LEGO Masters Australia Season 2
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I am 38 and when I think about it I have always put myself last. I married young, started a family, I have two awesome boys, one of which has ASD. I home school my boys and have done so now full time for 7-years. I'm a stay at home mum, carer, and teacher.
"No way, how can I leave my family?"
I have been 100% dedicated to my family, I'm a proud Mum and have no regrets.
LEGO came into my life several years ago when I discovered it was a calming tool for my
ASD son and it quickly became a major part of our everyday life. I too started to build.
After becoming part of a LEGO club and doing exhibits, the opportunity came about to apply for season two of LEGO Masters, at first I said "No way, how can I leave my family?".
I thought about it for a month, then after talking to the family, I thought this is something
I actually really want to do, for me.
"The biggest fear I had was not knowing anyone"
My boys are older now, the opportunity has arisen and I may never get the chance again. So I applied, and it's a decision that changed my life! One thing led to another and I was chosen as one of the final 16. I was terrified, excited and so nervous.
In 38-years I have never been anywhere by myself, I have never been away from my children aged 9 and 14 for more than 1 night. I have only flown twice in my life and am not a fan of it, but the biggest fear I had was not knowing anyone. I struggled at school and never felt like I could fit in anywhere.
Would these people like me? What was my partner going to be like? Would we build ok together?
Leaving my family was hard, I cried, a lot. Being a naturally nervous and lacking in confidence kind of person, I jumped on that plane and later discovered it was the best decision of my life.
I spent weeks with people who quickly became family, we all supported each other,
spent time together, talked, laughed, cried and built friendships that would last a lifetime.
Was it hard being away? Was it hard in front of cameras? Did I struggle?
At times yes! Massively!
But I had 15 other people who were so similar to myself that they made my experience one that would last a lifetime. I finally felt like I belonged.
I went from saying “I’m not good enough”, “I can't do this”, to saying “I can do this” I am good enough!
I learnt new things, became a better builder, grew in confidence and gained 15 new family members.