Find Love in Whatever Form It Comes In for You

Success is one word that has so many different meanings and conjures up dreams. Research has shown that when you are in your 20s, most people think of success as being rich or famous. Interesting however that when you look at the longest study ever conducted from teens to people in their 70s, success and happiness actually came in the form of relationships. When I was a young girl, getting into the representative netball team was the sign that I was truly successful; winning that grand final was up there at 13 years old and I would…

Life Outside of Work — Isn’t It All One?

Work and travel time can take up over 75% of your working week, so what you do outside of work is really important. There are different work eras that do affect your outside-of-work life. During my 20s and 30s, I was traveling around the world, working, and playing. Those years are when you do not need to take yourself or your future goals seriously. (Well that was the case for me, my husband had his two houses by 20, but I class him as a freak.) During the 30s and 40s, I certainly made up…

Increasing your chances of success

An idea is the easy part, we all have them, but taking the first steps into the business world takes courage and the ability to change. Running your own business is not for everyone, as the business path can be a rocky one, with ups and downs and lots of fear and doubt… but it can also be totally exhilarating. I was and probably still am an adventurer at heart. I love challenges and think I am more of an accidental entrepreneur than someone that was born with that entrepreneurial DNA. The real business women…

The One Thing You Need to Know Before You Start a Company

What you believe in as a leader and what your business believes in are the back bone of your company. Without you knowing your beliefs, how can you communicate them to your customers and staff? When we started the business 16 years ago, we believed that we could create a business that did retailing differently, where ‘customers always come first’ was not lip service; with every action we would make sure this became a reality. We believed that we could make a difference with how people live, and that we could make it easier to be healthy….

Start Managing Your Time or Your Time Will Manage You

When you are starting a new business there is so much to achieve and only 16 hours of awake time to achieve it in. If you have no systems or are not planning your day well, your brain can go into overflow, mistakes happen and things fall through the cracks. If you are not managing your time and the people who report to you, then time will manage you and chaos will follow. Being organised, managing your time and being as productive as possible are some of the greatest challenges you will face. I have…

The worst networker on the planet

I am seriously the worst Networker on the planet. The main reason is that when I started, I just didn’t think too much about it. I had three little children at 6, 2 & 7 months old, so I had very little time. And at the start of my journey, other than working and being a mum, I didn’t know whether my business was going well… or terribly! I had nothing to compare it to. I read some books like ‘Tipping Point’, ‘The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing’ and the front cover of Eat that frog…

Why Leaders Can’t Be Friends With Their Employees

Leadership is something that I have pondered over the years and questioned whether I have the right style or not. Am I too hard; too soft; too understanding; not understanding enough? Are they my friends? How do I manage that?  I also discovered that you need to be true to who you are as a person and not to replicate someone else’s style. Often when you are in a leadership position you have no one to discuss your own challenges with and consider what you need to do to develop as a leader as you are…

You want me to put the coffee where?!

It always amazes me that people spend a fortune on their car every year to make sure it’s in peak condition but they only spend a fraction of that cost on their own engine; their body. You can always get a new car if it’s a dud but you can’t get a new body. I love a good detox challenge as much as the next person, so I have been going to health retreats for years. Like most people, I’m really dedicated at the start and get inspired to make all the healthy changes. I…