Brief Biographical History

Melanie Suzanne Wilson

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About Melanie Suzanne Wilson

Melanie Suzanne Wilson is a free spirited professional creative communicator. She specialises in digital marketing communications, public relations, journalism, e-commerce and lifestyle writing.

Melanie Suzanne Wilson enjoys blogging about fashion, lifestyle and media. Melanie is happiest when travelling to coastal destinations in Australia.

She is also passionate about her new entrepreneurial projects.

Melanie Suzanne Wilson in floral dress
Early Childhood
Melanie Suzanne Wilson in early childhood
Melanie Suzanne Wilson in childhood as bo peep
Melanie Suzanne Wilson in childhood as Bo Peep

Image: Melanie during early childhood

Melanie Suzanne Wilson was born on 3rd July 1989 in Sydney Australia.

Her paternal grandparents influenced everything her life from the start. Gary Wilson OAM and Elizabeth Wilson OAM shared stories about leadership and communications, from their experience in Toastmasters.

Melanie’s mother Suzanne was a librarian. Her father Michael worked in computing. Suzanne is now married to partner John. Michael is now married to partner Linda. Melanie’s brothers Benjamin and Jonathan live in distant areas of Sydney.

She grew up in Quakers Hill until moving to Glenwood and attending high school at William Clarke College.

Gallery: MSW around age 16-17

Melanie Suzanne Wilson as a teenager
Melanie Suzanne Wilson as a teenager
Melanie Suzanne Wilson during high school
Melanie Suzanne Wilson during high school
Melanie Suzanne Wilson at Hunterford
Melanie Suzanne Wilson at Hunterford

Starting University Abroad

In Autumn 2008, Melanie enrolled in college in a Bachelor of Business at the Coffs Harbour campus of the Southern Cross University. ​

First paid work

​However, she was homeward bound. Melanie moved home in Spring 2008 to be with family and work in the Sydney CBD. Her very first job was at an office for corporate claims insurance administration at the Corporate Services Network (CSN). This experience lasted from 2008-2009, before Melanie chose to focus on her studies.

Undergrad and Office Work
Continuing Studies Near Home

​Melanie transferred to the Parramatta campus of the University of Western Sydney in Autumn 2010. The goal was to engage with industry experts, during her degree at university.

During that time, Melanie was a Senior Mentor for the Mates@UWS mentoring program. Melanie advised a strategic marketing plan for Nightwatch, a sub-brand of Endeavour Energy, with her major project team for the marketing major.

Melanie Suzanne Wilson leading the Mates@UWS program in 2012

Gallery: Melanie in early twenties

Melanie Suzanne Wilson with her aunt Susan Johnston
Melanie Suzanne Wilson with her aunt Susan Johnston
Melanie Suzanne Wilson contemplating life at the beach in her early twenties
Melanie Suzanne Wilson contemplating life at the beach in her early twenties
Voluntary Public Speaking at Toastmasters

​2010 was also the time for Melanie to grow in confidence through Toastmasters, officially joining as a member.

She felt inspired by the experiences of her grandparents, who now hold the titles Gary Wilson OAM and Elizabeth Wilson OAM.

Melanie had already completed the Speechcraft short course in 2008, before returning to commit to the organisation two years later.

Melanie received the Competent Communication award in 2011. 2012 saw her receiving the Most Improved Speaker trophy, and 3rd place in the Western Gourmet Toastmasters Club Table Topics Contest.

Melanie would later reach the Advanced Communicator Bronze award in 2013 and the Advanced Communicator Silver award in 2015.

​Public speaking is a beloved interest shared by Melanie’s grandparents.

Melanie Suzanne Wilson receiving the Stirrer's Spoon Award from her grandfather Gary Wilson OAM, at a meeting of the Parramatta Toastmasters Club.
Melanie Suzanne Wilson receiving the Stirrer's Spoon Award from her grandfather Gary Wilson OAM, at a meeting of the Parramatta Toastmasters Club.
Melanie Suzanne Wilson at Toastmasters Conference with Gary and Elizabeth
Melanie Suzanne Wilson at Toastmasters Conference with Gary and Elizabeth
Melanie Suzanne Wilson with Elizabeth Wilson OAM and Susan Johnston in 2013-2014
Melanie Suzanne Wilson with Elizabeth Wilson OAM and Susan Johnston in 2013-2014
Graduation and Communications Work

Melanie graduated from her undergraduate course at the Western Sydney University in mid-2012, completing a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Marketing). She was thrilled to attend the ceremony with her grandmother and parents.

That year and 2013 would be times of career development and further learning. Melanie worked at the Macquarie Grammar School in 2013 after some internships and temporary roles in various organisations.

2012 and 2013 were the youthful years when anything was possible. Melanie faced a fear of heights when abseiling down a cliff at the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA).

The excitement was fun. But it was time to get serious.

Melanie Suzanne Wilson in Queensland in early twenties
Melanie Suzanne Wilson in Queensland in early twenties
Graduation of Melanie Suzanne Wilson with a bachelor degree
Melanie Suzanne Wilson having fun with Elizabeth Wilson at WSU 2012 graduation
Melanie Suzanne Wilson having fun with Elizabeth Wilson at WSU 2012 graduation
Melanie Suzanne Wilson with her parents at her graduation in 2012
Melanie Suzanne Wilson with her parents at her graduation in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from WSU
Melanie Suzanne Wilson enjoying her college graduation at university, after completing a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Marketing) at WSU.
Melanie Suzanne Wilson enjoying her college graduation at university, after completing a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Marketing) at WSU.
2014 Work, Community and Family
Melanie Suzanne Wilson at a formal dinner in Rotary around 2014
Melanie Suzanne Wilson at the Chinese New Year Parades in Sydney during 2014

MSW community involvement in her mid twenties

Melanie Suzanne Wilson posing with her grandmother Elizabeth Wilson OAM in November 2014
Melanie Suzanne Wilson posing with her grandmother Elizabeth Wilson OAM in November 2014

2014 was the year of dramatic change. Gary Wilson (Melanie’s grandfather) received an OAM announcement in January and then attended the investiture in May. Leading up to the ceremony, Elizabeth (Melanie’s grandmother) was diagnosed with cancer. Elizabeth was still in ICU when Melanie and Gary attended a Toastmasters conference. Elizabeth would later receive her own OAM announcement in January 2015.

Melanie was asked to do voluntary marketing for a statewide conference, which would be held half a year later in November 2014. She travelled across NSW and the ACT to promote this conference. Melanie managed every word and pixel for the campaign.

She also committed to studying for a Master of Arts (Journalism) at the University of Technology, Sydney. This degree would provide skills and knowledge in content creation and modern media.

Melanie lived entirely alone by the middle of the year, gaining independence in her mid-twenties. She experienced city life as a 25 year old. 2014 was serious. Then 2015 would be the year of growth.

Gallery: Melanie Suzanne Wilson with family in her mid twenties around 2014-2015

Gallery: Melanie voluntarily appearing and speaking at Toastmasters

Melanie Suzanne Wilson with Elizabeth and Gary Wilson at 2014 Toastmasters District 70 Semi Annual Conference
Melanie Suzanne Wilson with Elizabeth and Gary Wilson at 2014 Toastmasters District 70 Semi Annual Conference
Melanie Suzanne Wilson posing with her grandmother Elizabeth Wilson OAM in November 2014
Melanie Suzanne Wilson posing with her grandmother Elizabeth Wilson OAM in November 2014
Melanie Suzanne Wilson smiling with Elizabeth and Gary Wilson new
Melanie Suzanne Wilson smiling with Elizabeth and Gary Wilson new
Melanie Suzanne Wilson with Gary Wilson OAM and Elizabeth Wilson OAM
Melanie Suzanne Wilson with Gary Wilson OAM and Elizabeth Wilson OAM
Melanie Suzanne Wilson speaking at Coffs Harbour to promote the Toastmasters conference in 2014
Melanie Suzanne Wilson speaking at Coffs Harbour to promote the Toastmasters conference in 2014
August 2015 UTS Vertigo Selfie by Melanie Suzanne Wilson
August 2015 UTS Vertigo Selfie by Melanie Suzanne Wilson
Melanie Suzanne Wilson at UTS
Melanie Suzanne Wilson at UTS

Gallery: Melanie at UTS for her postgraduate degree

Love and Entrepreneurialism

Melanie started dating Clay Halford around May/June 2015 after they had known each other for a year.

She continued working for various brands in digital marketing communications.  Her ABN had been created in 2014. A year later in 2015, it was used for developing dynamic solo creative projects.

By the end of 2015, Melanie and Clay were happily engaged and in love.

Melanie Suzanne Wilson and Clay Halford cutting cake at engagement party celebration
Melanie Suzanne Wilson and Clay Halford cutting cake at engagement party celebration
2016 Partnership and Love

Melanie and Clay published images from a photo shoot in early 2016. They enjoy creating blogs and organising events together. This is a relationship based on team work and equality.

Melanie continues to learn and lead in the industry of all things digital. Melanie founded her first e-commerce business in 2016. She started gradually growing her online clothing retail store, Wilford Lifestyle (formerly Hourglass Apparel Shopping), in 2016.

Melanie Suzanne Wilson in Xcepsion black skirt and Mia lace top from Hourglass Apparel Retail Shopping
Melanie Suzanne Wilson in Xcepsion black skirt and Mia lace top from Hourglass Apparel Retail Shopping
Family and Lifestyle

Life balance is now the top priority for Melanie Suzanne Wilson.

Melanie’s working life diversifies as she balances multiple professions, including public relations for other brands and self-publishing of her own brands.

Melanie Suzanne Wilson in September 2016 - with her husband Clay Halford, grandfather Gary Wilson OAM and grandmother Elizabeth Wilson OAM.
Marriage and Growth in Late Twenties
Wedding of Melanie Suzanne Wilson and Clay Halford
Wedding of Melanie Suzanne Wilson and Clay Halford

Melanie and Clay married on Saturday 4th February 2017, at the Novotel Brighton Le Sands in Sydney Australia.

Melanie’s goals for 2017 include balancing e-commerce and her masters degree, alongside strengthening a loving marriage.

​Melanie Suzanne Wilson Halford continues to develop life balance, with peaceful positive efforts for business and family.

Melanie and Clay wedding waterfront
Melanie and Clay kissing at wedding
Melanie and Clay kissing at wedding
Melanie and Clay wedding signing from Instagram
Melanie and Clay wedding signing from Instagram

Living the lifestyle: travel, fashion and food for a healthier life

Melanie Suzanne Wilson made 2017 the year of a healthier life.

She accidentally slipped in the Easter long weekend of 2012, resulting in a tibial plateau fracture. The initial recovery involved a miraculous surgery, more than 6 weeks non-weight-bearing (hopping) and then slowly gaining a moderate amount of activity.

Her life could no longer be a combo of workaholic schedules. She chose to stop prioritising other people’s requirements over her own essential needs. She toyed with the idea of life balance in the prior summer. But it took a horrific accident to realise balance is not just an ideal, balance is a basic right.

Melanie’s self-publishing projects gradually evolved to reflect her new focus on well-rounded lifestyle practices. She continues to share her favourite ways to feel better from the inside-out.

Melanie Suzanne Wilson pouting in hospital bed during broken leg
Melanie Suzanne Wilson pouting in hospital bed during broken leg
Melanie Suzanne Wilson in hospital bed during broken leg
Melanie Suzanne Wilson in hospital bed during broken leg
Melanie Suzanne Wilson smiling after surgery for broken leg
Melanie Suzanne Wilson smiling after surgery for broken leg
Black and white photo of Melanie Suzanne Wilson recovering after surgery for a broken leg
Black and white photo of Melanie Suzanne Wilson recovering after surgery for a broken leg
Melanie Suzanne Wilson at Bald Hill in August 2017
Melanie Suzanne Wilson at Bald Hill in August 2017
Melanie Suzanne Wilson at the beach in Austinmer during August 2017
Melanie Suzanne Wilson at the beach in Austinmer during August 2017

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