Hi! I’m Helen.
I guess you’re here because you want to find out a bit more about me!
Talking about myself always feels weird. Where do I start? What do people want to know? I don’t consider myself very interesting or exciting, so I’m still struggling with the lie that no one wants to hear what I have to say.
But I’m learning to push past all those lies. Even if I still hear them whispering in my ear – well, they can talk to the hand. Or talk to Jesus, that’d be even better. He’ll tell ’em exactly where to go.
I’m also a wife to my amazing husband Thomas, and mother to our three children – two tween daughters, and a 3-year-old son. Yes, that means life is busy and crazy as we straddle significantly different age groups.
My husband is my calm place. He’s my rock. He’s the Godly husband I always dreamed of having (once I got past my difficult, lessons-I-had-to-learn stage, but never mind that now!).
We currently have 2 grand-fur-babies (bunnies), courtesy of our middle daughter. I’ve always had dogs, so bunnies are new to me. I’m still getting used to it. They are super cute, but I miss the focused devotion and unwavering affection of a dog!
My family and I live in a small country town in regional NSW, Australia, which is where I grew up. For several years I did the big smoke (Sydney) thing for university and the first years of my IT career. But it’s nice to be back in the quiet.
My other big focus right now is my business. I own and operate Impressence Web Studios, a web agency focused on helping women in business fulfill their God-given purpose and make a powerful impact on the world.
Other Random Facts
I love to crochet, when I get a chance. My favourite things to make are blankets, colourful beanies and cute dresses for my daughters’ dolls (although they’re getting past that now).
I’ve always been a nerd. Picture it: It’s 1991, in a small country town. I’m 10-years-old. I’m a girl. What am I doing for fun? I’m teaching myself how to code on one of those old computers that plugged into the TV. By 1998 I’ve been introduced to the internet and my life changes forever. The minute I discovered what a website was, I started building them.
I’m an Aussie girl through and through, born and bred. But I’m also curiously Asian in other ways. That’s because my mother is from the Philippines. When people first meet me, they usually spend the first few minutes wondering what I am. It’s true. Random people over my life have asked me questions like, “Are you a mix?” or “Where are you from?”
Growing up, my staples to read were The Baby Sitters Club, and Sweet Valley High. I still have all my books.
These days I read Christian romance fiction. Yes, I love romance fiction. I don’t care what you think. I’m a romantic, always have been. Jesus is too, you know. I’ll tell you more about that sometime.
Faith + Family + Freedom
These are the focus of my life. In that order, and altogether.
My faith is foundational to my whole existence, to everything I do in my life, to everything that I am. My relationship with Jesus is the single most sustaining factor in my life.
My family is my priority assignment. Their well-being is more important than any other thing I can do. This well-being extends to myself – I’m no good to my family if I’m not looking after myself.
Freedom. This is the result of what Jesus did on the cross. This is the result of receiving what Jesus brings and releases me from. Freedom to be who I am, freedom from insecurities, fear and doubt. Freedom from lies, and past pain. Freedom is a process, and incremental. But it’s totally available if we just let Jesus work in our lives.