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A screenshot from Katy Perry: Part of Me

A screenshot from Katy Perry: Part of Me

If someone had told my 17-year-old self that one day I would be writing a book, I’d probably have gone red, cowered into a corner and felt generally embarrassed that someone was mocking me. Now, 18 years on, it doesn’t seem like such a bizarre concept. Here I am, finally living my dream.

Princess Ella and I regularly have the “when I’m a big girl…’’ talk. Mostly she talks about singing and dancing on stage. That’s all she wants to do. She’s highly disappointed she hasn’t been able to achieve that already in life – at the tender age of FOUR!

We stopped ballet lessons late last year. Although the elephant and giraffe dance live on, I assure you. We’re now on the hunt for some other form of dance for her, because there are only so many home concerts one mum can bear.

I’m going to compare myself to Katy Perry here. I know, don’t cringe. Just be thankful I didn’t marry Russell Brand or I could be telling a really creepy kinda story right now.

Katy’s new event movie, Katy Perry: Part of Me is a 3D backstage pass into the fun, heartbreaking, inspiring and crazy world she leads while on the road. You can only imagine, right? It includes these quotes:
“She was not an overnight success’’.
“People said she couldn’t do it.’’
“I think Katy is a dreamer.’’
And in Katy’s own words: “I feel a real connection to fairytales and I think in some ways I live in a fairytale’’.

These all ring true for me. If I’d listened to the naysayers, I wouldn’t have become a journalist. In a community where it was expected you’d work on a farm pulling calves out of the back end of cows or in a factory sorting out chips from potatoes, it was odd to say you wanted to write for a living. It wasn’t a realistic dream. And yet, a decade and a half in journalism and half a book later…

All I really want for Ella and Holly is to be happy and healthy. Whether they become singers, Zumba instructors or street sweepers is irrelevant. As long as they can jump out of bed each morning and love what it is they do. And if it helps look after their parents financially in their retirement, all the better. Just sayin’.

Sure, it won’t be a perfect red carpet ride – and I certainly haven’t had one – but passion and a positive attitude will help get you there. Katy has proven that. I have proven that.

Katy Perry: Part of Me, which is released in cinemas on July 2, is all about how Katy overcame obstacles to achieve her dreams. It’s a film I think young girls would take a lot from to show they can be whoever they want to be. Just make sure you’re happy with your version of YOU!

“You don’t have to feel, like a waste of space, you’re original, cannot be replaced’’.

Along with Paramount Pictures and Nuffnang, we’re offering five cinema passes to see Katy Perry: Part of Me in 3D. To go in the draw, simply answer the question:

What are your dreams for your children?

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24 Responses to Katy Perry: Part of Me (giveaway)

  1. Amie Codlin says:

    The dream I have for my children is for them to be happy and healthy and to achieve all that they set out to achieve, no matter how much of a “fairytale life” that may seem to others. That is all that I can ask for as a mum:)
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  2. Thea says:

    Oh! What a great giveaway. I love Katy Perry.
    I’m with you, I just want my 2 children to grow up to be happy. But even more than that, I really hope that they choose to do something that helps others and makes our world a better place…no pressure kids! 😉

  3. Workingwomenaus says:

    My dreams for my daughter are simple: I want her to be happy, healthy and confident. She’s such a special little soul and doesn’t see her own potential yet, but I’m working on revealing it to her.
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  4. Melinda says:

    Mamy dreams for my children…happiness, love, finish school, as I didn’t..friendships, success. Also I dream we are friends forever. I hope they don’t turn into nasty teenagers and not want to include their mother.


  6. Natasha Andrews says:

    There is so much I dream of for my children, success in life (what ever that means for THEM) but mainly it is for them to grow up happy and strong…I also dream that I will be there to share it all with them!

  7. Alison W says:

    Everyday I look at my new son I have all these grandiose ideas of all the things he will do and of all the things he might do – will be be a good son? A devoted husband? A great father? Successful at his chosen career? The next prime minister? And then I realise that all I truly wish for him is to know that he has two parents (and 5 grandparents, two aunties and one uncle!) who love him so so so very much and who waited a very long time for him to arrive, and will always be there to support him in anything he wants to do or be. He can always turn to us for anything.

  8. Ann-Marie Day says:

    My dreams for my children are one where the stars are never out of reach, hopes and dreams are filled as best the can be and that I am always a part of their life.

  9. Tara-Lee Bush says:

    I just adore Katy Perry, I think she is such a beautiful person!

    My dream for my little girl is that she will grow up happy, healthy and with passion in her eyes for whatever her life goals are. Mummy and Daddy will stand by her no matter what path she chooses to take, offering her guidence, love and support. I dream that she will one day look back on her life and say, it was a fairytale, it was everything I wanted it to be <3

  10. Right now, my dream for my kids is they get to bed asap. One day at a time.
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  11. Karen Turner says:

    My dream is that they can look back on there life and say that they lived, loved and enjoyed there life.

  12. Judy says:

    My dream is that they will answer me one day! Instead of ignoring me when I ask them to clean up their toys off the floor.

  13. Michelle V says:

    I guess just like all mums want; happiness, health, and peace within themselves so they are able to like the person that stares back at them in the mirror.

  14. Elisha Squire says:

    My dream for my children may just well be very selfish – but its my right as their mother ! My only dream is they all outlive me ! It should be a given right ? but after recently watching close friends of mine bury their son – its not right, its not how it goes – Children should outlive their parents and i dream/pray/beg god everyday that this is the case for my 5 !

  15. Kimberley Belford says:

    My dream for my children are that they have a happy and healthy fulfilling life.
    Everyone has ups and downs however hopefully the ups outweight the downs.
    I hope they can look back and say I loved life.

  16. Michelle Rivett says:

    My dream is that their own dreams become their reality, and that they go to bed every night and wake up every morning with a smile on their faces 🙂

  17. Lisa Wood says:

    My dreams for my children to dream big, with eyes wide open and to follow their heart. To live a life with laughter, tears, joy and lots of love – to think they can do anything and then go out and get it 🙂
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  18. Jessie Hay says:

    All I dream for my children is that they do whatever makes them happy and are successful in their chosen career. (as long as it is within the law of course lol)

  19. Gabi says:

    I dream of laughter,
    I dream of hope,
    I dream of love,
    I dream they cope,
    With every challenge life throws their way,
    I dream their confidence grows each day,

    My dream is that they live life to the fullest, cherish EVERY moment and take NOTHING for granted.

  20. Julie A says:

    Too much testosterone in my house!!! I have two young boys . I never had a girl 🙁 I just hope that they grow up to love their momma and marry nice girls that will go shopping and for pedicures with me!!! My life is video games ,being wrestled, breaking up their fights and cleaning up their mess…. Need some girlie time now 🙂

  21. Melanie M says:

    I wish that my children can follow THEIR dreams and achieve what they want to do, with all of our support. I hope that I can be strong enough to not push my wishes for their lives too much (like my father did to me).

  22. tamra childers says:

    I think you are right I want him to do what he loves to do. I would like him to do something fulfilling that he can finish everyday knowing he is here for a reason, and there maybe others that can do what he does but no one else can do it as good as he does it, casue thats what he’s meant to do.

  23. Penne says:

    Just to be happy with what they are doing in life. Be the best person you can possibly be and don’t stress about the little things and to be kind to their mother in old age…lol

  24. Russell says:

    I hope that they always feel loved and like they can accomplish anything

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