My dear friend and greatest inspiration, Lauren Simonutti, has passed away.
I have always credited Lauren as the inspiration who set me on the path to developing my creativity, and along the way we became the best of friends. We were quite close in age and hit it off from the first meeting. Twice Lauren visited Australia and stayed with me. We had such wonderful fun together and so many laughs. I was planning to stay with her later this year when I go to the USA.