Art and resilience with multisensory artist Cara-Ann Simpson
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1M ago
In 2017, Queensland artist and curator, Cara-Ann Simpson spent almost a year in hospital with a severe brain infection. She was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and neurosarcoidosis. Cara-Ann had to relearn to walk and speak clearly. Creativity gave her back a sense of belonging. At the rehab centre, Cara-Ann’s partner, Michael, would take her into the gardens where she would pick flowers and then arrange them in plastic cups back in her room. This was the beginning of her way back to art practice, and of regaining hope for a future. The practice followed her home and grew into the in-p ..read more
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The art of handcrafted candles with Sarah Ryan, Quandialla Candle Co
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1M ago
Artist and maker Sarah Ryan puts the perfect blend of nostalgia and vintage charm into Quandialla Candle Co.  Rather than be stressed by burning the business candle at both ends, she has created a way of working to suit her lifestyle and her brain.  Sarah’s handcrafted soy candles hit the market over a decade ago. It’s a one person show run on the family farm by the artist and former secondary art school teacher. Sarah’s small batch candles suit a range of décors, while giving the nod to the vintage and intricate design of the nouveau art deco periods. Sarah stays interested in the c ..read more
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Boost your business with phone photography with Honey Atkinson
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1M ago
In over 20 years as a professional photographer, Honey Atkinson has heard every reason why women hate themselves and don’t want their picture taken. With her online phone photography course, Honey is sharing skills and ideas so they can show up as their best self (ie). Photographer. Videographer. Educator. It’s all Honey ever wanted to do, and she’s still doing it. In the first half of business life, Honey had staff and a commercial space (and a lot more pressure).  She’d photograph families each year, and each year mums would opt out, erasing themselves from the family history.  Aft ..read more
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A real estate career with heart with Josie Caruso
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1M ago
There’s a stereotype about real estate agents. Josie Caruso doesn’t really fit that mould.  In the first chapter of her successful real estate career, Josie had to navigate a cut-throat male-dominated industry that shunned emotion and vulnerability. This was while Josie and her husband were going through IVF, an intensely emotional rollercoaster. As a young mum, Josie sensed that she didn't have that fire in the belly or the local networks to get back into the game. At that time she felt unready, behind the eight ball. So she returned to the workforce in more nine to five roles. Josie wor ..read more
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A digital adventure with Leanne O'Sullivan
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2M ago
This is a pen and paper episode! We have digital sherpa Leanne O'Sullivan, who will be your tour guide to the wonderful world of online marketing in this special episode. From her home in Dubbo, NSW, the CEO of Adventure Digital shares how she got started in business 25 years ago, and her motivation to provide flexibility and support to other entrepreneurs. Leanne talks about the key elements in building a successful online presence including foundational elements such as messaging, content and web presence. We have a thought-provoking discussion about the role of AI in the online space and th ..read more
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Turning adversity into financial success with Hayley DeJong
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2M ago
Hayley DeJong's journey from childhood financial hardship to founding a successful mortgage brokerage, is testament to her determination and commitment to overcome the challenges that life throws our way.  In her early 20s, Hayley set her sights on a position at Bendigo Bank. She became a persistent caller, reaching out every couple of weeks to inquire about job openings until her relentless determination earned her an interview. Asked what she would do if she didn't get the job, she confidently replied, "I'll call you next week".  Her tenacity eventually opened a door at Bendigo Ban ..read more
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Capturing life stories for generations with Dimity Brassil
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2M ago
There’s a whole generation whose lives are not on social media. Like a personal and private podcast, A Lasting Tale records the life stories of the elderly and the dying, gifting their families with insight and the memory and intimacy of a loved one’s voice. When Dimity Brassil’s father and sister both died in a relatively short period, it was their voices that were achingly difficult to recall. In 2018, Dimity pulled up a pew with her mum Anne, to record Anne’s life story and capture her unique voice. Little did Dimity and Anne know that they would create a movement empowering older Australia ..read more
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From outback cattle stations to country retail store with Karen O'Brien
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2M ago
For Karen O’Brien, opening a homewares store was a dream in the making for many years.  Karen and her husband Jed lived in the outback for 15 years managing cattle stations whilst raising their young family. As their four children grew older, Karen began to think about what she could do beyond being a mum. The idea of starting an online business emerged. However, the limited access to resources in the remote area put this idea on hold. On a trip to Victoria, Karen drove through the historic town of Yackandandah - it was love at first sight. Six years ago, the family moved from the Kimberl ..read more
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Farm stay with purpose with Louise Freckelton, Kestel Nest EcoHut
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2M ago
When you arrive at Kestrel Nest EcoHut, an off-grid, off-line and eco-luxury farm stay perched above a rocky mountain stream and surrounded by 360 degree views of rolling farmland, you can feel yourself exhale.  Louise Freckelton, along with her husband David, are custodians of 840 acres of unceded Wiradjuri Land where they conduct small-scale, ethical farming with the conservation of one of Australia’s critically endangered forest types. The property also holds great cultural significance, and a cultural assessment was conducted to honour the land's original owners and their knowledge.&n ..read more
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Building businesses from the Ground Up with Michelle Rossiter
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3M ago
Michelle Rossiter is reluctant to call herself an entrepreneur but when you look back at her business journey, she has a knack of seeing a gap, filling it and doing so with great success.  Michelle left school at 15 to become an apprentice hairdresser. At 21, she set out to travel around Australia, practicing her hairdressing skills along the way. It wasn’t until the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001, that Michelle felt a strong desire to return home and be near family. She soon relocated to Tumut, where her sister was living. It was in Tumut that Michelle's entrepreneurial spirit wa ..read more
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