middle age

Middle aged? My middle finger I am!

My little darlings informed me recently that I was ‘middle-aged’. While my brain screamed “WTF?” my mouth worded: “Excuse me?” Apparently the topic had been discussed in Miss 12’s Year 7 health ed class and at 45, I slotted into the bracket of middle age. The look on my face soon had my Mr 10 clarifying that actually, “Dad is …

successful life

How to have a successful life even if you feel like a failure

Before I became a mother – back when I was just me – I felt I had an incredibly successful life. Certainly by all standard measures of success, it was. I had an incredible career that I valued above almost all else. I earned great money. I had (and still have) a great husband. We had (and now have a bigger) house in …

womens voices

Ep 032: Amplifying Women’s Voices

I was scrolling on Medium recently, and choosing the categories I wanted to subscribe to. I scrolled, and scrolled, from one category to the next and very quickly noticed something: most of the contributors in the categories I was interested in were male. I scrolled more, went back to some other categories, paying more attention, and this question popped into …

Ep 031: Balancing masculine and feminine energy

The concept of the masculine and feminine energy balance was almost too woo-woo for me the first time I came across it but after you listen to this interview, you’ll see why and how it helps you in life and business if you pay attention to it. Explained in terms of yin and yang though, in terms of balance, it …

work-life balance

Unravelling the work-life balance knot: making time when you have none

If life as a working mother had a trinity, it would be: balance, time and guilt. We want one, need the next, and the last gets in the way of both. These three elements seem to endlessly loop around each other – we want to unravel the knot, yet somehow keep tying ourselves up in it.     Work-life balance is …

natural products

Switching to natural products and chemical-free living

It’s been around a decade since I started looking for natural products and trying to eliminate as many chemicals from our home as I could. To begin with, it was about protecting the kids (isn’t that always the first motivation for women to make changes?) Later though, it became about my health as well – reducing risk factors that contribute …

Ep 030: Defining success – when enough is enough

If you’re pushing yourself to go harder to make more money, or feeling like a bit of chump because you’re not turning over millions, it might be time to ask yourself: What is enough? I see so many women caught up in this idea that they are somehow failing or not good at this business thing because they don’t earn …

work-life juggle

Three mistakes I made doing the work-life juggle

I know the work-life juggle can be tough – it’s a busy load to carry, no doubt, when you’re a working woman with a family, household and job. It is doable though and you can actually manage it well, with energy and enjoyment, if you take reasonable care of yourself and practice some boundary-setting around your time. It’s a complete …

Ep 029: Intention, leadership and doing business better

Do you work with your husband or partner? Rebecca Plant does, and while she loves it, the idea sounds like hell to me! It is however the reality for a lot of small biz owners and SHEs, who work in a business alongside hubby. Rebecca, a former journo and mate of mine from the old newsroom days, works alongside her …

Ep 028: Lessons from The (Ultimate) Boss

I’ve seen God, and he plays guitar. This spiritual experience I speak of was seeing Bruce Springsteen in concert on his most recent Aussie tour. His Born in the USA album played a big part of my teen years, so to see him in person was pretty amazing. As a consequence, I do gush a little through this episode. Couldn’t …

Ep 027: Confessions of a Misfit Entrepreneur

If you’ve ever felt like you just don’t fit the mould of entrepreneur or business owner, this episode will encourage you to be a misfit! We’re told we ‘should’ have lots of things – invariably including a six-figure launch, perfectly blow dried hair and a sales funnel – but the reality is very different for the vast majority of us. …

better content

Ep 026: A strategy for better content – look in the background

If you’re putting out posts and content on your website and social media channels but it feels like you’re talking to yourself, then this episode will help. In this episode, I’m sharing with you a strategy that good journalists and feature writers use – it’s to look at what’s happening in the background to find the colour and depth of …