Walk your way to a better work-life balance & do the same for women around the world

I’d like to challenge you all to do one simple thing next week. Put your runners on and walk. Walk in the shoes of women around the world who walk for hours every day to collect water, food and firewood for their families. Put yourself in their shoes and get out and about for your own good too. Not only will it help your work-life balance, get you outside in the fresh air and improve your fitness; at the same time you’ll be helping less fortunate women and girls around the world to improve their…

Sometimes it just sucks

This month we had our turn at being smashed in the media. It’s unfortunate that I have to defend Boost, a company that prides itself on promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle, however we have recently had a number of media outlets report misleading, unjust and unfounded information about our products. We have a large variety of products available in-store, ranging from low calorie options, such as the small-sized Ginger Tonic with only 60 calories (similar calories to an apple) to our Brekkie To Go Go, our highest calorie product which is high in protein…

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….

Sacrifice is the biggest thing you need consider when getting into business

There is no one on the planet who would not say that your health is your greatest asset. Mind you when you are in your teens and early 20s you think that by the time you are ready to die there is probably going to be a cure for death. In the meantime, you drink too much, experiment with all sorts of things and do risky and some would say stupid things (I may be just talking about myself here), and health really is a low priority – as long as we look good in…

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…