Yesterday I lost it. I was feeling so stressed, under pressure and unfocused. With so much happening all at once and so fast, I forgot the reason we started all of this. 12 weeks ago I committed to run the Half Marathon in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. 21kms of running which I have never physically completed before. I also chose to raise funds for the Can Too Foundation. Up until 2 weeks ago, our training was going well. While not perfect we were consistent and racking up some great runs. I was feeling so proud of myself. One day while running, we discussed an idea of creating an event to help boost our fundraising efforts. We called it Optimising You and it has the aim of helping people achieve their full potential. We decided it should be aimed at women, particularly mums as this is what we know. We are mums and we know how we have been able to harness the opportunities available to us to create our business, to fundraise and to run. It felt like a winning formula. We then had the opportunity to go and meet the CEO and the Program Manager at the Can Too Foundation. We had even more motivation to create wonderful opportunities in the South West Sydney area. It was all going well. Until I got overwhelmed, lost focus and wanted to just stay in bed. A few months ago at the Business Event of The Year, I had the opportunity to hear from Olympic Swimmer, Kieran Perkins. He shared a story about the Atlanta Olympic Games where he was so focused on winning gold, he forgot he needed to qualify for the Olympic Finals first. He realised you need to take one step at a time and focus on achieving that before worrying about the big goal. For me, completing the Half Marathon is the first step. If I complete this race, I will be able to stand in front of the group of women at our Optimising You Event and say I did it. Once we have raised all of these funds, then we can look at further opportunities with Can Too. To refocus on the first step, I first had a motivating talk from my husband who believes in me. He told me to stop putting so much pressure on myself, among other things. I later put on my most recent running medal I received in the Hunter Valley, remembered the feeling of achieving that. I then planned our post run recovery meal with family and friends. It will be a celebration of so many things happening right now, but most of all completing the run. Next week I will worry about the event and the last minute preparations needed but for now, I’m focusing on a quiet night in the hotel tomorrow night with my foam roller, a big pasta dinner and having the bed all to myself. Sleep, food and self care are going to get me over the line on Sunday. So when you are doubting yourself, refocus on what the first step is to achieve your goal. What are the little things you need to do first? What steps can you take to act on that mini goal first? You can do it.
This September I am completing the Half Marathon in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. I have also chosen to run for the Can Too Foundation. Can Too participant pay a fee which funds a professional trainer for a local pod where you receive training for an event such as a marathon. In return, participant raise funds that go towards funding research into all types of Cancer. I have had a long history of supporting the Cancer Council NSW and found that Can Too work in partnership with them. It now allows me to join my passion for fitness and helping fundraise for Cancer. I recently asked my wonderful local business friends if they would help support my cause and I would share their business in return. So many businesses were willing to get on board and I would love for you to support them too. If you find a business that suits your needs, please feel free to head to their website or like their Facebook page. Start Fresh Accounting
Many people already know that Amy Woodley is amazing at what she does but she really goes above and beyond. When we get a bad decision from the ATO, she gets just as emotional and prepares for war. That’s how much she cares about her clients. It’s not just about getting you a good tax return but working out how to make your dreams come true. She gets way too many emails with questions from me but answers them all without batting an eye. We appreciate her support and advice.
Tax Agent & Small Business Specialists.
Start Fresh Accounting are Tax Accountants and Tax Agents based in Oran Park, South West Sydney. We are passionate about helping individuals and businesses maximise their tax returns and achieve their personal and professional goals.
We provide our services for individuals and businesses in Oran Park, Narellan, Camden, Campbelltown and throughout South West Sydney. We can come to you at your convenience or you can make an appointment to see us in our professional suites.
We are here to help make tax simple & easy.
Contact: Amy Woodley
Phone: 0400 682 641
We have personally used Liz for our insurance needs. Recently we had a break in at the building where our Remedial Massage Clinic is located. As always, we leave these things until we have a scare. We called Liz and she headed over the next day to meet with us and discussed our needs. We had quotes and recommendations on our business and personal insurance needs. She reviewed our previous professional insurance too and found better cover for us.
Being in a small business it can be tough knowing what insurance we need, how much we need covered and whether the policies we have are right for us. Liz can help. Contact her today.
Contact: Liz Stonestreet
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Life’s Celebrations By Samantha
I wish I knew Samantha when our family went through a period of loss and had no idea where to turn to arrange a funeral. She is a wonderfully compassionate woman who is able to create a service to celebrate the lives of those we have lost. In sadness we forget the happy times that were shared.
Samantha Lysaught the founder of Life’s Celebrations by Samantha is a celebrant who is passionate about celebrating life events. Weddings, Funerals and Naming Days are all important events that Samantha would like to make memorable and are catered to your specific needs and wishes to ensure your event is one that not only you but your friends and family will always cherish.
Further to her celebrancy role, Samantha saw the need to create ” A Life Box “. This is all about getting your life story or your loved one’s life story in print along with photos.
Samantha is based in Western Sydney and services Campbelltown, Camden, Picton, Liverpool, Fairfield, Wollongong and Greater Western Sydney.
Contact: Samantha Lysaught
Phone: 0432 553 193
Family Dental Care Campbelltown
Many people are afraid of the dentist but the team at Family Dental Care Campbelltown take pride in making your trip as comfortable as possible. They understand the fears and will educate you throughout the process.
I’ve been lucky enough to spend time in their workplace and absolutely love the whole team. They care for one another just as much as their clients. If I wasn’t a massage therapist, I’d ask for a job as a Dental Assistant here!
They also have a lovely tooth fairy who visits schools and day care centres to educate children on dental health.
If you are avoiding a much needed trip to the dentist, please give them a call.
Contact: Jody White
Phone: 02 4625 4897
South West Sydney Virtual Assistant
Carlene is a local Virtual Assistant. What is a VA you may ask? She can be your secret weapon. She can complete tasks that take you too long to complete as you figure out how.
We sent her off some of the tasks we had been putting off in our business as I didn’t have time to play with mailchimp. She created a welcome email template for my new clients which only requires me to enter the sender list. I have received a new booking every time that email is sent to new clients. So easy! On top of that, she created a little video about our VIP program which looks so professional and was a fantastic addition. We have more work to send her way and I recommend having a chat with her if you need help with the “too hard basket” of tasks in your business.
With over 18 years Administrative Experience, let South West Sydney Virtual Assistant help you with all your administrative outsourcing requirements. From Document Processing, Social Media Administration or simply helping to keep you and your business organised, I have a solution for you!
Contact: Carlene Cardona-Elvy
Phone: 0412 880 875
Maytek IT Solutions
Cassandra and Damon are some of my business idols. They are a married couple who have been able to work together in their own business for over a decade. We are only 2 years in so I know where to turn if I ever need to know how to make it work being married and business partners. In their business, MayTek IT Solutions, they are so helpful and are really passionate about bringing big business technology to little businesses.
MayTek IT Solutions have been supporting businesses with their technology requirements for almost 12 years.
We support and maintain many businesses of various sizes, industry and locations; including a National Franchise, Not for Profit, Manufacturing and Professional Services. Your business is not too small for our services, we will treat you with the respect, priority and care you deserve. You are our number one client.
For all your IT requirements contact us on 1300654276 or email us for more information [email protected]
Contact: Cassandra May
Phone: 1300 654 276
Kath Swallow – Arbonne Independent Consultant
Kath Swallow has kindly donated to the cause with a personal story around why she supports cancer and why she loves her business as an Arbonne Independent Consultant.
Beauty begins with premium botanical ingredients, an integrative approach to beauty and an unwavering commitment to pure, safe and beneficial products.
Wouldn’t you love to use personal care and wellness products that preserve and enhance the skin, body and mind?
By working closely with scientists around the world, Arbonne continually explore and develop scientifically advanced, botanically based proprietary formulas that meet our exacting standards for quality, safety and sustainability.
Either become a Preferred Client and purchase products at 20% off RRP or become a Product Consultant or Business builder and purchase product at wholesale prices and build your own business and earn a residual income!
Kath has a display in our Remedial Massage Clinic in Campbelltown and has samples available for me to offer my clients if they are interested. Check it out during your next massage.
Contact: Kath Swallow
Phone: 0413 456 150
Marie Copp – DoTerra Essential Oils
Marie Copp is a DoTerra Wellness advocate. She shares her experience with essential oils to create a healthier lifestyle. She holds regular workshops where she will teach you how to use essential oils in your home, to improve your mood and to pamper yourself at home.
If you would like to know more about DoTerra Essential Oils, contact Marie today.
Contact: Marie Copp
Phone: 0418 845 076
Creative Buzz Design + Marketing
Danielle is the owner of Creative Buzz. She is the one that makes us look good. She has saved me hours of time where I’ve tried doing it myself and whipped it up in no time.
She’s designed flyers, window signage, our kids/fitness/massage branding, gift vouchers… anything we need professionally done. She’s efficient, on point with the design, creative and always thinking of ways to help. We appreciate having Danielle as part of our team.
Contact: Danielle Grant
Phone: 0433 007 675
Wick’d Candles specialises in Handcrafted Scented Soy Wax candles, melts and tea lights.
Our candles can help calm, heal and soothe your soul.
How are you feeling today?
We have a candle for that!
The Wick’d Way of Wellbeing is the only way!
Contact: Alex Hawkins
Phone: 0418 457 183
Nada’s Decluttering Solutions
We provide a range of decluttering and organising solutions to make the process of simplifying your home and professional space an easy one.
We service the Macarthur region, South West Sydney, Western Sydney and the Southern Highlands.
Contact: Nada Mihajlovic
Phone: 0414 230 445
Five Elements Acupuncture
Zoe Norris Bachelor of Applied Science (TCM)
Registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Practising member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)
Five Elements Acupuncture can help you to quit smoking. This single treatment has a high success rate, regardless of how many or how long you have been smoking.
Cosmetic acupuncture, also called facial rejuvenation acupuncture, offers a natural alternative to cosmetic surgery, chemical peels and Botox. Over a course of treatments, improvements in skin tone and reduction in lines have clearly been seen. Conditions addressed include wrinkles, frown lines, sagging muscles, and puffy eyes.
Zoe also uses acupuncture, cupping and Chinese herbs to treat many common conditions, including insomnia, menstrual and menopausal problems, acne, muscle and joint pain…and much more. Immediate pain relief can often occur by using only a few accurately placed needles that balance the energy flow of the body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) focuses on balancing the whole body by releasing blockages and subtle imbalances of energy which cause pain and disease.
Zoe ensures gentle yet effective treatments in a friendly and relaxing environment. She is a caring and understanding professional, and has the client’s welfare at heart.
Please feel free to call or email with any enquiries
Contact: Zoe Norris
Phone: 0408 319 730
Charbella Cakes Amazing and delicious cakesfrom the talented Nicole Day. She is a qualified pastry chef with 20 years experience. With a council registered kitchen located in Spring Farm, she can create something special for your next celebration.
Contact: Nicole Day
Stay tuned as I update you with more amazing supporters. The donations are still coming in with just over 3 weeks to go. Thank you everyone for your support.