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While we don’t always find ourselves in situations of our choosing, we always have a choice about how we deal with it. And that’s the very place that leaps are often born.

When graphic designer Emma Kate Codrington couldn’t get her working visa renewed, and she had to leave London and return to her hometown of Adelaide, she had a choice: try and replicate the corporate life she had created in England, or seize the opportunity to start afresh. The adventurer in her won out, and EmmaKateCo was bought to life. First as a petite design studio, then as a stationery company. It was returning to her roots that gave Emma Kate the opportunity to try something new. Read more…

Of Kin What's Strategy free webinar

What’s strategy? It’s a question that kinda stumped me for a while, thinking it was this big, unwieldy, highly complex and over analysed tome of data printed in some highly official and intimidating document.

But when I read the word’s ‘execution is the strategy’ everything turned around. In this webinar, Binny Langler and I demystify what makes a strategy, and uncover the five questions you need to answer to build a strategy for your business. Once you’ve answered these questions, your path forward and planning become simple.

Dive in to find out more.

References:
https://hbr.org/2010/05/the-five-questions-of-strategy
https://empiricalproof.com/canvas/

Full time employee. To full time freelance designer. Back to full time employee with a side gig. Throw in several redundancies and a life threatening accident, and you’ve got several leaps in all sorts of directions. So is the story of Olga Grueva, founder of  family tree digital printing business, The Family Tree Co.

We’re big on family and kin around these parts. And many leap takers call on their family to help them make the jump. In Olga’s case, it was a 12 month bed-ridden recovery requiring the full care of her family that crystallised what was important, and inspired her to create customised, archival quality, bespoke, framed family tree prints to honour her loved ones. Read more…

Over the many stories I’ve recorded in this series, travel seems to be a common leaping ingredient – either as a way to escape the known and see life differently, or as way to tap into different tastes, textures and terrains.

Sarah Holloway and her partner Nik like to travel. And on those travels they experienced drinking matcha tea (ground organic green tea leaves) as part of a traditional tea ceremony in Japan. And then on the other side of the world, they saw it being used by healthfood outlets in Los Angeles. When they wanted to have it to use for themselves at home in Australia, the only they way they could purchase it was in bulk. So they took the plunge, made an order with the idea of selling off part of stock to like minds. Little did they anticipate how in solving their own problem, they created a new local market for an ancient superfood. And so Match Maiden was born as a side gig. Read more…

Have been neglecting your email list for a while now (perhaps ever since you started your business. Yeeouch!). No judgment here, we’ve come to your rescue. Or you need some fresh ideas to help you grow your established list?

Whatever the reason, this webinar will give you some inspiration and ideas to get your list happening, and to help you convert your followers to customers.

We’ll cover topics like:

– ways to grow your list
– technology you can use
– what to put in your emails
– the types of emails and when to send them
– subject lines and the words to use?
– email format and layout for readability
– rookie mistakes

Don’t be fooled by us, we’re not one-eye social media supporters. You will catch us constantly reminding you, our fine kin, to never forget about growing your email list.
You own your website, blog and email list. You rent space on social media. And the landlord sets the terms. So a golden rule for growing your business online, is always be converting your social media followers to email subscribers.

Once people are on your email list, you’ve built a tangible, valuable asset for your business that you own and control (best you don’t ignore it then!). You can then send them direct messages, without the interference of a landlord. So let’s hop to it then.

There are some basics you will need to build your list and communicate with those lucky enough to be on it. We’re going to start there.

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The 2017 Monthly Planning Calendar is here!

Download it via the form below!

This humble tool is one of the most powerful tools I use in my business, and that I use with clients. Because unless you can see your time laid out in front of you, you can’t make realistic plans, set achievable goals or get everyone aligned about what needs to be done, and by when.

I use this tool with my executive coaching clients to help them plan out and ideal week, and understand what’s achievable with their time. I use it with my content marketing clients to map out content plans, deadlines and publishing dates. I use it with my business clients to help them and their team see what needs to be done, and when by so they all get on the same page, literally. Read more…

The Leap Stories

Today I shared a green juice with one of the leap takers featured in The Leap Stories series. Within five minutes of starting our catchup, she was in tears. Because she’s walking away from a business she leapt to create with her energy, creativity, money and love, to take another leap and relocate overseas for a sabbatical with her family.

Her leap away from the very thing she created, to honour slowing down and appreciating this season of raising a young family with her husband, doesn’t come without grief. The kind of grief that knows you have to let go of what was, to create a new is. Read more…

When I registered my business name nearly eight years ago, I was drawing on the idea that I wanted to connect with people who cared about the same things I did, and while they may not be direct next-of-kin in the truest sense, they somehow felt like another family, like kin. Because having a sense of belonging, of being seen and accepted is what keeps us connected and alive. Belonging is one of our most primal needs.

So a few months back when I tripped over Belong magazine on Instagram, it was no accident that it felt like home. The magazine’s mission is to celebrate the art and community of blogging, social media and entrepreneurship. It aims to inspire women to use their passions for a purpose, to encourage women to be authentic, to be life-giving and to encourage one another. It wants women to know that they are enough, that they matter and that they have a place. That they belong. I was in!

But more than that, my sticky beak wanted to know who was behind such a beautiful publication, and how did she manage to write every article just for me!

Brooke Saxon-Spencer had worked most of her adult life in a family owned health care business, where she was responsible for administration. Then the day came that the business was sold. A sense of belonging in her work had to be redefined.

Her leap was to actually go back to interests she explored in college – graphic design, photography and writing  and start anew. Brooke wholeheartedly shares that she’s still figuring it out as she goes along, that Belong is a side gig that’s still an investment, and that sometimes anxiety gets the better of her. But she’s just got a tattoo to help with that.

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Gorgeous Brooke, Founder of the wholehearted and absolutely beautiful Belong Magazine.

What did you want to be when you grew up and why?

I wanted to be a singer, a teacher or a mummy. The latter two were obviously more realistic. They seemed like acceptable and traditional roles for someone with my background.

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What did/do you study?

In college, I studied photography (in the actual dark room where we rolled our own film into canisters and printed our own pictures on paper with chemicals), graphic design (the real ‘cut and paste’ method with an exacto knife and glue) and creative writing (thankfully, that hasn’t changed much).

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What has been your most scary/courageous leap you’ve ever made (preferably in your business/career/life direction)?

Starting Belong magazine for sure. Print is dying, so it seemed a bit counterintuitive to begin a publication that focuses on print. I worry every day that it will fail and I’ll look stupid, but I keep going.

What were you doing before you made your leap?

I worked in health care administration for a long time, doing everything from billing to marketing. Long before that, I spent several years in retail.

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Who have been the biggest 3 – 5 influences in your life, in terms of your career and doing work?

I worked for my family’s business in healthcare, so that was a major influence. I was fortunate to work alongside my brother and my dad for many years. My faith influences everything that I do, as does my family, husband and kids. My love for creativity and community are what has influenced and pushed me into the realm of this magazine gig.

What did you have in place before you made the leap?

Nothing. I literally had no idea what I was doing. I am still learning as I go which isn’t always the best method, but it may be the only way that I continue to move forward.

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What was your defining ‘I can’t do this anymore’ moment that lead you to the leap?

My family sold the business I had invested my entire adult career into. It was terrifying knowing that my family was depending on me, but it was also incredibly freeing, realising that I could do whatever I wanted.

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How did/do you overcome/work with the fear that comes with leaping? How do you decide to choose courage?

Before starting Belong, I spent lots and lots and lots of time in self-reflection, trying to find out what I was made to do or what it was that I would do if I could choose anything. I spent a lot of time reading, journalling and talking with my husband. I reached out to some people who I thought might have some insight on my idea (that was super hard to do and scary all on its own).

Fear: Fear // What originally got me moving towards publishing the pilot issue was realising that it was fear itself that was keeping me from beginning. It made me angry that I was letting fear stop me! So I decided not to let it anymore. I set some deadlines and just pushed ahead, fear and all!

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Fear: Failure // I know I’m not alone on this one. No one wants to fail. It feels horrible all around, but reminding myself and having others remind me that failure doesn’t define me was a kick in the pants. I also realised through a blog post from a friend that being ‘free to fail’ means that we are actually DOING and TRYING and not just sitting still. This is big. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone.

Fear: Finances // Essentially, finances represent security to me. Being able to pay the mortgage and have money for groceries and gas and so on is pretty important to me, and I’m sure to most of us. The idea that this was going to cost me (and my family) was terrifying, but the cost of not doing it meant that I was afraid, which lead back to the first fear of fear itself. I didn’t want to let fear lead my life. Who said that the bigger house is always better? And who says that the magazine is going to be the only thing that I do? Maybe I’ll have to work two (or three) jobs (like I’m currently doing) to make it all work. That’s ok. It may not look like I thought it would. And it takes time. Money doesn’t roll in overnight. It takes time. And work. Lots of it.

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How did you fund your leap?

I failed at kickstarter funding right at the get-go. It was awful and made me feel like such a failure. I see now why it didn’t work out, but it was still so hard. I ended up funding the magazine with my own money. We have yet to break even, but I feel it’s coming soon! I’m blessed to have had things work out in such a way that I was able to fund the magazine a bit on my own, I know that not everyone has this ability.

What other leaps have you made?

We made a leap as a family three years ago to move away from all of our family and friends to SoCal (Southern California), one place I said I’d never want to live. My husband had a job opportunity. Things have not worked out the way we thought and there have been bumps, but we’ve not regretted the move.

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What leaps didn’t work out? What did you do about it?

We kept going (can you hear Dory singing, ‘Just keep swimming…’? That phrase echoes in my head all the time). I pushed through the struggle (and the pill-popping anxiety) in order to face the next day and then the next and the next. Sometimes, that’s all you can do. And before you know it, you’ve made it onto the next thing!

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What are you most fearful of? How do you deal with it?

Failure. Not making money. Having to move out of our home. It strikes so close to the heart. I don’t like not having the security I’ve been so accustomed to and it’s very humbling.

How would you rate your level of happiness about making your leap?
1 being sad, 10 being rad.

10 for sure. That doesn’t mean that it feels like a 10 every day, but I certainly have no regrets about leaping.

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What’s the biggest upside to making the leap?

Getting notes and messages from women who are being reached by the message and mission of Belong. It’s so incredible!

What’s the biggest downside to making the leap? And how do you get through it?

Anxiety. Thankfully, my husband is a great support. I also journal and read and have a few friends (if you can believe it, some who I’ve never met in person!) who I feel really understand me and where I’m coming from. I can shoot them an email and they are there reminding me of the things I need to remember in those moments when I’m lost in the worry and angst.

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What might be your next leap?

A conference maybe? There are so many conferences, but I think that the community of Belong is growing and I honestly think my skillset lines up with this sort of thing. It sounds so fun!

What are your favourite words to live by?

BE STILL. I just had it tattooed on my wrist. Sometimes, we need to stop all the craziness, sit down and do nothing. Take some deep breaths.

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Who do you admire who also made the leap?

I’m not sure that they have all ‘leapt’, but they’ve inspired me in my journey and I admire the work they’ve done and do:

A piece of advice for someone with an itch to leap?

Just begin. It’s the current ‘centerfold’ (Issue 04). You’ll never feel ready enough, you’ll never know enough, you’ll never have enough money and there will never be a better time. Just begin.

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Right now I’m:

Hearing: The radio –I’m an alternative girl.
Eating: m&ms
Drinking: Caffeine free Diet Coke with a splash of lemonade
Reading: Do I actually have to admit this?!? I like to read what my 14 year old daughter reads, so I am reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. To redeem myself a bit, I’m also reading Brené Brown’s Rising Strong.
Loving: Sitting outside journalling.

 

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There is so much wisdom to be found in your heart when you take a moment to be still, reflect and put pen to paper. It’s how leaps are fertilised and incubated. And if you ever need a little dose of extra courage to begin a leap, know that you belong with a family of kin who started just right where you are now. So just keep going.

Lovingly,

Kylie xx

Is your dentist a woman? Is her entire dental practice female? Do they treat your mouth as the gateway to the health of the rest of your body, mind and spirit? Do they serve you organic herbal tea when you arrive? Does your dentist coach you in mindful breathing before they ask you to open your mouth? Is your dentist also a certified yogi?

I’m guessing that unless you’re a patient of Fern White’s practice, Beacon Cove Dental you’re going to answer no to most of those questions. Fern is my spectacular dentist (how many of you can call your dentist that?!), who is not only incredibly competent at what she does, but is someone who takes leaps, owns her gifts and approaches her work and life with creativity and love.

Fern could have taken the safe route of an attractive partnership in a conventional practice, leaving her little room to bring her ideas to in the world. So she took the leap to borrow a hunk of cash to buy a dental practice, and then infuse it with her own unique approach to health and well being. Gutsy.

The other aspect of Fern’s story, is that she is a Vietnamese refugee who fled Vietnam by boat, eventually landing in Australia when she was two. As I continue to despair about our government’s treatment of humans like you and me, who seek asylum to escape war and persecution, I wonder how many other leap takers fleeing regimes are being locked up indefinitely. Surely, these people are some of the most courageous amongst us.

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Beautiful Fern, Founder of Beacon Cove Dental.

What did you want to be when you grew up and why?

I always wanted to fix the human body and mind. Being the oldest daughter of six children in a migrant family, I was always given the responsibility to help look after the little ones. I remember being 11 or so, and given the responsibility to pull out my little sibling’s baby teeth. I had managed to do all mine on my own (after my dad blotched a few painful tries with floss, pliers, door handles). I was a bookworm and loved piecing apart the human anatomy in the World Book and Britannica encyclopaedias.

What did/do you study?

Non-stop studying from high school into five years of Dental School at the University of Melbourne. After this, I continued to complete postgraduate certifications in orthodontics, implant surgery, prosthodontics. I also finished my yoga and meditation teacher training. I am continually studying. I love the growth involved and am curious about the world. I am currently involved in workshops around the power of the feminine as well as keeping up with the recent trends and technology in dentistry and surgery.

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What has been your most scary/courageous leap you’ve ever made (preferably in your business/career/life direction)?

A few leaps come to mind… The most courageous would be telling my parents I didn’t believe in their catholic faith anymore and not baptising my daughter Phoenix. They were devastated as this faith is their lifeline. They clung to this faith while on the refugee boats clinging to life. I wanted to fully live in my truth and, having Phoenix, I knew that it was time to live my life and not live in the shadow of my parent’s wish.

The next leap, compared to this, was relatively easy, but this is what I will focus on: taking out a loan of half a million dollars at 13% interest to buy a small dental business.

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What were you doing before you made your leap?

Thinking and procrastinating about doing these things.

Who have been the biggest 3 – 5 influences in your life, in terms of your career and doing work?

My parents.
My husband Alex.
Anthony Robbins.
My brother Linh.

What did you have in place before you made the leap?

Security, safety, boredom. I worked under numerous bosses in their clinics, however found that I had to be in line with their philosophy. There was not much room or time to create.

As Anaïs Nin says, ‘And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.’

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What was your defining ‘I can’t do this anymore’ moment that lead you to the leap?

I was offered a lucrative partnership deal in a corporate environment with all of the trimmings. Except, I realised I would need to be married to my partner in business, and be like him in order to survive and keep my head above water. He was an admirable clinician, however there were many deep seeded issues around him as a person. I remember he told me ‘you are making the biggest mistake of your life’ leaving his practice to start my own.

At this stage in my life, I was at a crossroads with the medically trained way of relating to patients in a disease centric focus and the yogic, spiritual path of connecting to people. I was in my element when I was able to spend the time being authentic and truly connecting as human beings with my clients. Working for other people did not allow the time to do this.

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How did/do you overcome/work with the fear that comes with leaping? How do you decide to choose courage?

Being a former refugee from a war torn country meant my parents instilled in me a sense of hard work. So, courage came from working hard and knowing I had sowed many seeds along the way to prepare me.

Courage takes the form of facing the fear and going through with it anyway. It became more painful to not do it, than to do it. Making the decision is always the hardest part – then the fear turns to excitement. I never doubted that I couldn’t do what I set my mind to. I surrounded myself with as many mentors I could find: Successful dentists who owned a practice; or many practices; female leaders who created businesses, despite wearing many hats (mamas, bosses, wives); yoga and meditation teachers who inspired me.

And then I honed in on my own personal development and encased myself with books, CDs, courses of inspirational speakers. I invested in growing myself and hired a business and personal coach to help me along the way.

I knew that my business would reflect me and I wanted that me to be inspirational!

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How did you fund your leap?

I was lucky to be able to borrow large sums of money from specialised institutions for medical professionals at staggering interest rates.

What other leaps have you made in the past?

I followed my dreams of deepening my experience in the world by training in yoga and meditation. Then I amalgamated my learnings from the medical and alternative worlds to create an embodied platform from which to treat patients. Specifically through breath work, hypnosis and building rapport and trust.

I also shape this through my interactions as a leader to support and grow the team I choose to surround myself with. I teach those who work with me to be their very best. It’s a win win for them, my business and patients.

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What leaps didn’t work out? What did you do about it?

Hiring the wrong staff and being so attached to them. I realise now that the only constant in life is change. Things fluctuate around me, so as long I can find my centre and believe that the universe works for me, then I am able to let go more easily. If I let go of the old, then new opportunities will present themselves.

What are you most fearful of? How do you deal with it?

I’m fearful that I am an imposter. That I really don’t know as much as I look like I do. I take my own advice: Keep up my self development and invest in myself. Keep up my daily rituals: short meditation and movement practice. Perform self-clearing kinesiology on myself. Journal more furiously. Allow myself to fully feel the emotions that come up. Surround myself with people who inspire me. Fill my own tank and realise that I can’t give unless I am full first.

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How would you rate your level of happiness about making your leap?
1 being sad, 10 being rad.

10 – the raddest!

What’s the biggest upside to making the leap?

Freedom. To express, create, experiment and inspire. The clinic is the hub in which I can join all my loves in life (connecting, teaching, getting my hands dirty, so to speak!) and is my greatest teacher. The stresses it brings allows me to see where I need to improve in my own life: communication, patience, letting go.

What’s the biggest downside to making the leap? And how do you get through it?

Being tuned in to the clinic 24/7 even when I am not seeing clients. Micromanaging. I realise I am somewhat of a control freak so I purposely have to let go. Switch off online. Trust in my staff or train them more so I can trust them.

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What might be your next leap?

Running workshops for female medical leaders to find empowerment through:

  • Owning their communication and connecting with themselves, their staff and patients
  • Finding their own pleasure and sensuality
  • Creating a life of passion
  • Balancing their minds, bodies and many roles so they are able to avoid burnout
  • To harness the power of the breath in both emotional and physical selves in order to change everything

Basically, it is a huge download of everything that I am passionate about being: a compassionate and incredible mama, boss, leader, embodied practitioner of medicine, teacher of movement, mindfulness and pleasure. How to focus on a patient-centred connection rather than a disease-centric approach in order to help our patients heal.

What are your favourite words to live by?

‘Up till now’ – Consent to yourself that you can change anything (the past doesn’t equal the future).
‘Right now I’m feeling… and that’s ok’ (full permission to feel emotions, but not the full story).

Who do you admire who also made the leap?

My brother Linh.

A piece of advice for someone with an itch to leap?

Feel the fear and do it anyway!

What question did I miss about your leap? And what’s your answer?

How do I feel about my leap? Grateful!

Right now I’m:

Continually learning and growing
Hearing: Tony Robbins
Eating: As healthy as I can with indulgence here and there
Drinking: Bulletproof Hot Chocolate
Reading: Womankind magazine
Loving: My daughter Phoenix

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The past doesn’t equal the future. The past is done. The future is open. Now is yours for the making.

Lovingly,

Kylie x

A few months back I had the absolute pleasure of receiving a thank you gift from a gorgeous soul. Delivered to my door was large black box tied with grosgrain ribbon and featuring gold foil embossing. From the outside I knew that I was going to love whatever was inside. Whoever had sent this to me knew me well, and whoever had created it had an incredibly stylish eye for small, thrilling details.

I loved all the cleverly curated goods inside The Luxury Gift Co. box and savoured using each one. I instagrammed them, and the gorgeous creator responded with gratitude. We chatted, and I discovered that the person behind this business didn’t have a history in retail, or gifting or styling. Founder of the business was Daniella Burns, a former psychiatric nurse. Read more…