At the time I am writing this my website has been live for less than a week, and since then I have already had over 20 people sign up to join my mailing list, over 70 comments (well, half that as I like to reply to every single person), and not one single comment about how terrible it looks… because it doesn’t! Amiright? I finally feel like I have both feet in the game and I’m starting to get some serious traction in the right direction. But before we take off on this adventure I want to get to know you better, and to do that I am going to share with you 10 facts you probably don’t know about me that I haven’t already told you on my about me page. All in an effort to go first and encourage you to share 1 or 2 things about yourself in the comments below.
Let’s do it.
1. I wanted to dance for the Russian Ballet Company
The catch here is I am Australian, but that didn’t deter me. In my opinion the Russian Ballet Company were the best out there and that’s where I wanted to go, plus I was a kid and didn’t know better. All the famous female ballet dancers at the time were Russian and I was going to be one of them. I started Ballet when I was 3 or 4 and I tried really hard to be the best in my group, and after our class had finished and everyone else had gone home, I would sit on the stage and watch the big girls with their pointe shoe and perfect posture go through their class. I ended up giving ballet up when I moved to Darwin and realised I had to repeat a grade and be a year behind with my exams. I was heartbroken but put on my teenage don’t give a shit attitude to get me through it. To this day you’ll still find me standing in 1st or 4th position by default. I do hope to take dancing up again one day when the kids aren’t such a handful at bedtime.
2. I don’t drink coffee, but I reference it all the time
I love the smell of coffee but I can’t stand it to drink. It actually makes me feel sick. That doesn’t stop me from saying let’s go for coffee or describing how to talk to your PCC as if you are talking to them over coffee. It’s not the drink, it’s the environment that I crave. Give me a beautiful cafe to sit in any day. I guess that’s why I love coffitivity. (<- sound warning for those reading at work)
3. I have an addictive personality
That doesn’t mean that you’ll get addicted to me, you’re safe, promise, it means when I find something I like, I stick to it and find it hard to give up. Smoking for instance, spending money on fast cars, then I replaced those habits with being a gym junkie, then smoking again, then I somehow learned to tone it down a notch. It’s all part of my all-or-nothing charm my mother keeps telling me I have. Eggs all in one basket? Don’t mind if I do! Now I can channel my addictive personality into my business and making my dreams come true. See, it’s not always a bad thing!
4. I had “Shelly Marsh” braces… before they were cool
You know in South Park Stan’s older sister Shelly has that ridiculous head piece she had to wear to correct her teeth? Yeah. I had that too, but way before it was cool. They’re cool right? I don’t actually recall too much of actually having them put on, but I do remember sitting outside my classroom with mum not long after they were done, balling my eyes out trying to eat a pie and couldn’t because my teeth were too sore, I couldn’t get the crusty pastry goodness past the external mouth piece, and I knew how stupid I looked. Since then I have had a plate, 4 teeth extracted, and actual train track braces to get my teeth looking pretty. Now all I want is to get them whitened (naturally if possible – oil pulling anyone?) and I’ll have a Donny and Marie smile.
5. I broke my wrist playing soccer at school
One afternoon I was feeling pretty invincible and the boys in our grade who we were all friends with decided to join our game of soccer. It really wasn’t a game, there were painted lines on a wall and we were just kicking the ball into the “goals”. Pretty time wasting stuff really, but anyway I thought I would be able to stop a goal from a boy named Luke. Luke just happened to be on the state team, and could kick harder than I ever imagined. Despite my best effort to stop that goal… I didn’t. I don’t even think my broken wrist slowed it down. Ha. I was actually meant to be having a sleepover at my place with a few girlfriends that night, but instead we all spent the evening in the emergency ward getting my x-rays and plaster cast. Worst. Sleepover. Ever. I wish I had a photo for this one. Poor Luke felt horrible and rode his bike around to my place the following morning to apologise. Sweetest thing ever, and I still love ya Luke if you ever read this (give me another chance and I’ll stop that ball!).
7. 90% of the time, I have no idea what I am doing
When it comes to being in business for yourself, there really aren’t any rules or guides to work with. You can study how to build a Soulful business (and I highly encourage it), but at the end of the day what you implement and how you run your business comes down to you, what works for you, and what you consider to be in alignment or not. What that means is everything you do is all on the job training, and because you’re always growing, you’re always learning. Myself included. The good news is it isn’t just you or I, it’s everyone who runs their own business. We all have no idea what we are doing half the time. Launch and learn!
6. Honey I shrunk myself
Once upon a time I used to stand 172cms tall (5ft 7″) with perfect posture and little to no responsibilities in the world. Since having kids I have literally shrunk. I lost 2cms (.8″) in height just between having Farrah and then falling pregnant with Gabby and Vincent. When people ask me how tall I am I still like to say 172cms but my current height of 168 (might even be 166cms now!) doesn’t lie. A lot of this has got to do with the bad posture I have now since being pregnant and constantly leaning over to serve my little people. It’s on my hit list of things to correct before I turn into the hunchback of Notre Dame. I also knew I was pregnant both times before ever taking a test. My body just knew. 2 fun facts in 1. Go me!
8. I’m like a deer in headlights in conflict
If someone catches me off guard then I’ve got nothing. Really, I have nothing. I just stand or sit there in bemusement that whoever has spoken up doesn’t see what I see, or how I see it. If someone aggressively questions me why I have made a particular decision, my brain doesn’t grab that file and start listing all the reasons why, in fact, my initial response is why not? Of course, when the conversation is well and truly over I can think of a million valid and solid reasons why I made that decision, but in that moment all I am thinking is shut up stupid face. Oh the maturity of it all.
9. [Whatever…] is like a snail on ice
I am just going to put copyright on that saying right now. [Insert whatever…] is like a snail on ice. You heard it here first. One day my sister and I were in the KFC drive through and it was moving at such a slow speed we could have almost been going backwards, so naturally we decided in our weird and warped sense of humor to have a discussion on how slow this experience actually was. We came up with this drive through is like a snail on ice. Cause you know, it would stick? But then the saying evolved… what if the ice was slippery, that snail would FLY! Then a decade or so later our sister in law thought we meant drugs when we said ice, and then the saying evolved again. You can literally say “is like a snail on ice” at the end of any situation and it would make sense. Try it. Heard it here first.
10. I don’t know how to dream small
Whenever I come up with a new idea, it’s never just as ‘let’s see what happens with this’ experiment. I’m thinking 10 years down the line, how does it fit into what am I doing with my business, where can this end up, how big can this get. Questions, questions, questions. With my first business I was going to have workshops all across the globe manufacturing my product to ensure the best quality and workmanship I could ever give, stocked in all the most in demand stores worldwide. Too bad it wasn’t in my true alignment. Now that Soulful Warrior has been born, and it IS in true alignment, I wish you could see what I see. All I am going to say is stick around just so you can say you were here from the start, and wave to me from Oprah’s stage. That’s a picture of me asking Michelle Bridges (Australia’s leading women fitness expert) for her agents details so I can pitch to her and get her involved in my Build a Soulful Business program. Yeap. Dream small, what’s that?
Well there you have it, and I’d really like to get to know you too!
Share with me 1 or 2 facts (I’m not going to make you go all out with 10 facts!) that I don’t about you. Did you used to have braces? Be a dancer? Have you broken any bones? Tell me your stories, that’s what friends do, yeah? I’m looking forward to getting to know you better. Big love,