I live in… Melbourne, Australia. I’m 12 years old and live with my mum and stepdad half the week and my dad and stepmum the other half. I’m in Year Seven at a public co-ed high school where we do the usual classes – English, maths, art, science, French, history, P.E. Growing up in Northcote has been really fun, especially as there is great shopping and good food nearby.

Being a teenager is… OK, but it does mean that you are pretty much always moody and stressed out.

The biggest issues for teenagers are… I would say bullying and body-shaming are some of the biggest problems that me and my friends face today.

My ambitions are… I love acting so I really want to be an actress when I grow up. I would also like to live in New York one day. I would like to travel to Italy again but I have planned to go to Rio carnival for my 18th birthday with my Godmother, Genevieve.

What matters to me most is… I know this sounds ridiculous but the things that matter to me most are my friends, my family and my phone.

My fears… My biggest fear is failure.

For guidance I turn to… Usually either my friends or my mum. My mum is very much involved with my life.

Friends are… I would say that my friends are the most important people in my life. I really like them all and I also like the fact that they are there to help me through tough times.

More in Regulars

Writers Bloc #1 Val McDermid

By , 25th September 2018
Features, Regulars
From imposter syndrome to plotting, in a new series for Marie Claire authors give me chapter and verse on how the writing process works for them - starting with multi award-winning crime writer Val McDermid, who has written 32 books in as many years

The Lives of Others #6

By , 23rd July 2018
Education, Features, Regulars, Travel
Georgie Higginson moved from the UK to Uganda 14 years ago. After losing their daughter to stillbirth, she and her husband were inspired to build a lodge on the banks of the River Nile, overlooking Murchison Falls National Park - an area once occupied by LRA rebels

Global Village #6

By , 9th July 2018
Design, Features, Regulars, Travel
Designer Kate Pietrasik lived in London, Edinburgh, New York and Byron Bay before moving to a town near Biarritz when her daughter was four years old. She reflects on life as a 'blended family', running her own business, and the joy of being rootless

Global Village #5

By , 21st May 2018
Regulars, Travel
When Rosalind Miller's daughter was born, the medical student was determined having a child wouldn't stop her moving to India to carry out her PhD field work. She reflects on swapping London for a local community in Bangalore with a toddler in tow

Global Village #4

By , 14th May 2018
Education, Regulars, Travel
From Scotland to Costa Rica (via East London, New York and Mexico). Mother-of-four Abigail Pilcher talks multiple relocations, opening – and closing – a guesthouse, and how a holiday to Turkey inspired the move of a lifetime