Business With Bebes

Are you a mummy who wishes they could build a business with their baby/children by their side? 
As a mum of 2 under 4 I get it. I was running a successful mortgage broking business for 14 years. It was financially rewarding but stressful. I could set my own hours but really was dictated by clients needs and schedules. Trying to juggle that with 2 children at home was just NOT working.

I was tired. Stressed about when I would fit it all in. And quite frankly not being a great mum, mortgage broker and let’s not even talk about wife! (Sorry babe!)

Finally I realised I had to make a change. There had to be a better way.

Then this business came along. At the right time. I had been presented with other opportunities before, and honestly – they weren’t bad opportunities, it just wasn’t the right time for me. I wasn’t open to them.
My WHY had grown. I had 2 small children to provide for. Not just financially, but emotionally. I needed to be the best me I could be. For all of us.

It’s amazing when you put something out into the universe, the universe provides. But not surprising. I have been living in that space for a long time, but sometimes we need a gentle nudge. A reminder of how it all works.
Right Company. Right Time. That’s a resounding YES!

I did my research, due diligence and comparisons, and realised this is what I was looking for on a business level. As well as it meeting my needs from a time perspective! That’s the beauty of this business. It’s scalable to whatever you want to achieve!


Looking for something to pay for the kids activities? This is it.

Want to be able to cover your basic living expenses so you have surplus at the end of the month, not living pay check to pay check?

Looking for something to supplement your families income, so you don’t have to go back to work?

Love your job, but would like an additional revenue stream to take the pressure off financially? To pay the kids school fees?

To go on a holiday every year?

Your why is your why. It’s unique to you. To your family.

This isn’t for everyone. It does require work (sorry! A bag of money isn’t just going to fall on your head because you join my team! I know, disappointing right! 😉) but it will be worth it.

We have a tribe of amazing, passionate, wonderful women (and men!) who are striving to better their lives in some way. We are all different, yet all the same.

I am not going to bang on about the opportunity that I have to share. But I won’t shy away from telling you about it from time to time.

What I will be doing is sharing my journey, as a new network marketer, a mummy, a wife, a juggling act, friend, coach and mentor. Just me, being myself.

If that’s something that you would like to hang around and see – WONDERFUL! If not. That’s ok too!

Hoping your Wednesday is fabulous. I was going to say hump day… but then realised I don’t actually count down to the weekend anymore. So Wednesday is just Wednesday! Another day in the life of my story. And that is just another ✔️ for me, that I am in the right place 😘

Leah x

2017… a year of new beginnings

I have finally gotten clear on what this blog is, and how it fits into my journey. Initially it was started to be a creative outlet, to remove me from the numbers and deadlines that my life as a mortgage broker gave me. It was the beginning musings of a brand. When I created this in 2013 I was really unsure where it would lead, or the direction it would take. Over the last few years, another baby in the mix, a new business and the end of an old one – I have finally worked out a way to combine all the best parts of me, my experiences, qualifications, strengths and passions. And here it begins. The new chapter. The new me. 

Hi my name is Leah, and I am passionate about helping people create the time and financial freedom they desire. Whether that be through the vehicle that I have chosen (which by the way is pretty phenomenal) or simply perhaps to help you realise that there is more out there. That you can achieve, dream, be who you want to be. 

So that’s me. Mummy Wears Prada… (well my sunglasses are Prada, that counts right?) Over the next couple of weeks I will be sharing more of my journey, and how I got to be here. My background, my life. Where I am now, and where I intend to go. I have never been so clear on what it is I want to achieve. 

I am reminded of a saying from one of my past mentors, and someone I have been able to call a dear friend, Christopher Howard. 

“Help enough people get what they want most, and you will get what you want most” 

Stay tuned as this story unfolds! 

Leah x

Prioritisation. Let your goals guide you.

I don’t know about you, but as a wife, mum of 2 and a business owner life is bloody busy. It is exhausting. Tiring. And oh so wonderful at the same time.

But how do we ensure we can ‘have it all’. Well I honestly don’t think we can. Not all at the same time anyhow…. Yep. I said it.

I do however believe we can prioritise what is truly important to us, for ourselves, for our family, for our health… for whatever the vision is that you have for your life. And thats where having clear goals and objectives comes in. You can’t possibly prioritise any activity or task, unless you have the bigger picture in mind.

I personally know that I can easily enter into a state of overwhelm when there are lots of things going on – yet when I am clear on what is important, I can then prioritise my to do list.

The same applies to every area of our lives, and cross contextually.
Most people overestimate what they can do in a week and underestimate what they can do in a year… I know there has been periods in my life where I have looked back and thought – wow, what have I actually done this month! And of course, I was busy doing things, but whether they were tasks that were moving me towards my goals or not – thats up for debate! 🙂  Women have an amazing ability to be busy being busy.

The more we have on our plate, the more we need to be clear on our vision and our goals so that every step of the way – we can make decisions about the best use of our time.

Recently I took on a new project – yep. Crazy lady. 6 month old baby, a 3.5yr old who doesn’t stop talking, a finance business with very real timed deadlines, a husband (who really shouldn’t be the last thing I list!) friends, family and all the other demands of my time. But I did. And I don’t regret it for a second. Not only because I am very excited about the opportunity and what I can create with it. But mainly, because it has caused me to sit up, and take control back of my time.

Any new mum can relate – life gets hectic, you get caught up in the daily goings on of nap time, feeds, solids, washing, more naps, toddler activities, play dates, more feeds, lack of sleep, more washing.. (seriously – does it ever end!)  – it is very easy to just get lost in that. And while I love my babes more than anything. I need more than that. For myself. For my sanity. For my marriage. For my bank account.

So, as crazy as it sounds, taking on something new, has actually created more time. Because I have prioritised everything. I have created space by scheduling. By allocating time in my diary for everything that needs to be done in a week. And using my goals as a guidepost to make decisions about what I will do with my time. I also added in the elusive time to exercise! And I am feeling better for it.

Do you have goals? Objectives? Visions about what you want to create?
Are they written down?  Perhaps you love a good vision board? Or a combination of them all? quote-1
One of the best goal setting techniques I have used personally, as well is with my clients and seminar attendees is the C.R.E.A.T.E your goals format (Christopher Howard Training) … coupled with a strategic visioning process. I am going to share the format here. It honestly changed the way I set goals, and the results that I have achieved.

C. Clear & Concise
You need to get clear about what it is you want. It needs to be specific.
“I want to have more money” is not clear and it is not specific – it isn’t tangible, and therefore not measurable.
“I want to earn $1000” is clear and concise. there is no mistaking what your goal is. You want it to be so clear that your unconscious mind can easily work towards achieving this for you.

R. Realistic
Realistic will be different things to different people.
Most people overestimate what they can do in a month, and underestimate what you can do in a year.
Your version of realistic will be specific to you – where you are right now and where you want to be.

E. Ecological 
Is it safe to you, safe to others and safe to the community in which you operate.
What this basically is, is an internal check, that ensures your goals are not hurting anybody else. That it will work for yourself, to others, and when we say community, this could be your family, your friends, your colleagues etc.

A. As Now/Act as If
You want to put yourself in the moment of the goal achieve. So we want to write our goals in the present tense. It is now … and I am/I have
This creates an image in our mind of the ‘wish fulfilled’

T. Timed & Towards Positive
Timed means dated. You want a date. A deadline. A due date. When is this going to happen?  I have seen people forget to put a year on their goals, and wonder why they haven’t achieve them. A goal sets the pace for the action that follows. Dating your goal, ensures that you have the specific time period etched in your unconscious, that allows you to then create the action required to achieve it.
Towards Positive means, you want to write it as you want it. Not as you don’t want it.
You don’t want to write… and I am not fat. and I am not broke. I am not unemployed. I am not single.
You want to write the positive version of that outcome. If you are having trouble getting to that – you need to ask yourself the question… If you are not fat – what are you then? If you are not broke, what are you then? If you are not unemployed, what are you then? If you are not single, what are you then?
The other thing that comes to mind, if you are naturally drawn towards stating your goal as a what you don’t want format… is you may want to take a look at where the motivation is coming from. are you motivated for that goal, by moving towards what you want, or away from what you don’t want.

If you have away from motivation – it is highly likely that you will not achieve your goals long term. You will experience what is called the yo-yo effect.
I don’t want to be broke, I don’t want to be broke…. so you work really hard – until you aren’t broke anymore… and then your motivation drops away.
Same goes in the example of health.
I don’t want to be fat, I don’t want to be fat …. so you work really hard… until you aren’t fat anymore…. and then what happens… yep you got it. The classic yo-yo dieter.

I am going to speak about our motivations and what drives them in a post later this month.

E. End Step/Evidence Procedure 
This is my favourite part. This end step/evidence procedure, is in my opinion. This is the juicy part. How will you know that your goal has been achieved? What will you be doing? What will you be saying? Who will you be with?
You want to make this part emotive. You want it to have some compulsion and energy.

If your goal is to go on a family holiday in May 2017. What would your evidence procedure be? For some it may be buying the tickets and seeing the confirmation email come through. Others – checking in at the airport with those they are travelling with. Or perhaps it’s sitting on the plane and buckling your seatbelt sipping champagne? You may even need to get to your destination and check into the hotel for it to seem real for you?

Here are some completed examples:

It is now, 23rd June 2017 and I am sitting by the pool in Los Cabos, Mexico with my husband, sipping cocktails as we enjoy our 5th Wedding Anniversary celebration.
(yep thats a real one of mine!)

It is now, November 2nd 2016 and I am feeling fit & fabulous as a pop on my new bikini and head to the beach in Fiji, knowing my hard work and clean eating has paid off.

It is now March 22nd 2017, and I am standing on stage receiving acknowledgement for my rank advancement, soaking in the applause of 10,000 people in the auditorium.

SO that my friends is it. Give it a try! I would love to know what some of your goals are! Go crazy – set some small ones, set some outrageous ones! What have you got to loose?!

Stay Fab!

Leah x

 

5 Things I have learnt since becoming a mother…

The last 2 years have taught me many things. Some were subtle learnings and some were like a Mac Truck to the body.
As my little man commences his second week at daycare – aka little school as we like to call it, I am met with many moments of reflection peppered throughout my day. In amongst the emails and planning and work – he is never far from my thoughts. Continue reading

what lies ahead…

The last year has been very sporadic on this blog. My intentions to write regularly and grow this into a creative outlet for me, didn’t really eventuate. For the fellow mummies out there I know you can relate to the so much to do, so little time quandary we all face. Be that full time mummy duties, the juggling act of a working mummy, and even those without children feel it! I know I used to, and now I wonder what I used to do with my ‘free’ time. Ha! The reality is – we all fill our time with whatever is important to us, at the time. I remember days of my schedule being packed with working in an office for hours a day, attending after hours business and networking functions, and squeezing in visits to the gym, drinks with friends etc.  Now it is filled with client appointments, scheduling a nanny, playdates, business meetings, swimming lessons and the like.

Life is different. No less busy. Just different now. My schedule over the last year has been fluid. And thats half the reason why lots of things weren’t being done properly. Well, properly may be an over exaggeration. But to their full potential is more like it. With my little mans commencement of daycare looming – I am excited about the ability for my working days to be filled and efficient. I am excited about my days with my dearest little man, being full of silliness, fun times, snuggles and love. Without the over looming thoughts of ‘when am I going to get the chance to…. insert anything along the lines of – email that client, return that phone call, call Energex, call the plumber, vacuum the floors etc.

I am looking ahead to being able to focus my days. To being fully present in the moment with my son, my husband and my work.

I am already feeling more calm, more centred and organised.

I know there will still be juggling. There will be sickness, and urgent client calls and that is ok. I accept that.

I look forward to sharing with you the true vision of what this blog intends to be.

I look forward to reading your comments, to hearing more from you, and from growing this into something much bigger.

I thank you for being patient and following along up till now. (not sure I would of hung in there! lol – its been a bit boring around here!)

And I thank you in advance, for sharing this with your friends and family – if you are enjoying what you read!

The site will be undergoing some changes in the coming month, so watch this space. I will be sure to let you know when it happens!

See you soon!

L x

Patience is a virtue… or so I am told !

Lets face it. Being completely honest – patience has never been one of my greatest virtues. In fact if you ask my mother, I could possibly be described as impatient. And you know what. I will own that. And it has worked for me (for the most part) my whole life, so I am not about to go changing that quality I possess.

Lets reflect –  it has meant I have achieved things in my life more quickly than I possibly may have, if I was more ‘patient’…  I have always been goal oriented. I commit to something – unsure of how in hell I am going to make it happen. But that is what drives me. That is what creates compulsion in my actions. I thrive on the jump in headfirst rationale. Over the years, I have come to be a little more calculated and restrained in my decisions. I still take risks. But they are more carefully assessed. It is one of the things about myself that I am actually most proud of. If I commit to something. I make sure it happens.

Now back to patience. Or my somewhat lack there of.
My darling husband and I have been searching for a while for our new home. The home we will raise our child (hopefully children one day), the home we will create memories in forever. And I have to be honest. I am getting a little impatient. After a few properties falling over from various reasons, from structural damage shown up in building reports, being unable to agree on terms with vendors, perfect properties going to auction the weekend I was away and Wes was in quarantine with Harry who was suffering Hand Foot and Mouth, and general missing out because they come and go from the market more quickly than we can get to see them! And I am getting a little disheartened. Currently in negotiations on a property we love. And they are taking their sweet time!

I know I know. Everything happens for a reason. Good things come to those who wait. Patience is a virtue and all that…
Well this is how I am feeling about the whole thing right now!

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On that note. I am off to bed.

Night Night x

Heaven in a bowl!!!

A quick made up recipe that I will be mass producing for the freezer!

Wanted a quick & healthy dessert for Harry – awesomeness it the only word.

2 frozen bananas
4 medjool dates (seeds removed)
1 heaped teaspoon of peanut butter

Combine all ingredients in Thermomix (or other food processor)
Whizz speed 9, approx 30 secs or until blended.

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Style Spotlight: The Trench

Burberry TrenchOne of the most iconic items of clothing you can own. I have in my life, owned a few variations of the classic trench. It is one thing I currently don’t have in my arsenal, and I miss it It is the perfect transeasonal wardrobe item. Spring & Autumn gives this item its workout, and for those of us lucky to live in balmy queensland (or any other warmer climate location) you can also enjoy this throughout winter, with some smart layering.Team with ANYTHING. It is SO versatile. Throw it over jeans and a t-shirt for weekend chic. over your business suit for instant style, or over your little black dress and heals for allure. Continue reading

Lavender Love

http://www.mydoterra.com/mummywearsprada/index.htmlAnd I am not talking about the flower. Although they are lovely also.

I am referring to Lavender essential oil. Hands down one of the best things I have use post baby. It creates such a calming environment for my little man to rest. Especially during those times of teething, wonder weeks or just general grumpy toddler (sigh. I now refer to him as a toddler) Continue reading

Recipe: Chicken Noodle Soup

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This was adapted from a couple of recipes I found on the thermomix community.

Ingredients:
2 cloves of garlic
2 long red chillies (seeded or reseeded to your tastes)
3 shallots (white part only)
10g olive oil
1 tablespoon vege stock
3 carrots (diced)
3 stalks celerity (diced)
500g chicken (diced)
1 litre water
Half packet vermicelli noodles ( cut into 3-5cm lengths)
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Place garlic, chillies and shallots in the bowl. 5 sec/speed 7. Scrape down bowl.

Add 10ml oil. Sauté 100/4min/speed 1

Add chicken, carrots, celery, stock, water, salt and pepper to taste. cook 10min/100deg/reverse/speed 1

Add noodles, cook for a further 10min/100deg/reverse/speed 1