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David and I love that we are now living a life that is true to us. We are enjoying travelling on our own path and not doing what others think we should be doing. Being inspired by other people and watching them live a life of authenticity, has helped us to come to the point in our lives where living our truth is guiding us to our life purposes.

Living this way has made us want to share with our community the many beautiful and authentic souls in our world who are living from their hearts as well. So we have created our new written Interview Series called ‘Breaking Out Of the Box’. It shines the spotlight on people that are doing life their way and inspiring others in the process.

You will find our amazing guests interviews below along with all their website and Social Media details, so you too can be inspired by them on a daily basis. Please enjoy reading their interviews!


16th July 2019

Interview: Nick Perry

Nick Perry

In his early twenties, it was a family crisis that served as the catalyst for Nick Perry to leave the security of his home town, the Northern Beaches of Sydney, in a quest for answers and initiation. At that time, Nick’s background was a professional athlete, travelling Australia and abroad, competing on the Body-Boarding National and World Tours.

Stepping into the unknown and learning to navigate the world of responsibilities and independence brought a myriad of life experiences, descents and breakthroughs. Some of the stages of his journey manifested more brutally than others, Nick had the gift of experiencing a myriad of highs and some really testing lows.

Amongst his conquests to learn and grow, Nick uprooted a lot, moving around Australia, working in all kinds of fields and industries, exploring and experimenting with what was true to his heart. This equipped Nick with the power to relate to people from all walks of life, deeply and authentically.

In his life process, the day came that Nick chose to fully pursue his passion, and connected with a powerful mentor who would become his teacher for many years. While the challenges did not cease, he learned to showed up to them in a new way. He developed a conscious connection to the path of love which grew as a dominant force in his life, and still remains as a joyful work in progress for him. Education and continued learning has been a dominate theme for Nick, he continues to up-skill and receive mentoring and support from some of the world’s leading healers and therapists.

Nick now works as a Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Remedial Massage Therapist who is passionate and driven by authentic relating and inspired living. He has created his business, Rhythm Health, to serve his passion, offering Holistic Healing for his clients. Nick’s goal when working with clients is to leave them feeling empowered and aligned in themselves – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

He has met his dream woman who he shares a fruitful life with, co creating workshops together where they share their expertise in love, sex, health and authentic relating.

Most recently he has begun to offer courses in the field of Men’s Work. His latest offering ‘CONQUEST’ is an introductory and immersive experience for men to deepen connection to the collective brotherhood and develop skills and knowledge to optimise health, relationships, personal power and self-responsibility.

Nick is showing not only the men in this world but women too, that by having plenty of trust, courage and determination along with a willingness to learn new ways of doing and seeing things, that your dream life can be achieved.

Nick Perry

Interview Questions:

• What’s one thing that has happened to you that you thought was a disaster/mistake but ended up being a blessing?

One major disaster that has since transmuted into a blessing, was back in 2009 when my father got really really sick with multiple brain aneurysms. The story with that, for me, is a bit of an odyssey, so I’ll do my best to remain succinct.

The blessing came from the intensity of that time period in my life. It rattled my sense of safety/security in a big way. I was disillusioned and forced to take a look at myself; where I was at in life and my place in the world. Deeper than that, I had to pay attention to what kind of grip I held regarding my emotional and spiritual health, my independence, as well as my general life skill set.

I learned very quickly through that disaster that I didn’t have the tools or philosophies to support myself and my loved ones the way I needed to. And I say ‘need’ deliberately. I’m a caretaker by nature. A care taker needs to know how to take care of themselves foremost – it was through this disaster that I discovered that I didn’t know how to do that. And it served as the catalyst for me to go into the world and embark on my own odyssey; my hero’s journey. I went looking for answers to questions I couldn’t even articulate at the time. I can say with pure confidence that I found those answers and it was that event in my life that pushed me out of the nest so I could learn to fly.

And of course, with that growth came more questions and more seeking. My relationship with reality is healthy and open because of that disaster. (Thanks Dad!)

• What drives you to keep going when times are tough and things aren’t going to plan?

I feel like I have two answers for this: Defiance and Trust.

Defiance comes from my inner rebel. The part of me that identifies as an underdog that is impossible to kill. It’s a dream figure in me that likes to be in the thick of it, that’s when that part of me gets to come out – and there’s a sense of power and energy activated. Archetypically I suppose it’s my inner warrior that likes to move forward, obstacles or not, he’s going for it. I need to be careful with this though, as I’ve noticed this part of me can fall into a victim story if I’m not paying attention.

Trust. The trusting me polarises my warrior somewhat. And in truth, the part of me that ‘trusts’ is a far more mature dream figure. It’s the spiritually aware me that gets to use tough times as a portal into my heart space. It’s like, the warrior is the ‘driver’ who remains defiant in the face of obstacles – and the ‘Trusting’ me is being ‘driven’ by the divine energies of the universe (source, spirit, etc). The trusting me recognizes that stepping into my power is actually achieved by surrendering my control. It’s wise enough to know that the part of me needing to ‘control’ is that part of me living in fear and distrust.

I enjoy both of these aspects of myself.

• What have you had to give up in order to achieve your dreams?

I love this question. The first thing that comes to mind is “my old identity’. Still, I run in to old values, old expectations and old personality traits that simply do not align with the higher potential me, and the dreams that awaken my inner fire. Who I once was came with a whole different priority list, world view and perception of my own truth.

I’ve given up so much of my old self; my younger self. I’m a nostalgic and sentimental guy, so for me this has taken work. Part of the work has included those tricky choices and actions to make – like boundary setting. For me, showing up to my family and friendship relationships differently can bring up fear and resistance that lives deep in my shadow. I mean, there’s those situations that come up where I’ll notice that I’m out of my own integrity, and that I need to clearly communicate something like a boundary, condition or request. I’ll give myself a William Wallace -esque pep-talk, go to dive in and express this – then freak the fuck out and worry that ‘they won’t understand’ or ‘ I don’t want to upset them’ (because then they’ll reject me, right!?) So yeah. I’ve had to give up my inner child values to achieve my dream of being an embodied man.

• What do you think is your biggest asset and what do you think is your biggest flaw?

Asset: My ability to relate to others, communicate and really hear people. I got lucky on the physical front, too, I’m a fast learner of physical skills and naturally athletic.

Flaw: Fear of what other people think of me/other people’s judgement. The question prior to this kind of offers insights into this. It can be such a self-sabotaging part of me – procrastination is a typical byproduct of this flaw. It’s work in progress and one I’ve been chipping away at for a while now.

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11th July 2019

Interview: Chloe Wigan

Chloe Wigan

Chloe Wigan is a certified Life Coach and the Winner of the Beautiful You ‘Shine’ Coaching Award of 2018/2019. Plus she has been a finalist three more times for the same awards.

When she was 12 years old, Chloe’s interest in personal development arose within her and this led into a degree in psychological science many years later. She has even developed an award-nominated experiment ‘The 28 Day Gratitude Project’ due to this passion of hers.

This lady walks her talk as she has been practising the art of gratitude since she was 13 years old. This explains why she is so passionate about youth mental health, and helping young people overcome what is holding them back in life.

For the younger generation, having a young inspiring person like Chloe to reach out too and learn from gives them hope, as she can offer them the knowledge and the tools to get them through their hard times. With amazing people like Chloe in this world, our future is indeed a bright one.

Chloe Wigan

Interview Questions:

What’s one thing that has happened to you that you thought was a disaster/mistake but ended up being a blessing?

I’m currently experiencing this right now actually. I was diagnosed with a health condition at the start of the year, but I have been experiencing it since 2017. During that time (and especially last year) I felt like I was living my worst life ever and was finding it really challenging. As I’m coming out the other side of a diagnosis and having treatment, I’ve been able to see the experience in a different light. It has made me realise what is REALLY important to me, how I want to live my life and made me more determined to get the most out of my life and make the things I want happen. It’s also revolutionised the way I approach self-care and I know this is something that will continue to benefit me for the rest of my life.

What drives you to keep going when times are tough and things aren’t going to plan?

The first thing is I remind myself that I’m not going to feel however I’m feeling forever, this always helps me to get perspective and remember that when you’re working towards anything in life there are going to be times that you want to give up because it just seems too hard. What always helps me is to give myself space and to focus on what I can control and what I can do to feel good. Then, when I’m ready I always come back to the vision I have for my life and connecting back in with that always helps me to get moving forward.

What have you had to give up in order to achieve your dreams?

To achieve my dreams I’ve had to give up putting value on what other people think of me, my life and the work I’m doing. This is something that has been challenging, but I believe it’s been so rewarding to actually do the things I want to do, regardless of how they will be perceived by others. Letting go of this (or attempting to) is so worth it if it means I get to actually live the life I want and do the things I want to do.

What do you think is your biggest asset and what do you think is your biggest flaw?

I think one of my strengths is that I’m really good at planning and being organised, which funnily enough I think being like this is also one of my biggest flaws as well! I know I need to sometimes let go of control a bit and just see what happens.

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5th July 2019

Interview: Kurt Tropiano

Kurt Tropiano

Growing up in the rural town of Mullewa in the Mid West of Western Australia, Kurt Tropiano has now landed himself on the other side of the world in Shanghai, sharing his passion to develop an athlete not just physically, but also training them in the mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual aspects as well. How did his life journey end him up here?

Well, from an early age his parents encouraged all their children to be all that they could be through love, encouragement and boundaries. Kurt say’s that part of what he thinks was such a wonderful part of being brought up in his family, was that they were taught about conscious creation at a young age, and things like Meditation and Breathwork were normal dinner time conversations.

Because Kurt loved sport at an early age and had a fascination around how he could get the very best out of himself in sport for performance, this lead him into being a strength & conditioning coach. Kurt idolised cricketers like Justin Langer & Steve Waugh, players he say’s were by no means the most graceful but certainly among the mentally toughest and grittiest. Kurt now teaches that same strength and determination he saw in those two players to his clients, so they too can get the best out of themselves.

Kurt’s unique and inspiring way of coaching has lead him all across the globe. Starting at home where he coached at WAFL level and learned to manage a team and put together a system, to all the way over to Arizona where an internship showed him the first time that an holistic approach to performance training could be taken. This then lead Kurt to a USA Summer camp that opened his heart to amazing people, then off he went to the isolated region of Xinjiang China working for the NBA.

Now we end up to where Kurt is currently working in Shanghai at The Clinic International building, a private high performance program where athletes can come and work with them on all facets of their performance.

Training the athlete as a whole, with heart is what makes Kurt a leader in his field. He is inspiring many others with the way he approaches life, which is; we can always get the best out of ourselves if we just find and use our courage. Opening our hearts and minds to new ways of thinking and seeing things, leads us to a more authentic way of living.

Read Kurt Tropiano’s amazing interview below. You will definitely be inspired by him.

Kurt Tropiano

Interview Questions:

• What’s one thing that has happened to you that you thought was a disaster/mistake but ended up being a blessing?

Two years ago my mum went through a tough period where she was unwell. The situation brought up a lot in all of my family individually to face and deal with which at times was hugely confronting. Though what it did for us was bring an unconditional love into our lives that had never been experienced before and brought the whole family extended and immediate even closer together. For me especially it created a beauty in my relationship with my Dad that had not previously existed and I watched in awe at the unconditional love and dedication that he had to his wife.

• What drives you to keep going when times are tough and things aren’t going to plan?

A few things. The first is trusting that everything is showing up in my life for a reason. It could be to teach me something, challenge me to let go of old patterns/ beliefs and rise above them or to take me in another direction that I couldn’t have seen. The second thing is reminding myself who I am at my core and what I am here to bring to this world. Heart, Love, Light & Powerful.

• What have you had to give up in order to achieve your dreams?

I have had to give up many things. One of the things I chose to continue to give up is fear. The fear of the unknown, the fear of living in a new country, the fear of choosing to be courageous however it tries to show up in manifestation. Some days are easier to do this than others but it is a choice that I choose to make as I continue to embody my dreams. Playing small. I choose not to limit my decisions, in my actions, my mind and most of all who I am and choose to show up big in this life time, how ever that may be seen. I’ve given up allowing other people to effect and shift my energy and worked on instead embodying every aspect of me as a man.

• What do you think is your biggest asset and what do you think is your biggest flaw?

I believe my biggest asset to be my heart. It has the power it has to bring love and healing where ever it goes. The biggest thing I am working on at the moment is letting go the last little bit of caring about what others think. I have been an A grade people pleaser/ Mr Nice Guy for most of my life but I am finally shaking most but have a little more to go.

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25th June 2019

Interview: Jenna Black

Jenna Black

Jenna Black is the founder of Abundant Boss, a money mindset and abundance queen and women’s empowerment coach. She supports modern spiritual women to turn their power all the way on as they rise into abundance – on every level.

Featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post and more, Jenna’s approach is fresh and modern – blending intuitive strategy with manifestation techniques. She is passionate about supporting women to own their worth and grow a wildly abundant empire – all for being their true self.

She also has an informative podcast called ‘The Jenna Black Show’, which gives great tips for women to use with up-levelling their mindset so they can live a more prosperous life.

Oh and Jenna just most recently made an exciting announcement, she is expecting a baby in November. That is such beautiful news!

Check out Jenna’s inspiring interview below. Enjoy!

Jenna Black

Interview Questions:

• What’s one thing that has happened to you that you thought was a disaster/mistake but ended up being a blessing?

Quitting my job to start my business and immediately struggling with clients and lots of scarcity with money. I had many moments of being ready to call it quits on my business and go back to working for someone else. It felt like a disaster for many months, but it’s been the biggest blessing! I was thrown into the deep end of having to pivot quickly in my business to tap into what I truly desire to do, and now years later, I am completely in love with my work and the incredible people I get to help everyday. I now know with certainty, I will never work for someone else again!

What drives you to keep going when times are tough and things aren’t going to plan?

I come back to my divine truth – that we live in an abundant universe, and I have the power to create abundance in my life, from within. I stay focused on my soul vision and always come back to why I’m here sharing this work.

What have you had to give up in order to achieve your dreams?

I don’t feel I’ve sacrificed anything – what has fallen out of my life has done so for the better, including negative thoughts, bad habits and a few toxic people along the way. This has all fallen away to serve my highest good though, so I’m grateful for it.

What do you think is your biggest asset and what do you think is your biggest flaw?

My biggest asset is my intuition – I’ve always been fiercely intuitive since I was a young kid and this drives every single decision I make in business and life. My biggest flaw is easily draining my energy by over giving – I’ve had to master the value of boundaries in my work!

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17th June 2019

Interview: Kim Banwell

Kim Banwell

Kim Banwell is a mental health advocate and blogger who loves helping others live to their full potential as the best version of themselves, despite adversity.

With her educational background in psychology and mental health, and lived experience with anxiety, Kim is passionate about educating others to improve mental health literacy. As well as inspiring others to create real conversations by sharing their story so they don’t have to feel alone.

Kim should be applauded for being so courageous and open about her anxiety. She is willing to start conversations that many people would shy away from that involves anything to do with mental health issues. It is not an easy thing to do and often uncomfortable, and Kim is indeed is an inspiring person for doing this.

Kim Banwell

Interview Questions:

• What’s one thing that has happened to you that you thought was a disaster/mistake but ended up being a blessing?

I was in my third and final year of studying psychology, my blog was going really well and I had plans to turn it into a sustainable and impactful business. Overall things were going really well, they looked “good” from the outside. Then I failed my first ever exam. Not only did I fail it once, but when I had to re sit the exam I failed it for the second time. It resulted in seeing that big F next to that subject. I was devastated. I’ve always been a high achiever so that expectation was high, when I failed I literally thought it was the end of the world and I didn’t know how to move passed it. I then found out that this fail grade resulted in delaying the completion date of my degree. I was even more devastated that my dreams had to wait another whole year.

I really saw that moment as a roadblock. But as I look back now (hindsight is beautiful, right?), it was truly a blessing in disguise. I am so grateful that it did happen. The growth, not only from that experience but in the past year has been incredible. I am not the same person as I was a year ago and my vision for my future has positively grown into something amazing.

It was a moment that I thought I would never go through, but it has taken me to places that I never thought I would go to.

• What drives you to keep going when times are tough and things aren’t going to plan?

My why. Knowing that someone out there needs my help and I can and genuinely want to help. Also knowing that my voice and the real conversations I create matter, it creates an impact and difference in the world of struggle. The reason why I do what I do gives me incredible strength and motivation to keep going as a leader even through the tough times.

• What have you had to give up in order to achieve your dreams?

I’ve had to sacrifice a lot. Before I started university, I was almost working full time hours and when I started university I decreased my hours to a minimum of 10 hours per week. I had less money coming in, I’ve had less of a social life and spent less time with my family, partner and friends. However I am incredibly grateful that they are so understanding and supportive of my dreams. I’ve learnt that working towards your dreams is uncomfortable, messy, unpredictable and most people won’t get it, but that’s okay.

• What do you think is your biggest asset and what do you think is your biggest flaw?

This a tough question. I believe my biggest asset is that I’m extremely compassionate. My biggest flaw is definitely being too much of a people pleaser, but it has its strengths and weaknesses.

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3rd May 2019

Interview – Rachael Kable

Rachael Kable

Rachael Kable is a published author of the book ‘The Mindful Kind’ and her successful podcast, also called ‘The Mindful Kind’ has reached number seven in the Australian iTunes.

With her background in psychology, coaching and counselling and being passionate about empowering people to live a more mindful life, this makes Rachael the perfect person to speak about mindfulness and all the techniques to use to bring it into our lives as well.

I (Karen) have known Rachael for a few years and can tell you that she lives the mindful life she speaks about. This lady lives her life on a daily basis with love, gratitude and an open heart in all areas of her life.

Rachael is a woman to be admired for the courage she shows on a regular basis to step out of her comfort zone, just so her dreams can be achieved of helping and guiding people to a more mindful way of living.

We are so excited to present to you Rachael Kable and her interview. Enjoy!

Rachael Kable

Interview Questions:

What’s one thing that has happened to you that you thought was a disaster/mistake but ended up being a blessing?

When I was in my second year of studying psychology, I started volunteering on a mental health Helpline. I loved the opportunity to work there and I learned so much, but there were also many times when I came home from a shift and just cried. I was really worried about the people who had called, I felt like my energy was completely depleted, I never felt like I was able to help enough and I realised that being a psychologist probably wasn’t going to be a realistic career choice for me.

I was devastated because I loved the idea of being able to help people, I enjoyed my course and learning about mental health and there wasn’t anything else I could imagine myself doing. I continued with my studies, feeling filled with self-doubt and wondering what I should do.

Fortunately, the next year I found out about coaching and I was so glad that I stuck with my psychology course because it allowed me to complete my graduate certificate in Coaching and Counselling.

I love being in this field and I’m so glad that my psychology studies led me here.

• What drives you to keep going when times are tough and things aren’t going to plan?

At the end of the day, I really want to help other people. Through my podcast, book, online resources and speaking events, I’m able to do that. I often read over messages and comments and emails people have written that remind me why I do what I do.

I also like to follow people who have successful online businesses (and by successful, I mean they have enough money to support themselves while making a difference for others). Reading about their journeys and where they started is really motivating for me. It reminds me that my dreams could become a reality if I stick to my goals and trust in myself and my choices.

• What have you had to give up in order to achieve your dreams?

Security and certainty are the biggest things I’ve had to let go of during my journey towards building an online business. It takes so much time and energy, which has meant working part-time at a regular job or full-time on my business and therefore, having a reduced income.

It’s hard to trust that you’re doing the right thing and making the right choices – there is little certainty for long periods of time.

Even though I have done some amazing things in my business, I still don’t have enough of an income to support my life. Sometimes, that’s really scary.

I don’t always know where my next money will come from.

I invest time, effort and energy into creating things that don’t always work out.

I see my friends climbing the corporate ladders, buying houses and starting families and I wonder if I’m being left behind.

It definitely isn’t easy!

• What do you think is your biggest asset and what do you think is your biggest flaw?

I think my biggest asset is that I genuinely care about other people. I want to help as much as I can and that fuels my work and my dreams. I’ve spent a long time equipping myself with knowledge, skills and platforms that allow me to make a positive difference in people’s lives and I can see myself continuing to do this for a long time.

Funnily enough, I think this can also be one of my biggest flaws.

I’ve spent the last 3.5 years building my online business, but I don’t have a solid income yet because I focus so much on helping people for free. Don’t get me wrong – I love being able to do this and it makes me feel great, but I also know that I’m getting in my own way when it comes to creating a sustainable career.

This doesn’t just affect me – it also impacts my partner, who works on the business almost as much as I do and doesn’t get paid. There have been times when a lack of money has impacted my friendships and relationships – missing out on family Christmas because I couldn’t afford to buy petrol for the 8 hour drive. Not attending my friend’s overseas wedding. Cancelling movie or cafe visits with friends because I couldn’t pay for myself and found that really embarrassing.

Long story short, I love that I enjoy making a difference for other people, but sometimes it has held me back from creating a sustainable business and this has negatively impacted my relationships in various ways.

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23rd May 2019

Interview – Sam Wood

Sam Wood

Sam Wood one of Australia’s favourite Bachelor’s has built himself a fitness Empire. Along the way he has changed countless lives and all while raising his growing family with Snezana. His hard work and dedication to living healthy for many years has in return helped people all around the world to become stronger and healthier both in body and mind.

From founding Gecko Sports, where he trained and coached thousand of kids with their fitness, growing their skills and improving their self-esteem; to opening his gym “The Woodshed”; to now transforming people’s lives with his “28 by Sam Wood” online program, Sam has shown us that a living a healthy lifestyle in every way, never giving up on your dreams and ignoring your critics is a successful formula to achieving your dreams.

He’s determination to complete his goals he sets for himself and to show nothing but kindness to others while supporting them in anyway that he can, are indeed inspirational qualities to have.

Please enjoy Sam’s interview below!

Interview Questions:

Sam Wood

What’s one thing that has happened to you that you thought was a disaster/mistake but ended up being a blessing?

I remember back when I owned Gecko that there were disasters constantly. Most of the time, what was a really uncomfortable situation turned out to be a great reason to change direction and grow. An example that jumps to mind is when we opened and 3 or 4 people came in in one week requesting birthday parties and I remember telling them that our birthday party brochures were at the printers at the moment (we didn’t even do birthday parties). They all booked their kids in for 2 weekends time and I thought “oh my god, what have I gotten myself into” . After running the first birthday party it quickly became obvious that this was a fantastic addition to our services and birthday parties became the best addition to our business.

What drives you to keep going when times are tough and things aren’t going to plan?

I’m actually a really optimistic person. I believe that things almost always happen for a reason and if you keep working hard and stay positive it doesn’t take long for things to turn around.

What have you had to give up in order to achieve your dreams?

Early on there were definitely some huge sacrifices. Very long hours and missing out on lots of social events. However, now I can’t believe how lucky I am that I can balance the best job in the world with my beautiful family.

What do you think is your biggest asset and what do you think is your biggest flaw?

My biggest asset is probably my people and communication skills. My biggest flaw is I’m quite impatient.

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13th May 2019

Interview – Sally Obermeder and Maha Corbett from Swiish

Maha Corbett and Sally Obermeder

Two sisters Sally Obermeder and Maha Corbett are all about helping women feel their best, inside and out. And this passion of theirs is evident in their soulful business they founded together called ‘Swiish’. Maha and Sally’s business covers everything from affordable fashion and accessories to creating a healthy inside with Swiish’s bestselling health products.

These two inspiring ladies have proven to women, that they to can do anything they put their mind too, and overcome any obstacles that life throws in their way. One example in this is when Sally had her battle with breast cancer. She took that difficult experience and turned it into something that others could get guidance from by co-writing with Maha two bestselling cookbooks called, ‘The Good Life’ and ‘Simple and Lean’.

These two ladies also have an inspiring life outside of ‘Swiish’. Sally co-hosts Channel 7’s national news and entertainment show, ‘The Daily Edition’. She’s also an ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Sony Foundation plus works with the Nelune Foundation, the Breast Cancer Network of Australia.

Maha is just as awesome. She is a certified health coach and her passion for giving back is seen in her support with several charities including the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, Cancer Council and Giant Steps.

Oh and if Sally and Maha aren’t inspiring enough for you, then let me tell you this one last thing. They also donate all their excess fashion and accessories to the cause ‘Dressed for Success’. How generous is that?

Are you as blown away as we are of Maha and Sally’s story? These two ladies are a wonderful role model for women of all ages. They show us what every woman can achieve simply by living from their souls every day.

Interview Questions:

Maha Corbett and Sally Obermeder

What’s one thing that has happened to you within your business that you thought was a disaster but ended up being a blessing?

Maha: When Sally and I wanted to publish Super Green Smoothies, Sally’s previous publisher said, “No one will buy that book. Green smoothies are just a passing fad. That’s just too niche.” And then we contacted a couple of other publishers and they all said no. So then we thought, ‘we’ll just do it ourselves.’ So we found a book designer in Italy because we didn’t know anything about how to make it an e-book, and then did the research on how to sell on Amazon and iTunes and then went about writing our recipes.

Sally: Maha and I literally photographed everything in the book ourselves – we styled it all. We are both so incredibly proud of it! We published it ourselves as an e-book, and within a couple of days it went to Number 1, then the publishers called us back. It’s now sold over 150,000 copies and has even been translated into Polish!

• How do you resolve differences of opinion when you are not on the same page?

Maha: We’re very different but it’s funny, some days we turn up dressed the same, which is a little embarrassing. Sally’s five years older than me but we’re more like twins so, in lots of respects, we are two peas in a pod. We’ll often say the same thing at the exact same time. But we’re very different in that I’m much more focused on the attention to detail. She’ll say, “I’ve got this amazing idea!” And it might be an amazing idea, but she hasn’t necessarily thought about the short term and the long term consequences, or how to execute on it or what the operational effect is. Whereas I’m like, ‘okay, that’s a great idea, but here’s actually what it means, today, tomorrow, next week, next year’ in a very detailed fashion.

On the flip side, and that’s not to say I’m not creative, I have loads of ideas, but I think about all the details first. Even if I’ve got an idea, I’ll say to her, ‘I don’t know if it’ll work for all these reasons,’ but she’s the one who will then say, ‘well, we should try it anyway, I think it sounds great,’. Sally’s the kind of person who says, ‘let’s take the risk and give it a go’ – at this point Sally has usually convinced me to agree with her plan or idea, and 90% of the time it all works out well (thankfully).

Sally: Maha certainly keeps me grounded; she helps shed light on different perspectives I may not have thought of whilst building ideas/plans for the business. I really believe and feel as if it is our unique differences that makes us the best of business partners – we compliment one another, as in Maha’s strengths support my weaknesses and vice versa.

• What have you both had to give up in order to achieve your dreams?

Sally: LOTS! The growth of the business would not have been possible without sacrifice When your business is in its infancy, you are working on it 24/7. We both found that we were always working and we had hardly any time for anything that wasn’t work or family related – we missed lots of parties, events, catch ups with friends. We knew it wouldn’t always be that way, but it was a sacrifice we had to make, and to be quite honest, neither of us feel like the business would have survived unless we made those sacrifices.

Maha: Yes, we both gave up personal time and lots of it. When people would say “I just binged on Netflix all weekend” we’d look at each other and say “if only! We binged on emails and product planning all weekend” – it was tough, but we just kept putting one foot in front of the other because we knew it would pay off.

• What do you think each other’s strengths and weaknesses are?

Sally: This is easy! Maha’s strengths are that she is defiantly smart, has lots of foresight she’s intuitive, compassionate, and very funny. I’d say her weaknesses are that she’s risk averse and sometimes overly trusting.

Maha: Sal’s best strengths are her originality, her loyalty, her determined nature and never ending perseverance and she has a great sense of humour. I’d say her biggest weaknesses are that she responds into action mode before processing her emotions, and she is annoyingly stubborn.

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