Who: Branding and business queen, pioneer of selling luxury sportswear online , breast cancer survivor , empowerer of women and all round amazing superstar!
Why we love her : For her positive attitude and incredible drive, and for being such a humble and genuine woman who encourages and raises every other woman up .
Curent businesses/ projects
Business mentor and consultant
Public speaker and inspirer
Board member and founder of Poppy Renegade
Director of Brand Partnerships at The Iconic
ONLINE RETAILER ADVISORY BOARD 2015
#10 TOP FEMALE UNDER 40 ENTREPRENEUR 2015
INSTYLE BUSINESS WOMEN OF THE YEAR FINALIST 2015
#14 IN THE AUSTRALIAN TOP 20 ONLINE RETAILER 2015
FINALIST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD 2014
FINALIST START UP OF THE YEAR AWARD 2014
STARTUP DAILY YOUNG & INFLUENTIAL LIST 2014
5 favourite things:
My son, My Husband, My parents, My friends + Public Speaking
1: What motivates you and gets you out of bed every day?
Opportunity. I love knowing I have a fresh day to achieve something new, be that at work or in my personal life.
2: Your biggest achievement to date is?
My son. Without a doubt I think the older I get the more I realise just how much he is the best thing that ever happened to me. I was young, 24 when I gave birth, so he is now 10 and we’ve become the best of friends.
3: How important is quality time with your husband?
Extremely. I think life can get so busy that you can get on autopilot mode and forget to be present. Nathan and I make a conscious decision to be present when we are at home together. We cook and have dinner together with no distractions, no tv, just good conversation. We also always make time to go on date nights together and romantic getaways. It’s important to keep that ‘dating’ spark alive.
4: Why do you think relationships are breaking down so frequently nowadays?
I think people don’t communicate as much these days. There’s talking and there’s really open, conscious communication and I just don’t think people get the difference. If you are not present in your relationship it’s easy for it to fall into a ‘housemate’ feeling, once you fall into that you end up looking elsewhere for fulfilment.
5: What are 3 core values of your marriage?
Never stop dating! You can’t go from having a fun, romantic relationship where you go out, have a laugh and make the effort with how you look to getting caught up in paying bills, keeping the house clean and expect the same magic / chemistry.
Present communication is key. We notice the difference when we turn the TV and our phones off and we just talk about how we’re both feeling or what we have going on in our own ‘worlds’. It’s important for us that we both have your own life (work, friends, hobbies etc.) outside of each other. It’s nice to be able to come home and talk about that to each other rather then having nothing to say because the other already knows everything.
We’re always doing things that we know will make the other person feel good. It’s anything from love notes around the house, to doing their errands as a surprise so they don’t have too etc. We ultimately have each others backs and will do whatever we can to make life a little easier and sweeter for each other.
6: How do you nurture your friendships in your life?
I’m pretty good at always making time for my friends to catch up be it over the phone, over a lunch / dinner or a girls trip away. Yes life gets busy and priorities compete but I think with real friends you don’t have to keep to a schedule or time frame. Sometimes we can catch up weekly other times it might be once a quarter but we all know that the friendship doesn’t change.
7: What is your advice to a successful relationship?
The grass really is greener where you water it.
8: How do you balance, work, love and your son?
It’s so important that you surround yourself with the right team. It’s so important that you surround yourself with the right team. If you are working with people who don’t have the same values it won’t make for a harmonious situation. For me I’ve unfortunately learnt the hard way where I allowed work to come first before my son and my relationship and it’s just not something I am willing to do again. When I am working – I am 100% present and doing a darn good job, when I am home I am 100% present with my husband and when I am with my son I am 100% present. My life is so much richer since I learnt the importance of this. .
9: What advice would you give to women about to get married?
Don’t let the ‘wedding’ stress you out. At the end of the day you should enjoy the process, whatever goes wrong just laugh – it’s what makes part of the memories. Enjoy the moment of celebrating the commitment and the love between you and your beloved.
10: How important is self-love and self-acceptance to you?
Incredibly important. You get people in life who make you feel like you aren’t good enough because you aren’t as smart or you aren’t as polished and once you start to learn to self-love and self- accept everything about yourself from your traits to your look, through to your mistakes etc. you then start to live an amazing life full of resilience, confidence and happiness.
Originally posted 2015-10-28 04:31:11.