Energy. Being amongst a community of like minded people generates a tonne of good energy and that excites me.
What's been the biggest pinch-me moment of your career?
We opened our business almost 9yrs ago. About 10mths in, I was reading some trade press that mentioned we had 33 staff.
I immediately stopped reading and thought, this isn't accurate. And it wasn't; because I did a head count and we had 35!
How do you deal with setbacks, failures and fear?
Hmmm....My belief is that were you focus your attention is what you'll cultivate more of so I tend to move on from things quickly.
I take a moment to reflect, gather any useful evidence and then I let things go. I don't labour over things because it serves no purpose.
Experience (the good & bad), process (what can I learn from this), and move on.
What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?
3 things actually;
1. You're not always going to get the closure or explanation you think you deserve.
2. Sometimes you have to accept something for what it is and move on.
3. Everything really does happen for a reason.
Which women inspire you and why?
My mum, because of her love, strength, kindness and compassion. She had endured unspeakable things yet somehow has managed find it in her heart to forgive, love and be grateful for what she's endured.
Greta Thunberg, for her gumption and initiative.
Turia Pitt, for her strength and courage.
Maya Angelou, for her determined activism and contribution to the arts.
Mother Teresa, for her charitable work.
What's been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did it help shape who you are today?
I'm a first generation Australian. When I grew up (I was born in the late 60's) multiculturalism wasn't a thing. The 'non acceptance' of cultural diversity was tough growing up and it definitely gave me a good old dose of harden the f up, but it taught me so many wonderful things.
Acceptance, patience, love, kindness, compassion....you name it, life (and my mum) taught me these wonderful things.
What are you really good at? (We know this one's hard, you guys! As women, we tend to talk about what everyone else is good at. But now it's your turn.)
I might come back to answer this one.
What makes you happy?
People, animals and nature :-)
What's your definition of success, and how will you know when you've got there? (Go on, aim high!)
For me it's a very personal experience. It's a feeling and in many ways I'm already there. Some days more so than others I already feel successful. And it's an ongoing process really. I don't see it as definitive or something to aim for. It's an inner knowing or wisdom that comes in moments for me.