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Just a shameless plug…

I wish I could say I have been off holidaying in the Caribbean this past month, or sipping champagne in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, but unfortunately that would be a lie. I’ve simply been incredibly busy, and as there is going to be a bit of online chatter about this over the weekend, I thought it best to do a shameless plug about it. I promise, I’ll be quick!

Photo courtesy Pixabay.

Photo courtesy Pixabay.


Move over Mick Fanning, I’ve got my own sharks to punch.

Last week I had the incredible honour to be named the COSBOA (Council of Small Business of Australia) Small Business Champion for 2015. This wasn’t for my success in small business (we all know how that turned out!) but rather for my ongoing efforts to try to highlight the mental health needs of small business owners.

COSBOA and mental health (more…)

Warning! Holding a grudge can give you amnesia.

Jessica Ainscough, a young Australian blogger died last week. This week, the little part of the internet I am connected to has exploded with posts and comments about the damage Jess has left behind. Jess called herself a “Wellness Warrior” and I always found her posts to be great reminders for me to tend to my own health – on all levels.

bloggers go crazy this week (more…)

What’s in a name?

Do you remember the old Sydney Morning Herald ads that showed people at a dinner party desperately trying to avoid sitting next to the person who only knew how to talk about one topic, like chook farming, for instance? I think I have become that person, only instead of chooks I like to talk about failure. A lot.

failure-as-a-topic (more…)

An offer too good to refuse.

I boldly declared three weeks ago that 2015 was going to be a year of action for me. A year of doing, not just thinking. Today I received an offer that will force me into action – an enrolment offer from the University of Newcastle… (more…)

My best conversations happen when I’m naked.

I’ve had lots of conversations this week. Lots of time to reflect and lots of chances to talk differently. I know, not just from this week, but from a sense of self-awakening that my best conversations happen when I’m stripped bare. (more…)

Not coping: Keeping depression real.

I’ve done a couple of business interviews this past week concerning entrepreneurialism. Both times I’ve taken a deep breath, and kept my story as real and honest as possible. It hasn’t been easy because (more…)

Give me a serve of ying without the yang…

When I felt I was struggling to run Billie Goat Soap it felt like I couldn’t relate to other business people around me. I had always been an avid reader of business magazines (I had a subsription to BRW and loved it) but when times were tough I felt a huge disconnect between my feelings and the words espoused in Australian business media. (more…)

I think I can, I think I can…but what if I can’t?

What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Oh pllleaasssse……I simply cannot get my head around this question. Is it supposed to be inspiring? Challenging? It certainly isn’t grounded in any sense of reality for me (more…)

Am I not pretty enough???

Do you remember the Kasey Chambers song with the same title? It was released back in 2002 so if you need a revisit, you can listen to it here. Some time ago we had the good fortune to watch Kasey perform in concert, and she explained that she wrote this iconic song to question why she didn’t receive the same radio time as other female artists. It’s ironic (more…)

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