Reina

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I am a criminal defence lawyer, a blogger (Truths She Wrote), a photographer and am pro-gluten, pro-sugar, pro-meat, pro-KFC.

Dream. My dream is to be able to do everything that I’m passionate about, such as, story telling, social justice, women, art and of course writing; then make it a daily task to contribute to at least one of these things every single day until I die peacefully at the age of 102 with my 10 children, 50 grandchildren, 30 farm animals and hot yet equally elderly husband.   

Define. Setting up my blog, Truths She Wrote, was definitely a defining moment for me. It has been something that I have wanted to do for so long. Since starting TSW a couple of months ago, I have met so many incredible women that inspire me so much. It’s just really great to have an opportunity to provide a platform where women can share, connect and inspire one another. That’s really important to me, especially as a Pacific woman because as minorities, our voices are often silenced or disregarded. TSW has a strong focus on providing a space for everyone to recognize and appreciate that we are here, we are valuable and we are damn well worthy.

Style. My style is generally dictated by what doesn’t have food stains on it. I also stay well away from V-necks or anything which draws attention to my chest. I say chest, not breasts because I have the body of a 12 year old boy. Rest assured, as soon as I’m pregnant and have something to show, I’ll be stocking up on all the V-necks and will Instagram as many high angle selfies as possible before they become saggy, glorious reminders, of my unfulfilled potential.

But I do love hats. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Especially when I’ve got to go somewhere at short notice and I haven’t washed my hair. 

My favourite styley gals would have to be Louise Roe, Lauren Conrad and Olivia Palermo. 

Empower. One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is that it’s important to explore everything you’re interested in. Try a bit of this and a bit of that. Figure out what you like! As a lawyer, I get a lot of strange looks and shady side-brows whenever I mention, ‘I have to take photos for a wedding this weekend’ or ‘I’m so excited for this interview I’m doing for my blog’. Just because you’re in a certain role or profession, that doesn’t mean you have to restrict yourself by solely focusing on that particular role. Try everything! You can be a lawyer, a a photographer, a blogger and a borderline diabetic with no boobs. You can have it all.

I dare you to dabble. 

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