‘Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” Cecil Beaton
I wasn’t born into a family of high achievers or game changers. My mother was a single mum who worked in the same administration job for St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst for decades as a way to put food on the table. My father suffered from addictions for much of his life, spending his days facing his own personal battles rather than climbing any entrepreneurial mountains. I grew up in a small council flat in Sydney’s beachside Bondi back in the day when Bondi was more ghetto than the jewel in the crown it is today. Regardless of the circumstance around me, I always believed I could live my life on my own terms. I had dreams. And from the time I was a small child, I saw the world as a playground. My own personal canvas. I believed I could do anything. There were no limitations to what could happen if I was prepared to put myself out there and diligently do the work. I remember my family being totally and wholeheartedly supportive whenever I announced my hopes and dreams for my life. If I told them I wanted to spend all my days hanging upside down in a tree like a monkey there would have been resounding applause and well wishes from them all – grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins. When I look back on my life, I attribute the seeds to my career decisions and the success of my life to this. Self belief. And support. When you believe you can achieve, you will achieve. Regardless of the road blocks you have to face along the way.
I like to think I’ve shaped my career to suit myself and my own personal life rhythm from the outset. I remember clearly the day, at 26 years old, announcing to the editor of one of Australia’s top women’s lifestyle magazines, I was leaving my lucrative, highly sought after, dream position because I wanted to focus on pregnancy and the renovation of my house. This was the 90s. The decade post the 80s. Where feminism and the fight for women’s rights in the workplace was alive and thriving. Women were focussed on breaking glass ceilings and wearing oversized shoulder pads as a battle uniform. A time when the child care industry was growing to meet the demand of working mothers trying to navigate the hallways of a highly (male dominated) corporate world. She couldn’t believe it. My editor, that is. I could see in her eyes she thought I was crazy. That my career would be over and I would be stepping the feminist movement back a couple of decades the moment I walked through those Park Street sliding doors. To do what? Have babies and redecorate! I understood why she felt this way. These women fought long and hard to carve out their place in a male dominated working world. And I’d personally reaped the benefits of their efforts. My own personal truth was so simple though. As much as I loved the creative aspects of my work, the corporate world was killing me. The daily battle cry, the toxic, air conditioned hallways, the drive to fill the pockets of a corporate structure already laden in excess was out of step with my own personal rhythm. Living this way led me down the path of a kind of malaise that I didn’t know how to term and didn’t have a framework for. What I knew in my heart, is that I wanted to live my life and run my career on my own terms and, for better or for worse, I was prepared to jump off the metaphorical cliff and see where the journey would take me. That was over 20 years ago now. I’ve had my kids (they are now 18 and 19 years old), I’ve renovated my house. and a couple of others. And I’ve created a number of businesses that have not only flourished and supported me, but fit with my own personal wellbeing ethos and nurtured my creative self. I run my days as I need to. And I’m not beholden to any corporate structure to boot. I don’t see myself as a renegade. I don’t believe there’s a fight to have or battle to be won when it comes to life. Pure and simply, I believe living a life on your own terms is a choice available to all of us. I believe anyone can make this choice and find personal success and financial freedom when they back their decisions with unerring self belief. And surround themselves with the support they need to make it happen.
That brings us here.
Working with and empowering women to achieve personal success has been the cornerstone of much of my career over the past 10 years. It’s such a thrill walk alongside women as they find the courage to live a creative life that completely fits with their loves, life and higher purpose. My focus is always a holistic one. Happiness and success come when the whole self is in balance and when you are walking every step of the way in complete rhythm with what serves your truest self, nature and your health and wellbeing. I’ve loved watching the women who have attended my workshops and retreats growing, flourishing personally and finding professional business and financial success that is a true expression of their own creative point of view.
If you’re a woman at a creative crossroads – looking to start, grow or maintain a business that is a true reflection of YOU – then I’d love to work with you. During our time together, we will focus on unearthing, aligning and achieving your greatest potential. We’ll work on mindset (making sure you maintain a positive one!) and the creation of a pathway forward for your creative venture including finding your story, nurturing your voice, marketing your vision and sustaining the inevitable ups and downs that come with every new creative journey. My job is to keep you focussed, centred and aligned with your vision. Life is your own personal canvas. And I’d love to see you build your confidence and make your mark in your own way. The world needs more happy, healthy and totally aligned people. I’d love to be a part of your journey.