I am Anne Murphy, Blah Blah Black Sheep is the business through which I am bringing myself, my experience, values, and dreams to the world. I am a facilitator with a background in management consulting and providing corporate training. I also work with individuals as a Processworker. I align interventions with the needs and concerns of the individual, or sponsors of any work I am engaged for. I draw on frontier and conventional thinking. I help incubate ideas and possibilities and you create the solutions that work for you, your team, or your organisation. I am non-prescriptive around your choices.
Most of the time I work in Melbourne, and I have spent the past ten years travelling back and forth to Portland Oregon while completing two MA programs and training in Processwork facilitation. These days my work tends to keep me at home. I still travel when I can.
Life changes without warning, the world can be a bit cruel like that. My partner died unexpectedly after almost 20 years together, and my world tilted.The beautiful life I had shared with him was gone in a blink, I lost my footing. The corporate role that had taken me around the world with platinum status seemed hollow, it was not the meaningful employment it had been.
I struggled to find reason or context for what happened or to construct an image of a future worth pursuing. I was odds with the world, forlorn and alone. Stranded amid the debris of my personal life, I was lucky that a series of unlikely but luminous events led me to Portland and the formal study of Processwork.
Thanks to my study I found my feet, regained my poise and I have been grabbed by a dream to expand society’s understanding of normal to embrace the curious, odd and exceptional. Today I am an advocate for mental health diversity. I value the complex, and quirky, the black sheep parts of our nature that are often disavowed or orphaned. I am tackling the stigma that surrounds mental health complexity and redefining normal one conversation or one blog post at a time.
There are times when we have all felt like the odd one out – the black sheep. My work as a learning facilitator, is about individuality and finding your inner unconventional extraordinary black-sheep self. I am all about saying baah, living with audacious authenticity, and being the woolly black sheep that you are.