Sometimes I wonder what the odds are of a once
frizzy-haired kid like me, running bare foot through the streets of Papua New
Guinea and sleeping in the bush in the Outback Australia... growing up to be able
to live the life that I do.
My weeks are
spent chatting with billionaires, supermodels, movie stars, political leaders,
world champion athletes and anyone else who might be at the top of their
industry. I attend premier events and places
that includes everything from the House of Lords with Harry and William
strolling around as the Lords play magic tricks on me, to being trained by the
FBI to shoot automatic weapons, to standing next to the Governor of South
Australia in the VIP box on the finish line of the Tour Down under as Lance
Armstrong tears by with a peloton of cyclists on his tail. I can never calculate the exact odds of my
luck, but I do know the magnitude of my gratefulness is infinite.
was born in Darwin, Australia. I spent
six years in the Australian bush in Kalamunda, a suburb of Perth, catching
deadly snakes and training wild kookaburra's to sit on my shoulder (think Steve
Irwin.) For three years I ran barefoot
in Papua New Guinea growing up with the native kids. I kayaked from island to island through the
Indonesian archipelago and explored the mountains and volcanoes long before the
rise of international tourism (and terrorism.)
My family and I caught rickety
old boats with the pigs and the chickens to remote islands in Thailand where
there wasn't even a pier; we had to jump onto a plank of wood and pull ourselves
to shore by rope. One of my favorite pastimes is sleeping under a million stars
in Alice Springs in the Australian Outback where I lived for 15 years.
have ridden elephants in Asia, camels around the Pyramids, been dog sledding in
the Arctic, took a sampan (a Vietnamese row boat) through the North Vietnam
jungle, rode horses through the ocean in the Caribbean, big game fishing on the
Great Barrier Reef... and on and on.
Life has been an exquisite tapestry for me and you could comfortably
call me an adventure traveler.
moved to Kansas City 15 years ago and I'm thrilled to call it my home.
living in Australia, America and Papua New Guinea, I have collectively spent
years travelling throughout 5 of the 7 continents.
So how did I come to do what I do now? When I was five or six, I admired Mother
Teresa for her love and kindness to humanity; in fact I wanted to be a nun. I
was also drawn to Martin Luther King for his ability to move people for the
greater good. But then Wonder Woman came
along and changed the course of my life... she had a much better marketing
package than Mother Teresa. I knew at six that
I would grow up to deal with world leaders, help humanity and package myself like
Wonder Woman. It wasn't just a "knowing" it was an intense vision with a light
hazy glow around it. In fact many of the
successful people I interview talk of having such a passion or a vision when
they were about 5 or 6.
So instead of becoming a nun, I became a model.
My main focus is international affairs of course given my international background and unique perspective. I have spoken with media around the world on many heated topics like international elections and Abu Graib prison etc. I
got a huge following around the world as you can see by this graph of my early
I started The Global Townhall about 2 years ago. I interview international celebrities who are at the top of their industry to find out how they got there hoping that some of their pearls of wisdom will influence our readers (and me.) I adamantly believe "you become who you surround yourself with." I also help with human rights issues and global stability. Some of the people I have interviewed include supermodel Kathy Ireland, billionaire T Boone Pickens, Italian opera singer André Bocelli and Senator Roberts. Many of my guests are friends or often become so throughout the interview process so my database is filled with incredible diversity from Lords of London, supermodels, actors and astronauts.
So, life has turned out as big as my hopes and dreams. I consider myself to be a "life" sculptor. Like an artist, I have visions of what I want, where I want to go, who I want to meet, then I let it burn in my belly. Somehow that vision appears on the canvas of my life in 3D. So, after coming from really rugged beginnings, I dreamed big, took risks and beat the odds but the burning in my belly is telling me I have only just began...