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‘Real Women’ Interview #4 with Grace & Georgie Gorman from Holistic Sister!

We are at our fourth “Real World” Women interview series, and I am SUPER excited to introduce you to Melbourne based, dynamic sister duo Grace and Georgie Gorman! Grace and Georgie are co-owners of Holistic Sister, a Melbourne based fitness and wellness hub inspired by women, for women. Combining carefully designed small group classes, nutritional support and education, the Holistic Sister vision is to provide a ‘stage’ for all women to be their best. With an already insane schedule both ladies still find time to explore all that life has to offer and I can’t wait for you to hear about their lessons and learnings below!

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Ladies, we are so excited to hear your stories – to get us started, in a couple of sentences can you please give us a bit of a bio of who you are, what you do and what lights you up?

Grace – I’m a Brand General Manager of ladies Fashion Brand Elka Collective, a shopping enthusiast with a love & appreciation for how products are designed, made & make people feel. I love beautiful quality products that are made with love and care. I’m a denim addict, intrigued by human psychology, a people watcher and Holistic Sister Part-Owner. I am a keen student to all thing’s health and fitness, but above all, I’m Mum to my beautiful little boy Oscar.

Georgie – I’m a Holistic Strength Coach, nutritional medicine student, food enthusiast, dog lover and secret introvert.  I am also the other half of Holistic Sister!

I am fascinated by the human body, it’s innate knowledge and wisdom to heal itself, and its reaction to external & internal stimuli. With this, I love helping others recognise that the answers to their health questions are pretty close by, and very rarely come from fancy packaged miracle cures.

Georgie, what is the biggest personal risk you have taken and how did you arrive at the decision to take the leap?

Investing EVERYTHING (incl. my entire being) into opening Holistic Sister. Opening a business was way outside my comfort zone, and would not have been possible without Grace’s (business experienced) nonchalant ‘can do’ attitude.

It’s been the most wonderful learning experience of my life.

 

With so much going on in your lives, how do you both stay motivated and how do you work out what you want to achieve in your life?

Grace – My surroundings keep me motivated. My family, work colleagues, Georgie, a general love for this amazing life we have and a love of getting shit done. I get an unhealthy satisfaction from ticking off lists. I don’t (anymore) have large “I want to be blah blah blah” goals – continued learning & experiences will take me to where I am meant to be. My biggest goal right now, is my 1-year old baby boy and providing him with the best opportunity to be his best in the future.

 

Georgie – Staying motivated is the easy part when you’re living your passion day in day out. Especially when your surrounded by beautiful strong women at 6am every morning to remind you how lucky you are to live this life. The hardest part right now is finding the time to fulfil all the things I’d like to achieve, for myself and the business. I’d buy time if I could.

 

Grace, as well as being part-owner of Holistic Sister, you are also the Brand General Manager for women’s fashion label, Elka Collective AND recently became a mumma to a beautiful baby boy  – how the hell do you juggle it all?

Grace – Sometimes I really don’t know – the juggle is real! But, that’s life. For me (& I am sure many other Mum’s) it’s in the prior planning and organisation that keeps me sane. Being resilient to change and adaptable when things don’t go to plan also helps avoid mental breakdowns. At the end of the day you just do what you can do.

 

When we talk about success, it often means different things to different people depending on what is most important to them – In one sentence, how would you both describe your own unique definition of success?

Georgie – For me; success is waking up happy to go to work, accepting responsibility for each challenge as my own, and seeing them as potential opportunities for growth.

And comfortably being able to buy avocados.. all of the avocados.

Grace – For me personally, success is feeling happy and content with work, home and within myself. When I take care of myself, replenishing with the right foods, physically feeling strong and fit, and taking care of my mental health too, I’ve always found that the path for achievement / success opens up naturally. I’m a firm believer in hard work pays off, I know no better.

 

You are both successful business women who have had amazing journeys so far. You must have times where you experience Imposter Syndrome, or the feeling of overthinking, second guessing yourself, etc. How do you deal with this and what advice would you have for other women who doubt themselves?

Georgie – Every damn day! Imposter Syndrome is the worst. And is debilitating to your growth, in all aspects of life.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) modern society leads us to believe that everyone else is an expert, and has their sh*t together. The truth is, most successful people don’t know what the f*ck their doing, but are willing to let their ego subside, and have a crack at what they believe in anyway. Trust your intuition; learn to listen and act on your gut (not your head), it’s often the wiser of the two.  And if you’re far removed from your own self-awareness. Learn to meditate. Then…push your own boundaries. Nothing happens inside your comfort zone.

 

Grace – I am often overthinking or self-doubting, but I’ve learnt over time that those voices are just trying to protect you from the potential “danger” of failing. Once you thank them for the advice and let it go, just have a crack…  trust and back yourself, and at the end of the day reflect on what is the worst worst worst that is really going to happen if you do make a mistake – probably not much you won’t be able to navigate through.

 

Grace, as you know, the Eating your cake too methodology talks a lot about getting the fuck out of your own head and your own way. Can you tell us about a time where YOU were the one getting in your own way, how did you realise it and what did you do about it?

Grace:  Haha, there are probably quite a few I could talk about, but in the early days of my career I was very protective (preferred doing everything myself), which in turn meant I was putting far too much pressure on myself and burning the candles at both ends. One of my biggest learnings was to trust people. Accept and understand that people are always trying to do their best.  Include others on the journey with you, including all stakeholders, up, down and sideways. They’ll be more inclined to want to work with you and the results are ALWAYS better with a team. Plus, it’s much more fun working with others, I love seeing others flourish.

 

 

Georgie, what would you say has been your biggest lesson learnt through the start-up of Holistic Sister?

Geez, where do I start? I’ve learnt more in the last 2-3 years than the previous 28.

I’ll leave it at this; ‘The Obstacle is the way’ – Ryan Holiday

 

Grace, what advice do you have for women who wonder if they can manage the mumma juggle, or feel like they have to make a choice between a career and motherhood?

Do what makes you happy. Whether that be being home full-time, working fulltime, part-time, do what makes you happy as that will rub off on the rest of your life.

I feel very fortunate to work in a very flexible and fair working environment that 110% walks the walk and talks the talk when it comes to supporting working mothers. This is key to my happy working and home environment. You can definitely do both if you want to, it certainly doesn’t come without challenges and sacrifices, but I stand by anything is possible if you want it.

 

Georgie, what do you think often prevents women from asking for what they want, and what advice do you have for the EYCT community to help them build confidence?

The ego. We are so caught up in our own heads, and forever wanting to keep up appearances that we limit our potential from fear of failure, looking silly, and/or the feeling of not being worthy.

Failing or looking silly might happen at some stage, and that’s ok. That’s normal. You just need to remember, no one else actually gives a f*ck, so don’t believe that society see’s your failures the same way you do.

The hard stuff is the best stuff. That’s where you learn, and become the master of your craft.

Lastly…The world around you will keep on spinning, so don’t get left behind dwelling in self-doubt.

 

Thank you so much ladies for your taking the time to share your stories with out community!

If you have any other questions you would like to ask Grace, Georgie or myself, please flick me through an email at youcan@eatingyourcaketoo.com

If this interview has prompted you to want to start focusing more on YOU, your goals or your career aspirations, then perhaps it is time to book a free coaching consult with me – check it out HERE.

 

Much Love,

Keen advocate for helping you get the f*ck out of your own way! 
youcan@eatingyourcaketoo.com
www.eatingyourcaketoo.com.au
www.claireseeber.com.au

Author

Claire Seeber is a self-proclaimed travel addict, mini-sausage dog mumma, avid blogger, a lover of a good glass of pinot noir and believes a solid belly laugh should be part of your every day.

She is also a professional coach, speaker and People and Culture consultant. Claire started her business in 2017 whilst working full time as General Manager of HR for a large retail business. What she loves the most about the work she does is being able to work with passionate, motivated and courageous people who genuinely want to reach their full potential and are ready to put the hard yards in to get there.

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‘Real Women’ Interview Series #3 with Kirstin Dunn!!

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As our third woman to share her story with us as part of the “Real World” women interview series, Kirstin Dunn is a superwoman! A mother of 3 beautiful children, she also runs her own Property Group, Semple Property Group which she built from the ground up in 2013. Kirstin also has recently been nominated for multiple awards as part of the 2019 AusMumpreneur Awards including; a Customer Service Award and  a Leadership Award. Kirstin is a beautiful soul who keeps it real – that was made very true last year when Kirstin was featured on most major news channels and newspapers in WA after giving birth to her third child, Harlow on the side of the Kwinana Freeway after her contractions increased rapidly over a short space of time. 

 

Keep reading below to hear Kirstin’s real world women story! 

 

Kirstin, can you please give us a bit of a bio of who you are and what you do?

First and foremost, I’m the mother of three beautiful children; Hudson (6) Peyton (4) and Harlow (1). I’m also the licensee and director of Semple Property Group a medium sized residential agency in Perth, WA. We opened in April 2013, just mum and I around her dining room table and today we are a team of 13 with an annual income of $1.24 million and growing. We went from a home business to owning 210sqm premises in Cockburn Central.

 

Kirstn Dunnn at Semple Property Group

 

What is the biggest personal risk you have taken and how did you arrive at the decision to take the leap? 

I have always been in real estate, but my biggest leap of faith was leaving my previous job of over nine years with Tully First National. I earnt great money, I loved my boss, I loved the team I managed, and I had a lot of job satisfaction. However, I had hit a ceiling where I had advanced as far as I could with that business. I also knew my future would include children, something I did not want to have to put second to a job where I answered to someone else. I had a choice to come back from maternity leave to my well paid, comfortable job, or take a leap into business ownership and grow a company from nothing. I chose the latter and it has paid off.

 

You have already lived such an exciting and inspirational life – how do you stay motivated and how do you work out what you want to achieve in your life?

Goal setting. I set myself personal, business and family goals. Something that my business coach Claire reminded me the importance of when we got working on reinvigorating my passion and drive. After four years in business I found I had somewhat stalled and stopped professional growth and therefore business growth. Setting goals, both large and small really keeps my eye on the prize! Goal setting motivates me to put in the extra 1% and it is something I also really enjoy pushing my staff to do. Daily I enjoy listening to business / personal growth podcasts and reading books. I also attend real estate and professional training whenever something interesting becomes available – at least once a month. I have also surrounded myself with an inspiring group of highly successful and ambitious women.

I think that success breeds success, ambition breeds ambition. Seeing my friends succeed in their careers makes me immensely proud, but also reflect on my own career and business and ask myself what else can I be doing. What habits can I take from this person to be more efficient or help improve my work life balance.

 

You are also a mumma to 3 beautiful children – how do you juggle it all?

Organisation – I have taken a lot from other mothers in my circle to try to manage the load of three small children. Small things like meal prepping on a Sunday, making school lunches the night before to lessen the morning chaos, doing one ENTIRE load of washing per day, no matter how small. I follow accounts like @theorganisedhousewife for tips and tricks from someone who has done it before and has parenting three kids plus running a business down to a fine art!

Delegate – my kids do a lot for themselves… My six-year-old can sort his morning routine out himself, he cleans his room, does his reader and sight words and generally kills it at life. My four-year-old isn’t as self-sufficient and her room is a tip, but she’s getting there. My husband is also aware of his tasks every single day and night. I’m not saying we work perfectly – but I think we’re a pretty well-oiled machine.

HIRE A MOTHER EFFING CLEANER. ….. Doesn’t have to be a cleaner, but basically my advice is to outsource the job you hate the most. We have one three hours fortnightly. The rest we maintain with 30 minutes a day.

Don’t be a martyr. . . if you need help ASK directly for it. From anyone in your life. Whenever I’m feeling over whelmed I will take five minutes and ask someone for help. I can’t recall a time I’ve been told no.

 

 

How would you define success for the life of Kirstin Dunn?

Success is having a successful business and earning an income that allows my family and I to have the financial freedom to travel. I would really love to be recognised as an industry leader amongst my peers. Long term I would love my business to be a real contender in the Real Estate market in Western Australia. I would love to be a household name – much like the Harcourts or LJ Hookers.

 

You run a successful business, Semple Property Group – you must have times where you experience Imposter Syndrome, or the feeling of overthinking, second guessing yourself, etc. How do you deal with this and what advice would you have for other women who doubt themselves?

Being a young female (I was 25 when I started my business) in a very male dominated industry I have often felt like I was being overlooked / under estimated or passed by. But I think that I’ve always had a real belief in myself and my ability. I know ALOT about my industry. I have a lot of knowledge. Sometimes in a ‘negotiation’ situation I feel like I am extremely different to the standard real estate agent, I don’t use the standard ‘scripts and dialogs.’ But I now see that this works in my favour. People often comment that I come across as more genuine and sincere in my approach.

I have had male competitors make negative comments to clients about me “not being available after school pick up” but I just ignore the criticism. I believe when I go into a listing appointment, I will be the best person for that role. Soulla (my incredible mother and business partner) stepping away from the business was also a massive call to action for me. I was no longer able to rely on anyone else other than myself. I was no longer able to refer back to her for the jobs I would otherwise put in the too hard basket.

 

The Eating your cake too methodology talks a lot about getting the fuck out of your own head and your own way. Can you tell us about a time where YOU were the one getting in your own way, how did you realise it and what did you do about it?

When we moved into our beautiful new office I stopped growing. I stopped advancing and I rested on my laurels. I was putting in minimum effort and became complacent with the lack of results. I think I woke up one day and realised that I was the only one in control of my results and my growth. This is when I decided to re-evaluate my goals, re-organise my weekly schedule and start working one on one with a coach.

 

What would you say has been your biggest lesson learnt over your professional journey?

Think. Plan. Discuss.  And THEN execute. I have wasted a lot of money and time working on the fly and learning things the hard way.  The financial / taxation / business management side of my business has 100% been the biggest stressor for me and six years in I am only now completely on the right page.

 

 

What advice do you have for women who wonder if they can manage the mumma juggle, or feel like they have to make a choice between a career and motherhood?

Being a mother AND having a successful career is the most rewarding thing I have ever done and could ever imagine doing. I think that you CAN have a great work life and be a kick ass mum but you need a great support system of family or friends, the ability to be your own boss OR an understanding boss who realises that a highly functioning mum CAN DO a full time role within the parameters of part time hours and a career that you are passionate about. I am a big fan of a side hustle that has the potential to turn into a full time career.

Nothing makes me happier than hearing or reading about a woman who is able to quit her mundane 9-5 because her passion project is earning her enough money to become her full-time role.

I would also highly recommend talking to as many women who are doing what you’re wanting to do as possible. I have been fortunate enough to surround myself with women who are trailblazers in the Real Estate industry, their advice and support has been invaluable to me.

 

What do you think often prevents women from asking for what they want, and what advice do you have for the EYCT community to help them build confidence?

I am a massive believer in “fake it until you make it”. I ALWAYS said YES to my previous boss, then I would go away and learn how to do what she wanted. I made myself irreplaceable. I did all of the little jobs, without being asked. I was the first to arrive and the last to leave. I answered every phone call and email, even if it was just to say, “I understand what you need and I will get it to you by xyz”. I really started in Real Estate with the lowest skill set and experience in my office.

I was an 18-year-old university drop out with only waitress experience. I quickly went from Receptionist to Personal Assistant to Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Director. I think it was a perfect mixture of great work ethic and a positive can-do attitude. I can’t recall a single time I said no… it taught me so much. I literally had a time where I did EVERYONE’S role in the office. From trust accounting to settlements but it has served me so well for where I am now.

 

What is a quote that you live by?

If the plan doesn’t work change the plan, but never the GOAL!

 

Thank you so much Kirstin for sharing your journey with us – you are an absolute inspiration! 

 

If you’ve found yourself stuck in your own way – NOW is the time to get out of it. I can help you. Just ask me how. All you need to do is click here and take the first step.

Much Love,

Keen advocate for helping you get the f*ck out of your own way! 
youcan@eatingyourcaketoo.com
www.eatingyourcaketoo.com.au
www.claireseeber.com.au

Author

Claire Seeber is a self-proclaimed travel addict, mini-sausage dog mumma, avid blogger, a lover of a good glass of pinot noir and believes a solid belly laugh should be part of your every day.

She is also a professional coach, speaker and People and Culture consultant. Claire started her business in 2017 whilst working full time as General Manager of HR for a large retail business. What she loves the most about the work she does is being able to work with passionate, motivated and courageous people who genuinely want to reach their full potential and are ready to put the hard yards in to get there.

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‘Real Women’ Interview Series #2 with Kylie Falconer!

Welcome to our second “Real World” Women interview series with the AMAZING Kylie Falconer! Kylie is another powerhouse woman who is not afraid to put herself out of her comfort zone, push the boundaries for her dreams and is most definitely NOT afraid of hard work! After recently relocating back to Perth after living in Melbourne for a few years, Kylie has started her own KX Pilates studio in Booragoon (get onto it Perth peeps!).

Kylie is a Lululemon ambassador and has also recently co-founded Lacuna Wild @lacunawild a business that creates roaming retreats with a difference!

I am so excited for you all to hear from Kylie and the stories and lessons she is sharing about her journey, and also for the vulnerability and courage that she has shared in her interview – you are an inspiration! Check it out below!

Also, for our Perth based peeps – if you check us out on Instagram, you could go into the draw for a FREE 12 class monthly pack of KX Pilates Booragoon sessions valued at $216 – all you have to do is follow @eatingyourcaketoo , @Lacunawild and @falconfitness108 on Instagram and tag 2 friends in the Instagram post about this article on the @eatingyourcaketoo Instagram page. 

Kylie – Can you please give us a bit of a bio of who you are and what you do? 

KF:  No problems! My favourite modalities to teach are yoga, reformer Pilates and pranayama.  I studied psychology and health science at university and wanted to create my own way of using this knowledge to help people. In my day to day, I create a positive environment for my community to better understand their body which allows them to heal themselves through movement and mindfulness. I believe the body is intuitively able and with the right support we can nurture a strong, supple and capable Self.

 

What is the biggest personal risk you have taken and how did you arrive at the decision to take the leap?

KF: To date, my biggest personal risk was opening my KX Booragoon pilates studio. I broke up with a loving boyfriend, moved 3500km across the country, put myself under huge financial pressure and opened a business (with very little business acumen) because I believed in the power of movement after noticing its effect on my own mental health. I decided to take a chance on myself in the hope it would allow others to take a chance on themselves.

 

What an amazing story! How do you continue to stay motivated and how do you work out what you want to achieve in your life?

KF: I’m definitely not always motivated. I have lived with depression and anxiety for 15 years which has taught me to take every day as it comes. Some days I live in shadow and other days I spread light. For the past ten years I have explored the world, my own mentality and worked on my spiritual practice. It was more a day by day, fly by the seat of my pants kind of existence. I knew I wanted to help people but didn’t think I could help anyone as I often could not help myself. It has only been in the last few years that I started to sit down and write out my goals. My life has always been full of adventure and bold moves but until I created an opportunity to throw myself in to a business, I honestly didn’t believe I could, but saying YES and “figuring it out later”. That’s my motto now. You have to find something bigger than yourself that you believe in, then just run with it. See what happens when you give 110%.

 

What does “success” mean to you? What is your definition of it for the life of Kylie Falconer?

KF: For me, success is finding balance between looking after your health, being kind and caring towards others, showing up to work with 110%, being debt free, laughing every day and being able to share meals with loved ones (making time for them!).  I’m working very hard on that balance thing, I’m not there yet.

Have you ever experienced Imposter Syndrome or a time where have felt like you weren’t good enough, smart enough, experienced enough etc? How did you deal with this? What advice would you have for other women who struggle with self-doubt and low confidence?

KF: OMG, every day!!!! I spend a lot of time meditating, journaling, reading and surrounding myself with people I admire. I try my best. I feel into my sadness and self-doubt, then figure out the next best step to overcoming the issue getting me down. Don Miguel Ruiz’s four agreements often help – the only advice I can give is do your best!!

 

The Eating your cake too methodology talks a lot about getting the f*ck out of your own head and your own way. Can you tell us about a time where YOU were the one getting in your own way – how did you realise it and what did you do about it?

KF: Action speaks louder than words. I have a lot of self-doubt and negative self-talk going on in my head every day. The best thing I can do for myself to overcome this is to move my body. As simple (and challenging) as it is, just get up and do something, ANYTHING! Some days I get stuck in bed and it takes me four hours to get up and go for a twenty-minute walk to the beach. Once I’m there nothing else seems as challenging. Sometimes I get so anxious about the list of ‘to-do’s’ I write lists of my lists. As soon as I have accomplished the smallest, least important task I often find myself on a roll and everything else gets done. And in saying that, everything will get done when it gets done. Don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t happen in the ridiculous time frame you set yourself.

 

What advice do you have for women who might not be sure of what their purpose is, or what they want to do with their lives?

KF: Never stop remarking in why you’re on this earth and never believe it is not for something that isn’t super dooper special. Find something that makes you happy because the world needs more of that. Don’t take a job because you think you are supposed to. Create a job that makes you come alive. Or, work to pay the bills and fill every other moment of your life caught up in the wonders of exploration. Try something new. Try something old in a new way. Try everything, three times! Your purpose is to give experience to your soul. The rest is just details.

 

What do you think the top 3 skills are that women need to have in a professional sense to be successful?

Motivation – know why you’re doing it and work extremely hard to maintain your drive.

Ask for help – so often women think we need to do it all and aren’t allowed to ask for help. Bullshit! We don’t have to be the CEO as well as the HR, PR, sales, marketing, cleaning, admin team and chef.

Self-love – continue to work on yourself just as much as you are working on your hustle.

 

What do you think often prevents women from asking for what they want, and what advice do you have for the Eating your Cake too community to help them build confidence?

KF: For me a big one is fear of rejection. I have learnt that if you don’t ask you’ll never get what you want. Being turned down is actually a blessing because it means you are one step closer to receiving the thing that was actually meant for you.

 

What is a quote that you live by?

“Scared is how you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”

 

Thank you so much Kylie for your honesty, openness and total vulnerability – you are an inspiration!

 

If you have any other questions you would like to ask Kylie, or myself, please flick me through an email at youcan@eatingyourcaketoo.com

 

If this interview has prompted you to want to start focusing more on YOU, your goals or your career aspirations, then perhaps it is time to book a free coaching consult with me – check it out HERE.

Much Love,

Keen advocate for helping you get the f*ck out of your own way! 
youcan@eatingyourcaketoo.com
www.eatingyourcaketoo.com.au
www.claireseeber.com.au

Author

Claire Seeber is a self-proclaimed travel addict, mini-sausage dog mumma, avid blogger, a lover of a good glass of pinot noir and believes a solid belly laugh should be part of your every day.

She is also a professional coach, speaker and People and Culture consultant. Claire started her business in 2017 whilst working full time as General Manager of HR for a large retail business. What she loves the most about the work she does is being able to work with passionate, motivated and courageous people who genuinely want to reach their full potential and are ready to put the hard yards in to get there.

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How to manage Interview Guilt?

I am SO pumped to kick off our “real world” women interview series with none other than my incredible friend Charlene Perera! Charlene laughs loudly, doesn’t take life too seriously and always puts herself out there realising that the greatest rewards come with risk –  Which is why I thought she was a PERFECT choice for someone who can share how she is having their cake AND eating it too!

You might recognise Charlene from her time on Married at First Site back in 2018, – since that experience she has not only found an amazing man, but also has continued to be a powerhouse business-woman dominating the footwear industry, has recently started an executive MBA and STILL remains a beautiful soul with a great story to share!

I think we can all learn a bit from this awesome interview with Charlene and take some great tips and tricks away – check it out below!

Charlene real confident women

Charlene, we would love you to give us a bit of a bio of who you are and what you do?

Sure! My name is Charlene Perera and I look after the team, brand and all the other bits that have to do with a US footwear brand called Hush Puppies across Australia and New Zealand. If we must do titles, then I’m the General Manager for Hush Puppies – I LOVE it!

 

What is the biggest personal risk you have taken and how did you arrive at the decision to take the leap? 

The biggest risk that I have taken was leaving my university course with about 6 months to go…. I had no idea what I was going to do, I just knew that, that wasn’t it. I was at uni and working part time in a clothing store called Landes in Richmond, Melbourne. It wasn’t until I started working full time that I realised there was this whole world called ‘buying’ and I knew that’s where I wanted to be.

After creating a strategy for the clothing stores accessory business, I was lucky enough that they owners let me execute it and my career has just stemmed from there – it was a blind leap and I wouldn’t change a thing!

 

How do you stay motivated and how do you work out what you want to achieve in your life?

There’s always more….. it’s a good thing but also can be exhausting. In everything I do whether it be my career or my personal life an end goal is everything!

As soon as I know what my end goal is going to be, the strategy to how I achieve it may change 10 times, but where I’m headed never does. That drive for me is everything. To be completely honest, staying motivated is never really an issue, because I always want the end goal. I just really have to make sure that I enjoy the achieved goal for long enough before my head starts bouncing off to the next thing.

 

What does “success” mean to you? How would you define it for your life?

My definition of success is ‘hitting that target, accomplishing that goal or reaching that vision’.

Success to me has always been linked to happiness. Your mind can become so heavily focused on your strategy/vision that you can forget whether you’ll be happy when you get there – so long as whatever it is, will make me happy, then it’s worth striving for success.

 

Have you ever experienced Imposter Syndrome or a time where have felt like you weren’t good enough, smart enough, or experienced enough? How did you deal with it? What advice would you have for other women who struggle with self-doubt or low self confidence?

I deal with imposter syndrome often – it drives me crazy as generally I’m such a self-confident person. Given I started my career without a ‘degree’ or higher education qualification I often feel a wave of ‘surely there’s something I’m missing’ or surely someone is going to say to me one day ‘oh you actually have no idea what you are doing’.

How I repeatedly get myself through this though is by remembering that most things in my life or business come down to simplicity and common sense – you don’t need to have a degree for that.

Furthermore, in my position at Hush Puppies and leading a team, it’s not about me having the right answers, it’s about asking the right questions.

What I would say to women who are challenged by self-doubt is ‘if not you then who’, what makes someone else more capable? The right attitude and passion are worth their weight in gold. One phrase that I have learnt to live by is ‘fake it till you make it’, one day you realise you aren’t treading anymore you are just swimming without even realising.

 

What advice do you have for women who might not be sure of what their purpose is, or what they want to do with their lives?

Oh I know this feeling all too well!!!

The only advice that I can truly offer here is to ‘try everything’.  It means giving up personal time, doing things for free, reading a lot and most of all never saying no to an opportunity. But until you truly put yourself out there and experiment, you will never really know what you are capable of and what you might just fall in love with. You really have to get comfortable being uncomfortable.

 

What do you think the top 3 skills are that women need to have in a professional sense to be successful?  

Be authentic – always stay true to who you are – you can’t be anybody else.

Be passionate – create an electricity that people will feed from and be inspired by.

Be human – in the professional or corporate world people can forget that we are all human. The core essentials are key be open, be honest and be kind.

 

What do you think so often prevents women from asking for what they want, and what advice do you have for the Eating your Cake too community to help them build their confidence?

I honestly feel that women often don’t go after what they want is because they feel under qualified, which is all based around a lack of confidence. My advice here is that you really don’t know until you try. When I have lacked confidence and gone for it any way I have found that my version of common sense and my authenticity always prevails.

 

What is a quote that you live by?

I have a few that I absolutely live by:

“Team work, makes the dream work”

“Fake it till you make it”

“Not here to f*ck spiders”

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind”

‘Hold the vision, trust the process”

There is some AMAZING advice in there from Charlene!! Thank you so much!

 

If you have any other questions for Charlene, we would LOVE to here from you – email me at youcan@eatingyourcaketoo.com

 

If you found this interview helpful, then don’t miss our next “Real World” women interview with the amazing Kylie Falconer, owner of KX Pilates Booragoon studio, Lululemon Ambassador,  co- founder of Lacuna Wild and all round girl boss!!!

 

Finally, if you know another sister who needs some words of wisdom like the ones here, then PLEASE pass this onto them and share the love!

Much Love,

Keen advocate for helping you get the f*ck out of your own way! 
youcan@eatingyourcaketoo.com
www.eatingyourcaketoo.com.au
www.claireseeber.com.au

Author

Claire Seeber is a self-proclaimed travel addict, mini-sausage dog mumma, avid blogger, a lover of a good glass of pinot noir and believes a solid belly laugh should be part of your every day.

She is also a professional coach, speaker and People and Culture consultant. Claire started her business in 2017 whilst working full time as General Manager of HR for a large retail business. What she loves the most about the work she does is being able to work with passionate, motivated and courageous people who genuinely want to reach their full potential and are ready to put the hard yards in to get there.

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