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Hadassah Jordan The Leap Stories

What about when you want to take a leap within the realm of what you do now, but stretch yourself further? To take what you already know, and apply it in a new way? To push into another industry, category or region?

With a long family lineage in clothing manufacturing and retailing, Hadassah Jordan hit forty and wanted to create a retail experience that felt like she felt on the inside. As a single mother, she wanted to support makers of kids clothing that were ethically produced, minimally branded and weren’t laden with gendered messages. That lead her to collaborate with international brands and open Frankie’s Story, her second store at South Melbourne Market. With a markedly higher price point than her family’s original store and a brave, bold aesthetic for under 10’s, it was a gamble in a notoriously fickle retail category.
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Love After Love Poem by Derek Walcott

Today I had a smart, capable, big-hearted client who said to me ‘I have grief about how long I did the thing that wasn’t right for me.’ It’s crushed her and she’s now picking herself up and forging a new path with bravery, self-compassion and curiosity… inspite of still feeling fearful and uncertain. She is choosing courage. This poem to me is the essence of taking a leap. This is for her.
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The Leap Stories - Madeleine Dore

I remember feeling confused the first time I read artist and designer James Victore’s words ‘freedom is something you take‘. I thought I am privileged to live in a first world democracy, of course, I’m free. My freedom was given to me at birth. I didn’t need to ‘take it’.  And yet in many ways, as a grown woman I didn’t feel free. I felt trapped by expectation, obligation, comparison, norms, shoulds and fear.

It took me a while to realise that indeed, my freedom is highly personal, and a result of my mindset, worldview and choices. Even when our basic human rights are met, we are not free if we don’t see ourselves as such. Permission to change, try and grow is something we grant ourselves.

In a parallel universe, you’ll read that this week’s leap taker Madeleine Dore was having a similar epiphany inspired by filmmaker and writer Miranda July. While Madeleine was working in her dream job, the side gig she had started was beckoning her to go deeper. So she claimed her freedom to explore it full-time. Not only did her Extraordinary Routines blog blossom, as did her corporate freelance writing. So much so, that she had to remind herself again that she could to claim her freedom to say no, in order to continue to exploring own creative work.
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When I first meet New Zealand born and raised Anna Ross, founder of cosmetic and skincare brand Kester Black, I was convinced that she would one day take over the world. That was in 2014 when she was still working her administrative assistant job and Kester Black was still a side gig. Read more…

This week’s leap taker is creative maker, Ellie Beck, perhaps better known by her business name, Petalplum. Six years ago Ellie and her partner Sam took the leap to make a tree change from Brisbane to the hinterlands of Byron Bay. They sold their house, left their jobs and today are both running creative businesses, hand-building their house and raising three children. Read more…

Crafting a career is a creative act. It might involve moving cities, trialling a range of gigs, applying your skills in unforeseen ways, partnering with other pros to start new things, and working both freelance and employment to find a mix just right for you. And this week’s leap taker Lani Pauli has taken her love of communication and community building and explored all those avenues. From working in traditional PR agency land in a new city to local community building for US startup app, to then leaping into her own business with allied professionals, Lani has joined the dots between ideas and opportunities. Read more…

Welcome to our first leap story for 2017! After a summer hiatus, we’re back to embrace all that this new year has to offer. And this year is perhaps especially inviting. According to numerology, 2017 is a ‘1’ year (2+0+1+7=10, 1+0=1), which means it’s a year of new beginnings and a great time to consider taking a leap! Read more…

Can you imagine the person you might be this time next year? Of what you will have learned, experienced and survived after another 365 days of being you? Because it’s not a matter of if  you’ll change, but rather, how. Change is not optional.

When Elizabeth Donaldson was a DFAT advisor living in Japan, I doubt she ever imagined herself becoming a champion of independent design, retail shop owner and co-working enabler in Adelaide. But after turning forty and waking up to the realisation that the career that looked good on paper was not longer holding her attention, it was time to follow hunches about her next career iteration and a take a leap. Read more…

Earlier this year I was lamenting with my husband that there needed to be an app to help Instagrammers plan out their visual feed ahead of time – where we could see all our potential posting images, and layout them out in order to design a great looking feed, and have a bank of images to call on.

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the-leap-stories -pony up cat harding mardi brown

What happens when two mid career marketers ‘unpack their confidence and self-belief from the suitcase of doom’, and ask themselves ‘what will I regret having not done when I’m on my deathbed?’ What happens when they join forces to do work that matters, that leverages their skills and contacts? What happens when they connect the dots to solve multiple problems in a global network? A beautiful leap is made, that’s what! Read more…