic way

Flourish Australia showed me how to reconnect with my creative side in an authentic way instead of hiding my anxiety behind big hats and flamboyant style.

My lived experience of anxiety was triggered by the Bali bombings back in 2003. I set aside studies in fashion and design to migrate back to Australia and be closer to my mum but found myself homeless in Sydney after we had a falling out. 

Taking the step to apply for a packaging job within Flourish Australia's community businesses turned my life around. The work culture is so welcoming and they helped me to secure an NDIS package which has given me access to The Academy of Learning and practical everyday support. With their encouragement I took up work with a tailor for a prestige fashion brand which re-ignited my interest in getting back to design. I’ve reconnected with my creative side and I’m working toward producing a video.

I’ve always loved keeping a journal, so I’ve started writing for Flourish Australia’s Panorama Magazine and aspire to being published in a mainstream newspaper where what I have to say can make a difference. The financial stability I’ve found through my work gives me the freedom to stay focused on going after what I want for my life.

My transgender lifestyle still attracts discrimination but being part of an inclusive workplace has helped me to become resilient. The most positive change in me is feeling so secure in myself that I’ve done away with dressing flamboyantly to mask my insecurity. I’ve learned that people respond to authenticity. They want to see a face they can identify with and get to know the real me and for the first time in my life I’m ok with that.

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Our approach to supporting you is different because more than 50% of the people we employ have had their own lived experience of mental health challenges and many of them make up our peer workforce. They get it, because they have been there, so they're able to come alongside you with genuine understanding and insight. 

For more information, contact us on 1300 779 270 or make an enquiry now.