When I was fifteen if you’d asked me what my life purpose was, I would have mumbled something about marrying Kirk Cameron and working as a children’s TV host. Neither happened (I blame the corkscrew perm and stone wash jeans. Thank you, 1987). But still, back then if I had a “purpose” I figured it was to be a reporter on Wombat or Simon Townsend’s Wonder World.
Thirty years later
and my answer is crystal clear.
These days I feel like my purpose is to help tweens and teens traverse that tricky path from childhood to adulthood. My great passion is helping kids (and their parents) navigate school friendships, have a more positive experience online and understand that despite what society tells them they are enough just as they are.
It’s why I go into high schools and talk to thousands of teenagers every year about resilience and giving back and the idea of your high school legacy and – most of all – the power of finding those friends who like you for who you are and have your back.
It’s why I make podcasts like Ask Me Anything where I play agony aunt answering anonymous questions from teenage girls.
And it’s why I agreed to be an Ambassador for #TeamGirls – an initiative put together by Suncorp and Netball Australia.
#TeamGirls is a group of organisations coming together to ask: How can we help young girls feel confident? Confident about their bodies. Confident about their abilities. Confident with money. How can we help our girls navigate the mixed and confusing messages society fires at them? What part can we play to teach them about friendship and being role models for each other? So I said...
SO I SAID...
You had me at hello.
Take A Breath.
My website isn’t just a place where you can read my bio and buy my books or request me for your school. It’s a place where you can take a breath. Read some stories, listen to some podcasts, discover a few ideas or tools you hadn’t thought of before and leave - I hope - feeling uplifted.
Away from this page, I’m an aunty and a godmother to several tween and teen girls. But I’d like to think I can also be an unofficial godmother to all those kids out there who need another grownup in their corner offering advice and wisdom and understanding.
Are you ready? Let's get going!
Aside from writing books Rebecca has written for Mamamia, co-hosted two seasons of the award-winning health and happiness podcast The Well with Robin Bailey and played Agony Aunt to teenagers across the country on the Ask Me Anything podcast. She also talks to thousands of school students (and their parents!) every year about friendship, resilience, giving back and how to have a more positive experience online. Rebecca is an ambassador for The Pyjama Foundation and Suncorp’s #TeamGirls initiative. In 2018 she was invited to sit on the Queensland Government’s Anti-Bullying Taskforce.
Rebecca lives in Brisbane with her husband Brad, her three kids and two labradoodles (one of whom is INCREDIBLY naughty).