About Christine Betts

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Who Am I?

A question I ask myself most days, to be honest. All jokes aside, I am a wife, mum, sister, daughter, aunt, writer, painter, tourist-extraordinaire, #parislover, cat-mum, vegetarian, lover of infinity-edge pools, bike-riding beach-lover… I am a gratitude-junkie, a perpetual student, and spiritual seeker. I ask too many questions.

What have I been doing all these years?

The plan was to go to art school but mum was worried I would ‘end up in the gutter with a needle in my arm’, so I went to teacher’s college instead. I majored in art and literacy, so no surprises there.

Health and personal issues, and the sudden death of my first husband at just 22 derailed all my plans. Everything I thought I knew in life was turned upside-down.

To quote Frances Mayes, the surprise is that it doesn’t actually kill you.

I was determined, though, right from those first few weeks of trying to work out how to go on, that I was going to have to live enough life for both of us. I’m not sure if I’ve lived up to that promise I made to him in those dark days, but I’ve tried to find meaning in a sometimes very confusing world.

I wrote a {really bad} memoir in 2005 that will never see the light of day and I feel that my experiences could help others but right now I don’t feel capable of the depth required to write about the period in my life.

It turned out that everyone was right; teaching wasn’t my jam after all. I stayed in retail building up extensive experience in sales and management and a severe distaste for working weekends.

As a designer and owner of Beach Gallery, I had 16 outlets selling my handmade-in-Australia one-off giftware and homewares. Following the birth of my son, I was a Stay-At-Home mum for seven years, painting, and writing my memoir in any ‘spare time’. Ten years managing other people’s companies gave me the desire to work for myself again, but also equipped me with loads of tools and ideas for use in my own business again.

My husband and I have created 4 successful businesses, one of which he is still running. We sold two to fund an unhealthy obsession with travel and the other one had to go quietly to the back room as cheap imports put pressure on the Australian-made gift-ware business. Sometimes walking away is the best course of action and knowing when to do that is half the challenge.

I spent years making art for interior designers and really burned myself out. I might go back to painting. I may not. I don’t think it’s really where I do my best work, to be honest.

Favourite Books – Among many, many others…Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, Philippa Gregory and all her historical fiction goodness, MK Hume’s Arthur and Merlin trilogies, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin, Thomas Moore’s Care of the Soul I’m a sucker for a good spirituality book, literally anything set in Paris, about Paris or has the word Paris in it – except anything by Paris Hilton….

Favourite perfume – The original and best Eau de Toilette by Jean-paul Gaultier. I bought my first one in Paris and it’s the first thing I buy on each visit (after I buy a crepe!)

Favourite songs – Love a good Indie band, Mansionair, Gang of Youths, the belting rock songs from Birds of Tokyo, Atmospheric pop from London Grammar, Upbeat dancey gear from Coldplay

Favourite things to do – watching an entire season of my fave shows on Netflix, reading, Yoga, riding my bike, swimming at the beach, family time, eating, movies, travel, visiting museums

Secret desire – to do stand up comedy.

So, that’s me….plus…

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I’ve had a passion for art, good books, and Paris my whole life. Like many people, my love for the City of Light is legendary amongst friends. My Facebook Page I Love Paris (search @ParisTimeTravel) is full of beautiful images of Paris, stories about my favourite city. It’s dedicated followers love the pics and stories about our one true love; Paris!

This crazy and sometimes unrequited love for Paris led to my debut novel, Hotel Déjà Vu. The story of an old stone mansion with a secret time portal in the basement. If you could go back to Paris and do it all again, would you? Would you fall in love again, take the chance you missed or buy the shoes you saw in 1994 in that vintage shop in the Marais….sigh…

I’m an art nerd from way back; making art, talking about art and looking at art are three of my top ten hobbies. My blog is my effort to share everything I discover, uncover and recover in my art-making, story-telling and art-appreciation. 

Please feel free to start a conversation with me about art, or anything for that matter.

C xx

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