Hi, I'm Ali
I’m 39, a thriving mum, and a craft enthusiast.
I grew up on a wheat farm near Bruce Rock, 3 hours away from Perth (Western Australia), with 3 siblings - a brother and 2 sisters.
Life was tough when I was a little girl!
Doctors told my parents that I will never be able to read and write. I think it's because I got extra help at home and extra support at school that I can do those things now.
The Mums from Bruce Rock volunteered to help me with my school work for 1 or 2 hours a day for my whole schooling in Bruce Rock.
At the end of year 10, I went to a Special Ed unit at Sacred Heart College in Perth and boarded there. It was very hard for my parents to do it, but they knew I couldn't just stay at home. It was the best thing they ever did for me.
When I finished high school at Sacred Heart, I then moved in with my sisters in a house in Perth.
I'm pretty confident to look after myself.
I love socialising and making new friends.
When I started working for Worksafe, I had a employment agent (Bizlink) come in to visit me every week for 1 hour to see how I was going. After I got more confident, they only came every 2nd week.
I resigned from Worksafe when I was 4 months pregnant and had a lovely baby boy, who is now 7.
I suffered depression most of my life and always took medication.
One day I decided to start weaning myself off the tablets and now I'm a more positive person...
I now go to the gym every day. I self-motivate myself to go.
I've traveled the world to Europe, Japan, and often go to Sydney and Melbourne to visit family members.
I am a determined person. I never give up on things.
I always get the results I want, even if it might take a little longer for me.
I live independently and am bringing up my son on my own.
I have an online craft shop on Etsy. I'm also creating my homemade craft goods.
Now I am running my own business with my sister Jo.