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!
23rd May 2019
Interview – 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!
• 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.
drives you to keep going when times are tough and things aren’t going
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.
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.
Website and Social Media Details:
Sam Wood Website
Sam Wood Instagram
Sam Wood Facebook
13th May 2019
Interview – Sally Obermeder and Maha Corbett from Swiish
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 I am 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.
• 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.