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by on 20 December, 2018
In keeping with our favourite saying "Have fun with purpose" we wanted to come out with a Christmas message that would be both practical, something you can use and yet fun! A tall order in a mass of repetitive Xmas Greetings. So we are sharing with some of our favourite recipes for you to enjoy over this time. Yes, they do fit in with the colourful Christmas theme and yes their ingredients are readily available, unlike the Tibetan volcanic salt you see from Masterchef. These are meant to b...
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by on 19 December, 2018
What will you (or your business) be doing over the summer break? Resting, sun-baking or simply checking out...  The reality is, that savvy brands have already automated or put into place marketing their brand, before they even 'checked out'.  They did this because long gone are the days of business being able to relax during the festive period, and taking a 'she'll be right mate!' attitude for the new year. Looked at the news lately?  Markets are in turmoil, Governments are in chaos and...
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by on 18 December, 2018
5 Top Strategies to Get You in the Best Mental "Shape" for 2019   Emotional eating (overeating) tends to ramp-up during the holidays, because there are more tempting treats; because the holidays can come full with emotions; and because it’s a time of year that many busy women feel more stress and overwhelm.   It tends to be socially acceptable, and even encouraged, to throw all caution to the wind and a perfect excuse to let go of self-control because everyone else is doing the same....
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by on 14 December, 2018
“When I am sad, I eat When I am frustrated with work, I eat When I am disappointed with myself, I eat When I am happy with something, I would still eat”   On days like this, I used to eat everything that I could get my hands. I would find myself making constant trips to the fridge for some emotional comfort. And this happened all day long, at work and would only amplify in the evening.   I justified my overeating by telling myself that after such a stressful day, I deserved ...
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by on 28 November, 2018
I have a very strong intuition and I am a big believer in trusting your gut. I had been working in East Brisbane, where Studio 42 Workspaces is now located, and I loved the area. It’s leafy, rich with history, a quick walk to the river and super close to the CBD. One day I found myself looking through a warehouse space near my office and in my mind’s eye, I could see it fully refurbished as a modern, flexible workspace. I could imagine small businesses working in there, networking and there was ...
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by on 27 November, 2018
Like many entrepreneurial types, I am a woman that has worn a lot of hats. It’s actually something that I enjoy though. I was that kid that loved school, simply because I got to study many subjects at once. Choosing a degree was more difficult because there were so many subjects that I was interested in. Many entrepreneurs are multipotentialites. They have a variety of interests and skills that they want to put into action. Much like the parable of the talents.  The more you do, the greate...
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by on 26 November, 2018
My entrepreneurial journey began when I had my 3rd son, Lennox. With 3 kids in tow, grocery shopping was a nightmare, and I was frustrated I never had enough space in my pram for groceries. So I came up with an idea that to my surprise had never been thought of before. An attachable pram shopping cart I called the BuggyCart. The ten months to launching my product was a huge learning curve. Google was bestfriend and my only mentor. If I could afford it, I would use freelancers to get the ...
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by on 23 November, 2018
The idea came about as a direct result of some pretty severe health problems I suffered a few years ago. When I was 30 I was looking after my Father, who was seriously ill, and I took some medication that I wouldn’t normally have taken if I wasn’t going through a stressful period in my life. I had lots of complications because of the medications and one of the side effects I experienced was severe pustular acne. It appeared quite quickly and was very uncomfortable. I tried to hide from the world...
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by on 22 November, 2018
I was inspired to start mudputty to bring people together. Real-life interactions and relationships that are vital to our happiness, our health and social health. I meet so many people who feel disconnected, they struggle for years to find their tribe. In a world of digitalisation we really have forgotten how to have 'real life connections'.   As a busy mum with two small children, I used classes as a way to connect with others. When you attend a class you walk in, see smiling faces and...
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by on 21 November, 2018
I always knew I wanted to work with women. To empower them and support them, and in doing so, change the way they relate to themselves and each another. I’m a feminist. Big on sisterhood because growing up, I never had one. Well, I had sisters, three of them, but we were never on the same team. I have known my “why” for a very long time, I just wasn’t exactly sure on my “how”.   Then one day, I was lying naked on a stage, crying away the shame I had just taken on from a female artist in th...
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by on 20 November, 2018
I realised that I loved baking from an early age. I initially undertook a chef’s apprenticeship, but quickly realised that patisserie and chocolate was the road for me. My mother had a huge influence over my love for chocolate and desserts and I have fond memories of her homemade chocolates. Chocolate is such a versatile ingredient and the opportunities for creativity are endless!   I know firsthand how difficult it can be juggling everything that comes along with being a woman and establi...
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by on 15 November, 2018
Many people, perhaps women especially, have been trained by various influences to play small.  That’s fine if that’s what you want.  If you want to run a small business that remains small or a micro business that remains micro then keep doing what you’re doing if that’s what keeps you happy.  But many people want something more from their businesses.  Many want it to fund a lifestyle in the working years and become asset to sell that funds a retirement.  If that’s you, the answer is scaling.  ...
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