Rowena Parade cafe milkbar

Rowena Parade cafe milkbar

I think you are SPECtacular. Sometimes all you need is a new perspective. Don’t call the world dirty just because you forgot to clean your glasses.  Other than an opportunity to show off my new glasses! I think I’ve found my true love…
I mean amazing milkshakes and free Internet to supplement my work /life balance. I’ve been working heaps lately and sometimes it’s really super nice to be around others while working. thanks Rowena Parade cafe milk bar I think you’ll be my business home away from home “out of the office” office. 

I like that glasses suggest intelligence rather than broken eyes.

Start-up Business: “GET A LAWYER”

Start-up Business: “GET A LAWYER”

Right okay.  Great advice thank you.  But where does one start?  Google?  Bank advice website? The government’s website?

Okay so I looked at the last two and got some great advice but no real connections or pointers of where to go.  So I’m trying google.  YAY google… I’ll keep a broad perspective and also you, know a running update of how it all goes!

Lawyers:  not a good topic to google, firstly I have only half an idea of what I need one for.
A) what kind of business am I setting up and how will that effect tax and hopefully one day in the faaaar distant future, paying myself…
B) Contracts, e-commerce T’s and C’s and all those other agreements that one must have when business involves not just working with ones’ self only!  People!  Community!!

Lawyers scare me.  Last time I had to use one it was a super SUPER messy tenants vs tenants vs landlords three way load of bullshit.  I was left paying for it for ages afterwards even tho it was all in the end a giant waste of time.   I’m determined that this time they’re gonna work for me, not just help protect me.  I feel that the concept is different, even if it is only in my head.

I’ve found five or so different Lawyers that according to google and their amazing SEO says they “specialise” in small business set  up.  This looks promising, most of them have payment plans – Lawyer speak for: “This is still going to be expensive but look we’re helping you”.  

I even read one interesting article about how the lawyer business model of charging by the hour is super out of date.  In my current position I’m inclined to agree.  I know I’ll probably not get this option, but “Paying for Value” just seems like a much more valuable way to go, especially for a small start up business – or “pre-start-up”.
When do I officially become a business?  I already have an ABN of my own… I have a business name now that I really like (BONUS).  Is it when I invest my first $1?  I have no idea!  However to me, technically my time is worth something so in my head I’M IN BUSINESS!  This is exciting.

I’m waiting to see how long after my appointment with the Lawyer how much of my excitement I have left… I’m sure I shouldn’t be cynical about this, there is always a way to make a dream happen, it is just all about figuring out all the how to make it work.    I’m just scared about that bill – I guess this will be my first capital investment.

Further to this. TRUST YOUR SELF – Have courage to take the risks!

As far as all the things one might need to start up a small business. Even I am overwhelmed, I got to this site and was thinking –“I didn’t know I might need even half of these things!”.   I figure, I may do, down the track, currently lets just start with one thing at a time. I had a chat with one of my other good friends who asked me what type of company I was going to set up.  Good question.  A company company, a business.  Incorporated, not for profit, sole trader.. Right okay. I’ll let you know how that appointment goes on this one.

Going into business!

I’ve always had a dream.  A dream of not working for the man.  Funny – Burning Man, growing up reading “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and “Who moved my cheese”..  What would you expect from this colourful adventure seeking part time hippie!?  Yes. SELF employed.
Back in New Zealand I was (kind sometimes still am) part of an amazing blogging community.  These amazing people blogged their hearts out – being two of my favourites.  I kinda did however I was, I’m an ashamedly admitting it – in it for the fun, parties and perks.  One of THOSE bloggers.   I had a full time job and flexible hours when I needed them to run off for a week to Fashion week or other events.  GLAMOUROUS.
Well you’d think so, mainly it’s a huge amount of planning, writing about things you do, and can feel SUPER narcissistic if you really aren’t clear about what or why you’re doing it.  It wasn’t a business for me, so I often felt bad.  Or felt super cheeky when I got stuff I felt like I hadn’t earned.

I work in Education.  Education is such a broad industry let me explain.  There are Uni’s and schools.  There is corporate education – this is where I work.  I’ve been doing internal training, Leadership development, sales coaching and a myriad of other things that relate to corporate skill sets and training.  This is cool, rewarding and interesting, but HOW was I going to go into business.  Blogging and doing this kind of education just didn’t connect without me becoming a contractor and just charging higher rates to still do other people’s work!  UGH  Oh well.  I knew it would come sometime, in the interim I’ve been committed to learning as much as I could so I knew I’d be able to promote myself – What ever I knew I’d end up doing.  Preparation much!?  Funny.

THIS WEEKEND – I was at a Tarot workshop and it was the best!  I’ll have more to say about that soon, I just haven’t gotten my ass around to writing all about it yet.  This new blogging energy has only just kicked in.
Any ways, to the point..  This weekend it finally hit me!  I knew what I wanted to do.  More than that I KNEW I would have all the skills I needed to actually make it happen!  I was driving back in my little Turtle 2.0 car from Daylesford and my mind was literally going on HYPER drive.  I love it when this happens.  So full of ideas that I want to ring everyone and talk at 130048589303 miles per hour.  I’m super excited and have been trying to connect with all the people I know who are also in their own businesses because what better than NOT doing everything alone.  Support, questions, etc, I know I’m going to have them.  Bring it on.
Book Launch: Out of Shape – Debunking myths about Fashion & Fit

Book Launch: Out of Shape – Debunking myths about Fashion & Fit

Normally the media events I attend are more Fashion orientated so it was quite a delight to attend the launch of Mel Campbell’s book “Out of Shape” and as a super special treat listen to her read and comment on as she went through a chapter of the book as well.

We all love to listen to people who put into beautifully artistically linguistic words principals we whole heartedly agree with.  Referencing much of pop culture over the years and much extensive historical fashion research Mel has written a ingeniously intriguing book on popular perception of size and the difference between that and what is actually our natural physical shape.  Our bodies are obviously all different but through out time there has always been an esteemed version of perfection or ideal, and clothing really plays a very large part in a person’s desire (or otherwise) to attain it.

“Out of Shape” also bravely deals with masculine and feminine fashion and clothing not limited by the gender of the person wearing that item of clothing.  Pointing out general ideals that each portrays and how the wearer may wittingly or unwittingly receive a reaction based on that presentation of themselves based on the clothing (or undergarments) they might be wearing at the time.

I’m a recently converted fan and since the event have added this to my reading list for those long dreary trips back and forth on the tram/train.  I can’t wait to giggle and smile as Mel’s sense of humour really shows through the well researched chapters as she Debunks those Myths.  If I get a couple of confused sideways looks on public transport for my outbursts, I really don’t care.  It’ll be worth it!

Look.Stop.Shop, @ Curtin House

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The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards

I was at the 2012 Music Awards and had an amazing time!  It was my third music awards and this time I was very lucky to be wearing a fabulous outfit covered in tiny zipper bows from DMONIC INTENT.  Having my amazing g/f with me to take photos on the red carpet I was busy interviewing and documenting crazy comments from the celebrities walking the carpet and what they wore.

It was exhilarating and although my feet weren’t my friends by the end of the night it was another confirmation that media crew do really work hard and things never stop despite the full on play hard work hard ethic.  You just don’t know who is going to be standing next to you! More of our photos from the night can be found here, and I’ll have a blog with quotes and interviews coming very very soon!  Keep your eyes peeled or SUBSCRIBE!!  🙂 xxx

Myself and Evelyn Ebrey

Kimbra and her band
Kimbra looking stunning!
Ruby Frost looking gorgeous!
Tim Phin and Tina Moore from Remix Magasine
The GC’s Tame Noema and Jamie Ridge
The gorgeous Zowie
Gin Wigmore
Gin and her band looking Fantastic
Tamati Coffey and Petra Bagust
Guy Williams hosting on the Music Awards red carpet
Shavaughn Ruakere
Starboy aka Matt Bowden looking great with his crew
Dane Rumble
Keisha Castle-Hughes
The notorious Homebrew Crew
The Sweet Mix Kids Presenting for the Awards
Jon Toogood and Julia Deans
Colin Mathura-Jeffree
Annabel Fay
Hollie Smith
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Too busy being busy?

Too busy being busy?

After being too busy with real life to have an internet one, combined with a massive dose of writers block I thought this post well overdue.

Often really busy means either high stress, deadlines or bad time management or a combination of all three.  Since most of us don’t have the luxury of a personal assistant or secretary its something we have to manage ourselves.  Anyone who works for themselves, balances personal interests and hobbies with a career or occupation or simply says YES to too many things should have a think about this.

Let me begin with: Note to Self!!

Keeping in contact with the world when you are BUSY:
I’m the first to admit I’m TERRIBLE at replying to text messages.  You know you have an issue when your friends text your partner to find out what your plans are for the evening / weekend and not you.  First step to doing something about it is admitting it, and I’m really trying my best to break this habit! 

Sometimes when you’ve a million things going on in your brain at once, what you want to reply to a certain message flicks through your brain. When you think back to it in five minutes time your brain tricks you into thinking you’ve responded because you did plan what you were going to say in your head but alas it never made it onto that SMS did it?!

Checking email on a smart phone device is also great but that too has it’s busy traps.  Thinking “Oh glad I’ve read such-and-such an email, but I must write a proper response when I’m back on my computer/laptop/tablet… FAIL!  You planned to do it, you thought about what you were going to respond, then it got lost under everything else and suddenly its past midnight and your falling into bed thinking “CRAP – I forgot!”

Voicemail.  Great if you don’t like answering restricted or private numbers, and amazing very easy to turn off!!!

Catching up with friends shouldn’t always have to be planned and booked in, but if you know you’re going to run off your feet for a week or two schedule yourself some down time, a breather, some social relaxation, a friend who can make you laugh, smile and distract you.  If you are working late or travelling away a 15 minute phone call can sometimes do just the same trick.

What happens when your NOT busy?
Who here has ever thought any of the following things?  I know I sure have!

“Why does no one text me??”
“OMG I don’t have any (close/real) friends!!”
“Why does no one want to hang out with me???”

Well you dummy, let me tell you!  That’s because you don’t text them back when they have contacted you about hanging out!  You DO have awesome and amazing friends, just stop being selfish and go do what THEY want to do rather than expecting them to come to you at your beck and call!

If you want to do something “Spontaneous” (because suddenly that meeting, photo shoot or shmancy event you wanted to go to got cancelled) then you are going to have to be a little more convincing than that!  And if everyone strangely enough does have a life and are off doing things be prepared to go out and do something on your own / suck up your pride and post a desperate plea for company on Facebook and Twitter!

What can you do about it?

Are you micro-managing your life?  Does your OCD need a health check, do you need to learn to delegate?
Performers, people working for them selves can have this issue, (unless you were BORN super organised). If you want something done, or to get somewhere it doesn’t happen unless you do it.  No joke, its a lot of work but outside of all the work have a life is pretty nice too.  Ask for help, if you’ve a big project you want to achieve it, it really doesn’t hurt to ask for advice or help.  If you don’t ask you most certainly don’t get!!

Look at the big picture.  Sometimes our brains are simply not achieving anything because there’s too much white noise going on.  Now, don’t get me wrong—Newton was more than the average 17 th-century overachiever. He was a physicist, as well as a  mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, theologian and alchemist. Today, many of us also wear countless hats—Performer, writer, photographer, model, boss’s go-to person, daughter/ son, friend, Blogger—and that’s not counting all the minutiae you don’t get credit for.

We can all pretty much agree that a little time spent away from our smartphones, work email, and Twitter pages sounds enticing. Exhilarating, even.

So if one of the greatest scientists of all time took a few breathers, let’s follow suit. We don’t want to get bopped on the head by our own proverbial apples and be too busy to see them as anything more than an imposition.

And lastly – if you’re going to be M.I.A. for a while coping with all you’ve said YES too (this should be another blog topic) then let people know so they don’t think your being a “too cool for school popular kid” to share the love or keep in touch.

Love you all – I promise! xxx

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