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2016 Power Trip Reflection: “An opportunity not to be missed”

IMG_0667Elise Toyer, 2016 Power Trip winner from Batemans Bay, NSW

The quote ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’ is especially relevant when it comes to reflecting on the amazing experience that was the 2016 power trip. Because no matter how eloquent (or not. . .) my words are, nothing can explain better how much this trip meant to me, than the enormous grin that never left my face.

I smiled my way through a jam-packed training day of yoga, leadership talks from the defence forces, TEDx speaking training and war memorial tours. I beamed as we met a plethora of influential women over breakfast, visited Canberra’s ABC studio, had lunch with politicians, saw the raucous that is question time and relaxed with a great movie screening. I didn’t stop grinning the whole trip home.

Behind my smile I was opening my eyes to a side of Australia I’d never seen, the power house where decisions are made. This trip showed me that with dedication and passion the world truly is our oyster. Whilst I don’t think the impact of this trip has fully sunk in yet, I know that without a doubt that I would recommend it to everyone.


If my smile couldn’t tell you it was worth it, then let my words tell you this.

The Country to Canberra Power Trip is an opportunity not to be missed.


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Jessica Fealy joined the Country to Canberra team in 2016 as the Blogger Team Director. Jess grew up on a dairy farm in Malanda, Far North Queensland before heading off to study a Bachelor of Commerce/Law at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales. Jess is a qualified Chartered Accountant who worked for many years in Brisbane as a senior accountant in wealth creation and self-managed superannuation, before deciding on a 'tree-change' and heading off to travel around Australia with her young family, which is where her love for blogging began. Now Jess and her husband Matt, and their four young children, live and work on their family owned mango, avocado, lime and passionfruit farm in Mareeba, Far North Queensland. Jess is a member of the Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network as well as a steering committee member for her local 'Resourcing Women of the North' Group. She is passionate about rural Australia and ensuring the young, country women of today, have their voices heard. Jess blogs about family, farming and fun in Far North Queensland at her blog "Are We There Yet?" http://www.fealyfamily.com/