Dream and Believe In Yourself – Tori Athanasia Nikolaou – Australia

I was born in Wollongong, NSW on 22 April, 1995.

I am of Aboriginal descent from my mother’s side of the family. I belong to the Worimi People from Taree, NSW and the Gambangirr People from Nambucca Heads, NSW. My Greek heritage comes from my father.

I have been brought up in a very cultural environment and am proud of my Aboriginal and Greek heritage.
As a little girl growing up with my older sister, Teisha Anastasia Lea, we watched out father Tony fly aeroplanes in the Kimberly’s, WA, Mt Isa, QLD, the Northern Territory, Wollongong, NSW and Greece. He has now been flying for Virgin Australia based in Brisbane for 15 years.

We lived in Greece for 6 years from 1998-2004 before we came to Brisbane. I found it very challenging living in a foreign country, learning the language and cultural customs. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to have strong family values and embrace both my cultures.

I always had a dream to follow in my father’s footsteps and fly a big jet one day.

When I finished Year 12 at Lourdes Hill Girls School in Brisbane in 2012, I started my Student Pilot Licence at Redcliffe Aeroclub, but my health issues forced me to stop my training for a year. I had cysts on my lower spine and had multiple surgeries over a six-month period. Being a young female, it took a toll on my self-esteem and confidence. Walking around with a device stuck to my lower back to help prevent infection failed and two more operations later I slowly began to heal. I had to reassess my options whilst in constant lower back pain. After speaking with my parents about my passion to continue my dream of becoming a pilot I spoke to my mum and dad and my dad took me to the Gold Coast in October, 2016 to look at flying schools. Immediately I fell in love with Australian Wings Academy based at the Gold Coast Airport. The school had a reputation of providing elite support and individualised training to tailor each student at the school. I enrolled into Australia Wings Academy at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast in November, 2016.

To date I have obtained my Private Pilot Licence in May 2016, and recently my Commercial Pilot Licence in October 2017 with a Diploma of Aviation. I am still currently based at the school where I am finalising my Advanced Pilot Training Program and hope to finish in April this year. It has been very challenging overcoming some of the barriers especially in the flying industry. For instance, being a female in a male dominated industry. At times I have doubted my own ability to get through the gruelling study needed to get to this point.

I have learnt to do the best that I can do and by putting in the hard work I can succeed and believe in my dreams of one day flying a big jet and work around the world doing what I love.

I believe that a major factor in why and where I am today being by the support of my family, but also to prove to myself that there are no barriers in being female and being Aboriginal and Greek descent. I am surprising myself everyday with hard work and dedication, constantly teaching me that the sky has no limits for me in my professional but also personal abilities.

Dream and believe in yourself and they will come true.

My favourite saying is that, “There is always a second chance for everyone, you can start off bad but end good”.

A Strong Woman
Is one who feels deeply
And loves fiercely.
Her tears flow as abundantly
As her laughter.

She is both soft and powerful,
Is both practical and spiritual.

In her essence a Strong Woman
Is a gift to the world…

A Mother’s journey in Resilience and Gold – Pam Cleverley New Zealand

Not in your wildest dreams could you imagine this journey. You wake up one day and it leads you to 5 months away from home. I am a single Mum of 3, Ruby now 24, Riwa 21 and Charlotte 13.

I worried about having a third child, but Charlotte was a delightful baby. Secure in her routine, happy, healthy and bubbly, bystanders would notice her and see her spirit. She was born in November of 2003, and entering into her 6th month on June 17th 2004, she woke at 3am, with vomiting and high temperature, I rushed to get her the appropriate meds, and she started a high pitch whimpering ( a symptom not then mentioned, as a symptom).

We fell asleep together till morning, but little did I know she was in deep toxic shock. Waking, I let her sleep on, my gut feeling was worried, but I put it down to me being over protective, and with a sitter in place to oversee Charlotte I rushed Ruby and Riwa to school, and went to work for two hours.

Arriving home I was shocked to hear Charlotte was still sleeping and on closer investigation, I was shocked to see her in the same position I left her in, motionless, gazing, eyes half open, and two defined blood spots on her neck. Panic rose up my body, as I recognised the symptoms as Meningitis.

The story continues as written by Perry Bisman (her Dad) on her website.:

Life changed that day, the feeling of helplessness and hopelessness was hard to endure. The emotion like having a jumbo jet fly over you while you lie paralysed on the tarmac face up. We watched helplessly over Charlotte as she went to war with the most deadliest disease known to man. Hospital was our world for the next 3 months. Day/Night – we never knew, it just blended into continual highly stressful seconds, minutes, hours, days and months.

Our journey climaxed to a social media frenzy after a front page Herald paper headlined  the Vaccine for the Meningitis B (which Charlotte was suffering) was about to be thrown out due to the nearing use-by date, along with $250 Million of taxpayers money. We contacted the Herald, Really – You have a Vaccine?

Get it out there that this is what it’s doing to our baby. Charlotte’s photo in the front page of the next morning’s Herald paper, article written by Charlotte’s father Perry. She was pictured happy on a swing. Holding on with hands. Balanced by legs, all now taken by this evil disease. New Zealanders we’re mortified and demanded the vaccine. Which was soon released into all schools. Nurses left our ward to take part. Doctors thanked us.

Charlotte survived, she had nationwide interest in her well being and we were followed around by media. But we had our child, devastated by disease, a quad amputee, only her elbow to work with. We spent two months at a children’s home to heal from skin grafts and debridement, and to adapt to Charlotte as a quadruple amputee.

One doctor, one day mentioned the journey will be a rocky road. Little did I know the journey, little did I know the road was, in fact, many mountains to climb. How much resilience does one need? For a baby to fight a deadly bacteria. For doctors and nurses to be in the operating  theatre and save children’s lives. For parents to endure the grief and guilt of their child’s illness. To endure whatever trauma life gives you.

Now our ‘Normal’:

Battling the accessibility of businesses, inaccessible disabled car parks that have had no thought around their placement, disabled toilets that are locked or used as a storage lobby, public transport that is not accessible, governed limb centers on tight budgets and over loaded with patients exasperated by diabetic casualties, Carer Aids that are underpaid, unfit, and uneducated on a high-needs spectrum on the individuality of ORRS students, a Health and Safety law which confines parents of disabled children and entitles the removal of their mobility and free movement and speech.  – To name some of the hurdles. The strength and endurance it takes. On top of the 24/7 care of a high-needs child.

My job title of now without the university degree : Activist for Human Rights, physio, mobility designer, and gadget designs, prosthetist, skin and scar management, employer, wages clerk, fundraiser, public speaker (TV and articles), assisting with infrastructure for access, researcher, environmentalist, nutritionist, mentor, carer, organiser of equipment repairs, appointments and meetings.

Without these ongoing challenges, I would not be the strong confident person I am today. Charlottes resilience and spirit, has enabled me to endure all challenges in our journey. When you mine for gold, there’s a lot of hard work to find it. Similar to the strength and endurance you need to raise a quad amputee.

When the day flows, when Charlotte first swims, when she takes her first prosthetic leg steps,when she runs in blades, disabled surfing, skydiving, her incredible art, her happiness. That is my gold.

About the Author

Pam has gone through many struggles over the last 10 years. far more than other mums, this story is a way of her connecting with the world about how you can get there if you keep on pushing. You can find out more about charlotte her daughter at

Estella’s Brilliant Bus – Estella Pyfrom – USA

Estella’s Brilliant Bus – Estella Pyfrom – USA

My name is Estella Pyfrom. I am the CEO and Founder of Estella’s Brilliant Bus (not for profit organization). I am the second oldest of six daughters and one son. My father, Roy L. Mims, was a migrant worker, a crew leader and a camp manager for many years. As a kid my family and I traveled for nineteen (19) years, transporting migrant workers from Florida to New York, by driving trucks and buses to the camps. As a village kid, I was inspired to give back to my village (my community)

As an adult, I worked very hard in my community and was a dedicated wife and mother to my children and to many other children in my neighborhood circle.

After raising four children and teaching them how to stay out of trouble, my accomplishment that I am proudest of is the Creation and founding of Estella’s Brilliant Bus. … AWESOME because we are mobile and virtual and can learn anywhere in the world. We’re a learning center without walls… no boundaries. The learning center travels to communities where service is needed. We will make a difference…one child at a time and/or one family at a time.

I believe that by forming alliances with agencies in communities who have similar missions and who have been awarded grants, have grant funds to provide services can form partnerships to serve hard to reach individuals and all will benefit from the union. The learning center travels to communities where service is needed. Estella will continue to seek financial assistance and continue to collaborative community stakeholders provide resources to help improve the quality of life for children and families who are in need of our services. We will make a difference…one child at a time and/or one family at a time.

I am proud to say we have served more than 100,000 underserved children over the past four years and have not charged them any money.

During the first year after we started this Brilliant Bus Movement Business, my husband became of victims of a triage visit at a local hospital which landed him in ICU for two months that required me to be with him (in ICU) for 24 hours in order to help keep him alive. In spite of all of our assistance at the hospital, he survived 4 cases of CODE Blue and 26 pints of blood transfusion. Luckily he survived four times resuscitation. Thank God he is still here… well and alive. In August of 2013 both my husband and I were victims of an automobile accident, when a texting driver t-bowed us as we were driving out of our development. Yes, they ran the red light. As result of that accident, my husband was 98%paralyzes and had to have and emergency spinal surgery. As for me, I got away with only one broken hip, and injured knee and ankle and a battered face to the point that my children could not recognized me. But to God be the Glory, WE ARE BOTH ALIVE TODAY.

When I look back over her past and begin to think of what attributes to my success in life, all I could think of is the “no failure” options that was instilled in me as a child by my father. . My dad made all of us believe that if you could dream, … dream Big, and work hard to make your dreams become realities… Failure was not an option.

During the past four years we have been very celebrated for our hard work: PLEASE NOTE:

FEATURED: NBC News Network… Prime Time with Brian Williams and other associated networks
All Local TV and Radio Stations
Jet Magazine
5000 Points of Light–Ranked – 4998 around the world- Hosted by President and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House
CNN Hero- 2013– Top 10 around the world –Ordinary People doing extraordinary things around the world
Woman of Worth — Top 10 around the world–L’O Real of Paris
Who’s Who Global–Directory – dedication, hard work and for making a difference
ESSENCE Magazine – 2014
MV Magazine
Success Magazine
Her Life Magazine
O-Oprah Magazine -January -2015
O-Oprah Magazine- This I know for Sure —Special Column
Oprah-The Life You Want Tour- Toyota Standing Ovation- Florida VIP
Wells Fargo Community Award
Florida A & M Alumni Association -PBC-
Community Service- From Local to National
Legacy Award — by Dexter Bridgeman–Legacy Palm Beach Magazine
Living Legends Award- Human Symphony – National
Community Service Award – Alpha Kappa Alpha
Community Service Award – Alpha Kappa Alpha
Community Service Award – Alpha Phi Alpha
Community Service – Citizenship Awards – Zeta Phi Beta
Community Partners Award – Delta Lambda Chapter – Alpha Phi Alpha Chapter
Woman of Excellence – Delta Sigma Theta
Spirit Award–Delta Sigma Theta
NBA – Pro player Philanthropy Award
African American Achiever Award
National Education Award
Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award – Palm Beach State College-2014
Microsoft Youth Spark Award – Grant
Microsoft – National-Global – Super Bowl Commercial and Award
Office Depot Adopt-A-Teacher
Comcast-Comcast Community Service Award Grant
Dr. Oz Show
Woman of Excellence – Humanitarian Award
John Maxwell Leadership Award
Diamond Award for Community Service – National Coalition of 100 Black Women
Citizenship Award – Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
FEA -Martin Luther king Jr Award- Outstanding Leadership Award
Professional-Influential Business Professional
Most Powerful 25 Women- In Palm Beach County – Dexter Bridgeman
Dream Forward Award for courage, persistence and sacrifice while making dreams become a reality. Jason Hall
Dream forward Award for making a difference in the lives of many by Dr. Norma C. Pearson
Excellence and Generous Commitment to Student Award- Belle Glade, Elementary School.
The Shero Award by: Anne Harvey Missionary Society –Outstanding Service
The Steve Binko Award for Educational Innovation and Justice …The Scribe’s Institute
Cultured Pearls Award- Presenter by Alpha Kappa Alpha
Rainbow Push Philanthropic Foundation of the Year Award ‘Jessie Jackson
Legends. Trailblazers and Rising Stars Award for Community Service by Payne Chapel
Key to the City… Columbus Georgia. Honorable Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor- Columbus Georgia
Proclamation. Columbus Georgia. Honorable Teresa Pike Tomlinson,
ESTELLA PYFROM declaration –July 16, 2016
RESOLUTIONS: Representative Carolyn Hugley, District 136, Georgia House of Representatives…Outstanding Public Service
National Association for Professional Women
Continental Who’s Who Recipient of the Year -2016
We will continue to collaborate with partnering organization to grow our business around the world, making a difference in the lives of children who need us the most.
I have successfully completed and published my first book, The Legacy of A Humble Black Woman. I am most proud to say that if I can do this at age 80, so can you, soooooo…… what are you waiting on? Let’s get ROLLING.

For more information about Estella a Brilliant Bus Movement and how to donate to our nonprofit organization, you may visit:
Phone: 561-985-1889

A special thank you to all of our supporters who continue to support us for many years such as Microsoft and Office Depot.

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Push Past Your Limits – Pauleanna Reid – Canada

Push Past Your Limits – Pauleanna Reid – Canada

If you had told my teenaged self that I would be a mentor, motivational speaker, best-selling author and multi-business owner before the age of 30, I wouldn’t have believed you. The journey to becoming the woman I am now—a woman who goes after she wants and won’t take no for an answer—has been anything but easy.

My adolescence was marked by bullying, low self-esteem and unhappiness. I found solace in writing. I eventually realized it could be a career for me. But I was failing English and my teachers told me it would never happen. My parents push me to choose a “safe” career. I was surrounded by naysayers.

So I went to college for a program chosen by my parents. I was deeply unhappy with my life. I hated school, I hated my program, and I hated that I was only sticking through it because it was what other people expected for me. I fell into a deep depression, barely able to hold it together. On the day of my final exam—the only thing standing between me and graduation—I stood up, tore up my test paper, walked out of the exam room and never looked back.

It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done, but it was my moment of liberation. I sought help for my depression and found mentors who guided me in developing my career as a nationally-published journalist. By the age of 22, I had bylines in major news publications across Canada. I had established the same career my naysayers had told me I could never have.

A few years later, I fulfilled another dream of mine, penning my first novel, “Everything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother.” Writing my novel was really an act of catharsis for me. I saw it as an opportunity to address that emotional baggage I’d been carrying and begin my healing process. My book also helped me to start a real conversation with my mother and tell her the secrets I’d been holding in for years. But “Everything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother” was also for all the women who could understand where I’d been. I wanted to give them a story that would empower them as much as it empowered me.

That’s my ultimate goal in everything I do. I want to always be able to give others the opportunity to see beyond the limits of their circumstances. That’s why my proudest accomplishment to date is New Girl on the Block, a mentorship program for millennial women in transition. I started the mentorship program two years ago in collaboration with my business partner, Safia Bartholomew. Together, we’ve helped over 100 mentees in six countries take their distant dreams and turn them into noteworthy achievements.

It’s truly the greatest contribution I could make with my life. To be able to work directly with other young people and offer them the support and guidance to help them see that ‘impossible is nothing’ is the fuel that keeps me going every day. It’s what gets me out of bed at 4:30 every morning. It’s what allows me to own and operate three businesses and work a full-time job I love.

H.D. Thoreau once said, “If a person advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and lives life fully, then he will find success in unexpected hours.” I live by this. Regardless of the limitations I face or the naysayers that try to discourage me, I always keep pushing for what I want. It’s something that I encourage every woman to do; proceed without permission, push past your limits, and forget the haters.

About the Author

Pauleanna Reid is a Motivational Speaker, Millennial Mentor, Celebrity/CEO Ghostwriter and critically acclaimed Author of her fiction novel, “Everything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother”. Through a whirlwind of inspirational lectures, round table discussions and media appearances she positively influences, challenges and reconnects youth with their passions. Pauleanna uses incredible wit and candor to empower women and girls.

To contact Pauleanna

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Art of Attention – Elena Brower – USA

Art of Attention – Elena Brower – USA   

Before teaching yoga and meditation, as a textile designer, a clothing designer, living both in NYC and Italy, I fell in love with fashion and art. After six years of that seasonal, cyclical work, I longed for more connection in my days. After spending one year learning how to teach art to children, I found yoga and started to find myself. That was in 1998.

Since then, I’ve studied with many of the great teachers of our time, opened and closed a yoga studio, loved and lost, had a child, wrote Art of Attention (my first book), taught one of the largest yoga classes on record, started a business, and found my way to sobriety. The choice to be open about my journey  has granted me the honour of being in service to others, and now I’m informally “sponsoring” several women across the globe. That’s turned out to be the best part.

Their daily check-ins help me stay in my heart, and remember who I am. They think they’re getting the gift of the assist – but I’m receiving the best gift of all.

The practice of yoga and meditation is how I practice being human. I keep it simple, I make sure I move, sit and listen daily, and that’s helping me be a steady presence for my boy. Going to talks, shows, and exhibits keeps me creatively inspired. Learning to toss what’s no longer needed, both materially and existentially, are helping me keep things super organized and easy for myself. I plan ahead. I take my family on trips that make us happy, and keep us connected. These are all results of my years of yoga, all ways in which I make art of my attention… ritual, steadiness, inspiration, organization, simplicity, happiness. All signs of a good practice.

A few ways to practice making art of your attention: stay close to yourself, and do sweet things for yourself daily. Honour the past, and remember that collaboration is good medicine for the future. Meet new people, listen well, learn from everyone, be grateful, and don’t forget to meditate. Meditation refines your attention, and attention is what allows us to see ourselves, and see within ourselves, in order to elegantly approach anything, everything.

*Excerpted from Amanda Kriebel’s Spotlight Interview with Elena Brower for Our Body Book by Cameron Diaz.

About the Author

Mama, teacher, speaker, and co-author of Art of Attention, Elena has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1999.  After graduating from Cornell University in 1992 with a design degree, she worked as a textile and apparel designer for 6 years, and has been studying with master yoga teachers since 1997. Elena offers yoga and meditation as a way to approach our world with realistic reverence and gratitude. Her classes are a masterful, candid blend of artful alignment and attention cues for your body, mind and heart.

From the Museum of Modern Art to the Great Lawn at Central Park, from the Old Port of Montreal to the Eiffel Tower, Elena is honoured to offer larger-scale experiences of yoga and meditation, but her true service is in shifting awareness within the smallest interactions; one family, one household at a time. Elena’s two audio meditation courses, 4-week Art of Attention and 7-day Cultivating Spiritual Intelligence, are beloved globally for creating consistent, accessible practice.

Currently Elena teaches weekly and monthly classes in New York City, as well as retreats and trainings worldwide. She is also the founder of Teach. Yoga, a global hub of content and inspiration created by the teachers, for the teachers.

Elena will be coming soon to Wanderlust NZ as well as Sydney, Byron Bay and Brisbane. Check her Calendar for details and to save your space.

As a gift to our readers, Elena is offering a discount to her “Art of Attention” Course. This approachable, accessible, innovative course gently guides you into your own meditation practice, a practice that will encourage you to release stress, sharpen your mental focus, and hold a more tranquil, healing perspective. Your practice will help you navigate the challenges of your life with more fluidity and fluency. Click on this link to start this audio meditation course at a special discount.

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On Fire for Healthy Eating: From Passion to Mission – Dina Del Rosario Josue – Philippines


On Fire for Healthy Eating: From Passion to Mission – Dina Del Rosario Josue – Philippines

As a girl whose name was taken from the scientific name of a fire tree “delonix regia,” I know I am unique; of course, who would else be named after a fire tree? I am the only known Chef Dietitian in our city, Puerto Princesa, in the Philippines.

Actually, there’s really not a “worst moment” in my life story. My parents brought me up to be God-fearing, carefree and I am loved by everybody since I am the youngest. Loved by everybody may mean I am more dependent on my parents than any of my
siblings. I can say that I had trouble deciding on my own. That is why in college, my mom suggested or should I say decided for me to take up BS Nutrition. I have always wanted to be a chef but growing up in a family of academically inclined individuals,
I guess I should finish a university degree first before pursuing my passion. There was no regrets, really. I believed that for one to grow maturely, he has to decide on his own. Four and a half years in college plus a licensure exam in dietetics is not a walk in the park. I remember those days when I just wanted to quit school and be a cook. That’s what I really wanted to do in the first place. Good thing I followed mom’s advice. That road I took was actually a good investment in my career. Being the only chef dietitian in my town was an advantage. I am only seeing now the product of my hard work throughout the years.

Flashback in 2009, I made my own decision to study culinary arts. That was the most exciting year because finally, I can live my passion. My family behind me to support is really important and encouraging. However, to graduate from a culinary school doesn’t make you a chef. You have to take the lowest role in the kitchen brigade when you start working in a real kitchen setting. I had an opportunity to train in the US and work in Dubai. Those times when reality strikes, I was having a hard time because I felt like I didn’t belong. I remember asking myself, “What am I doing? I am here hiding in pots and pans when I know I can do more to life!” I really thought I was going to be stuck. Doing a 12-hr shift everyday even took a toll on my health. I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and I felt devastated. This kind of lifestyle is slowly killing me! I should really start being healthy! Then I realized, every decision you make in life molds you into better version of you. I decided to pick myself up and use what I learned about health and proper nutrition & culinary arts. One secret to what I have right now is staying focused on my goals and strive to be better but also grounded everyday; then, everything follows.

In 2014, my husband, Chef Michael Custodio, invited me to go home to the Philippines from Dubai and suggested to start a Thai Food Restaurant “Inthai”. It was an old brand which I started back in culinary days but then halted for a while because of
my training in the US. It was actually a re-branding. Inthai is a modern Thai food restaurant here in Palawan, Philippines. It was featured in local TV as a healthy food restaurant. Having the right staff, kitchen and experience, we decided to put up
a healthy food delivery as well in which personalized and calculated diets are delivered at the client’s doorstep. It is the first in the city so we have the edge. We help people lose weight in a healthy way and some clients with medical condition, and all of them have benefitted from our program. We are counseling them on healthy lifestyle and making healthy food choices. I wouldn’t ask for more since I’m doing the things I love the most: cooking and proper nutrition. Next year, we will start a deal to provide post workout meals to clients of a famous crossfit gym in our city and we are all excited for this new opportunity that is also another way of fulfilling my passion! I can finally see the fruits of my labor. Everything was like planned out for me to get here and in God’s perfect time!

Currently, my husband and I am all occupied with our businesses and with our handful 15- month old son, Matthew, who I still exclusively breastfeed up until now. I guess, turning into healthy living at the same time living my passion will not only
benefit me but also the people around me. As my name implies, this woman right here is “on fire” to be an advocate of good health and proper nutrition. Juggling the business, being a wife and a full time mom is not easy but I am grateful to God because I am blessed!

Chef Dina Regia del Rosario Josue, RND

About the Author

Chef Dina Josue is a Certified Chef and a Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian. She always has the eye for details. She has an exceptional background in food management and service. A graduate of BS Nutrition in the University of the Philippines with professional license in Nutrition-Dietetics, Chef Dina is well versed when it comes to food research and development and culinary arts. She had training alongside with Chef MC at the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, USA and worked with international chefs at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai.

Chef Dina also chases after her 15-month old son, Matthew Dylan and takes care of her husband Chef Michael when she isn’t preparing amazing food and calculating diets. An advocate of healthy eating and breastfeeding, Chef Dina always makes sure she walks her talk!

To contact Chef Dina:

Website: Inthai2Go
Facebook: Inthai2Go, Chef MD Diet Rx 

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Game Changer – Kate Maree O’Brien – New Zealand


Game Changer – Kate Maree O’Brien –  New Zealand

“A personality is heavy to carry when you’re not standing in the truth of your soul.”

Kate O’Brien is a visionary, and global voice for bold leadership, playing it big & living from truth. She is a powerful stand for what’s possible for humanity. Kate holds a strong space which calls people to move beyond their conditioned reality & patterns of smallness, stuckness & limitation; to deeply own their truth & expand into their fullest potential.

After coming through tremendous challenges (including drug addiction, anorexia & depression), Kate became a recognized national leader in her field as a registered nurse, speaking at international health conferences, being nominated for a special regional health award for her national work in training doctors & nurses throughout New Zealand as powerful change agents & was a finalist for the New Zealand Emerging Speaker of the Year in 2013. She received high accolades for her work as a national project manager with her work being featured at national conferences.

Despite a thriving career, Kate let it all go to pursue her life calling of empowering billions globally to wake up and deeply own their power.

Alongside her husband Henare, she co-founded the GameChanger Global Summit, an annual event connecting the top thought leaders of our generation. On her stage, she attracts luminary greats such as Jack Canfield, John Gray, Brendon Burchard, Marci Shimoff, Dr John Demartini, T Harv Eker, Gregg Braden, Brandon Bays, Sonia Choquette, Eben Pagan and many, many more.

To contact Kate:


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Be The Best You Can Be-Inspirational Womens stories

Be The Best You Can Be – Cassandra Austin – Australia

Be The Best You Can Be-Inspirational Womens stories

Be The Best You Can Be – Cassandra Austin – Australia

After leaving school at age 15 years, I began an apprenticeship as a chef. This was significant because, at that time, I was the only girl in my class at the technical college course and it was rare to have a woman working in a restaurant kitchen. In fact, during a work experience period, with a chef, he explained to me that he didn’t employ woman to work in his kitchen. However, I had a passion for working with “food” so I persevered and waited, until he gave me my chance. Despite these common beliefs, I worked my way through all the negativity and became dogmatic, through work, to achieve my goals. In time, my “dreams” were realised and I had my own restaurant and I became successful and respected in the hospitality industry.

Even though I had proven to the world that a woman could be a respected, and successful, restaurateur I started to notice that, firstly my body was reacting to the extremely, long hours of work. As well, I became, psychologically, exhausted because of the cumulative anxiety that I experienced worrying about maintaining my success. In retrospect, it was clear that I had no balance in my life but only obsessed with working harder. Consequently, I required medical intervention meaning prescribed medication, and counselling, to combat the anxiety/depression as well as the inability to control my weight. After some six months, I felt worse because I lost the energy I needed which meant a reliance on medications I had to maintain the work and, hence, the continuing success of my business. After some time, I began to reflect on my life, work and general health when I had an epiphany that would change me forever.

Successful people in life achieve their goals through hard work or by working smarter. I began to analyse myself and realised that I had proven myself, worked ridiculous hours but at the cost of my health. Proving myself to the world may have been achieved had I not “pushed” my body to exhaustion and ill health but, simply, may have taken a longer time. It was at this time in my life that I made the decision to change, be more proactive, and take more care of my physical, and psychological self religiously, I would eat a varied, healthy diet and began exercising by walking regularly, rejecting cigarettes in favour of attending to the needs of my body and my mind. From then I noticed that weekly changes in my life such as that I became fitter, stronger and calmer, more controlled, in my mind. Also I felt happier as I completely, changed my life but still managed the restaurant, taught commercial cookery at college level and judging culinary competitions. I recall people telling me I looked 10 years younger and I felt it.

As well as continuing my increasing responsibilities, I began doing charity work with the Australian Culinary Federation which I enjoyed and felt fulfilled, then I met my husband “also a chef” who purchased my restaurant so we could spend more time together. In recent times I have finished 8 years as part of the World Association of Chef’s Societies’, doing charity work as a committee member and regional representative of the Woman’s Leadership forum. As well I have been involved in contract consulting, recipes development, testing and costing together with the production of cook books and videos for my professional Industry, working and travelling the world with work and my husband.

Throughout my journey with food and a healthy lifestyle, I believe I have found strategies in developing better health and to reverse the deleterious effects of poor diet. By studying diet and nutrition, food psychology and wellness coaching, I have developed programs online or personalised, that include some 10 workshops to empower woman to learn practical, effective and evidence based skills to enhance your lifestyle. My commitment, and focus, has been to improve people’s lives by adopting the moto “Be the best you can be”.

About The Author

Cassandra joined the food service industry as a 15 year old, Women in the commercial kitchen were an anomaly 25 years later, she is an accomplished Chef, Consultant, Recipe developer, Culinary Judge, Women in the World association of chefs Societies Committee Member and Representative for the Pacific Rim Certified  Food and Wellness Coach. With qualifications as a Commercial chef, Restaurateur and Teacher, she has now branched into Diet, Nutrition and Food Psychology, her niche in the market is supporting people, mostly Woman who want more from a healthy diet, eating, physical and mental concerns in a personalised and private forum.

Success came at a cost to her mental and physical health and after years of ignoring it. Through food and a healthy lifestyle, she has found many ways to reverse the damage and have a wealth of skills to help you cook yourself to better health.
She has committed to improving peoples life styles, networking and career opportunities for females struggling with health and general wellness “To be the best that you can be”.

 “Cass is living proof that you don’t have to be one of the boys in attire and attitude to succeed in the culinary world. Whatever she sets out to do, she gets done.”

Inspiring Story | Cassandra Austin | Australia

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More time, more freedom and more money – Sharon Jurd – Australia

More time, more freedom and more money – Sharon Jurd – Australia

At 29, I believed I was doing just fine like everyone else. I was happily married and I was blessed with 2 amazing kids. But life, as we know it, is full of surprises and mine came quite unexpectedly.

On June 30, 2000 I woke up with a massive headache. I shrugged it off and downed a painkiller to kill the pain. I didn’t think about it much since I had been experiencing headaches on and off for a while and taking painkillers always made me feel better. It was a typical day just like all the other days before it but I was wrong.

My husband who worked as an interstate truck driver at that time was at home so I asked him to look after the kids while I did some grocery shopping. While at the grocery store my head started to throb again and my vision blurred. It got so bad that I had to stop what I was doing and I drove back home.

While driving I had to stop the car twice and waited patiently for my vision to clear before I resumed driving. Even though it kind of bothered me I thought nothing of it like I always do since migraines randomly happen to busy people like me. I arrived home safely and went to bed with a wet washer on my forehead.

Later on, I visited my parent’s house but as soon as I got inside I felt I needed to lie down. After a couple of minutes I got up to tell my father I was feeling ill, when all of a sudden I collapsed on the floor. On that day, I suffered my very first stroke.

You see, I am the type of person who liked being in control and I think my security stems from me being able to control the things around me from my home to my business. When I suffered a stroke my life crumbled before my eyes. Communication was difficult and so was mobility. This meant I had to rely on others around me.

It was during these times when I realized that no one in my family actually knew my normal routine, not even my husband. Although they had vague ideas about what I did they didn’t really know the full details. I had structured my life around me and I was responsible for its success both in my life and in my business.

Little did I realise if I’m not there everything else would fail because not a single soul knew how I ran things. And what made it all the more difficult was the fact that I had to run a business while at the same time look after our kids. My stroke was definitely something I failed to prepare for.

As my strength and speech improved during recovery I started incorporating strategies in both my personal life and my business. Through the use of simple systems I was able to successfully gain control despite my physical absence. My goal was for my family and my business to grow and thrive during trying times.

The reason I am sharing my story is to show people that despite what you may go through, if you persevere and not give up on your dreams, everything will fall into place. I designed my business so that it can stand the test of time even without me being there and now I teach people all over the world how to do just that. Every business is vulnerable at some stage and I am living testimony proving that if you do it right (incorporating effective strategies) your business will surely grow fast so you can have more time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. My vision for every entrepreneur is to have more time, more money and more life.

About the Author

Sharon Jurd is a fast business growth specialist, and an international author and speaker. Looking after business owners through a number of formats including one on one coaching, seminars, consulting, staff training and group brain storming.

Inspiring Story | Sharon Jurd | Australia

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Banish the Bitch and Bring Out the Babe – Lisa B. – Australia

Banish the Bitch and Bring Out the Babe -Empowered Womens stories

Banish the Bitch, Bring Out the Babe – Lisa B. – Australia

Lisa B. is a speaker, trainer, coach and serial entrepreneur who has owned numerous businesses since 1995. She experienced two marriages and started a family along the way. Her busy life allows her to truly understand the pressures that today’s world places on women and their relationships, both at home and in their day­ to ­day lives.

Lisa has owned 3 real estate offices in her 20 something years in real estate and whilst managing her real estate business, at the same time, she studied Psychology at University for two years before becoming an accredited life coach and a qualified NLP Master Practitioner. She also studied intensely for a number of years with Tony Robbins, completing his Mastery University several times as well as becoming a member of his exclusive ‘Platinum Partners’ group.

Lisa understands just how difficult it can be to be a confident woman in this world. After all we are always being judged. We even judge ourselves way too much for goodness sake!

Lisa has had the pleasure of coaching many women all over the world in masculine and feminine energy, in business and in life. In the world of self­development, Lisa specialises in integrating masculine and feminine energy to create the perfect foundation for loving, fulfilling relationships.

Lisa’s book Banish The Bitch And Bring Out The Babe is about empowering women. The book has many take home messages that all relate to women. Firstly as the cover states, it’s about how to attract a man if you are looking to find Mr Right and how to choose the right man for you. But it’s also about so much more that that. It’s about masculine and feminine energy, in other words it’s about ‘our power’ and ‘our softness’. It’s about how to step up and feel strong when you may feel you don’t even know how. It’s about how to let down the barriers when you are caught up in your power and your strength. It’s about self love. It’s about being happy in you first and foremost.

Lisa believes that the universe has a great way of conspiring for our success. In life we can be presented with opportunities and we either find them and take them to the next level or we can turn them down.

One recent example of how the universe takes us places. At the time of writing this article, there are musicians recording the theme song to Banish The Bitch. It’s called Love is life. The song originated when Lisa sent her friend a copy of her book. Her friend a couple of days later, sent back a poem she wrote about self­love. Lisa loved the poem so much, she asked her friend if she could make her poem into a video. Her friends partner who is a musician then put it into a song. They are now going to put the song on iTunes.  Proceeds go to a charity that they both believe in. Banish The Bitch and Bring Out The Babe’s official charity will relate to self confidence and empowering women.

About the Author

Lisa is an established writer and an international best-selling author of the book “Banish the Bitch and Bring Out the Babe”,  her books include Secret Agents – How the top real estate agents list more, sell more and dominate the market – she was featured in the book Real Estate Millionaire and she also has her own published columns in a number of magazines.

Lisa lives on the Gold Coast in beautiful Queensland, Australia.

To listen to Lisa B’s podcast, click play here:

Inspiring Story | Lisa B. | Australia

If you are interested in masculine and feminine energy, tune into Lisa’s podcast at her website listed below.
To contact Lisa:
PO Box 200
Runaway Bay QLD 4216
Phone 0412 210 558


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