Week 26 – Jamie Moore

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A note from Kerrie Phipps – I connected with Jamie and Hello Sunday Morning when he was nominated by his friend James who was seated next to me on a flight from Perth to Sydney. An inspiring conversation about creating an alternative, and healthier culture…

Introducing Jamie Moore –

Jamie Moore

Jamie Moore

Jamie Moore is a social entrepreneur who wants to change the world’s relationship with alcohol. Having lived all across Australia and up and down the California coast Jamie has seen a range of drinking cultures and he is fascinated by the way technology can support people to live healthier lives. Being a historical serial binge drinker himself, Jamie has used hellosundaymorning.org to change his own drinking behaviour and the drinking behaviour of thousands of people around the world. He currently lives in Sydney with his partner and is the General Manager of Hello Sunday Morning and Director of www.unistatstutor.com

1.    How do you love to explain your enterprise to others?

Hello Sunday Morning or HSM represents an idea. It’s a simple idea. The idea is you don’t need alcohol to be confident, you don’t need alcohol to have fun, and you don’t need alcohol to be yourself.
Alcohol is something that you enjoy, not something you need. That’s the HSM idea.HSM is an online program that helps everyday people take a break from drinking and improve their relationship with alcohol. It offers a way for any individual to sign up and take a 3-month break from drinking, achieve some goals and get some perspective on why and how they would like to drink. Each one of their stories is an essential contribution to a better drinking culture.

2.    What makes your story unique?

HSM is for people that want to create a life that revolves around living, not one that revolves around drinking. It’s for anyone who believes that confidence, identity and happiness aren’t things that can be measured in standard servings; it’s for any anyone that believes in a better way.
HSM is unique as it harnesses the best in health promotion and technology to create an online program built around personal choice. It is built around a community of people who are all striving to understand what that personal choice means to them. It is unique as it is the first alcohol health promotion campaign that is data focused rather than eye-ball focused, with success measured by long-term changes in behaviour, rather than the number of people who saw an ad.

Hello Sunday Morning3.    What plans do you have to expand HSM further?

Hello Sunday Morning is growing at a fantastic rate, with the community doubling in size every 6-months. Currently 70% of our users are from Australia, 15% are from New Zealand and 15% are from Ireland/USA/Canada. We plan to grow further in the Ireland, USA and New Zealand markets in the coming years, while maintaining our core focus on Australia’s drinking culture. HSM will also be launching a premium platform in January 2014 that will provide a more advanced program at a minimal fee for those that want to engage with the platform at a deeper level.

4.    How did you move from dreamer to achiever?

When I was 22 I was living in Perth in a share house with some friends. Life was as I would describe it, adequate. I had a good but not great job, I was satisfied but wasn’t happy and I knew that I wasn’t becoming the person I wanted to be. I took 2 days to sit in my backyard and think about what I really wanted out of life, I wrote and I wrote and I wrote until it dawned on me. What I wanted was simple so I wrote it down:

“I want to work for myself in a job that inspires others”

Those 12 words summed up what I wanted my life to be about. One month later I took action. I sold everything I owned that didn’t fit into a suitcase and I moved to Brisbane, a city where I had never been and didn’t know a soul to start my Masters in Organisational Psychology, I thought if I could understand how people think inside organisations, I could create my own vision for one some day. Six-months after I moved I met Chris Raine who founded HSM and things changed. Within a few months we were working together and we set the task of growing HSM from 1,000 people to 50,000 by 2014. I’ve never looked back since and I truly believe that I’m living those 12 words I wrote in my backyard back in 2010.

5.    What do you believe are the essential qualities or attributes of a successful person?

They key attribute to success is communication. The ability to communicate your ideas, desires, needs and “orders” is essential to success in any personal or professional relationship. In 99.9% of cases where a situation has not worked out, I can trace the cause back to a failure in communication. Simply spelling out your message does not guarantee it is understood, therefore the resulting action is not guaranteed to be what you desired. In my dealings with other social entrepeneurs, those that are successful are the ones that have the guts (importantly not the confidence) to communicate them effectively and those that fail are the ones that don’t.

6.    How has the increasing success of your business impacted your personal/family life?

Since I’ve focused on running Hello Sunday Morning and www.unistatstutor.com my personal and family life has transformed dramatically. There’s an old saying that say “do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life” – while I can’t say that is entirely true as there are parts of my day-to-day (admin, life admin, audit reports, accountant meetings etc) that I find boring and tedious, I can say that I love my work. What this means is that when I get home from work I’m excited to share my day with the people I love, rather than bring home my frustrations like I used to. Doing what you love means that the people you spend time with the most feed off the energy and passion you have for your work. I’m blessed to have a girlfriend who is the same and is highly committed to her work as a child psychologist and works for a cause, rather than a pay cheque.

One thing I have learnt is the importance of switching off when required. I make promises to my girlfriend and family that they will get time with me where I’m “disconnected” that means phone off (no email, phone calls or text), they get my 100% attention. It actually helps me connect better with them as well.

CONTACT DETAILS

Jamie Moore, General Manager

Hello Sunday Morning

PO Box 1012, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Phone: 0401805332

www.hellosundaymorning.org

www.facebook.com/hellosundaymorning

Twitter: @HSM_AUS

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Week 25 – Brad Holder

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Introducing Brad Holder

A note from Kerrie Phipps: I met Brad earlier this year following his nomination by Town Of Port Hedland Councillor Penny Taylor – and I was delighted to find such incredible talent matched with beautiful attitude. Brad looked after all the technical stuff for my workshop for Effective Leaders & Communicators in South Hedland, so I’ve now had first-hand experience of his attitude and flexibility at work!

Penny’s nomination reads – “Brad is a humble and talented performer. The nature of art is that it has to be seen by others. This puts the humble artist in a dilemma. To follow their passion, they have to put their art out and perform. Brad’s maturity and talent makes his work a true art form that deserves celebration and nomination.”

Brad Holder

Brad Holder

Born in the Pilbara City of Port Hedland in the early 90’s, Brad Holder has become one of the most known and respected young people in the region. At just 22, Brad is a talented singer songwriter, Nationally renowned Performing Arts Centre Venue Manager (Matt Dann Cultural Centre – MDCC), Pilbara Representative on the WA Music Regional Roundtable, Managing Director & Founder of Stage Production Business – P.C.C. Productions, the youngest committee member on both the Circuitwest & Techwest Theatre Associations and served as Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and committee member for nearly seven years of the Hedland Youth Leadership Council (HYLC).

How did you get started and when?

I originally started volunteering at my local theatre at around 11 or 12 years old.  I started helping out around the place and eventually became a casual technician. I worked my way through high school doing that, finishing my homework while the film was on the screen. I was involved in the music program and heavily into the performing arts in general. My English teachers would’ve been frustrated because I never got things in on time, but I really enjoyed the performing arts so I just kept going with that. Once high school was finished the theatre offered me a full time position as technician and I did that for 5 years. I have been managing the venue now for about 3 years.

What was your biggest sacrifice in getting your business up and running?

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Doing audio at the
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First and foremost was definitely time, I spent most of my high school afternoon’s splicing films, preparing sound and lighting equipment for performances and maintaining & repairing the equipment. Thankfully I had a band at the time also, which helped me have a glimpse of a social life every so often; without that I would probably still be sitting at home, curled up in a ball from not knowing how to interact socially.

What makes Brad Holder‘s story unique?

The most interesting part about what I do is the connection between each of my interests – eg: Through HYLC we have used equipment from my small business – P.C.C. Productions, to host concerts at the Matt Dann Cultural Centre – the venue work at, for acts sourced from my position on the WA Music Regional Roundtable which has given me experience to bring to the table on the Circuitwest & Techwest Theatre Associations. I believe very strongly that collaboration between areas of one’s life is a very important key to success and when combined with passion for doing what you love, it’s unstoppable.

Brad Holder Music

Brad Holder Music

What are you currently working on?

I just recorded my first single at The Studio Couch in Perth which is really exciting.  It was a present from my girlfriend who wanted me to record something.  It was amazing. The song I recorded is actually written for her.  It was very exciting to record a song in the same studio that Birds of Tokyo, John Butler and a lot of really big acts.  I got to work with an amazing producer.  From there I’ve uploaded it to itunes and have just recorded a videoclip for it as well which will be released soon.

Did you have much opposition or support?

Brad Holder

Brad Holder

It’s an amazing community up here (in Port Hedland).  I’ve had support the whole way through the process. I’ve even been nominated for awards – things like that have kept me going. I won the (Port Hedland) Active Citizenship Award twice which is incredible.  There’s been lots of little pushes from the Hedland community to keep doing & to support me in what I’m doing.

What do you love about doing business in your location?

Being based in Port Hedland means our nearest town is Karratha – 200km away, or the other direction is Broome – 600km away. This can create some interesting barriers particularly working in a field where you are quite isolated – there is no other theatre in the Port Hedland area, and only one other professional production company which means you’ve got to get supply orders perfect, you can’t just pop over to your nearest lighting shop and buy a globe to fix your light.

This brings me to my favourite part – the challenges. I constantly work from the old sayings ‘Where there is a will, there is a way – it’s just finding it’ and ‘Improvisation is key’. I cannot emphasize enough how crucial improvisation is.

How does your business contribute to your community?

West End Markets

West End Markets

I often get asked about the benefits of arts in the community; there’s often the perception that arts is just about fun, it’s just the ‘extra’ and isn’t necessary to a community.  If budget cuts happen, it’s the often first thing to go. I beg to differ about that perception – hear me out…

Arts in general can provide an outlet for people to express themselves, whether it is visual art, musical, or simply just writing a poem. The first thing this does is encourage the artist to be creative and think outside the square – growing the brain in a healthy way which can benefit people in other areas of their life such as their work life. Secondly it enables them to express themselves through a safe medium. Thirdly in most cases, it’s social – to be a performer, you need someone to perform to; to be an exhibiting artist; you need someone to exhibit to. This alone encourages people out of their homes and into the neighbourhood where they connect with one another and engage in growing a community rather than just growing a town through markets and festivals.

NWF Battle of the Bands

NWF Battle of the Bands

My last point is probably the most important, the arts create a sense of enjoyment in your community, bringing new faces to town and retaining them. Port Hedland is a mining town with a large portion of it Fly in, Fly Out (FIFO) workers, so enjoyment of arts gives people a great reason to relocate their families to town instead of sticking with the ‘It’s just a working town’ mindset. This boosts the economy of local businesses because suddenly there are new families in town, which need to utilize the town’s local services and it ensures that money being made in the town is spent in the town creating more funding for capitol projects in the future.

To see a theatre full of smiling faces, thoroughly enjoying a magical performance unfold before their eyes is the whole reason I do what I do.

What would you recommend for people who want to live their creative dream?

“Where’s there’s a will there’s a way”. It’s just about finding the way. I think that’s the thing with any situation, just find a way to do it.  Anything’s possible; it’s just how do you make it possible?

Contact Details:

Brad Holder
Matt Dann Cultural Centre
Hamtilon Rd, South Hedland WA 6722
Website: www.mattdann.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mattdannculturalcentre
P: (08) 9158 9368

Brad Holder
Website: www.pccproductions.com.au
Website: www.bradholder.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bradholdermusic
M: 0447632936

 

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Week 24 – Kate Bracks

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Introducing Kate Bracks

A note from Kerrie Phipps – I first met Kate in Dubbo after her MasterChef win and did a 58 second video with her. We’ve spoken together since at International Womens Day 2012 and every conversation I have with Kate is a joy.

Kate Bracks

Kate Bracks

Kate Bracks Is a passionate foodie who enjoys talking about food, cooking food and eating food – and feels very privileged to be able to do so. With the encouragement and support of her family, Kate auditioned for MasterChef and became the 2011 Winner, a journey Kate describes as “one of the best things I’ve ever done and one of the hardest things I’ve ever done – a steep but enjoyable learning curve”.

Kate has since traveled all over Australia (and recently India) doing cooking demo’s and public speaking and created The Sweet Life (a must-read/play with book for the sweet-tooth foodie). She has also cooked with local Hatted Chef’s in her home town of Orange, NSW. The adventure continues…

Conversation between Kerrie and Kate Bracks:

How do you love to explain what you do?

The best way to describe it is as contract work. I do lots of different bits and pieces. Some of it is in the media, in advertising, cooking locally, in food festivals, in traveling around doing cooking demonstrations and public speaking. So it’s lots of little things.

What’s next in the exciting world of Kate Bracks?

My biggest excitement at the moment – I’m looking at building a business where I cook deserts and cakes and sell them through various local outlets like shop fronts or food markets and also taking special orders. I’m really looking forward to getting back into the kitchen a bit more.

Kate Bracks KitchenWhat’s a significant challenge you’ve faced & how did you approach it?

The biggest challenge was MasterChef itself – being away from the family and being put under incredible pressure to perform. The way I coped with it was to take each day as it came and break each day down into smaller pieces. In some ways life continues to be like that sometimes because of the nature of contract work, it can get very overwhelming at times because there’s a lot going on. So, I just have to take each step at a time, and take each day as it comes and gradually get through the week.

What did you learn about yourself in the process?

I learned I could actually cope with a lot more than I thought I could. I think when you are pushed outside your comfort zone and pushed beyond where you would normally push yourself, you realise you can do more than you think you can. That’s probably one of the biggest things I learned about myself.

Who are your greatest supporters?

Definitely my immediate family. My husband Luke has been an incredible support all the way through the entire journey for me. Never once has he complained or asked me not to do anything because it’s too hard for him. He just picks up where I leave off and carries on. The kids are really encouraging and supportive – they love hearing about what I’ve done. And I have some very supportive friends and family who help with child minding and praying for me and my family.

Kate Bracks Farm

Kate Bracks collects local produce to use.

Being a foodie in Orange is fantastic – I just love my town.  I love the local produce and being able to support local farmers by sourcing so many of my ingredients nearby.  I recognise that it is a unique opportunity which allows me to do a lot of work from home enabling me to undertake my favourite role …  being a mum.

How has the increasing success of your business impacted your personal/family life?

The biggest change has been from a full-time stay-at-home mum to a full-time working-mum. The impact on family time is the biggest challenge.  I try to squish my work into school hours, with varying degrees of success. When work is very busy I just have to juggle and try not drop any of the balls!

Contact Details
Kate Bracks
Website – www.katebracks.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/KateBracks
Twitter – www.twitter.com/kate_bracks

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Week 23 – Grace McClure

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Introducing Grace McClure

A note from Kerrie Phipps – I’m so excited to introduce you to Grace. A few years ago Grace engaged me as her coach for six months – just one of her many steps forward. Grace has grown and achieved so much because she is determined, coachable, passionate about helping others – and never gives up.

Grace McClureGrace McClure, is a coach & counselor, author, speaker, model, triathlete and Mum.
She works with people counseling, coaching and by speaking to audiences about achieving challenging goals, listening to your intuition, well-being and fulfilling your life-purpose.

Her first book, “You are a Wonderful Mother.” is based on her own inspirational life story and inspires, touches and empowers many who are reading it.
Her written word; as is all her work, is guiding and empowering you to love and listen to your inner self so you can live your own sparkling and passionate life.

Grace McClure was born and raised on a sheep and cattle station in New South Wales, and figured out early in life that having a ‘never give up on what is really important to you’ attitude can take you a long way.  It has allowed her to follow her dreams as a TV presenter, model – both nationally and internationally, complete five Ironman Triathlons, write two books and run her own business.  She is a Mum to two children and partner to her soul-mate John.

What plans do you have to expand your business further?

I am now at the stage of my business where I am employing other wonderful people more frequently so that it can grow as more and more bookings are coming in for motivational speaking and counselling/coaching.

Who are your greatest supporters?

Grace McClure and familyMy Family (My husband John and my Mum live in Melbourne so help me every day/week and my sisters, their husbands, my Dad, nieces & nephews are all wonderful too), Sponsors (Liv Giant, Giant Bicycles, CBD Cycles, Oakley, Powerbar Musashi), Coaches (Pete McKenzie, Dave Wilson, Buddy Portier), clients and colleagues.

How did you move from dreamer to achiever?

Let go. Let go of fear of not being able to do something and just do it. Let go of not knowing how to do something and find solutions instead. Believe and back myself. Trust life. Realise that money is simply a resource that I am tapping into to help others and is a wonderful thing. Focus on being of service. Stop worrying, its simply not worth it…..it really isn’t! Stop listening to negative people and focus and listen to those who are positively encouraging and supporting your expansion.

What do you believe are the essential qualities or attributes of a successful person?

More and more I define success as identifying, clarifying and living your own unique life purpose. No persons life purpose is any more or less important than anyone else’s. It always involves remembering how to love, personal growth and being of service in some way.

How does your business contribute to your community?

I live by what I teach. I believe in what Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see most in your world.” Living by that means that you take responsibility for your life, who you are and stop blaming and critising others. It means that you realise that you may not control the events that happen, the one thing you always control is how you respond to those events and this is your choice. I choose to take a positive approach. I also respect other peoples choices.

CONTACT DETAILS

Grace McClure
Grace McClure Enterprises
Website – www.gracemcclure.com.au
Facebook – facebook.com/gracecherishlife
Twitter – graceaustralia

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Week 21 – Bec Heinrich

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Introducing Bec Heinrich

A note from Kerrie Phipps – You know I love a young Difference-Maker! I’m so delighted share Bec’s story and so grateful to receive Matt Rule’s nomination. He says “Bec is awesome! I worked with her on State SRC in High School. Her commitment to developing young leaders is truly inspiring!”

Bec Heinrich

Bec Heinrich

At the age of 16 Bec Heinrich launched her first business and in 2004 at 21, Bec embarked on her second business venture by co-founding Rising Generations (RG). RG is a not-for-profit social enterprise which delivers leadership and character development programs for young people, partnering with more than 350 schools annually across Australia. In 2013 RG celebrates its’ 10th year and the milestone of impacting the lives of 150,000 young Australians.

Bec was born in Sydney, has completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law Degree at Macquarie University and studied Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University, USA. Bec loves sport (in particular tennis), travel and adventure and enjoying great food and coffee experiences. In 2008 Bec trekked the Kokoda Track with two other friends, Bec and Bek (yes, 3 x Becks) to raise some money for a group of women in the KUP Region of PNG. A recent trip to Uganda was a life changing experience and her motto for leadership is “People before Progress.”

How did Rising Generations begin?

The vision of RGs, as it is affectionately known, was birthed over a glass of red wine in the Hunter Valley with business partner Tina. We sat chatting about our hopes and dreams for Australia, our desire to see a new generation of leaders rise up and the need to build vibrant, positive communities. Working with young people and partnering with schools felt like the perfect launching pad for this vision.

The name came from a song with the lyrics “I can hear the sound of a Rising Generation, not afraid of love or dreaming of the future.” These lines underpin the vision of RG, to see young people mobilised, with an ability to love who they are and to serve others, and to encourage people to dream great dreams for their future.

I was privileged during my high school days to have a couple of key teachers really take me under their wing and invest in me. They helped me think differently about what I was capable of and influenced me enormously. This has made me passionate about supporting and encouraging teachers as they have the capacity to play such a significant role in the life of every young person.
In addition to this, in Year 11 at high school I spent a month with a group of 20 other young Australians studying and learning about leadership in the USA. This experience profoundly impacted me and set in stone a passion in me for developing the leadership, character and capacity of people. It is now more than a decade on and this passion for me is still alive!

How would you describe the Rising Generations journey?

Getting a vision off the ground is never easy. For 10 years now many people have invested so many hours of blood, sweat and tears to build what RG is today. The greatest lesson I’ve learnt during this journey in terms of success is to just keep putting one foot in front of the other, day after day, and over time you will find yourself a long way down the journey looking back in amazement! I’ve loved the opportunity to work with friends, to build something that is bigger than ourselves and create a company culture that is vibrant, fun, values people and creates a space for people to grow, personally and professionally.

SLC 2013 ConferenceThere have been many challenges on the RG journey including two of us being victims of an assault whilst in Alice Springs for a school program, having a colleague in a coma for 40 days in 2012 after brain surgery and losing $500,000 when a major sponsor unexpectedly pulled the plug. This caused a major financial challenge for our organisation. These challenges have been the tough moments of leadership and life and yet they are the experiences which have taught me the most.

What makes your the RG story unique?

The most unique aspect of the Rising Generations story is the community of friends who have invested in and who continue to offer support to this day. Although trying to have a big impact on our Nation, and possibly the world, we are about partnering together with people to build something that we hope will outlive any one of us. There have been many who have contributed and been part of the RG story, to see this vision succeed!

Some of RG Army (Volunteers) at NLC 2012

Some of RG Army (Volunteers) at NLC 2012

What have you been learning as a leader of generations Y & Z?

RG currently employs 15 people, has over 250 volunteers and has built a vibrant community of supporters and donors called “The RG Army.” More than 80% of these people are born after 1980 (that is Gen Y and now Gen Zs). As a Gen Y myself, I love and appreciate so much about my generation. But humbly I admit, we have some interesting needs and pose some unique ways of doing things for the employers of Australia! Gen Y and beyond have grown up in a world dominated by technology, educational opportunities, the erosion of loyalty, a need for constant stimulation, a belief we can be the boss within 24 hours and a desire to change the world. For most of our team at RG, their job with us is their first. Laying good foundations in their lives and giving feedback is a critical part of what we do. Ultimately the challenge is to create a workplace where they are able to say “I feel like I belong.” I’ve learned people are what make a business. People are what make a team. I believe if you put ‘people before progress’, the progress, outcomes and success will come.

What are the most important things you’ve done to grow your business?

Co-Founders of Rising Generations - Bec Heinrich & Tina Cameron

Co-Founders of Rising Generations – Bec Heinrich & Tina Cameron

Focus on culture! I recently heard it quoted that “culture is the oil that allows the machinery to operate. Without it, everything would grind to a halt.” Culture is critical. When you build a great culture, for your clients and for your employees, you are building the most formidable marketing team.

Strive to become excellent at what you do. Under promise and over deliver. Be faithful and have integrity in the little things. Rather than be all things for all people, clearly know what you are not and become the best at what you are. I think staying focused on your core purpose and not drifting away from it is really important for successful and sustainable growth. Keep your team energised and engaged and growing.

What do you believe are the essential qualities or attributes of a successful person?

A few essential qualities are perseverance or grit, being able to stay the course in the long term despite the daily setbacks. From my experience, there are likely to be many! Humility is also important. I think leadership often requires a person to eat humble pie and admit mistakes, say “I’m sorry” and show grace to people. I am grateful for the grace people have shown me.

Contact Details

Bec Heinrich
Co-founder and CEO
Rising Generations
220 West Street
Crows Nest NSW 2065
02 8030 7170
Webs- www.risinggenerations.org.au
Blog – www.peoplebeforeprogress.com.au
Twitter – @BecHeinrich

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Week 20 – Amber Joy Poulton

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Introducing Amber Joy Poulton

A note from Kerrie – Amber and I were total strangers who started chatting in an airport lounge a few years ago and have kept in touch. Amber shares great insights from her adventures that I believe you’ll appreciate if you’re passionately pursuing the life you want.
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Amber Joy Poulton

Amber Joy Poulton

Amber Joy Poulton is a passionate and dedicated country music artist.  She has recently recorded an album in Nashville entitled “Foolish Things” with the first song “Rosalie” due for release in June.  She completed her diploma in Massage Therapy in 2008, was a top 10 grand finalist in the Toyota Starmaker 2009 and recorded her first album “Taking Goodbye” soon after.  She is the recipient of a 2012 TIARA award, two song writing awards & has had 5 songs reach the top 30 on the Australian Country Music Charts. She also toured the country with her touching tribute to the first Queen Of Country, called “Honky Tonk Angels – the story of Loretta Lynn & friends”.  A highlight of her career has been performing with Kenny Rogers.

How do you love to explain what you do to others?
I’m a country music singer/songwriter who gets to travel all over Australia doing what she loves. How lucky am I?

How did you become a singer?
I have always loved to sing and over the years have sung in all sorts of corporate party bands.  During that time I confess that I saw it more as an income and never as a love.  Then I was asked to sing June Carter songs in a Johnny Cash Tribute.  Wow.  Turns out it wasn’t singing itself that I didn’t enjoy it was purely that I hadn’t been singing songs I could connect to until I started to sing country music. That was the moment that I realised I was going to have a career in country music.  Since then I have recorded 4 albums (the fourth recorded in Nashville this year), have happily toured the country with my own band and performed in country music festivals alongside artists like: Beccy Cole, Troy Cassar-Daley and even supported Kenny Rogers on his South Australian tour.

Amber Joy Poulton camera and guitarHow is it that you’re now a Massage Therapist AND singer?
Turns out I can’t sit still for very long.  I like to keep busy and when I was pregnant with my second child I took that opportunity (when I wasn’t singing as much) to study.  I completed my Diploma in Massage Therapy in 2008.  I sat on it for a while because at that same time I entered a competition in Tamworth called the Toyota Starmaker 2009 and became very busy with singing.  Since 2010 I have been working two or more days a week as a Massage Therapist and can work my trips away for singing around my massage hours.  It’s a perfect combination.

Who are your greatest supporters? 

Without a doubt my husband is my greatest supporter.  I don’t know too many partners who would hold the fort while I’m away and to encourage me the whole time.  Four albums and four years of touring on and off and he’s still fully supportive.  He’s the greatest.  I have also always had the support of my parents and also the help of my in-laws.  Both sets of grandparents are very hands on at helping with the kids, which makes life easier.

How does your business contribute to your community?
In my opinion, there’s nothing like country music to lift the spirits and to relay a story of sorrow or hardships that many other people in the community have also been through.  Stories of life on the land, lost love and of course love that has been found again.  Each year there are country music festivals or country music clubs on every weekend somewhere in the country that either raises the community’s spirit and more often than not, raising money for a local charity.

Amber Joy Poulton

How do you move from dreamer to achiever? 

Gosh such a great question.  I always dreamed of being a singer.  I remember wrapping my dads’ old microphone to the broom handle and leaning it against a coffee table so it was on an angle, and using my tennis racquet as a guitar.  So that was “dreaming”.  To make it achievable, I guess it was saying, “yes” to all opportunities.  To learn to preserve your voice by singing correctly is important otherwise it’s a very short career. It’s important to always be thinking outside the box, learning from the people around you who are making it in the industry.  That is a golden lesson.  Oh and to learn that playing the tennis racquet is a lot easier than learning the guitar!

What do you believe are essential qualities of a successful person?
I can only speak on what I believe are essential qualities needed for what I do so here goes;
Drive: Never give up.  It’s constant.  If I have a week or two where I slacken off then it will show up 6 months down the road when I have no gigs booked.

Thick Skin: I can’t please everyone.  It’s impossible.  Some will love what I do and others not so much but I can only go out there and present what I love and what I do and if I get some fans from that, then that’s great.  I can’t change what I love just to please others, then I’d lose my “drive” to do what I need to become successful in my field.
Grace: I think in my industry ego can be a destructive characteristic because you have to be open to criticism and compliments without it becoming an issue, but to also accept compliments when people love what you do.

Describe a significant business (or other) challenge you have faced. How did you approach it?
Airtime.  The only way to take this industry to the next level is to get airtime, both radio and TV.  So the most recent significant business challenge was to make connections and follow up with all radio announcers across the country and overseas and to ensure that if I’m going to outlay my own money to put together a film clip, that I need to do all I can to ensure it gets played as much as possible to make it a smart business decision.  If it doesn’t get viewed, then it’s a bad business decision.  With each video release and single release I need to make sure those key players know its on it’s way.  To make sure they not only received it but ensure they listened to it or viewed it.  I then followed up until it hits the airwaves.  It’s just a constant thing, which goes back to the question above where “drive” is essential.

What did you learn?
I learned that sometimes you have to outlay money and you may not necessarily receive a monetary return from that outlay.  I’ve had to change my way of viewing things by seeing the return may be in other ways i.e.: more exposure, more bookings, more people at my shows – which in the long run would in fact return the money spent, but not directly.

078 copy_1How has the increasing success of your business impacted your personal/family life? 

It’s brought about an increase in income which has been lovely and my family and friends are very happy for me and proud of me.  The negative side would be missing a few things here and there on the home front that would be nice to attend but I’m sure that happens in all careers.

What does success mean to you personally? 

Mainly for me, success means that I am succeeding in doing something that I love and something that I choose to do.  I’ve had jobs in the past that I didn’t necessarily enjoy or relate to or feel invested in and this career as a singer/songwriter is the most gratifying thing I could ever do.

What are the most important things you’ve done to grow your business?
Recording.  To record is a very expensive thing and once I have that CD in my hand I have to go out there and sell it.  Sell, sell, sell until I’ve been repaid and can then make a profit.  The profit from that recording then goes towards my next recording.  I recently returned from Nashville fresh from recording my songs with the best musicians in the world and I feel 100% invested in this new product of mine and it’s now my focus to promote and sell that album and be sure that it achieves as much as it can in the next 3-4 years.  However the beautiful thing about recordings is that they are forever.  They remain in the world forever.  People will hear those songs for as long as they want and that outlives all live performances etc.  It’s a pretty powerful tool.  It will absolutely grow my business and get the word out there.

Here’s to country music!

Amber Joy Poulton
TIARA Award 2012
SA Achiever Award 2009
Starmaker Top 10 Grand Finalist 2009
SA APRA Best Traditional Country Song Of The Year 2009 & 2010
Top 30 Hits – Rising Star, Break Even, Taking Goodbye,
Close Enough, The Lovin’ Is The Easy Part
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Week 19 – Genevieve Nelson

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Introducing Dr Genevieve Nelson and the Kokoda Track Foundation

A note from Kerrie – it’s an honour to introduce you to Genevieve, as she’s become part of a significant journey for me and my family. We met in PNG last year and I saw evidence of her work in Kokoda and nearby villages. Her generosity, passion and commitment is truly inspiring.

Genevieve Nelson

Genevieve Nelson

Dr Genevieve Nelson is the executive director and one of the founding directors of the Kokoda Track Foundation. She holds a doctorate in cross-cultural and educational psychology from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and is an expert in education in Papua New Guinea. Genevieve is also an Adjunct Research Fellow with UWS as well as a psychologist. She has walked the Kokoda Track 18 times and spends at least 2 months of every year in the remote communities implementing and monitoring the Foundation’s aid programs. Genevieve was a finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Women’s Awards in the Marie Claire Young Business Woman category and won the 2012 Silver Stevie Award in the Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year category in the US. Genevieve lives in Sydney with her husband James who travels regularly to PNG with her.

How do you love to explain The Kokoda Track Foundation?

The Kokoda Track Foundation is changing lives… literally! I am so proud to be involved with such an innovative organisation, filled with the most passionate and dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters that is really making a difference where it counts in PNG. Our work in education, health, community development and microbusiness across more than 40 communities is changing and improving the lives and futures of the descendants of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels…. who were there for us during our darkest hours.

Genevieve Nelson at Pawa Givim Meri

Genevieve Nelson at Pawa Givim Meri

What makes your business story unique?

My business story is also a very personal one. It is about how walking the Kokoda Track and visiting our nearest neighbour 13 years ago steered my life onto a new trajectory and literally changed everything about who I was and what I would become. Knowing that of all nearest neighbours in the world, PNG and Australia have the greatest disparity of poverty and wealth, simply did not sit well with me. And putting this in the context of what the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels did for the Australian Diggers 71 years ago on that treacherous track – we have a debt that is now owed to their descendants. My story is one of passion, commitment, love, and frustration; and it is also a career path, a livelihood, and a pathway that will carry on throughout the rest of my life.

Who are your greatest supporters?

I am overwhelmed every day of my life by the generosity and support of Australians and Papua New Guineans who make our work possible. We receive no government funding from either the PNG or Australian governments and all of our work is supported by corporates, philanthropists, trusts and foundations, and the general public. I am constantly amazed at the generosity of people and how what we call the “Spirit of Kokoda” is well and truly alive and at work today. It makes me want to be the most generous and compassionate person that I can be and spurs me on in those moments when working in international development can seem all too hard.

As a Founding Director of the Kokoda Track Foundation…

Kokoda PNGWhat was your biggest sacrifice in getting the Kokoda Track Foundation up and running?

Only occasionally do I look at it as a ‘sacrifice’ – it is more often just the exciting journey that my life ended up taking – but it is the involvement of all people and components of my life in the Foundation and more generally in PNG-related projects. I don’t think there is a single person that I know that I haven’t involved in one way or another in the work of the Kokoda Track Foundation. Growing an organisation from its tiny beginnings to the thriving organisation that it is today came only as a result of an enormous amount of voluntary contribution from hundreds, if not thousands of people. My family and friends are all deeply involved in the Foundation and will most likely continue to be for many years to come.

Genevieve crossing riverWhat does success mean to you personally?

Success for me is about making a contribution.  It’s about leaving something behind and helping those less fortunate. I’ve been lucky throughout my relatively short career to have achieved the highest level of education as well as high-level career milestones; however for me that all pales into insignificance if you don’t make a contribution. Success is about having a vision and leaving a legacy and I hope that I can leave even the tiniest legacy behind twenty years from now with where I hope to take the Foundation in the years to come.

Contact
Genevieve Nelson
Executive Director – Kokoda Track Foundation
Level 2, 189 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9252 2992
+61 412 869 210
Website – Kokoda Track Foundation
Facebook – www.facebook.com/KokodaTrackFoundation
Twitter – www.twitter.com/KokodaTrackFdn

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Week 18 – Amber Martin

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Introducing Amber Martin

A note from Kerrie Phipps – it’s been exciting over the past few years to see Ambers work improve out of sight and to watch her opportunities open up as she becomes recognised as a talented, passionate and empathetic artist. I was so moved by Jeanine’s nomination for our Young Achievers Giveaway as she described “Ambers selflessness and dedication to support groups for ADF (Australian Defence Force) and her empathy. Amber caught my sons Aussie larrikin personality. The painting is him, all that he is. It helps me when he is deployed.”

Amber Martin

Amber Martin

Amber Martin is an Australian War Artist who taught herself to paint with boot polish 12 years ago by creating scenes of rural life on her family’s outback cattle station. Her interests moved from rural images to military artwork because of her own desire to re-enlist into the Australian Army.
After one of her artworks drew the attention of the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment’s former Commanding Officer, Amber was commissioned by the unit as an Australian War Artist, depicting Sappers undertaking their various roles in current ADF operations.

“A lot of media today focuses on the big stories, forgetting about our troops who are on front line operations,” said Amber. “I feel that they just don’t get the acknowledgment and support that they deserve. What better way to depict their sacrifices, efforts and their stories than through my art?”

Amber has also illustrated of the RM Williams biography “One Piece of Leather” and held a major art exhibition at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach. A Montage painting she did was gifted to the US Navy in 2011 and now hangs in the US Navy Seabee Museum and Heritage Center at Gulfport, Mississippi and during that trip; Amber spent a week painting with US Marine Corps Combat Artists in Quantico.
Ambers’ painting “In His Blood” was also a finalist in the 2012 Gallipoli Art Prize. Amber is a member of the International Society of War Artists, and aspires to become an Official War Artist for the Australian Army.

A War Artist with a passion.

How do you love to explain your business/enterprise to others?

Often when I am asked what I do, people seemed surprised.
” I am an Australian War Artist”
“A what?” generally is the response.
So then the questions start rolling in… where I work, do I go on the battle field, have I been to Afghanistan, what kind of images do I paint…etc.

I am self employed and commissioned on a continual basis by an Engineer Regiment, depicting the diggers of the corps of engineers undertaking their various roles in current ADF operations across the world.

I am also contracted out to other Regiments, Defence organisations and companies who supply to Defence. I haven’t had the opportunity to go on a deployment as yet as you have to be ‘sponsored’ by the regiment and there is a lot of paper work involved – as you can imagine. I am currently in the process of re-enlisting into the Australian Army Reserve, so anything is possible.

I am sent images of what they want painted and work from my home in Dubbo. I am also invited to attend fundraising functions and go to events with the regiments. I take part in fundraising for the different regiments and organisations to support Defence Causes as well.


How did you get started in this unique work?

I started out painting rural scenes of my brother in laws property in Wanaaring and had taught myself to paint using boot polish about 12 years ago. I was very successful at this and gained notoriety as “The Boot Polish Artist”.
Due to my passion for the Army, I started painting scenes depicting Australian soldiers on deployment, on exercise and at home in their job roles because I loved it when I was in.US Navy

Initially, I entered a photographic competition on the Australian Army’s Facebook page in 2010 and won the competition, (and an award from the Chief of Army) with a photo of a painting I had done,. It was called “Covering Fire” and was later donated to Brisbane Legacy to raise funding to support family members who have lost a loved one KIA (Killed In Action).
I was then asked by Army Social Media to post my paintings on their page and a few months later, one of my paintings titled “Sapper” caught the eye of the former Commanding Officer of the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment which is based at Enoggera.

What have you been learning as you become known as an Australian War Artist?

I realised that there was so much more going on than just painting these scenes. There are many issues around Defence that I felt needed to be acknowledged such as health and wellness.

I don’t believe our soldiers get enough recognition for the work and sacrifices that they make. They are out there 24-7…. not just in Afghanistan, but the Sinai, Iraq and Timor just to name a few; in the worst conditions, not having seen their loved ones for many, many months. They could be fighting the Taliban and/or  insurgents and sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice. The issues surrounding this include the injuries; both mental and physical.

I have been able to depict through my art some scenes of their woundings and bring awareness to the general public. It increases support for those suffering from PTSD, anxiety and other mental illnesses and at the same time help raise funds for our amputees to assist with ongoing medical expenses.

I can help raise funds to support Defence organisations such as Wounded Hero’s Australia, Soldier On and Mates4Mates.
I guess it’s a way for them also to know that we are grateful for their service and that they are not forgotten.

This painting, “The Searcher” of a Sapper taken during a patrol in Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper.

This painting, “The Searcher” of a Sapper taken during a patrol in Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper.

Some of my achievements have been:

  • During a visit to the USA, I registered as an Australian War Artist with the International Society of War Artists.
  • Attending a presentation in the US of a painting I did which had been gifted to the US Navy seabee’s in Gulfport, Mississippi.
  • Finalist in 2012 Gallipoli Art Prize
  • Contributing two paintings into the Graffitti of War Project in support of Military personnel suffering from PTSD which travelled all over the US in 2012 raising awareness.
  • Being a part of The Joe Bonham Project with the International Society of War Artists which was launched in New York in support of our wounded soldiers who have sustained injuries through conflict that have resulted in disfigurement and amputation.
  • Being involved and contributing artwork to help raise funds for Legacy.
  • Being asked to paint for a well known company called PLATATAC who are passionate about supporting the Commando Welfare Trust.
  • Honouring those who KIA and helping raise funds to support their loved ones.

How has your increasing success impacted your personal life?

To be honest, it was a hard slog in the beginning. I am a single mother of one child aged 12. It has been demanding on both of us in regards to deadlines and sacrifices where I have not been able to take holidays until the end of the year. I started with next to nothing but a few small canvases and had to build up my stock each time I sold a piece. It was financially draining and sometimes really scary wondering how I was going to pay my bills, but as time went by things started to improve.

The upturn impact is that I am able to educate my son in a Private School. This had been one of my goals and I have succeeded in doing that. I still have other goals to achieve like a new car!

I love what I do and I am passionate about it. It’s not a chore and I get excited about starting a new piece every time.

Some of the work I have done has made me realise what I already have: a safe environment, a warm clean bed to sleep in, no threat of terrorists opening fire on my family etc. It’s also made me grateful for the time I have with my own son family and friends. When ADF members have to go on deployment, they are gone for a very long time away from their families; they can’t just call up at anytime and say G’day to their loved ones and there is always that risk that they may not return. It has given me a great appreciation and respect to all those who are serving who keep us safe.

What is your approach to marketing and are you becoming known?

My work has featured in many regional newspapers including Army and Defence News, and the New York Times. I have illustrated two publications; the dust cover of R.M.Williams biography “One Piece of Leather” by Rob Lynn and Defence Family of Australia’s publication “Voices” which has brought a new wave of interest in my art as well.

long time agoI am really grateful for Facebook!! It’s what started my career as a War Artist, and LinkedIn for word of mouth and networking. Anything that involves Social Media is an essential and great word of mouth tool. The great part about social media is that if you have a gallery for your artwork, someone can view it with just a click of a button, so no matter the location, you are accessible to anyone in the world.

What plans do you have to expand your business further?

Re-enlistment is a priority at the moment. I have  the opportunity to enlist with the RAE as a Combat Engineer and hope to transfer later into the Australian Regular Army in a few years time as a Multimedia Technician.

I am painting for PLATATAC as a War Artist also. PLATATAC have given me more opportunities to work in other areas that I thought not possible as a civilian and I am excited about the future prospects of working alongside this great Australian company!

What attributes do people need to become successful?

Essentially you have to have PASSION and DETERMINATION and the willingness to WANT to make a difference in your life and others. You have to love what you do and not let it become a ‘chore’ for you to work it.
You must have drive, motivation and goals followed by action.
When you start doing something you are passionate about, things will fall into place.

Who are your greatest supporters?
My greatest supporter is my son, my family, followed by the Defence Community.

Amber Martin
Facebook – Digger Art Main Website – www.diggerart.com
Other – www.thebootpolishartist.com

 

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Week 17 – Phoebe Maroulis

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Introducing Phoebe Maroulis

A note from Kerrie – “How have we not connected before now!” was the question Phoebe & I were asking just recently when we finally met, having discovered many friends and ideas in common as well as passion for creativity, inspiration and connecting. I know you’ll also appreciate Phoebe’s insights from her broad experience and her brave honesty that really encourages those around her.

Phoebe Maroulis

Phoebe Maroulis, painted by Tim Gratton, fundraising for the Pink Angels Calendar, promoting Darling Irrigation.

Cathy Smith nominated Phoebe with these words –  “Phoebe challenges me and how I think in a way that makes me want to achieve more both personally and professionally. Phoebe is relentless and determined. Nothing can distract her from her goals and dreams. These characteristic tend to be infectious to all those around her.”

Phoebe’s life’s journey represents a really diverse mix of personal development, family, community, income generation and passion, and that is just the way she likes it.

With degrees in Industrial Design and Commerce and a career path that has lead her through agripolitics, community development, the arts, running a service station, bioenergy, grazing, online retailing and everything in between, Phoebe’s journey is being enhanced through the blossoming of her business, Cicero Design.

Believing that creativity, connection and communication are the primary means of fostering vibrant rural communities, Phoebe’s passion now lies in creatively challenging the status quo in rural community development, nurturing new connections and communicating the resultant innovation in a manner that can be tailored by communities to meet their specific development needs.  Cicero Design is very much a work in progress making every day very different to the one before.

How do you love to explain your business/enterprise to others?
I don’t see myself as “running a business”, I see it as living a rich life which involves enterprise, family, personal growth & community.  The aim is to create a fluid mix of these components, each blending and complimenting the others.  When the mix is tuned correctly, income flows from these activities but more importantly my family and I enjoy the abundance and joy of life.

phoebe and sam maroulis

Phoebe and Sam Maroulis

There are multiple enterprises that make up the mix.  Darling Irrigation, which I founded with my husband Sam in 2004.  Darling Irrigation was recently named on the BRW top 100 fastest growing businesses and Sam and I are extremely proud of the contribution we are making to sustainable water utilisation throughout regional Australia.
The Macquarie Theatre is an ambitious redevelopment of an old cinema complex in the Wellington CBD.  Following 4 years of challenging work the space is now blossoming as a unique venue for the delivery of Arts based activities and events.

Cicero Design is a service business linking people, ideas and mechanisms for implementation for innovative rural community development. And in between I manage a couple of mixed enterprise properties in Wellington and one in the beautiful Western Division. Underlying all of this is a commitment to serving my local community, particularly in the area of the arts and raising three children to be balanced, resilient, joyful members of their community.

Who are your greatest supporters?
I find that the greatest support often comes from the most unlikely of sources.  As an example I ran an exhibition at the Macquarie Theatre recently that wasn’t as well attended as I had hoped.  The following day I was quite flat and a stranger came up to me in the Supermarket and told me how much she benefited from seeing the exhibition and how it had inspired her to take up painting again after a long period of not painting.  That type of support makes it all worthwhile.

Phoebe Maroulis_Papillon_KGIts corny but my kids offer amazing support.  They seem to know when I am doubting myself as a Mother and wondering if the mix is too heavily balanced away from them, and they remind me of the benefits they enjoy from having a Mother who is fulfilled, inspired and giving her fullest contribution to the world.

How does your business contribute to your community?
I am a firm believer in social capital.  I think of my life as a blend of interconnected facets.  I am fortunate that in that mix is a family business that generates enough income to allow Cicero Design to be heavily philanthropic.  I believe real joy stems from giving and I feel very fortunate that through all our businesses, but particularly Darling Irrigation, we are able to make generous contributions of time and resources to our community.

How has the increasing success of your business impacted your personal/family life?
I balance the imposition on time generated by Cicero’s increasing success with the knowledge that the ability to show my children the joy that comes from pursuing one’s passion and making a contribution to others more than balances this negative impact.  Viewing life as a blend rather than as a set of distinct demands helps enormously.

Describe a significant business (or other) challenge have you faced. How did you approach it? What did you learn?
As one who has a mind full of ideas and a burning desire to make an impact in the world outside the four walls of my home, I have found the roles of Mother and Wife very challenging at times. Recently this challenge has presented as acute panic attacks, often at the most inopportune time (such as in the middle of the children’s school swimming carnival).  The gift in these attacks is that I am now taking the time to get to know myself properly and as a result I am learning how to be kind and loving to myself.  Some days are easier than others but I am secure in the knowledge that the more aware I become of my inner realm, the greater the contribution I am able to make in the outer realm, and that makes me really excited!

Phoebe Maroulis
Director
Cicero Design
36-42 Swift Street, Wellington 2820
Mobile – 0409 311 893
Email – phoebe[@]cicerodesign.com.au
Website – www.cicerodesign.com.au
Twitter – @PhoebeMaroulis

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Week 16 – Matilda Julian

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Matilda (Tilly) Julian

Matilda Julian

A note from Kerrie Phipps – I first met Matilda in a cafe in Dubbo in 2009, when she was making an offer on a property in nearby Geurie … and I’ve since reconnected with Matilda as she launched an art exhibition. Her latest big news is yet to be revealed, but there’s a significant exhibition that Matilda’s been invited to participate in… watch this space 🙂

Matilda Julian grew up in Bilpin, near the Blue Mountains, went to a public high school and went straight to Uni after finishing year 12. Matilda studied International Studies/ Law at UTS including spending one year living and studying in China. A recent move back to her property in Geurie has been welcomed by many in the creative community of the western region.

Law and Art, Lifestyle and Making a Difference

How is it that you now work as a lawyer and an artist?

I volunteered with the Aboriginal Legal Service in Dubbo, to be admitted as a lawyer and moved to Dubbo for my first job as a criminal law solicitor. I remained there for three years but became disillusioned with my limiting role as a lawyer so in early 2012 I moved to Alice Springs for a job as a youth worker. There, I felt I wasn’t using my skills, even though I was in a role to assist young people which is what I felt most strongly about at the time. I returned to NSW because I realised I should be using my skills and strengths. I moved back home to Bilpin, enrolled in a fine arts course at COFA, and obtained a role as a solicitor in a Community Legal Centre (CLC). I lasted one day at COFA and became quickly disillusioned at the CLC, because of the confinement of the role. It all made me realise I needed to help and use my strengths in my own way. I then set up my business as a sole practitioner to work from home in Geurie, and started to paint and draw again by myself and set up a studio/ office in my house.

Tilly Painting OutsideMost recently I self-funded and organised my own solo exhibition as an artist in Dubbo with Alister Dyson-Holland from Suburban Coffee Co. as a pop-up art exhibition/ espresso bar ‘Fields and Flowers’. It was a great success and made me feel that anything is possible and that I am on the right path.

What do you love about doing business from your regional location?
Working from home in Geurie, near Dubbo allows me to do all the non-work things I want to do in life such as be a foster carer, maintain my garden and vegetables, and look after my animals. I can take my dog down to the river or have a cup of tea with my neighbour Anne in my breaks. Because I live and work in regional NSW, my living expenses are low so I can afford to have this kind of balanced life.

How do you move from dreamer to achiever?
I always thought of myself as more of a dreamer. My ideas have always come and gone. I have always though had high expectations of myself and what I want to achieve so I am always sharing my ideas and trying to get others excited by them. I made the decision to work for myself because leading a balanced life is very important to me. I believe in and trust myself which allows me to make brave decisions. I also don’t have significant financial or other commitments which allows me to take bigger financial risks.

Matilda (Tilly) Julian - ArtworkOpening ‘Fields and Flowers’ though could not have been possible without collaboration. The other people involved in the project made it happen and made it successful. I feel my enthusiasm and collaboration is what can turn my dreams into achievements.

What do you believe are essential qualities of a successful person?
Success is different for everyone because everyone has different strengths and goals and dreams. I believe success comes with achievements of those dreams and using the strengths that have been given to you.

What does success mean to you personally?
My strengths are my artistic ability, my ability to communicate, and compassion. I feel successful because I am using my strengths in everything I am doing, and I have started achieving my goals.

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Matilda Julian
Artist and Lawyer
Website – www.matildajulian.wordpress.com
email – matilda.julian[@]gmail.com

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