Valerie Khoo


This is the personal blog of Valerie Khoo – artist, author and podcaster. Valerie is passionate about exploring the worlds of creativity and business. She is co-host of the popular podcasts ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’. Valerie is a mentor to artists, writers and business owners on how they can turn their passions into thriving professional practices. She is author of ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’. Valerie is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses.

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  1. Kelly Exeter

    I like this very much and am super excited for you 🙂

    1. valeriekhoo

      Thanks Kelly. I’m excited too!

  2. Stephanie Johnston

    YES! I was just having this conversation with my mentor last night. It is also time for me to play a bigger game. Thank you for articulating it so well!

    1. valeriekhoo

      I think the hardest part is letting go Stephanie – but I’m already starting to see new opportunities even just after making the decision to do it.

  3. Lisa @ Giving back girl

    My favourite blog post Val, I’m so excited for you. I love those watershed moments, enjoy yours x

    1. valeriekhoo

      Thanks Lisa. It’s been quite a big revelation for me 🙂

  4. Dorothy

    How exciting, Valerie. I can’t wait to see what your bigger game is, but I know it will be amazing. And how wonderful is Rome? My favourite city to visit.

    1. valeriekhoo

      Rome is gorgeous. And the shopping …!

  5. Clinton Power

    Inspirational stuff Valerie. Can’t wait to see where you go with this!

    1. valeriekhoo

      Thanks Clinton. No doubt we’ll talk about it in our masterminds 🙂

  6. Tina Tower

    Love it Val! I think DWEN was life changing too. The mind opening perspective it gave was awesome. Love the idea of cutting things out to invite bigger things in… hmmm… what to cut when there’s so much ‘to do’ 🙂

    1. valeriekhoo

      I know the feeling! I was scratching my head about what to cut. But now I’m on a cutting spree. It’s liberating even to do the little things – I spent the morning unsubscribing from email newsletters and notifications.

  7. Suzi Dafnis

    Lovely, Val. So excited for you. I realise how big a commitment it may have been to make the declaration. Fully support you and hope some of your conviction rubs off on me 😉

    1. valeriekhoo

      Thanks gorgeous Suzi. Yes the “saying it out loud” part was tough actually.

  8. Linda Fairbairn

    It’s interesting how we have to get out of our home-baked comfort zone to realize where we’re really heading – but in the end its the gut that speaks, not the logic 😉

    1. valeriekhoo

      You nailed it. I’m certainly relying on my gut when deciding on what to let go of Linda.

  9. Jasmin Tragas

    Yes, yes and yes! Would love to have a coffee sometime to hear more 🙂

    1. valeriekhoo

      Looking forward to is Jasmin!

  10. Laney | Crash Test Mummy

    You are so inspiring Valerie. I’m very much in the growing to do list phase! Gotta stop collecting stuff and start sorting out what will take me forward. Enjoy your travels x

    1. Valerie Khoo

      The growing “to do” list is pretty exciting too. I’m still wondering whether I needed to do so much though in order to get where I am now. Can’t turn back time so I guess I’ll never know!

  11. Grace Bowe

    Thanks for sharing your own musings so generously. You’ve given all your readers much to ponder about our own lives; what we can cut out and more importantly what we want to be clearing room for.

    Best Wishes for the exciting new chapters that await you….

    1. Valerie Khoo

      It’s a little bit freaky but it feels so right. I cut out a MAJOR activity in my life today. Some people are freaking out about it! It was a tough decision but I know I’ve made the right one.

  12. Sarah Morton

    Sounds like just what you need to take your life to the next level—I’m at a similar stage and I think it’s an important step to make sure we keep moving forward. Look forward to hearing all about your new adventures!

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Thanks Sarah. It’s been an interesting few days already 🙂

  13. Robin Powis AICI CIP

    Oh Valerie you are always so inspiring however this is your most inspiring blog ever. I’m so looking forward to hearing about the next chapter in your journey.
    I do love to travel to Italy and experience la dolce vita. Catriona looks like she had an amazing time too.

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Ciao bella Robin! Indeed, it was awesome to be able to catch up with Catriona in Rome. We didn’t even plan it. I just saw her Instagram her dinner and realised she was one street away. Serendipity.

  14. Kylie Saunder

    There must be “something in the air” as I know exactly how you feel! I’ve learned that having a bursting “to-do” list that doesn’t have MY wellbeing and values at the top isn’t worth it anymore.
    Have also learned that beating myself up and trying to work HARDER doesn’t work anymore: I get sick, anxious & downright awful to live with (so my husband tells me!)
    Looking forward to having a coffee or wine (maybe both!) with you when you’re in Melbourne and you have some “Val” time available xx

  15. Cate Richards

    This is a lovely post Valerie, I can literally feel you in a turning point moment. All the very best with what comes next, and here is to ever greater success (whatever that means for you). All the best, Cate

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Thanks Cate. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s going to unfold too.

  16. Meaghan Smith

    Thank you for this very timely post Valerie. It’s exactly what I needed to read. I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed & unfulfilled of late and it reminded me of why I’m doing what I’m doing and what I may need to do to keep things fresh and to keep me focused. I too, had an epiphany while I was floating down the Seine River in Paris during a trip I took for my 40th birthday. I’d been working in the banking/finance industry for over 20 years. I was stuck & lost & had no idea where I wanted to go or how to move forward. This particular night during the river cruise I took, I suddenly realised how much more there was in life that I needed to experience and I realised, also, that I needed to make a move and do it now. As a result upon my return I left my job and began a new (very different) career. I’m really looking forward to reading your next post and hearing all about the changes you’re making. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m now sitting here at my desk pondering what I might be able to let go of..

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Wow Meaghan thanks for sharing that. Sometimes we need to get away in order to get a new perspective huh? I bet your big move was totally worth it!

  17. Gail Turnham

    Great post Valerie; can’t wait to read more. Best Wishes,

    1. Valerie Khoo

      Thanks Gail. Lots of changes have happened already. I feel like I’m on a roll!

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  19. Vivian@MOUSH

    I’ve always believed that a balanced life is a more fulfilled one. Pushing oneself hard with work has always been a passion of mine and a truly satisfying one but coupling this with a passion to smell the coffee and keep curious at the wonder of life is a must. Indeed, the only way to keep this balance is to make that space in one’s life…

    1. Valerie Khoo

      It’s been a few weeks now Vivian and I’m pretty happy with the progress. I just need to be careful not to fill the newly created space with the same old stuff!