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Just between us: it’s time for change

Amanda Whitley

I’ve never been afraid of change.

Instead, I view each of life’s twists and turns as a new opportunity, keen to see what lies ahead. After all, some of the things I’m most proud of, and grateful for, have come from not taking the ‘safe’ route.

HerCanberra, which is now not only my job but my life (as it permeates everything that I do), is one of the wonderful things that has come from embracing change. It has not only given me a career that I love but has introduced me to so many wonderful people who I now call ‘friend’.

Over the past two-and-a-bit years, as HerCanberra has grown from ‘just me’ to a team of seven and many more in our broader community of writers, my ‘family’ has also grown. Our wonderful writers and, in particular, our HQ team are like my sisters. And I mean that in the truest non-corny sense of the word. We cohabitate (during business hours, at least), we share the good and bad parts of our lives, we comfort each other, we tease each other, we sometimes argue, we sometimes say things we regret; but at the end of the day we always come back together. We love each other.

Today, ‘change’ is a bittersweet emotion for me. On Friday, we farewelled our Unveiled Editor, Laura Peppas, as she embarks on the journey of motherhood. Today, we said goodbye to our Creative Director, Javier Steel, as she too discovers the wonders of being a mum.

I am sad because these two women have played a massive role in making HerCanberra what it is today, but also because every day going forward will have a distinct Laura-and-Javier-shaped hole in it. But I’m also happy…because I know that this is the start of a beautiful time in their lives.

But as we wave these beautiful ladies goodbye (albeit temporarily), I’m also excited to welcome new faces to the team: Ashleigh Went as Feature Writer and Client Relationship Manager; Katrina Radojkovic as Graphic Designer; and Emily Simpson as UNVEILED Editorial Coordinator. We’ll introduce each of these wonderful women to you in greater detail in coming weeks.

But for now, it’s all about Laura and Javier. These are two smart, passionate, creative women who have not only followed my sometimes-crazy ideas, they’ve made their own a reality. They’ve pushed me to be a better person and a better businesswoman, they’ve taken HerCanberra to greater heights, and they’ve made me laugh so, so much. I love them dearly and I can’t wait to squeeze their baby unicorns.

Here’s to change, and everything that it brings.


Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author