You know what I love about writing Sophie’s Blogs? Is that I get to share with you what happens from my point of view in Sophie’s world.

This year, we had a move out of the pandemic, and into somewhat a normal year. Of course, this doesn’t mean everything runs smoothly, or everything works out like it was supposed to do.

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages” – Michelle Obama

Sophie’s focus has always been for the community in my mind, and in the beginning of the year, she invited me along to another business networking event. I will be honest, I was sceptical, I hadn’t much heard of this one, and what they were achieving, but to support Sophie, I went along.

I was not surprised when Sophie was tapped on the shoulder and asked if she would consider coming on board as a Board Member of the Sutherland Shire Business Chamber. I am sure there’s a story there, but let’s just say for this page, she was a great idea.

The Event that nearly never was

Yep, Covid was still lurking around in the background, and the Breakfast meeting that she was organising lost all seven of its speakers within a 48-hour period.

Sophie being Sophie turned it around.

And that’s what Sophie does. And I love these stories. It shows that Sophie has been doing this photography thing for a long time, picking up tricks of the trade for events, and special occasions.

Supporting local

Of course, Sophie has continued to support the local community including:

Europe travels

Of course, we wouldn’t be able to celebrate Sophie this year, without appreciating her time in Italy and France.

I mean, how lucky is she to have family in some of the most beautiful places in the world, and I’m talking about a family kitchen making homemade pasta to little coffee shops.

One of Sophie’s sayings is Celebrate the Ordinary. Sophie has been doing that all year, but photos of family, and locations that most tourists wouldn’t even look at, dominated Sophie’s photos.

I didn’t feel jealous of Sophie’s adventures this year to Europe, because she took us with her. Celebrating the ordinary, focusing on the extraordinary.


This last week, I have heard a very excited Sophie, listening to her plan her Christmas events, and looking forward to catching up with everyone.

In this last week, she had the Sophie Coffee Chat catch up in Kirrawee at 7th Heaven, where she caught up with all the members of her photography group.

I also saw her shine in setting up the last function for the Sutherland Shire Business Chamber, held at Highfields in Caringbah. Booked in around the formal photo sessions, end of school year, and awards nights, Sophie took the time to make sure that the Chamber’s last night of the year was also a success.

To the end of 2022, cheers!

I know Sophie isn’t slowing down as we head into the last couple of weeks before Christmas, but I do know she’s looking forward to spending time with her family interstate.

In next to no time, Sophie will be back on deck, focusing in and lighting up your next event in 2023.

I look forward to being a part of Sophie’s world next year because it’s never boring, and always filled with hugs and laughter.

And… from me:

Thank you, Sophie. You have been one of my biggest supporters from the day I met you (in Highfields!), and I wouldn’t have achieved what I have this year without you. Can’t wait to celebrate all over again next year!

With that, Sophie and her team wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and joyous New Year.

See you in 2023.

Written by Jacinta Marshall, Purple Biz