Kirsty FergusonAuthor. Speaker. Career Coach.
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Coming soon… The Albino Chameleon
My hobbies include drinking wine, eating cheese and patting dogs. A humorous and inspiring excursion into that dreaded question: “What do you have to offer?”
The Albino Chameleon remains bright white regardless of his surroundings. He is the perfect mascot and inspiration behind this book. The Albino Chameleon is incapable of lying and can only be himself.
In the end, that is what makes him the most valuable.
The First Husband (2018)
I am a 52 year old woman, happily ensconsed in a relationship with my surfy guy, I run a good solid business, have great friends and a very full and somewhat exciting life.
My life, however, was not always like this.
From the age of 37, shortly after I was married and for the next three years I underwent various forms of infertility treatment. This was the most confusing, challenging and emotionally draining period of my entire life and certainly not how I had imagined the first years of my marriage would be.
At the age of 40, I decided to reclaim my life and my sense of humour and stop infertility treatment. I decided to live a fantastic life in spite of the fact that I would never have children naturally.
Over the following 5 years I lost both of my parents, my brother and divorce was also on the agenda. What else can happen?
Well I’ll tell you, a lot of great stuff as well. I have gone forth into the world and not wasted a moment. I have launched my own business; learnt how to horse ride and bred my first foal, traveled to 14 different countries in a 6 month working holiday; purchased a wonderful home; won a business award; relocated a group of street orphans in Nepal to their own orphanage and much much more.
This to me has all been part of that thing we experience, called life.
I have over time come into contact with many many people who are undergoing the stress and confusion that is infertility treatment, the lonliness of relationship failure and other wordly hurdles.
One thing they all offered up, is that it really helps to talk to somebody who has been there done that and that there is no literature that talks the talk in real terms about what these challenges look like from the inside out. And if there is, it is a dry old “how to” or “self help” book.
Well that’s not me, and let’s face it, we all love to be entertained.
So I decided to write a book, an entertaining book, about my experiences, a cathartic exercise for me, but one hopefully that infertile couples, new singles and those wilth loss will relate to and know that they are not insane, and that there is life after any challenge, no matter the outcome.
Get ready for a good laugh, some weird survival techniques and stuff everyone will probably relate to.
So who, you might ask, is Kirsty?
I help people realise their career goals, their potential and their value in the work arena every day. It is my dream job and more satisfying than I ever imagined.
My career history spans over 20 years mainly in advertising, recruitment and publishing, all have been unique businesses driven by passion, vision and innovation. These things are, to my mind, an essential part of the pinstripe solutions interview-coaching mission.
In 2005 myself and Sue Muller of The Pharmaceutical Locum Company (recruitment) won the Micro Category of the Telstra Small Business Awards for NSW. Shortly after I took my interview coaching business, started in 2000, full time.
By 2006 we were already an Australia wide company.
2007 saw the development of a unique product called The Self Coach Workbook, broadening our ability to reach people in a wider variety of industries with a more diverse product.
Success is a very relative term, but what our career candidates have in common can be identified by their willingness to take a risk, to learn and to change. Not only has this resulted in an incredible success rate but it is quite simply inspiring. www.pinstripesolutions.com