Like us, you may be seeing the terms “passion” and “purpose” popping up a little more frequently around the place, and you may be asking yourself, “why?” As society shifts focus onto more conscious ways of thinking, living and being, people are turning their focus inward to search for the truth of what lights them up, seeking greater connection vs. attachment to “stuff”, as well as identifying how they can serve greater, in a move to create happier, healthier lives for themselves and their families.
Being extremely passionate about helping people pursue their passions, today we consider a few questions surrounding the concept of pursuing your passion.
Sometimes when life urges you to, you just have to give yourself permission to do something different – to get off the train, and let go of the routine, and the self-expectation, and celebrate life a little. That’s exactly what we did a couple of weeks ago, when we left our kids with our husbands, packed our peep-toes and ball gowns, and headed off to Sydney for a very short and sweet trip for The AusMumpreneur Awards and conference.
A few weeks ago we disclosed a few thrifty ways to support your beautiful biz in its start-up phase (insert link to blog post 5 simple ways…) , because we know what it’s like at that intersection of leaving your “safe something” and following your passion. As humans, we are all chasing that thing that lights us up, but as entrepreneurs, we have this insatiable need to go to it, save the world, and make it our reality pronto, sometimes without really considering how we will sustain said passion-based business. So today, we’re going to go there. We’re going to go one step further, complementing a mindset shift from simple and small, to playing bigger, and getting serious about where the capital for your growing business is going to be coming from.
Passion and tea - it's the perfect blend for Byron Bay Tea Company founder, Sarita Merlo, who has oodles of both. A long-time THP supporter, it's been a privilege to watch the rise of her beautiful biz. Today, we get a little more insight into what it's like to be in the driver's seat behind the brand, and how she nurtures both her human and biz babies.
In this dance of business, where we take those three steps forward and three steps back, we are not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of people - more - around the world who are moving in similar patterns. So instead of running for the hills, kick that fear and instead, run towards your dreams. Easier said than done? Here's the inspiration to help you believe in and back yourself.
For the budding female entrepreneur, it at first seems a curse that there are only so many hours in the day. The truth bomb here is that this is never going to change. So whilst we can’t make time stand still, we can certainly maximise our productivity with the time we do have.
So, you want to pursue your passion project or dream biz and follow the path of the creative entrepreneur? A big congratulations for making this decision! As exciting as the prospect of doing your own thing full time is, you’d be forgiven if you’re feeling a little uncertain about how you’re going to sustain this path financially. After all, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 60 per cent of small businesses fold in their first three years. It’s risky business, even without bringing fear, doubt and self-sabotage into the equation. Well, whether you’re still employed in your day job or have already gone solo, here’s a bit of inspiration to make the journey a little easier, and keep you focused on that goal to fully living your passion.
When starting out in business, the best kind of advice is that from those who have already walked the path. There may be comfort, then, for our community today to hear the sage advice of Karly Nimmo. From a $100K failed venture, to a no. 1 iTunes podcast, thriving podcasting school and voiceover business, Karly has experienced the highs and lows of being a creative entrepreneur first hand.
We invite you to tune in to her real story, as she shares insights on the benefits of podcasting, starting with what you’ve already got, and how to turn the tables on what it means to fail.
"A magical day leaving me bursting with inspiration to once again get stuck into a busy year ahead."
Sophie Bell, Peppa Hart
"I was young, naive, a little bit lost and sitting under a teepee in Bangalow, surrounded by a community of women on the cusp. Everyone was on the verge of doing something. They had ideas, big plans, startups that were already in operation and the energy in that space was electric.
There’s a popular slogan that was trademarked by Billabong back in the 80s’ – “Only a surfer knows the feeling.” Well this is true for today’s guest on the THP blog, whose burning love for the ocean from a young age lead him to seek out a career where he’d never be too far from it. In fact, Adam Duffy has made it his business to be in the ocean, the acclaimed international surf photographer having travelled the world extensively in search for the perfect wave, at the perfect place, in the perfect light, to capture through his lens. Adam shares with us highlights from his career so far, as well as how he continues to stay true to his art and passion.
Bec Zacher is one multi-passionate woman. The Gold Coast-based photographer, blogger and mother of three turned her love for photography into a business in 2016, and hasn't looked back. We chat with Bec about staying true to your own unique path and starting out small and dreaming big.
We were blessed recently to interview one very inspiring woman who we were graced to meet at one of our events back when we first started THP in 2015. Kate Caddle is a love-fueled coach, writer and speaker, who helps women reconnect with themselves and unleash their brilliance.
Last Saturday we were extremely proud to bring to life Pursue Your Passion Gold Coast – a stylish afternoon event for creative entrepreneurs at the stunning Justin Lane. It was beautifully set, quintessentially uplifting and sold out to the most divine tribe of women. What we experienced, however, was far more awesome than what we had initially anticipated.
Living a fast-paced lifestyle and climbing the corporate ladder, it all came crashing down for Georgina Siddall after mistaking a panic attack for a heart attack in 2011. Knowing something had to change, she turned her longstanding passion for yoga into a purposeful business aimed at helping people live their best lives, including the very people whose shoes she used to walk in.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill.
Two years on and nearly eight events down, we are the ones who feel privileged to be able to use our platform to give to worthy causes and help improve the lives of those less fortunate.
This week we were very happy to interview the beautiful soul that is Libby Wever, perhaps more commonly known as the glowing, glamorous grandmother and yogini, Yogiglamma.
From the US, to Byron and several countries in between, artist and 2015 Pursue Your Passion attendee Alexandra Matthews tells us how embarking on the adventure of a lifetime and following her heart's calling has changed her life forever.
A sunny day, set in the garden surrounds and function room of Osteria, Casuarina, on the Tweed Coast, on Saturday 27th February, our 200+ guests were all high-vibing - mostly kid-free - in celebration of all it means to be a creative, passionate, entrepreneurial mum.
'Mama + Me is first and foremost a community. I wanted to provide support to mums and show them that they are not alone, there are thousands of other mums out there running businesses through nap times and bed times, between soccer practise and school drop offs. It’s a bumpy road with lots of starts and stops but when you feel supported it makes life so much easier to manage.'
- Baylee Wood, founder of Mama + Me