Tell us a little bit about your blog (or business)
I am a life coach and I write a blog ‘The Other Side of Forty’. I write about ways of living your best life in your forties when your kids are a little older and you (hopefully) have a little more time to focus on your own needs and put yourself first every now and again! I also write a monthly interview series ‘Fabulous Women on the Other Side of Forty’, where I feature inspiring women who have embraced new opportunities in their forties and are living their lives according to their own rules.
What do you love most about your blog (or business)?
I love the fact that I have reconnected with the creative side of myself that I neglected for many years: writing is a true passion for me. I also absolutely love that I get to inspire and encourage other women (both through my writing and my life coaching) to start believing in themselves and rediscover what lights them up in life.
What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned?
Running your own business does give your freedom, but it is also bloody hard work! I am starting to learn to ask for help, rather than try and do it all on my own. First thing on my list for 2016 is to hire a cleaner!
What’s the one piece of golden piece of advice you could offer other women?
You’ve heard it before, and no doubt you’ll hear it again, but really it comes down to this: just start. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it will more than likely feel scary, but if you feel a longing to do something in life, you should definitely give it a go.
Do you believe women can have it all? Why or why not?
I believe women can have it all, just not at the same time! When my children were younger, I made the decision to leave work and be a stay at home mum for a few years, and I have never regretted that decision (I also know
not everyone is lucky enough to have that choice). Once my youngest started school, I was absolutely ready to throw myself into new challenges and start my own business, but I would have found that near impossible a couple of years earlier. It really does depend on a number of circumstances, not least of which is the level of support you have in your life (don’t be afraid to ask for help!)
Top time-management tip?
Number one is stay off Facebook! Otherwise, I work from home and I try and structure my workday so I see clients and work on my business during school hours. I leave hanging the loads of washing out and all the other cleaning for when the kids are home and I am out of ‘life coach’ mode and back in mum mode.
What makes you happy?
Lots of things make me happy, I am a pretty happy person! In no particular order some things I love are dancing in my living room, french champagne, time spent with my girlfriends, fresh flowers, laughing every day, seeing
my family happy, and living my life on my terms.
If I were prime minister of Australia for a day, I’d…
extend my role for a year, there is simply too much to fix in one day!
Describe yourself in five words.
Caring, Supportive, Joyful, Positive, Fun.
Fave app: Instagram
Last person/page I followed on social media: SeekerLoverDreamer, I just heard Zoe speak about social media
and she is one awesome chick who knows her stuff!
Three things in my bag I can’t live without: my iPhone (of course!), a hair tie for my unruly mop, and pawpaw lip
Last book I read: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: the best book I have read this year by a mile!
Quote I love: I thought this was an F Scott Fitzgerald quote, but apparently it’s from the Benjamin Button movie! I still love it
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”