I had been very overweight all my life and naturally gravitated to being the person taking the photos rather than the person being in the photos. I never had to say anything – I just held up my camera and people naturally assumed their positions for the photo....
Have you joined the KonMari movement yet? I am now one of “those” people who Origami’s their undies and who goes around patting their belongings looking for a spark of joy (or at least not rampant disgust).
It was late 1998: The type of summer’s day when the song of cicadas are the loudest noises on the planet, and the heat makes every in-breath akin to gulping over-heated coffee. My tiny baby was asleep in the house, and I was using the few hours of her sleep to hit the ride-on mower and tame the overgrown grass on my ¾ acre property in the outskirts of Caboolture.
Unless your name is Kardashian or you are a millennial, you probably die a little inside whenever someone takes your photo, or try and escape the horror by suddenly needing to top up the potato salad at parties. You look back at your photos that some random or your beloved relative took, and all you can see are rampaging double chins, forced smiles and Trumpesque hairdos. No wonder when you are getting a new website done, and your web designer or copywriter says, “And of course you need to go and get some new headshots taken,” that you smile, nod and vow to blatantly ignore the suggestion.
I shakily raised my arm to push the hostess call button above my airline seat. My face flamed with embarrassment as I squeaked out, “Could I please have a seatbelt extender.” I had spent 10 minutes struggling to get my lap band seatbelt connected, wriggling every...
Looking for inspiration or to ways build your business skills? You can’t beat a great book! These must read books for entrepreneurs will help you discover more about the psychology of marketing, tweak your mindset and enhance your leadership skills. These are the business books I love, recommend and buy for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
My ancient lawnmower grumpily skulked in my garden shed. It hated the sunshine and being removed from the cool dark cave. It hated, even more, being forced to start and did everything in its ageing power not to do any work.
First, it was spark plugs, and then the petrol wasn’t fresh enough. Then the oil was a teeny bit on the thick side. Next, the air filter had a bit of dust until finally, the primer decided to go out in sympathy.
If you are looking for inspiration, new ideas and some great business strategies, then you can’t go wrong with a well-written business book.
Each year I share the books that made the most impact on me during the year. These make great gifts for your favourite entrepreneur, or to read over the summer break.
Ask small business owners why they started their own business, and in amongst the desire to make a difference or to deliver a better service for people, you will also find a hunger to have a better work/life balance or live an improved lifestyle.
My own journey into business had the same blend of reasons. In my early days as a single mum, traditional wages employment was simply not working in making the balancing act work. So, I went into small business.
I was wondering why one of my favourite long term clients had not paid their monthly invoice. Sometimes they were a few days late when things got busy for them, but this was out of the ordinary.
And then I opened the email from their accounts team.
Tears were pricking at the back of my eyes. I was gripping the car’s steering wheel so tightly that it left indentations on my fingers. Waves of panic were threatening to crash dump over my head and force any remaining calmness into the sand.
I was a single mum with two very young kids in my car. I had decided in a fit of independent bravado to drive 1000+ km to take my kids to visit my family. The only problem was I was in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by stony-faced sheep, and I had no idea where I was or how to get to where I needed to be.
The Christmas/New Year break is a great chance to relax with a good book. If you are looking for a non-fiction book that is powerful, insightful and meaningful, here’s my top 5 recommended books from the 50+ books that I read this year.
Last week I broke a taboo.
On my personal Facebook page, I shared that 2016 had been tighter than I would have liked. While there were many brilliant moments and lovely clients, there was one week when even though work had been done and invoices had been issued, my income was a princely $20.17.
I was having a massive confidence wobble where a j-o-b was looking attractive.
Yesterday I cried. I have never cried for another country’s election result before. But yesterday I cried.
Why did I cry?
I cried for the millions of people who obviously had felt unheard and ignored for many years. Who had watched the world change around them in ways they couldn’t understand – other than that they had no job and no food to put on the table.
Have you ever said yes to something and then wondered how in heck you are going to make it work?
One of my dear friends, Sandy, is a uni lecturer at ACU. A few weeks ago when she suddenly needed surgery that involved a long recovery time, she asked if I could step in and take her final year students for a few weeks for her.
Everyone wants a social media post that goes viral. 99.99% of posts don’t make it huge. Many get a nice result, but every now and again you get a Chewbacca Mum moment.
This week we had our moment courtesy of a fabulous Aussie postie and his love of dogs – in particular a dog called Pippa who loves collecting the mail.
This piece is the first post from our intern, Rachel Cliff. She is a final year Mass Communications student at QUT, and crafted this profile about one of our long term clients, Brian Wilson, from Pianocare for her assessment. It was such a lovely piece that we simply had to share it on our blog. Thank you Brian for your generosity of time in allowing Rachel to interview you!
Am I the only one who checks out people’s bookshelves when visiting their house for the first time?
Way back in the olden days before Justin Bieber was born, checking out bookshelves was the best way to get a window into the personality of the person who owned the books.
At any social event or gathering, after suitably greeting the cat, I could always be found sidling up to the nearest bookshelf and checking out the spines of the books on display.
Shopping is my least favourite contact sport. I always manage to get the shopping trolley with the wonky wheels, and have a knack of picking the time of day when hordes of kids descend on the store and use the aisles as a roller derby.
The trouble is that the humble trolley and the inventor is one of my all-time favourite entrepreneurial stories.
It has everything in it: Innovation; bouncing back from failures; creativity; psychology; marketing skills and a huge dose of cheekiness.
Normally Boxing Day is spent eating leftovers, visiting relatives and watching cricket on the TV.
Not this Boxing Day!
This Boxing Day was the start of “The Renovation Project.” This project had been 10 years in the dreaming, but had always been pushed aside for other more pressing repairs needed on the house. However, this year it had nudged itself to the top of the list and was finally going to be done.