Hey there, I’m Laura Louise and I’m a chubby, unapologetic loudmouth who likes to swear and has lots of feelings about various social justice issues – which works out well, because I’m also a communications professional working in the human rights and international development sector.

This Aussie gal grew up in Geelong then moved to Melbourne for my Bachelor’s degree (in International Studies, can you get more vague) and never really left it, save for a stint in South Africa and multiple work trips to Ethiopia. Then June 2015 rocked up, and I embarked on a chaotic two-year stint in NYC. Now back in Oz, I’m figuring out what I want my career, and the rest of my life, to look like. I’m also broke as fuck. I also just finally, finally finished my postgraduate study: a Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law at Melbourne Law School. So I can have an astronomical HELP debt and be even more broke as fuck, apparently.

The average work day can get pretty heavy (who wants to talk about the gendered nature of poverty!) and my obsession with consuming news 24/7 doesn’t really lighten the mood, so I have my recreational outlets. Travel is my drug of choice, and I travel mostly so I can eat lots of food. So maybe food is my drug of choice? That would explain the size of my ass.

A thorough skincare regime and a fledgling interest in make-up are also good fodder for escapism. I have the skin of a tired old woman crossed with a hormonal teenage boy, so a lot of my spare time is spent trying to contain that catastrophe.

Interior design and polymer clay are other low-level interests of mine, mostly low-level because I’m not actually good at making anything with clay; nor I’ll never own a space to design, This is apparently due to my fondness for avocados according to a baby boomer who had never heard of the housing affordability crisis.

hey laura louise is my first coordinated effort at producing a blog, but this isn’t my first foray into blogging. I’ve been writing all sorts of drivel on-and-off for a while, and up until about two years ago, was producing semi-regular drivel on Medium. If you click here, you can read it. Since then I’ve found it tough to turn a train of thought into content, but I’m hoping hey laura louise will be the space in which that changes.

Hopefully you like it. If you don’t, then fuck it, I’mma grown-ass woman and I’ll do what I want.

Peace out. x