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
'I came into the fitness industry when I was 25. Previously I was a traders assistant but knew my passion in life was elsewhere. I had suffered from health problems and been overweight myself so decided to pursue my career in something that would help me along the way. In 2010 my first year in the industry I competed and placed 3rd in the UK for Natural Figure, then carried on to become a sponsored athlete and international fitness model.'
- Kelly Rennie
'I would have to say my passion is health and wellness….Although renovating on The Block and creating beautiful, original and unique spaces in the home was and is simply the most incredible and challenging experience I have ever put my hand up for, I am a mum with a mission and absolutely love to motivate and inspire from the inside out!'
- Voni Cosier
We caught up with Shelley Craft, past Pursue Your Passion MC and MC for our upcoming PYP for Mums event, to discuss and get her valuable insight into balancing a busy career and motherhood.
You’ve mentioned that growing up, you were always known as the “happy child”. How important has remaining true to yourself been in your career and personal life?
It’s the only thing that is important. I don’t believe you can live any other way. To be able to commit to an idea for a business or a philosophy for life – you have to be true to yourself and about yourself. Your capabilities etc.
You attended THP’s ‘Pursue Your Passion’ last year in the capacity of MC. Can you briefly tell us how the event has helped you to pursue your own passion over the last year?
It was a real moment of truth for me. I have been very lucky in my life to have always had wonderful opportunities for work and great projects to work on. But hearing the stories of women who followed their hearts – it gave me a new angle and lead to an opportunity to create something from scratch and PURSUE my PASSION x
What is your top tip for balancing family and workload?
Go easy on yourself. Of course set goals and be ambitious but also cut yourself some slack every now and then. We cant be perfect ALL the time and that’s ok too. x
What is the greatest lesson that being a mum has taught you?
That you have been granted the greatest wish of all and not to take a moment for granted.
What advice could you offer mums or mums-to-be either going back to work, just starting out, or looking to embark on a new career path whilst juggling children?
You can have it all – just be honest about what that means to you. Your plan is allowed to change and alter, somethings will morph in the most unexpected way, so don’t lock yourself down to a plan, fluidity is the key – in parenting and small business. Don’t be afraid to ASK for help/advice or just a ear to bash xx
Images courtesy of Ivy Road Photography
At THP we are thrilled to have Shelley back to MC our upcoming Pursue Your Passion for Mums at Osteria, Casuarina on Saturday 27 February. For more information please follow the below link.
"When I received an email saying that Helena and Kristal were hosting an evening with Ronaldo Fulieri, a chance to be in this cute Brazilians' presence and learn from his vast experience in nutrition and health - to say I jumped at the chance to go would be a slight understatement."
- Ange Simson, Gratitude Project