Hi there, I’m Pam, Pamela or Dr. P depending who you’re talking to and I’m really excited that you’ve found me here on
So who am I and how did I get to be on the screen in front of you?
Well, how long have you got?
I’m really no different to any of you reading this right now. I was married at 19 and had my two daughters by the time I was 24. Like many young
But then, somewhere in the middle of what I considered my well-ordered life, there was a glitch. I began to feel restless, I didn’t know why but I knew there was more out there –
It took some doing but after fifteen years of
Well, quite a lot actually in those fifteen years – amongst the grind of daily life, of working and studying:
- I helped to
organisethe weddings of two daughters. I revelledin the birth of four grandchildren – two boys and two girls (perfect balance).
- I saw those two daughters through three divorces between them- that’s life I guess.
- I dealt with the move interstate of one daughter and granddaughter.
- I went through my own divorce – yeh, that was one huge change, for someone who’d never even lived alone before!
- My mother sadly passed away before she saw me complete my studies.
initiallymy thesis needed a rewrite before it was passed.
What got me through?
Other people’s belief in me? Definitely.
The need to prove to myself that I could?
So, anyway, there I was in my fifties, living alone for the first time ever and facing the prospect of hitting the dreaded sixty. What to do?
So I’d done lots but what was I going to do to celebrate my upcoming milestone?
And I don’t pick small challenges, I go for the big ones. I decided to trek to Everest Base Camp to celebrate my 60th birthday (WTF). I’d never trekked before and I’d never been at altitude before but hey – if you’re going to do something, do it big, right?
That was one hell of a walk! And that’s putting it mildly, you should try walking over five
But as I stood there, at 5,340
And then …
Silly me – not content with doing it once I decided to wander a little further out of that zone of comfort and trek a harder and more challenging route again two years later, this one would see me reach the summit of Gokyo Ri at nearly 5,400
However, this time not all went according to plan. We had un-seasonally high snowfalls that resulted in one of the mountain passes being closed and the group having to spend a horrendous day backtracking through the snowdrifts to find another route. Then, to top it all off, Mother Nature, bless her, produced the ultimate test for me.
I was still in Kathmandu when the major earthquake hit in April 2015 killing nearly 9000 people and destroying homes and ancient monuments,
It was the scariest thing I’ve ever been through and the most humbling, and I must admit to struggling with the dampness behind my eyes as I write this a year and a half later. Although I came out physically unscathed, for a long time after I was questioning why I’d been there. I wasn’t supposed to be, my original travel plans would have seen me out of Nepal two days earlier but I’d changed my flight, deciding to have an extra couple of days in Kathmandu.
Long story short – There are no accidents in life. Everything I’ve done in my life and everything I’ve been through has led me to where I am today, and right now, I’m loving life.
I’m healthy and happy and I’ve created a business and a future for myself that I’m passionate about and that I’m thrilled to be able to share with you.
So there you are, that’s my story.
How about you?
Where are you at? I’d really like to know, so get in touch, let’s chat and see where you could take yourself.