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Interview Series

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!


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.

Website and Social Media Details:

Website
Instagram

Facebook


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.

I am 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.

Website and Social Media Details:

Website
Instagram
Facebook


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.

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

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 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.

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.

Website and Social Media Details:

Swiish Website
Swiish Instagram
Swiish Facebook
Sally Obermeder Instagram
Maha Corbett Instagram