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BEN NOTHLING shoe royalty ANGELA BUETI angela’s awakening

the wellness warrior

NATASHA OGLESBY guardian angel LADIES AT LUNCH finding the balance NATHAN SPURLING the last word MY MINI MAG flirty fashion

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jessica ainscough

natasha oglesby




angela bueti



10 success – shoe royalty

Ben Nothling

12 people – angela’s awakening

Angela Bueti

14 view – guardian angel

Natasha Oglesby

16 ladies at lunch – finding the balance

Our ladies discuss how to find the ideal life balance

22 cover – the wellness warrior

Jessica Ainscough

Cover photography by Alan Hughes, makeup and hair by Pru Edwards,, styling by Genine Howard and kara de schot. jessica ainscough wears a gown made of organic cabbage leaves.

26 feature – new year, new you 33 my mini mag 66 the last word

Nathan Spurling

regulars 4 publisher’s note

50 unwind

6 pinboard

52 on the table

8 he says, she says

54 abode

30 briefcase

58 business

44 life

64 win

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I have always counted myself as a lucky person. I am fortunate to have a loving husband, great family, supportive friends and a thriving business.

But now I know that not only am I lucky, I am extremely blessed to have a roof over my head, food to eat, electricity, fresh water and clothes on my back. Yes, the recent flooding events in our neighbourhood and surrounds have given us all some perspective and have brought about the realisation that we are all extremely lucky to be alive. Many of you reading this month’s edition of profile magazine will have been affected by the floods in some way. And after all the devastation and trauma, the one thing most of us will remember is the true blue Australian way that friends, neighbours and total strangers have mucked in to help each other. It is amazing to know that when the chips are down, our Aussie spirit shines at its very brightest, and nothing has made me more proud to live in this great country. So it is fitting this month’s cover is graced by young Sunshine Coast local and ultimate Aussie battler,

Jessica Ainscough. Diagnosed with Epithelioid Sarcoma at 22 and told she only had five years to live Jess is fighting back naturally, and all the very while with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. And why not? In Jess’s mind, things could be worse. If you are in need of some inspiration, make sure you read her interview with profile writer Jessica Jane Sammut. I guarantee that Jess will put a smile on your face, and make you think twice the next time you have a ‘poor me’ kind of day. We complement this month’s cover story with a plethora of sensational locals – from Ben Nothling who is the king of shoe business here on the Coast and now an international success, to midwife and inventor Natasha Oglesby who is ensuring newborns have their best chance at life. We never seem to run out of uncovering incredible locals, do we? So this month, we call on you, dear reader. Do you love being inspired by the refreshingly honest and inspirational stories profile magazine brings to you each month? Well, we ask for your assistance in two ways. Firstly, nominate someone you know who is deserving of a story. We want to know about those locals who are the quiet achievers, the ones who stand out from the crowd, and the ones who can truly inspire us. Secondly, we ask for you to remember that as an independant publisher and as a free (not to mention fabulous) publication, profile magazine relies on advertising support – so the next time you are looking to promote your business, make sure you consider us. We are looking for like-minded businesses to advertise for 2011 and become ‘profile partners’. We offer quality, style, inspiration for our readers and simply a great read (which means more people looking at your advertisement!). So read on, be inspired yet again and remember that we all have the choice to make a difference.



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goddesses in business girls night with a conscience Throw on your party dress and strap on your highest heels for a fundraiser you won’t forget. On the eve of Saturday February 19, Soave Mooloolaba will be transformed into every girl’s dream with fashion parades, cocktails and even a hunky man auction. With every dollar of the ticket price supporting Fremo’s Medical Clinic in Kenya, this is one girls night out you can feel good about. Phone Natarsha 0402 145 210

On February 23, the luxurious 4th Floor Restaurant will play host to The Enlightened Goddesses NetConnect Seminar. Be inspired by the motivational speakers at this business seminar as you enjoy a complimentary drink and delicious meal while you network with Sunshine Coast businesswomen.

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motivation in maroochydore Ready to get your new year’s resolutions off to a bang? On February 12, motivational speaker and high-performance coach Craig Harper will be hosting a workshop at the Maroochydore Surf Club designed to kickstart all those often-forgotten resolutions and abandoned goals. craig harper

Tennis hot shots will be making their way to the Sunshine Coast this month for the Caloundra International from February 6 at the Caloundra Tennis Club.

a healthy new year Ready to kick off your 2011 with a healthy twist? On February 15, Lake Kawana Community Centre will be transformed into health central for the How to Make 2011 Your Healthiest and Best Year Ever, a health and fitness seminar to raise much needed funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Listen to a large array of guest speakers, including our very own Genine Howard, as you pick up tips on how to make 2011 your best year yet. Tickets are just $10 (donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation).





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he says, she says

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“I claim there ain’t another saint as great as Valentine.” ~ Ogden Nash. It is the month of love, and come February 14 lots of us will be playing Romeo (or possibly Juliet). So is it really important at this time of year to make that all-important gesture? And if so, what is the best way to go about it? Regular columnists and radio hosts of HOT91.1FM, Todd and Sami, have some tips to reignite those flames of passion. todd and sami

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ell, well, well, after safely navigating the gift minefield of the Christmas season, narrowly escaping my wife’s birthday (two days after Xmas, and what’s wrong with a blower vac?), and getting the kids back to school with plenty of energy left for a cracking ‘Stralya Day’ celebration, my old nemesis raises it’s head again, threatening to derail my new year and cause more dramas than six months of living in Summer Bay (think stalkers, bank robbers, multiple fires, car accidents and plane wrecks!). I’m talking, of course, about Valentine’s Day. Yeah, that one day of the year that can easily undo several months of earning good boyfriend / husband behaviour points! With more pressure on us fellas than Shane Warne’s got on his new face, we are thrust under the relationship microscope for not just the ‘Big Day’ but for the entire month. Apparently our entire affiliation with the female in our lives can be judged via our actions over this four-week period! There are plenty of expert suggestions, plenty of romance advice columns and a plethora of gift ideas for winning over the girl of your dreams, but I don’t reckon any of them are rock-solid, bankable guarantees to ensure safe passage through the month. Lads, you can spend a handful of foldies on trinkets and flowers and exy dinners and champas and still fail to ‘get on the good foot!’ Coz, let’s face it ladies, that’s all we want. The gifts and little notes of love are simply a means to an end. Sex with you is the very fibre of our existence! If it was not for the awesomeness of being with you then we’d be dead. So, I guess what I’m saying, if I’m saying anything, is this ... there are two ways to woo your lover this V-Day. For the lads ... in the words of ageing rocker George Thorogood “You gotta squeeze her real gentle, you gotta make her feel good, tell her that you love her, like you know you should ... she’s gonna love you all night, if you just treat her right!” For the girls ... turn up naked with a six-pack of beer. Good luck and may the force be with you!


love February as it is the official month of love. I adore Valentine’s day. I am like a Hallmark card – all soppy and sentimental. I even send my Mum a Valentine’s Day card every year and also buy my three dogs a present each. So you can only imagine what my poor husband is in store for as it’s our first V-Festival together (yes, back off, it is a festival). I love romance. I may be the world’s worst driver / saver / cook / athlete, but I reckon I was born to give you blokes tips on ways to reignite the flame. You see, Allan and Barbara Pease got it right with their book Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps. In fact, we are so different, it is crazy, really, that we ever fall in love. So guys take note. Just for 60 seconds read the following advice. Need bribery? Okay, well, pure and simple, it will get you lovin’. Thank you for continuing to read. So here we go. Buy the woman in your life anything romantic. No, this does not include any form of electrical appliance or gadget. No frying pans, kettles, no car accessories. We love lingerie, flowers, perfume and jewellery. Yes, it is all a cliché but that’s why it is a cliché: because we love it and it makes us feel like a sexy and feminine woman. With lingerie, maybe steer clear of the fire engine red g-string that looks great on a 19-year-old. If things are tight when it comes to money this year, then write a love letter or a poem or go on a midnight picnic with some sandwiches and a bottle of wine. Your gal will swoon. Or make her a voucher where you write, “I owe you a massage” or “I owe you 10 baby sitting services”. Trust me, what happens outside the bedroom is directly reflected inside the bedroom. And the most important rule of all: do not ever, ever, ever put the pressure on to make out. You will kill the mood quicker than Scarlett Johansson’s marriage lasted. Use some reverse psychology. And lastly, for the ladies of the Coast, I also have some advice. Do not bother spending a cent of your hard earned money. All he wants is to make out. Or that red g-string that looks good on a 19-year-old. Go figure.

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We really just stumbled into the ladies shoe business ... Men typically don’t understand it.�

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ben nothling


Shoes, glorious shoes! Bejewelled or heeled, women love shoes, and Ben Nothling, co-founder and Business Director of Holster Fashion, knows just what women want. Lauren O’Connor paid a visit to the Holster Fashion head office in Noosa, and found out just how Ben has turned his brand into a global fashion icon.


ou know that scene in the Sex and the City movie when Carrie walks into her huge, brand-new, walk-in-robe and switches on the light, to be met by rows upon rows of gorgeous shoes (you would have heard the collective female sigh in the cinema)? We’ve all dreamt about it, and we’ve all wished our significant other could come to terms with such a dream, just like Mr Big. Well, Ben Nothling is such a man. If there is one thing all women understand, it is shoes. Shoes for different occasions, shoes in different colours, materials, textures ... women’s shoes are a global commodity that can be a hard market to crack, but once a niche is found, as Ben Nothling has done, the possibilities are endless. Looking and fitting the typical image of a coastal surfer, Ben Nothling has truly become a Noosa local. Having grown up in Brisbane and moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1998 to study business and marketing at the University of Queensland, Ben found a way to combine his education with his new home town of Noosa, and created Holster Fashion. Holster Fashion is popularly known for their iconic jelly sandals, with their catch phrase being, ‘The Rolls Royce of jelly sandals’. Ben is the business director of Holster Fashion and explains that, “... while Natalie, my business partner [and wife], focuses heavily on the designing of the shoes, I oversee the general running of the company, the production and delivery, the shipping and managing all the distributors. “Our Australian business has grown really quickly, so much so that we’ve put on a national manager. We’ve got 250 accounts in Australia that we supply, with David Jones being the most high profile ... the TV Shopping Network, combined with David Jones, being our two biggest accounts. “Our online business is growing rapidly as well and we have eight selling agents around the country that sell our products too. Now I just really want to focus on the export and production of our designs, and sourcing new materials when I go travelling.” Holster Fashion is now truly a global brand, with shipments constantly going to Asia, Europe, North and South America and the Pacific. It’s a long way from working out of a garage on the Sunshine Coast; just how the business started out. “We registered Holster Fashion in January 2001, but we didn’t really get going until 2002 when we started moving into shoes and belts. We started with surfboard covers and clothing, and then shell belts and leather sandals, and they went really well. We started designing and importing products from Indonesia. We decided we couldn’t just rely on the Indonesian products as we had a few quality problems coming out of Indonesia, so then we looked at designing jelly sandals, and it’s just taken off. Now people come to us from all over the world

saying they want to sell our sandals.” “The name Holster comes from where we started with surfboard bags, and when you go surfing in places like Indonesia, you sometimes take a surfboard called a gun for big surf, and so that train of thought got us thinking, ‘well, you put your gun in a holster’ and that’s where the name came from. We then registered it as a trademark, and we had a really good reaction.” When asked how a surfer who lives on the Sunshine Coast gets into the business of women’s fashion shoes, Ben laughs. “We really just stumbled into the ladies shoe business. There is just such a big market for ladies shoes. Men typically don’t understand it. Once you start dealing with it and start understanding how many shoes women buy ... I mean, I hear stories all the time of women all around the globe buying our shoes, but it’ll be just one style in five colours. When women really like something, they’ll buy it, and in several colours or styles if they can. We just stumbled into the shoe business and it’s done well for us. We’ve learnt a lot in the shoe industry and it’s something we want to stick at. While Holster is busy, it’s tough times out there, and we need to count our lucky stars and make the most of it. “Natalie has lived up here her whole life, but I went to school in Brisbane and moved up here for uni in 1998. Nat and I can go for a walk along the beach, we go surfing together, and it clears your head. We believe we come up with better ideas when we’re doing things we enjoy. Natalie always says she comes up with her best shoe designs when we’re on holidays.” Noosa is the backdrop not just for Ben’s life, but for his company as well. With such an iconic location in his backyard, Ben has utilised this to help create the allure of owning a pair of Holster jelly sandals. “We like the lifestyle up here. If we had Holster in a city, like Sydney or Brisbane, it would be cheaper, in terms of shipping and freight, so there are extra costs involved in being based here. With the internet though things are so much easier, you really can run a business from anywhere. “We’ll always keep Holster in Noosa. It’s a great place to live. We’ve got a little boy on the way, due in March. It’ll be a good upbringing around here with the surf, schools and sports. We like the beach and lifestyle too much to go anywhere else.” After leaving the Holster Fashion head office in Noosa, as soon as I get into my car, I take off my boring, black ballet flats, and swap them for a pair of pewtercoloured jelly sandals with three big jewels that run down my feet. Ben informed me that Dannii Minogue was photographed wearing the exact same pair. So whether you have a wardrobe like Carrie Bradshaw or not, we can always do with a new addition to our shoe collection.

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Angela Bueti wanted more from life. She wanted to find her calling and she did. in doing so she has given little boys all over the Coast (and soon the whole of Australia … if not the world) the most precious gift. The gift of reading, from which all-else stems. profile magazine’s Jessica Jane Sammut catches up with angela to find out how. Author, Angela Bueti and characters Scratch and Patch


oung boys. A unique species. Active and curious. I should know, I have one. A very feisty, busy, but extremely cute two-year-old. And it is true. On putting him next to a little girl of the same age, he finds different things interesting and learns in a different way. And there is no-one who understands this better than Angela Bueti, the creator and writer of WOW Books 4 Boys. A gorgeous, bright, warm mother of two handsome and darling boys, Oscar, eight and Archie, five, Angela has taken the Coast by storm in a bid to create fabulous engaging reading material especially for boys. It is a passion buried deep within her heart and a project she believes she spent the first 40 years of her life preparing for. Uninterested in school when she was young, Angela didn’t go to university until she was older, eventually attending as a mature-age student to study primary school teaching. On completing this with flying colours she continued on to do a Masters in literacy education, specialising in both adults and children, and taught adults literacy skills across a range of industries. From this, Angela started her own business in 1996 in Brisbane offering workplace literacy training and soon became one of the most sought-after niche specialists in her field, branching out into working with government departments. On paper, Angela had it all. She owned a successful business, had married the love of her life, Peppi, and was the mother of two divine little boys. However, she never felt completely fulfilled in her career and it was not until a paradise trip away that she realised this. “I had just turned 40. I was relaxing in the sunshine on holiday and I realised I was not completely happy in my vocation. As I sat with time to reflect, it dawned on me that I wanted to leave my business. I had not been enjoying it – it did not light my fire and I had been working more and more, enduring longer and longer hours. Enough was enough. I believed there was something else out there for me.” And so on returning home Angela pulled out of her business and took a year off to spend with her young boys, do a spot of writing for our very own profile magazine and enjoy a slower pace of life. However she was still searching for her next project. Little did she know it was about to smack her between the eyes. Isn’t it funny how life has a way of doing that? It was 2008 and Oscar had started prep school. As part of his schooling, he was given readers to take home – ‘readers’ being a broad term for school-endorsed educational reading books which help teach a child to read at different levels and learn new words.



“I was so surprised that Oscar really wasn’t interested in the readers,” Angela explains. “Oscar had adored books and loved being read to. When he was given a school reader to begin the magical and fabulous journey of learning to read, his response was less than enthusiastic. ‘This is boring ... it’s not very exciting’ were his regular comments. He had never complained about a book before. Ever. “But many of the readers were not engaging for little boys. I even asked the teachers where the good boys books were so I could buy him some, but I was told there weren’t many around. I was astounded. I started to research the books available and while I found there were great reading books for older boys, there was nothing for the younger ones. I remember complaining about it in the school playground when one of the mothers suddenly said ‘Why don’t you write one Ange?’ And I thought, yes, why don’t I? It was like an awakening.” Combining all her talents and skills in teaching, primary school, literacy, writing and children, it was the perfect venture for Angela to set her sights on and she knew she had found her life’s work. “I want boys to be excited about learning to read; I want teachers to have the resources to engage boys in the learning environment; I want parents to be educated about how to help their son develop a love of reading,” Angela explains. Angela spent the next two years carefully researching and working with some amazing educators, designers, parents and children to produce her first series of readers, Scratch and Patch, launching them on the Coast in August 2010 to an absolutely sensational reception. And Angela is already working on the next series, Jimmy Ka-Chow, and a What Is? group of books tapping into things that little boys love. “I am planning on going national this year and then taking the readers overseas to England and America,” she tells me. “These books are my passion, my life’s work, my calling.” Many of the schools on the Coast now stock Scratch and Patch as well as the majority of libraries. Angela is doing it. She is making a difference and changing the world for little boys. They may not know it yet, but they will, and we as parents will see it as our little cherubs read aloud with confidence and enjoyment. What a thrilling achievement, especially from a woman who was never inspired to learn as a child. Perhaps this gives her more authority than anyone …


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A mother, a midwife, a business owner, an entrepreneur, a believer in what is right, and a campaigner to ensure that what is right is done. Natasha Oglesby is a rare breed of woman. She does it all and she does it spectacularly. Jessica Jane Sammut meets the Peregian multi-tasker to find out about her latest venture.


hen I first met the lovely Natasha Oglesby, I was amazed at the fact she had five beautiful daughters as she simply did not look old enough. I was equally as amazed she was also a highly sought-after midwife (such a special job in my book), having delivered more than 1,000 newborn babies, and I was amazed that she possessed a masters and a special-care qualification to boot. I was amazed that in her ‘spare’ time she supported women who wished to birth naturally at home under the guidance of a trained midwife, and I was even more amazed that in the last 18 months she had added CEO and software developer to her ever-expanding portfolio. Are you exhausted reading this yet, or like me ... pretty amazed? So how does this powerhouse of a mother, midwife and CEO fire-up in the morning? The answer is devotion. A devotion to the notion of family, to birthing, and to the safety of newborn babies – all loves so great they are the inspiration fuelling Natasha’s recent dedication to fix a problem which has been present in the hospital maternity arena ever since records began. The serious issue of baby misidentification. When I say misidentification, I don’t just mean baby mix-ups where the wrong newborn is taken home by the wrong parents (which, by the way, happens more regularly than you may think, according to Natasha), but I am also talking about the wrong baby being administered the wrong drugs or immunisations; the wrong newborn being fed the wrong expressed breast-milk; the wrong newborn undergoing the wrong tests, and the wrong newborn being given to the wrong mother to feed. “It happens so easily in a busy maternity unit,” Natasha explains. “I have seen it time and time again and it is so frustrating – to be working within a system that does not prevent these misidentifications, but that could. Similar medical record numbers, identical surnames, and similar sounding names all cause errors. Our newborn babies are the most vulnerable, most precious members of our society and yet they are at risk in this way. They cannot speak for themselves, and so as a midwife, I feel I must finally speak out for them and their parents who also suffer greatly when mix-ups occur.” As a mother myself, I shudder at the thought of this happening to me or my child. It is a parental instinct to protect their children and I can certainly understand the anguish that parents must go through when something like this occurs. The high emotion of bringing a child into the world is enough without a situation like this happening. Natasha reads my mind. “Can you imagine how you would feel to be told your baby had just been fed by the lady in the next bed because it was dark and the handwritten wrist tag was not legible? This is a total stranger to you which is a complete violation. “And it is worse when expressed breast milk is given to the wrong baby,” Natasha continues. “When this happens, a paediatrician has to be contacted immediately, along with the infectious diseases department – we are talking about a bodily fluid after all. Breast milk presently is not tracked and monitored, so the baby

is then exposed to having its stomach pumped, not to mention multiple blood tests including HIV and hepatitis, and the parents are consequently left in limbo for the first five months of their baby’s life awaiting the results. What a terrible invasion of the most important bonding time of life.” And I agree with Natasha. I cannot believe that in today’s world we can send a man to the moon, we can even talk to people on a computer screen thousands of kilometres away, but yet newborn babies are still being labelled by a handwritten tag in the same way it was done when I was born 32 years ago. “So one evening two years ago, I came home to Mark, my husband, and I was most upset about the events of my shift where a major error had occurred with regard to a baby’s identification. Over a coffee I unloaded on him. Mark asked me what I would do to make the system work and I explained to him what needed to be put in place. I invented ‘Babywatch’ in my mind. ‘So do it,’ Mark said. And so I have.” Starting her own business from scratch was completely foreign territory for a midwife from the public sector, but this did not stop her. With absolutely no commercial experience at all, Natasha’s passion for her product and for solving a problem she found deeply concerning propelled her into the business sphere – developing her product with CMO Global (the market leaders in compliance and quality management software systems), and then testing it, financing it, patenting it, branding it, protecting it, marketing it – and now implementing it in hospitals across the world. So in this way, Natasha’s product Babywatch was created – the most incredible yet simple electronic wristband barcode system to identify, track and monitor all actions and procedures involving a newborn from birth to discharge / transfer, eliminating the very real risk of wrongly identifying babies and also offering a personal 24-hour security guard (ensuring that a baby is not removed from a maternity ward). Now a software partner with Motorola and Zebra Technologies, Babywatch has received outstanding reviews across Australia and has even attained global praise. Natasha is thrilled. “I met Mark at the age of 21, and together we have strived for our goals and ambitions in life. Babywatch could not have been achieved if it had not been for the constant love, support and advice of Mark who has sacrificed his own career to allow me to follow through with Babywatch. It is amazing to see our concept complete and at the implementation stage,” she states. And I realise as I leave Natasha’s home which is filled with the laughter of children and the smell of freshly cut flowers (how she has time to cut flowers is beyond me), that if it wasn’t for women like her who take on a campaign when confronted with it, squaring up to it and looking it straight in the eye without fear, then the female race would still not have the vote, would still not be able to hold positions of authority (let alone run a country as great as Australia), and in fact would still not be taken seriously at all. I smiled. I know my midwife is going to succeed in helping millions of babies and parents. I know this because I know the power of a woman with a bit between her teeth. Unstoppable.

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ife is fast and furious: 24-hour television, 24-hour shopping, emails coming through as phones ring as Facebook messages pop-up, multi-screen newscasts, hundreds of choices about what to eat, hundreds of choices of where to go. Noise, noise, noise. It sure is a hectic world we live in. So when does being busy / being active / being stimulated become too much? Is there such a thing as a healthy balance in life, and if so, how do we ensure we strike it? The concept of balance is not a new one. Ayurveda, the ancient medical practice native to India, stresses a balance of three elemental energies so the body can function to its fullest: vata (air and space), pitta (fire and water) and kapha (water and earth), and it is when these doshas (as they are known) are imbalanced the ayurvedic belief is that the body is affected negatively. In the same way, Buddhism advocates the importance of achieving balance in life, and the American Indians also believe harmony and balance is integral to being fulfilled. Even in this modern day, the mantra ‘everything in moderation’ is bandied about like a hacky sack in a kids’ playground. So there must be something to this notion of balance. And what I would like to know is, how do we achieve it? Joining me to consider this debate at Wild Rocket at Misty’s, Montville, is a handful of active, clever women who I can tell just by looking at know what they want in life and how to get it. Our co-host for this month is Sandra Wills of Genesys Wealth Advisers, a certified financial planner who emanates an aura of peace and always makes me feel very calm – perhaps it is because she is perpetually smiling. Sandra has invited guests Judy Buckmaster, who runs her husband’s building company (the brains behind the brawn) while raising

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A ‘healthy balance’ in life is apparently the key to wellness – your immune system copes better, your reactions are quicker, your stress levels are lower, your capability is higher. So what is this ‘healthy balance’ we hear about and where can we buy it? Jessica Jane Sammut talks to a fabulous group of lunching ladies in a quest for an answer.

a 16, 19 and 21-year-old (yes 21-year-olds are still being raised, our kids will always be our kids), and the very jolly Dianne Webb, a marriage celebrant who has wed more than 100 couples over the last three years and is very loved-up herself. Profile’s guests this month are the lovely Kylie Hendrey of Hendrey Chiropractic, a jet-setter at heart and a mother of two toddlers (now that is my definition of busy), and none other than our very own Genine Howard, publisher and sassy managing editor of the sensational, high-end-glossyshow-stopping magazine that is profile (okay, I may be slightly biased). And then there is me, Jessica Jane Sammut, writer and sub editor of that aforementioned magazine, who in terms of well being knows she HAS to get enough sleep and also HATES to be interrupted when concentrating, else not only does her body and soul get out of balance, but so does the body and soul of the person nearest to her (just ask her husband). profile: So health and balance. What does it mean? Let’s begin by looking at what makes you happy?

kylie: Exploring the world makes me happy. I love to travel and experience a different way of life. I think I am a gypsy at heart. I grew up in Tasmania and lived in the UK for three years. dianne: Yes, I also love to travel and my husband and I try to get away every two years. Spending time with my beautiful grandchildren also makes me happy. genine: Yes, travel for me too and spending time with my husband, Rowan, puts a smile on my face. I am off to Bali tomorrow to see my mother who has a house in Kuta and we will also be sneaking off to a five-star luxury villa for a couple of days. Profile magazine keeps me very happy in addition. It is twoand-a-half year’s old now; I am very proud of that. sandra: I agree, adventure and exploring is the spice

of life. I am off to South America in 13 days’ time for eight weeks and very much looking forward to it. Another thing which always makes me smile is my wedding day – not because of the fact that we got married but because of what we did. profile: What did you do?

sandra: After being engaged for 10 years, we threw an Austin Powers fancy dress party on my husband’s birthday and half way through the night, we announced we were getting married, much to everyone’s surprise. And we did, there and then – me as Wonder Woman and my hubby as Austin! So maybe great memories are things which keep us happy and balanced also. profile: And what about health – how does this figure in your lifestyle balance?

dianne: I gave up smoking in 1975 and it wasn’t until 1988 that I actually succeeded! genine: I always want to be fitter, it is so hard to make it happen. judy: Yes you need a plan of action with regard to keeping exercise going. sandra: Married to my husband, all plans go out the window! kylie: I have made exercise work for me as I have built it around my lifestyle. I have set up a mini gym in my garage and each day I record my favourite shows and then at 5am the next morning I get up, exercise and watch my shows. I love it. It is time to myself (precious with two toddlers) and it keeps me feeling good. dianne: I have two fitness DVDs – I bought them with the full intention of getting fitter and losing weight … but then I open a bottle of wine of an evening and before I know it … genine: In terms of keeping my mind fit, Rowan and



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“Maybe the concept of balance changes depending on where you are in life and what you are doing?

See Mooloolaba’s chef’s cook up an impressive menu

I are about to start Spanish lessons. Learning keeps my brain ticking over and is something we enjoy doing together, and it is great to be gaining a skill. kylie: I enjoy this kind of stimulation too. We have had Spanish au pairs in the past specifically to inject some culture into the family. It is so good for the kids to have that balanced view of the world – as they see another way of life and another language (it is my version of travelling without actually going anywhere!) and it is also fabulous for my husband, David and I, as it allows us to have more time together. This for me is what balance is about at the moment; making sure we have enough time as a couple while also raising our children. And making some time for me too. The thought of reading a book undisturbed in a coffee shop is just bliss to me.

balance. We think that all we want to do is sit and drink cocktails on a beach, but actually we don’t [profile: Although that does sound very enticing, Genine!]. We want to do this combined with other things. judy: I don’t think you have to work to be busy though – my brother-in-law retired at 58 and he is the busiest person I know! My mother is also retired but the most active 87-year-old – she is currently learning all about genealogy! sandra: To me, balance is about balancing your health, family and finances and also living in the moment. If you have your health, you truly have everything. This is the most important aspect of your life and all else flows from this. kylie: That is why I go to the gym in the morning.

profile: So maybe the concept of balance changes depending on where you are in life and what you are doing?

So there you have it. Just as you budget how you spend your money, it’s important to remember that budgeting is vital when you choose how to spend your time as well. We all have our own view on what balance is and how we can achieve balance. It is not a definable term it seems. But what is clear is we should be making sure we do more of those things that we enjoy – those things that give us pleasure, that keep us calm, that soothe our wretched bodies and heal our souls. A no-brainer this may seem, but many of us still have trouble saying ‘no’ when someone asks us to commit our time. When you were young, you probably only envisaged yourself doing exciting things and although it’s unrealistic to be only doing things that are ‘fun’ (sometimes we need to take a break from going to champagne-fuelled celebrity parties so that we can do some ironing and wash a few loads of dishes), it can be helpful to try and view the world through the innocent eyes of a child ­– try to keep your life full of fun, full of balance and full of good health. So declutter your life. Clear it out and imagine it empty, and then reorganise it by returning only those things which are vital to your survival. Then gradually return other things in their order of importance, leaving out items of your lifestyle that drain you or stress you, like obligations that you’d rather not keep, late nights, people who absorb your energy or television shows you don’t have time for. By doing this you will get a greater idea of what things in your life feed you, and what things you may want to eliminate. And balance, ever more, will be yours.

judy: Yes I think so. We are coming into that phase now of having more time to ourselves as our kids are old enough to start looking after themselves. genine: I think that as we get older it all starts becoming more about balance? We all need to have balance in life. I don’t remember thinking about it when I was younger or even being aware of it. For me, balance means quality time to myself. profile: And in relation to that quality time, why is that so rare to find sometimes? Why is it that women, especially, feel guilty if they do anything for themselves?

dianne: Women are cruel to other women. I think it is the green-eyed monster. genine: I felt a little awkward the other day as when I told some friends I was going on holiday to Bali (to see my mother, incidentally), they seemed amazed I was going away ‘again’. I don’t understand this because my only other holiday in the last couple of years was Europe. In any event, I like to go away, it gives me balance. profile: So what does balance mean to you?

kylie: It means to look at all the different areas of your life to ensure that you give all those areas enough time and become fulfilled. judy: I am currently doing a Diploma in accountancy because I have the time to indulge my brain in this way, it is fabulous! genine: Work does actually help to give us



Wild Rocket @ Misty’s, Montville With my passion for all things old, all things cute and all things chic, I could not have been happier than when I rocked up (excuse the pun) to Wild Rocket in Montville. What better place to have a chat about health and balance than the clean air of the hinterland while tucking in to the wholesome natural produce of the local area? Perfect for an afternoon tea, a romantic meal for two or a little group gathering as we were having, Wild Rocket really is the most divine little eatery set in the most darling little village that is Montville. Our entrée saw us tuck into a beautiful marinated kingfish (exquisitely soaked in olive oil, lemon and thyme from the Rocket kitchen garden) with proscuitto, crispbread and salsa verde (also made from the kitchen garden). Complemented by a Smallfry Barossa Riesling, my taste buds were in sensory overload already. Duck, cooked to perfection, was served as the main course, together with a spring roll, caramelised plum, star anise and vanilla sauce, all so fresh and so delicate. And if that was not enough, dessert was a veritable treat of pineapple and coconut pannacotta served with a pineapple salsa and coconut sorbet which tasted as if it had just fallen from the tree. A Bethany Late Harvest Riesling was served with our sweets, and by this point I honestly could have kicked back and stayed in this fabulous corner of the world for the rest of the afternoon. Work, what work? I think I need some balance … Wild Rocket @ Misty’s is open from 10am ‘til late Monday to Friday, 9am ‘til late Saturday, and 9am ‘til 5pm Sunday. Open since November 2010, it really is the new kid on the block for sumptuous dining. Wild Rocket @ Misty’s 142 Main Street Montville 5478 5560

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coastline BMW feature

BMW Wow, it is the month of cupid once more and time to test drive another beautiful beast. If you have been a really good girl this year perhaps it could be worth a few hints to your valentine about the best way to spoil you, and you never know, it could result in a sleek shiny body with the growl of a panther – a car that is … not your partner. This issue, we have invited a fabulous Coast ‘celebrity’ to have a turn in a BMW 1 Series Sports Hatch and here are the results. Last month’s mystery driver was nadine sullivan from active living. congratulations Terri Bermingham for guessing correctly and taking home a bmw lifestyle pack, valued at $200 from coastline bmw.

MY TEST DRIVE EXPERIENCE I have just stepped out from behind the wheel of a BMW 1 Series Sports Hatch – a great choice for an entry level prestige vehicle. While it’s not my personal preference, the Sports Hatch still has broad appeal. With an elongated bonnet and the passenger seats more towards the rear of the vehicle, you know this is in the sports class. The Sports Hatch seats five people as standard and has foldable seats in the rear. While the car is compact, there is enough room for some luggage.

It’s also great on fuel consumption. One of several nifty innovations is the four-cylinder diesel engine which shuts down when the car is stationery and restarts as soon as the clutch is activated again. It can be easily said the BMW 1 Series Sports Hatch is a perfect merge of comfort, convenience and driving safety. My test drive gave me a great starter vehicle which has been engineered to meet BMW’s characteristic driving performance.

Perhaps the standout feature of the Sports Hatch is its focus on safety. The design is such that you never need to take your eyes off the road. The controller in the centre console allows you to operate the various functions intuitively and safely. You can even program the buttons with your most-used phone numbers, navigation destinations or music. It’s all on demand with the intention of “ensuring sublime driving pleasure.”



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120d Sports Hatch

WHY I LOVE IT If you’re looking for an entry level prestige vehicle then this is a good place to start. Indeed, as the catch line states, the Sports Hatch is a “joy to ride.” But it’s more than that. It’s an opportunity for those who identify with quality to align themselves with a brand name that is synonymous with style, comfort and class. That’s the branding position of BMW and the 1 Series Sports Hatch delivers on it. And it seems like the way BMW Currumundi operates is consistent with the philosophy of the brand. From the minute I entered the showroom, the staff were professionally courteous but were also warm and welcoming. Already I felt connected and was genuinely impressed. Now that makes perfect brand sense!

Mystery driver

WHO AM I? I work in the television industry – a career which has spanned 16 years and has afforded me the opportunity to work for global media brands in the fields of media management, corporate public relations and marketing. In recent years, I’ve returned to the Sunshine Coast and to the place it all began, working for a company which is proudly number one in regional Australia. If you can guess who I am, you could win a BMW lifestyle pack valued at $200. Head to for competition conditions and entry details.

WHAT DOES IT COST? The 1 Series Diesel Sports Hatch starts on road from $196* per week. *Price includes GST, Stamp Duty, Registration & CTP and Dealer Delivery charges. Based on a BMW 118d manual sports hatch with an on road price of $51,839 over a 60 month term with a residual payment of $20,735 at 9.5 % (subject to rate changes).

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I was told I had roughly five years to live. I was in total shock.”

This month’s cover shoot was inspired by Jessica Ainscough’s determination to fight her cancer by going organic through and through. Stylist Genine Howard and creative director Kara De Schot designed and constructed an organic gown made entirely of cabbage leaves and a neckpiece of spring onions (sourced from The Natural Foodstore and Fenwicks Grocer of Buderim). Makeup artist Pru Edwards challenge was to create photo quality makeup from purely natural makeup; she used Iniki mineral products and non-toxic hair products to create Jessica’s gorgeous natural look. Even carrot juice was on hand for Jessica to fit in with her daily diet schedule! Photographed in photographer Alan Hughes studio, Peregian Springs.



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the wellness warrior

words jessica jane sammut ll photography alan hughes ll makeup and hair pru edwards

I didn’t want to have my arm removed, I didn’t want to have terminal cancer. I was 22; I was just starting out.”

once upon a time jessica would justify a mcdonald’s run by saying, “at least i’m eating vegetables!” as she waved a deep fried chip and some limp, translucent lettuce in the air – how times have changed.

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How many of you have been on a detox? Too much rich food, not enough sleep, overdoing the alcohol and racing around without a rest; it all leaves you feeling pretty worn out. Our bodies need restoration. But why do we only detox after we have treated our bodies this way? Jessica Ainscough passionately believes we should be investing more time and attention to good health, raw foods and the power of nature. So much so, that she is betting her life on it. Profile’s Jessica Jane Sammut finds out more.


essica Ainscough – a young lady with great natural beauty, natural charisma, a deep understanding of the natural body and an extremely inspiring belief in the power of nature. In fact, there is nothing ‘unnatural’ about Jessica. She is as sincere in person as she appears in her Wellness Warrior blog; as honest with me about her thoughts, worries and passions as if I had known her all of my life; and as accepting of her situation as if it were her true calling. A positively wholesome person on the inside and out, and talking to her one would never have guessed that once upon a time, this energetic 25-year-old used to spend her time drinking free champagne, living off canapés and writing about celebrities in fast and furious Sydney, having never had a sober New Year’s Eve to her name and having never heard the words ‘Epithelioid Sarcoma’. My how her world has changed. It was 2006 and Jessica Ainscough had just moved to Sydney. She had a wonderful job as an editor for Dolly Magazine, a hot boyfriend, a great pad; she was 21 and the world was at her feet – laid out like a golden carpet just waiting for her to skip along it on the path to everlasting happiness. Except something happened one day which was to change everything. It was a bright, sunny, busy week in Sydney when Jessica decided to see a hand doctor about suspicious swelling around her left hand and middle finger. Unconcerned, she was told it was a benign tumour and it was removed. Drama over. But it wasn’t. Over the next year, Jessica noticed a few more lumps on her arm. Puzzled, Jessica and the medics wondered what was causing the lumps and Jess thought she might be having an allergic reaction to something. In April 2008, a biopsy was completed and Jessica took an hour off work to get the results. “I was on my own; at no time had there been any medical concern over the lumps and so I was curious more than worried about what the outcome was going to be. I went to my appointment to be confronted with a life-shattering reality. I was told I had Epithelioid Sarcoma and that I had roughly five years to live. I was informed chemotherapy and radiation would not work and the only chance I had of prolonging my life was to have my arm amputated, and even then there was no guarantee

that this would be a cure. I was in total shock.” Jessica and her family were devastated with the news. A Sunshine Coast girl, raised in Coolum, her mother and father immediately flew to her aid and tried to help Jessica get her head around the whole terrible scenario. Jessica had two things to deal with. Not only was she suddenly contemplating the prospect of being terminally ill, she was also having to come to terms with the thought of around being permanently disabled. All in the space of a few moments. Her life as she knew it was over. Jessica hated the idea of having her arm removed and battled in her mind against her instincts to refuse this treatment option. However, finally after much heartache and anguish, she agreed to go through with it as the only choice available to her and signed the consent form. “It was a very emotional time,” Jessica remembers. “I didn’t want to have my arm removed, I didn’t want to have terminal cancer. I was 22; I was just starting out. I was very down while contemplating the amputation, but was trying to get through it by seeing my blessings.” However, a few days before Jessica was due to have her limb removed, she was called in to speak to the medics who had discovered an alternative option. They suggested an isolated limb infusion of chemotherapy, instead of removing her arm, where they would tourniquet her arm and pump it full of high doses of chemotherapy drugs in a one-off hit. Jessica immediately agreed. She spent eight days in hospital while her arm blew up like an inflatable balloon and then she was sent home to recover during the subsequent month as the swelling subsided. Not one to rest on her laurels, Jessica was eager to get back to work and after only two weeks of being at home, she returned to her role at Dolly. “I had to lay my arm on a pillow rest at work as it was still so pumped-up,” she recalls. “I loved my job. I loved Sydney. I was eager for things to get back to ‘normal’. I was hoping with all my might that the cancer would be eliminated.” It was at this time that Jessica and her mum began to read about alternative cancer therapies. After originally being told by the medics it was a question of amputation or death – to only



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My doctors told me I was on a death wish and they could not understand or endorse my decision.”



then find out there was in fact another form of chemotherapy that would help her, Jessica and her Mum felt there must also be other treatments out there which they did not know about. “I nearly lost my arm when I didn’t have to,” Jessica explains. “This scared me and I realised that, along with the chemotherapy, there must be further ways I could fight the disease which the doctors had not told me about. My type of cancer is very rare and the doctors were baffled about its treatment.” And on researching the topic, Jessica discovered the Gerson Therapy. “On learning about the Gerson Therapy I was immediately motivated and inspired,” says Jess. “It felt akin to my own beliefs. I had never felt comfortable with lopping my arm off, especially without a guarantee that it was going to be a successful form of treatment. The Gerson Therapy offered an alternative method of helping myself that felt right.” For those of you wondering what the Gerson Therapy is, you are not alone. When mentioned to me by Jessica, I have to confess that I had no knowledge of this approach. With a pharmacist for a husband and two other pharmacists as brothers-in-law, our house is one of traditional medical beliefs and I have to admit I too am a slight sceptic with regard to ‘natural’ therapy, except for the standard notions that lots of water and sleep is very good for you, prolonged stress should be avoided and Berocca is great for a hangover. Do massages and pedicures count? And so, after a little research of my own to delve deeper into this foreign field for the purposes of this article, I was enlightened to discover the philosophy behind Gerson, and inspired by its respect for nature, for balance, for diet, for the body, and for raw living, and I do believe a little piece of its clean-living philosophy has rubbed off on the shiraz-loving, KFC-eating sinner that is me. So let me enlighten you also. The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that claims to boost your body’s own immune system to heal cancer, arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and many other degenerative diseases. One aspect of the Gerson Therapy that sets it apart from most other treatment methods is its all-encompassing nature. An abundance of nutrients from fresh organic juices are consumed every day, providing your body with a super dose of enzymes, minerals and nutrients. It is claimed these substances then break down diseased tissue in the body, while enemas aid in eliminating the lifelong buildup of toxins from the liver. With its whole-body approach to healing, the Gerson Therapy is supposed to naturally reactivate your body’s ability to heal itself – apparently with no damaging side effects. “Soon after my chemo and having a lump in my lymph nodes removed, I started the cancer diet advocated by Gerson,” Jessica recalls, “and while I was still within the medical system, I continued to immerse myself in learning more about Gerson and its natural form of healing. I also moved back to the Sunshine Coast to recuperate and concentrate on myself. Sydney was too busy while I was ill and so I quit my dream job and spent the year resting. I wasn’t doing the whole Gerson Therapy properly, just taking the bits of it that I liked.” In February 2009, eight months after her chemotherapy treatment, Jessica was told that it had been a success as the cancer had not returned, and although she would have to continue being monitored, the future was looking positive. “I started to make plans again for the first time since my diagnosis,” Jessica remembers. “It was the most incredible feeling.” However, Jessica’s journey was not over. Less than a year later, in November, she found a lump under her arm and noticed some lumps on her arms too and just before Christmas of that year Jess and her family were sadly told by doctors the cancer had returned. “The strange thing was that the scans I was having were not showing these up – I had to badger the doctors to biopsy the

lumps which I could see and feel. When I got the results, it was a complete blow. I felt crushed. Once again, I was advised to have my arm amputated, but the medics still could not guarantee that the cancer would not come back. The more and more I thought about it, the more and more I felt that Gerson was offering me a treatment I believed in.” As a result, in an extremely brave move, Jessica went on to do something absolutely astounding. Jessica decided to walk away from conventional medicine. Completely. No scans, no biopsies, no drugs, no hospitals, no doctors, no assessments. No treatment. Except Jessica had chosen a treatment. But not a treatment recognised by the medical profession. She had chosen what some might call an ‘almighty detox’ - the Gerson Therapy. “My doctors in Sydney were not happy at all,” Jess explains. “They told me I was on a death wish and they could not understand or endorse my decision.” In 2010, Jess began fully on her new path. Although she had been following the cancer diet of Gerson to some degree she had not been adhering to the full program of treatment which is highly specialised and finely tuned process requiring absolute attention to detail. Her new path first took her to the Gawler Foundation in Victoria, an institution which provides a range of cancer retreats and healing programs. “The Gawler Foundation embraces an integrated approach to health, healing and wellbeing involving the body, emotions, mind and spirit. It was here I learnt how to meditate and how to deal with my cancer in my mind,” Jess clarifies. “It was extremely supportive.” In April 2010, Jessica then flew to Mexico to spend three weeks at a Gerson clinic to learn how to do the whole all-encompassing therapy from start to finish. It was a lot to take in and meant a complete lifestyle change forever, but it was the first time Jessica felt positive about her treatment and she was immediately committed. “I learnt about the importance of 13 juices a day (one every hour on the hour), the five daily coffee enemas to remove the toxins of the body, the caster oil treatment, the strict organic vegan diet containing no fat (except flaxseed oil), no sugar, no salt and no alcohol. The therapy is about allowing your body to come into contact with the right things.” So I ask Jessica how she manages to follow such a strict routine. Does she find it hard? How does she socialise? “I live at home with my parents, I find it hard to go out as I have to juice every hour. This therapy is not easy. It is so labour -intensive and time consuming that my mum has had to give up work to be my full-time carer,” she answers. “Mum definitely deserves some praise. She does all the shopping, cooking and some of my juices. Without her I doubt it would be possible to keep it all up. I have until October before I can start to reduce the juices and enemas. But I will now always be a vegan, I will always only eat organic, and I will always keep my body alkaline.” But for Jessica she is fighting to heal – heal her body the way she feels is right and there is no value you can put on this. “I’m surrounded by the people I love – my mother, my father, my boyfriend. I have amazing friends on the Sunshine Coast who I have known since I was 12 and I also have sensational friends in Sydney. I count myself lucky. The hardest thing I find about the treatment is not being able to have a glass of wine and not being able to go out for dinner,” Jess confides. “I miss out in this regard, but I am hoping I will be able to join in more when my treatment becomes less intense. I believe that breakthroughs come from breakdowns.” This girl is truly incredible. At 25 years old, she is an old head on young shoulders. Such wisdom, hope, inner peace and

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gratitude, she is an inspiration to us all. She is a believer in her instincts and an advocate of healthy wholesome living to the point where she is betting her life on it. In the time I have been talking to her, I have not seen her frown once. I feel humbled and at the same time incredibly inspired and yet, it is also like talking to the ‘girl next door’. There are no hanging chimes, no hippy skirts, and no incense burning. Jessica is a thoroughly modern young woman who also happens to enjoy the usual pasttimes that you would expect; the sunshine, the TV (namely her favourite show Keeping Up With the Kardashians), fashion, the beach, her gorgeous pug dog Edie (her constant companion), her boyfriend and her friends. “I also keep myself busy by freelance writing and I have my Wellness Warrior blog which is my sanctuary. Further, I am writing a book of my journey,” Jessica explains. And if this is not enough, she has also just started a course through Integrative Nutrition in New York, all about nutrition and wellness which will qualify her to be a health coach. There is not a glimpse of bell-ringing or cave-dwelling about this woman. So how does Jessica know if the treatment is working I wonder. Is there a way of assessing her progress or is it a treatment which must be completed before its effects can be seen? “I have blood tests which are sent to Mexico for analysis,” Jessica explains. “And apparently I am doing well. But aside from that I can see it and feel it. I had lumps in my arm up until a few weeks ago and suddenly my arm blew-up – much like it did during the chemo – and when it subsided the lumps were gone. Even the lump under my arm is flat. My body is healing itself. “People are too quick to cover up symptoms of illness with drugs when there is a much safer, healthier alternative. Listen to your body; it is trying to tell you something. It is all about balance. Conventional medicine has its place, but alternative medicine should be sitting up-front with it too. It should be a first choice also, not a last resort. I eat well, look after my mind by meditating twice a day and practise Bikram yoga also. I am giving my body and soul the tools to heal. “And it is not just me. People are sick nowadays. Kids are sick. We shouldn’t be. We all need to start putting ourselves first, looking at our lifestyles and making changes.” So who are Jessica’s role models? Who does she aspire to? Where many 20-something women might say Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Wintour or perhaps even Julia Gillard, Jessica gives me an unusual but understandable answer. “Charlotte Gerson, the daughter of the original Dr Max Gerson. She is one of the most well-informed and passionate experts on healing cancer and healing the body naturally. She is truly amazing, inspiring and could put any conventional cancer specialist to shame with her wit and knowledge. At 88, she looks 58 with the most silky smooth skin.” So after chatting to Jessica, how am I feeling about taking paracetamol for my headache, stopping by the local takeaway on my way home and driving though the bottle-o for that afore-mentioned shiraz? I am actually thinking twice. What I really feel like is a carrot, orange and ginger juice – strange considering I have never even had one. And as I look at the statistics, I agree that it is rare to find cancer, arthritis, or other degenerative diseases in cultures considered ‘primitive’ by western civilization. Could it be because of diet and what we expose ourselves to? Max Gerson once said “stay close to nature and its eternal laws will protect you”. He could have a point. So later as I chat with my pharmacist husband over dinner (fresh chicken and salad – not vegan and not organic, I’m afraid, but certainly as fresh as I could muster that evening), I tell him about my chat with Jessica and he listens; listens and agrees that looking after the body and watching what you put into it is a vital way of helping to prevent disease and live a more

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energised life with a healthier mind. This from the man with a firm commitment and belief in traditional medical science. It got me thinking … perhaps the two poles of medicine and alternative therapy are not as separate as we think. The gap could be starting to close. I have thought about Jessica and her approach to life nearly every day since talking to her, so inspirational as she was to me. And I will continue to follow her blog (www.thewellnesswarrior. and her journey and I believe, as she does, that this is her path – to be at one with the rawness of life and the goodness of nature, and an advocate for the power of mother earth. In Jessica’s own words of wisdom,“May all be happy; may all be without disease; may all have well-being; may none have misery of any sort. Peace, peace, peace”.

“I believe that breakthroughs come from breakdowns.



new year, new you feature

Health is never far from our minds. Be it a healthy diet and exercise, or even just finding the time each day to relax and unwind, achieving health in all aspects of our lives is a top priority. While the new year’s health mania has died down a little come February, it is still at the forefront of many a Sunshine Coaster’s mind. Here are some tips to make 2011 your best yet.

how well do you score? For over 60 years, scientists have been telling us how crucial antioxidants are to our future health because they protect us from free radical damage which has been linked to many degenerative diseases. Unfortunately you cannot feel antioxidants in your system and to have levels measured is a costly and complex procedure. REVIVAL Anti Ageing Studio in Peregian Beach has an amazing new device called a biophiotonic scanner that can assess the antioxidant density in your tissue in less than two minutes with no invasion and it is completely painless. This amazing technology has been developed in universities over the last twenty years and is fully supported by numerous studies and trials. Scanning for antioxidant activity empowers you with a personalised assessment which you can use to develop an antioxidant defence strategy. For more information, phone 5471 2288.



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Lorna Cousins is a Sydney-based qualified nutritionist, natural therapist, beauty therapist and vitamin specialist. Here she shares 10 ways to reduce PMS naturally.

Reduce stress levels. Supplementing with magnesium has been found to help relieve nervous and muscular tension, promote relaxation and help with sleep. Avoid or reduce intake of caffeine-containing foods such as chocolate (sorry) and coffee.

How did you sleep last night? Naturlea Earth Aromatics is a Sunshine Coast business founded by Jacqui Burnie. Their core range,‘BeAsleep’ helps you achieve that great night's rest, naturally. Only quality, natural ingredients are used. The only other addition being a good dose of pure positive energy! Naturlea are giving one profile magazine reader a selection of beautiful products, valued at $295. Simply head to competitions page. Naturlea Earth Aromatics are donating 20 percent of all sales to the Queensland Flood Appeal throughout February.

Ensure iron levels are maintained. Low iron levels can mean low energy levels, especially at menstruation. I suggest using organic iron chelates. A vitamin B complex can assist with energy, vitality and stress. Extra vitamin B6 can give relief of many PMS symptoms such as premenstrual headaches and irritability. This can be taken 10 days prior to menstruation. Take evening primrose oil. This essential fatty acid may reduce pain and inflammation.

Incorporate some gentle exercise into your day, which can help elevate mood. Look for a supplement that contains rhodolia rosea – proven to treat fatigue, depression and improve general wellbeing.

Vitex agnus castus (chaste tree berry / monk’s pepper) is known for its significant reductions in anger, irritability, headaches and breast tenderness.

Aim for a good night’s sleep with a PMS supplement that contains valerian in its night formula. Maintain a ‘symptoms diary’ to help recognise and gain an understanding of your particular PMS symptoms – you can download one from

... Laughter is the best medicine according to many doctors. In fact, a single laugh may boost your immune systems defenses for up to three days. ... Eating raw radishes can help prevent some viral infections like the cold and the flu. ... There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world. … Strawberries have more vitamin C than oranges. ... A 4 to 5 percent reduction in your water intake may reduce your concentration and performance by as much as 30 percent. ... Soy is the only vegetable containing all eight essential amino acids, making soy a complete protein.

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bikram yoga maroochydore The famous Bikram Yoga Maroochydore, has become a hot sensation among people of all ages across the Sunshine Coast. People from all walks of life are flocking to take part in this exhilarating yoga experience. A local business on the Coast for eight years, Bikram Yoga has relocated to a fantastic new location at 13/12 Norval Court in Maroochydore. The studio has been designed to offer something for everyone. The Bikram Room is fitted out with carpet, mirrors and a state-of-the art heating system designed to continuously draw in fresh oxygen, eliminating all smells from the room. The heat allows muscles, fascia and connective tissue to become more elastic thus preventing injury. It also promotes sweating which aides the detoxification process and allows the blood to become thinner which clears the circulatory system. One of the greatest benefits of the heated room is that warm muscles burn fat more effectively. A standard Bikram Yoga class is equivalent to burning approximately 2058kj. Designed to provide optimal health and longevity, Bikram Yoga provides an infinite number of benefits and has been known to improve conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, insomnia, high/low blood pressure, weight issues, back issues and other health problems. You do not need to be fit and healthy to begin Bikram Yoga! The Bikram Yoga sequence is suitable for ALL ages and ALL levels of ability. And you cannot do too much yoga! You will always leave the class with more energy than you had when you first started. The studio is also excited to announce that Children’s Yoga is now available, with the new semester starting on Thursday 27th January, from 4 to 5pm, (bookings are essential). Further, Flow Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga are being offered in a non-heated room. Therapy rooms are also available, offering massage and beauty treatments. Products for sale include yoga mats, yoga books, clothing, coconut water and water. Mats and towels are available to rent, and shower facilities are provided.

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If you want to be a model or just look like one, Serena’s Image has courses that can teach you manners and etiquette, posture and deportment, how to create a positive impression with the art of good speech, how to dress well, how to apply makeup on yourself and others or combine them all to achieve that overall ‘look’. You will learn how to walk with correct style and posture, catwalk routines, choreography and technique. Learn the art of photo-posing, identifying your best angles, working to camera. Find out how to get a portfolio together and what makes a good composite card. Discover makeup techniques to give you ‘the look.’ Plus when you enroll for the modelling and TV acting course you will receive a portfolio shoot, makeup and styling advice and three A4 colour prints to start your portfolio! Find out how to get started in this fabulous industry. Each student will be individually assessed and given guidance and direction. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from the website. Serena’s Image also offers a wide variety of junior modelling and catwalk classes, giving you the skills and knowledge you need. Serena’s Image is Australia’s largest and finest regional Finishing and Modelling School. In addition, makeup artistry and interior decorating and design courses are available. The new venue for deportment and modelling courses is The Dance Centre, Peregian Springs.

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Zumba® fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energising, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life! The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavour and international zest into the mix and you’ve got a Zumba® class! In the past years, the Zumba® program has become nothing short of a revolution, spreading like wildfire, and positioning itself as the single most influential movement in the industry of fitness. Why? Because it’s the best party around. Sunshine Coast Zumba is the offical Zumba® fitness company on the Coast – with classes held by fully qualified Zumba® and fitness instructor Celestia Spong, and her team of qualified Zumba® instructors. With both a London-trained dance background and a professional fitness background you can be sure that you will get a fantastic and fun dance party, under fully qualifed supervision. We operate from many different locations, including Caloundra, Kawana, Buderim, Bli Bli, Sippy Downs, Mooloolaba and North Buderim. So come along to the one nearest you! Phone 0401 354 199

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or many a stressed-out, city-dwelling Australian, the fabled ‘sea-change’ to places such as the Sunshine Coast is a dream never realised. However, for couple Jeremy and Yvonne Britton, it has become their new reality. Trading high-powered careers for an easy-going coastal lifestyle has proven a positive move for the loved-up couple and they could not be happier in their new lives. Change is nothing new for the Brittons. This pair has experienced everything from international travel to changes in culture and their professions and in fact have barely stood still … until now. Beginning his career as a financial planner, Jeremy Britton became dissatisfied with the high fees and inaccessibility of his career to the everyday person, and instead decided to specialise in a more understandable area of wealth creation – business coaching and direct shares. This shift proved lucrative and resulted in the publication of Jeremy’s first book, discussing the economy as well as the beginnings of his successful business, 24 Hour Wealth Coaching. In a twist of fate, it was this book that led to the first meeting of his future wife in a spur of the moment coffee date.



“I had bought Jeremy’s book while I was studying accounting and economics. It looked easier to understand than most of the textbooks that discussed the economy. I was reading the book in a coffee shop and Jeremy walked in, saw me and asked me if I liked the book. I had recognised him from the photo and we started a conversation over a coffee,” says Yvonne of their first meeting. “We talked for five hours before realising the time – our coffee date turned into a lunch date very quickly!” adds Jeremy. What started out as a friendship quickly turned romantic and on October 10 2010, the pair married and settled in Caloundra. A heart attack at the age of 31 was a contributing factor in the decision for Jeremy and Yvonne to make the move to the Coast. “Our sea-change was brought about after I suffered a heart attack while working in financial planning,” explains Jeremy of their move. “I had committed to too much and we needed a big change. Reducing the workload and staying in the same place would have meant a slow creep back to the normality of eventually working 70-hours a week again.”

Trading high-powered careers for an easy-going coastal lifestyle has proven a positive move With the move came a new schedule that left more time for enjoying the simple pleasures of life on the Sunshine Coast with a young family. “[Making the move] has been great for spending time with the kids, snorkelling and having mini-holidays,” states Jeremy. “In my previous role, I worked extremely long hours and did not take a holiday for over five years – that was pretty silly!” Listing the people, scenery and laid–back attitude as their favourite things about their new home, the sea-change has bought with it a whole new range of career opportunities for Yvonne. Opening a hairstyling salon offering services such as African braids and corn-rows has proven to be a successful venture for the ex-accounting student and she is loving her new life. “The journey from studying accounting in Brisbane to becoming a hair stylist on the Sunshine Coast involved doing a lot of soul searching to follow my passion,” says Yvonne of her new coastal lifestyle. “Although I was fascinated by finance and economics, it wasn’t my true passion.” Originally from Zimbabwe, Yvonne has also been able to incorporate elements of her home country into her latest venture. “With my hair-styling business there are not too many people within the community who provide the services of African braids and corn–rows. There are also hardly any products available for African hair or for people from the Pacific Islands; you just cannot get the products at local outlets,” explains Yvonne of her salon. “We would also like to have some involvement with the import and export business, for example, bringing in top quality products from Africa to Australia as an alternative to a lot of the cheaper ‘Made In China’ products that are everywhere.” While a sea-change for most involves a complete change of pace from previous stress-filled lives in the city, both Jeremy and Yvonne Britton have found ways to incorporate elements of their old lives into their new coastal lifestyle. Combining thriving businesses with relaxed weekends and more time to enjoy the simpler things in life, what is clear is that this power couple have put their own spin on the age-old sea-change and have managed to attain the best of both worlds.

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WINDOW SHOPPING my favourite things VANITY CASE indulge PROFILE LOVES flirty fashion advice tips from the experts style counsel lani smith

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my favourite things ... It is the month of love, and nothing gets my heart beating faster than the release of autumn / winter fashions … already! Think layers, boots and garments in hues of rusty orange and tans mixed with pale greys.

But in the meantime, it is still warm on the Sunshine Coast so we keep this month’s My Mini Mag cool with flirty fashions for the beach and beyond. We check out the hottest looks and introduce our new beauty director, Katie MacKenzie (nee Williams) who has sourced the most indulgent items for your vanity case this Valentine’s Day.

woodstock revival Celebrity designer and artist Camilla Frank takes a new direction with her Woodstock autumn / winter range introducing original styles, cuts and prints in dark monochromatic silhouettes paired with the brand’s iconic colourful designs. Inspired by The Woodstock Festival billed as ‘an Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music’, the collection features free-flowing tanks, maxi dresses and cardigans, camisoles, jumpsuits, harem and kaftans in winter black, khaki, chocolate hues and exclusive prints. Peace, love and mung beans, baby!


COVER IMAGE: Congratulations to local business Saucy and Lucille on their new Mooloolaba premises! On cover, Roses are Red, Violets Are Blue Range; Little Miss Sunshine full piece with matching belt, $150.

falling for calvin This autumn sees ck Calvin Klein’s fall trends launched. Think elegant and sexy with soft tailoring in luxurious fabrics. The ck Calvin Klein range strongly features coats and dresses, especially in cashmere and wool twill. Sunny Coast locals can still wear this trend teamed with their super fine gauge knits, predominantly in dove greys, charcoal, nude and caramel. Calvin has teamed their new looks with leather accessories in similar colourings. And don’t forget the ultimate boot with ankle strap detail.

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Locals, Amber Childs and Tracey Pritchett, have recently formed Adina Community Market. The fashion-focused market will be a huge drawcard to locals and tourists alike. Perfect for shoppers, individuals, the fashion savvy, indie seekers, collectors and lovers of all things beautiful, the weekly markets promise to offer international flavour and flair as well as organic products, handmade items, fashion-forward creations and all that is different! It is also a market with a heart, as a percentage of profits from the market is donated to local Sunshine Coast charities in need. Find them on facebook.

If you are yet to catch on, SPANX are simply the best kept secret for women – no matter what your size. The SPANX Simplicity range offers women a choice of single-layer shapers that can instantly change your physical appearance and enhance your silhouette, keeping those wobbly bits firm and sexy. The new revolutionised shapewear includes the Open-Bust Camisole, Panty, Girl Short, Shaper, High-Waisted Shaper, Half Slip, Lingerie-Strap Slip, LingerieStrap Camisole, V-Neck Camisole and Scoop-Neck Camisole taking women from everyday to elegant. SPANX is distributed at David Jones department stores (Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne) and selected boutiques nationwide. If it’s good enough for Madonna, it is good enough for me! tracey pritchett and amber childs spanx simplicity lingerie strap slip. stockists 1800 300 430


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Treat yourself with these luxurious products that scream ultimate indulgence and ensure you feel perfectly pampered, just in time for Valentine’s Day.


M.A.C Cream Colour Base in ‘Tickle Me Pink’, RRP $35.00. M.A.C Westfield Chermside, phone 3632 5111. Goats Milk, Lavender and Goats Milk, Rosemary Petal, Lavender Petal, Clay and Rose, Clay and Lemongrass soaps, $8 each, moss organic skincare, montville. All soaps are suitable for sensitive skin and are made in a base of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Sustainably Harvested palm Oil. image below provided by moss skincare.

Pelactiv Starter Pack, $123. Everything you need to keep your skin Visibly Healthy, Pelactiv’s Starter Pack will have you hooked on the 100% Australian made and owned skincare range. Choose from Normal to Dry, Normal to Oily or Combination.

YSL Paris Crème Pour Le Corps, RRP$88. Stockists 02 9931 8888.

SERENITY APPLE SOUFFLE CANDLE SINGLE WICK, RRP $24.95. FOR STOCKISTS PHONE 02 9756 0818. Mancine Professional, Rose and Vitamin E hand and body shimmer and body wash, package $34.95. Bliss on Buderim. Phone 5477 1430.



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with Wade Blackford

Okay guys, the latest look I am going to bring you is called Spider Fingers and it’s a really easy way to turn straight, lifeless hair into beachy waves with tons of volume. Absolutely gorgeous! Start this one with your hair already dry.

Step One

Step One Spray in Kevin Murphy Full-On Protection – a texturising spray with a strong hold. Spray liberally through from roots to ends. Step Two Place your hand on the top of your head and begin to walk your fingers up and down on the same spot so that it kind of feels like a spider doing a jig on your head.

Step Two Step Four

Step Three Continue step two until all the hair in that section is in a bunch in your hand. Step Four Hold the hair in a bunch and heat the section with a dryer until it’s really hot. Step Five Secure with a clip.

Step Three Step Five

Step Six Repeat this until you have about five bunches all clipped in place and let them cool right down. Don’t worry about being neat with sectioning – as long as you have around five bunches you’ll be fine. Step Seven Release the clips and shake your hair out. Run your fingers through and add some more spray if you think you need it.

Step Six

Voila! Hope you love this one as much as I do. P.S. Checkout the Kevin Murphy website for some great styling tips – Strut Hair and Beauty 5443 5605

Step Seven - Voila!



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style counsel This month, we chat to Lani Smith, the owner of Enchante Beauty – a gorgeous little haven in Pelican Waters perfect for all your beauty needs. ll photography ben stone

profile: What do you love most about your job? lani: I love being able to make someone feel good no matter what treatment they have had. A relaxing facial or massage is a real treat for people. For some the simple simple things such as a brow wax or lash tint can make them feel beautiful. profile: What makes your salon unique?

lani: The ambience when you walk in to my salon instantly makes you feel relaxed and comfortable. The name enchante means ‘it’s a pleasure to meet you’. profile: What looks can we expect to see this season?

lani: Flash toenails, seriously! The brighter the better. As for the fashion, for me, if it has bling, then I will be wearing it! profile: What is your inspiration?

lani: My clients and their stories. I have shared a lot of laughs and many tears listening to my clients’ life journeys. In my industry you get to know your clients on a more personal level and I believe through hearing their stories it makes you become a stronger person and makes you realise you have to make the most of life. profile: What is your favourite product?

lani: My favourite product is Minx Nail Couture for fingers and toes. It is hitting the runways around the world and worn by many celebs such as Pink, Beyonce, Rhinnan and Lady Gaga. It is not acrylic, it is not gel, and is not nail polish. With over 200 designs, it is proving to be a great hit in the salon on toes as it can last up to seven weeks. profile: What is your top beauty tip for summer?

lani: Wear heaps of sunscreen – keep a travel tube in your purse so you can re-apply through the day. The amount of sun-damaged skin I see, particularly on younger skin, is frightening. profile: What are some of your career highlights?

lani: Being behind the scenes for the Brisbane fashion awards was just awesome. And of course opening my own beauty salon in 2002! profile: What essential items do you always carry in your handbag?

lani: I would be lost without my iPhone, Catalina Geo Charlie Brown lipstick, mocha lip gloss, my Ali Hamylton foundation (containing sunscreen, of course!)

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maximise your nerve supply with Dr David Hendrey Did you know you own one of the world’s true supercomputers? Your central nervous system. It processes three trillion bits of information every second. Only about 50 of these are conscious. This amazing system uses electrochemical impulses to operate. They travel along a nerve at 300km/h, which is essentially ‘the speed of life’. It is the only system that is totally protected by bone. This is because it is the most important system of the body for maintaining life.

Dr Roger Sperry won the Nobel Prize in 1982 for his amazing brain research. He discovered that spinal motion is essential for normal brain function. He explained that the impulses generated are like a windmill generating electricity for a power plant. No motion, no electricity!

There is a beautiful flow of vital information running over this vast network to keep our mind and body functioning at optimum levels. In the same way our fingers, hands, and arms are one functional tissue, the spinal cord, brainstem, cerebellum, limbic lobe and cortex are all functionally one.

Chiropractic began in 1895 and is focused on the spinal function and nerve supply relationship – the spine-nerve link. Chiropractic is the world’s largest drug-free health profession helping millions of people every week.

Sadly this fantastic system can get overloaded and damaged. This can lead to poor function and performance.

Chiropractic care has two major aims: •• The spinal cord relays messages back and forward.

•• Restore spinal motion and balance mechanically.

•• The brainstem governs survival instincts.

•• Rebalance and re-harmonise the nerve system.

•• The cerebellum has an amazing list of tasks to co-ordinate and regulate, including learned motor patterns such as walking and driving a car. •• The limbic lobe controls emotions. •• The cortex deals with thinking, processing and synchronisation. Every nerve cell needs three things for survival – oxygen, glucose and stimulation. The most important stimulation for the central nervous system is impulse generated by spinal motion – the spine-nerve link.

Just like it’s a great idea to have a complete check-up with your dentist every year, you should have a complete chiropractic check-up as well. Don’t miss out on being at your best. Hendrey Chiropractic 5437 7222

the philosophy of beauty with Dr Alison Jamieson The philosophy of beauty is a complex topic. But what is beauty and why do we care what we or others look like? Our face is our calling card, our advertisement for companionship, romance and personal success. A beautiful face is the centre of attraction and exudes immense self-confidence. Beauty has evolutionary advantages in all species. In humans and animals, a positive correlation has been established between attractive physical traits and good health, fertility and therefore reproductive success. Oppositely, less attractive and asymmetrical physical features render an organism more susceptible to disease and assault. In the bird kingdom, female swallows prefer males with longer more symmetrical tails, while female zebra finches mate with males with symmetrically coloured leg bands. Beauty is a universal part of human experience – valued in a mate because other qualities have no physical markers. Beauty is equated with marrying more, marrying better and earning more money. Strangers are more likely to assist beautiful women, and babies as young as three to six months show preference for attractive faces over unattractive faces. The power of beauty in human affairs has always existed – for example Helen of Troy whose beauty is believed to have caused the Trojan War and ultimately the destruction of an entire city. We now know Helen of Troy as “the face that launched a thousand ships”. Today’s beauty standards such as health, hygiene and nutrition have created even more beautiful people. Media expectations have increased beauty norms 44


and extreme makeovers have revolutionised thinking. Diversity of population further broadens the definition of beauty. Ethnically there has been great change – it is important now to recognise so many different types of beauty. Hollywood continues to successfully export ethnicity. In the past beauty could only be born, not made. No longer do we have to be genetically lucky – there is now the choice to improve unfortunate features or hold on to our appearance for much longer. 50 is the new 30 – there is a choice to be kept at our best and to reverse ageing. It has been said that beauty at 20 is a given, at 30 a decision, at 40 a commitment and at 50, an investment. Beauty is harmonious, disquieting, complex, surprising and imprinted in our unconscious yet altered by popular cultural icons. Beauty evokes a visceral reaction and has a cultural identity, but also has a cross continuity of what is attractive. For the doctors practising cosmetic medicine we must develop a sense of aesthetic responsibility – to ensure the goal is realised. Features should be enhanced not exaggerated. The beautiful woman has gestures that are subtle and natural without working at it – an effortless, elegant and sophisticated appearance. COZmedics Medispas – Noosa, Maroochydore, Ascot, Kenmore 1300 792 299


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Could your hormones be making you CRAZY? Beat anger, irritability, anxiety and depression forever! Do you suffer from mood swings so strong you just want to scream or crawl into bed and sleep till it’s over? Anxiety over nothing? Irritability over everything? Crying at the drop of a hat? Feeling sad and low? I’m not just talking about menopause, PMS or MANopause (which can and does happen). If you are irritable, nervous, depressed, have a low libido, foggy thinking, can’t sleep, and are gaining weight … listen up. Hormonal imbalances don’t just happen without cause. Do you ever wonder why some people have great hormones, and you just don’t? Why can some people eat anything and maintain their weight, yet you gain three kilos overnight from just thinking about breaking your diet! It’s not all about weight, but some of it is. These symptoms are just the tip of the iceberg for what hormones can do to your body when out of balance long-term. You will also be facing accelerated ageing and permanent metabolism malfunction, which can lead to diabetes and heart disease

and a decline in your brain function, including losing your short-term memory as well as important older memories. There are six triggers that affect your hormones – diet, food reactions, nutrient deficiencies, infections, stress, and fitness. The problem is that most people only deal with one of these at a time, seeing a specialist in only one area. The fact is however, that if you don’t address all of them together, you’re going to be caught in a cycle of hormonal inbalance that goes on for life. And the frustrating part is once these triggers upset your hormones, your hormones can cause these triggers again! So, how do you stop it? Actually, it’s pretty easy to stop the process as long as you deal with the triggers all at the same time as I have said … and properly! I have seen hormone creams, the pill, HRT, and bio-identical hormones claim to offer the solution. These might help current symptoms but they won’t fix the cause and they won’t fix the permanent effects – so the cycle continues and you become reliant on these products. Hormones are just one part of a seven-step process for

permanently treating mood fluctuations. These seven steps have been proven with testing to improve brain function immeasurably, without the help of medication. And what is more, most symptoms can be improved within weeks and completely relieved within just a few months. If you’d like to know more, call for a free half-hour consultation, or register for a free webinar on ‘The Seven Steps to Freedom from Depression’, taking place on Tuesday February 22 at 7:30pm, where you’ll learn about everything that causes hormonal and mood problems and what to do about it. Register now at https://www1. Jodi Chapman B.H.Sc Naturopath Advanced Wellness & Behavioural Centre, 44 Baden Powell St, Maroochydore.

delve into a detox … with Allison Williams We are two month’s into the new year and the festive season seems like a distant memory. As with every new year, I am sure many of you have made resolutions – with a large majority of these surrounding health and wellbeing. So how are we going with that? If you are struggling, let me give you a supportive helping hand ... Did you know that one of the best ways to kick-start your metabolism is to detoxify? Most of us are confused about this topic. What is detoxification? How do I know I need to detoxify? And how do I detoxify? Symptoms indicating detoxification Many of the symptoms indicating detoxification are vague and non-specific, however symptoms may include: nausea, headaches, general malaise, fatigue, bad breath, body odour, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, joint and muscle aches and pains and irritability. 10 simple ways to detoxify 1. Remove the toxic load. Meat, refined grains, dairy, sugar, coffee and alcohol all contribute to acid and inflammation. Choose organic foods. 2. Eat an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. The additional fibre helps carry toxins out of the body via the bowels. 3. Algae anyone? The chlorophyll in green super foods such as chlorella and spirulina are highly detoxifying and anti-inflammatory. 46


4. Stay hydrated. Two litres of filtered water per day to ensure nutrients can be carried to the cell and toxic waste can be carried away from the cell. 5. Juice fast. Choose one day and only drink vegetable juice, water and herbal teas. 6. Get moving. Exercise is essential to remove toxins and move lymphatic tissue. 7. Get a massage. Move that lymphatic tissue, detoxify the mind and rejuvenate the spirit. 8. Sweat it out. Out come the toxins. 9. Turn off the technology. Enjoy peace from electromagnetic interference. 10. Spend time in nature. Reconnect with your world. Detoxification is a complex physiological process. If you identify with a number of the above symptoms or require specific detoxification protocols due to allergies, inflammatory bowel diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, heavy metal toxicity or other chronic diseases, it is important to seek the advice and care of a qualified naturopath. Yin Health 5438 8387

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sesamoiditis with Karl Schussig Sesamoiditis is a common condition that causes pain in the ball of the foot specifically under the big toe joint. The sesamoid bones are very small bones which are located under the big toe joint within the tendons that run to the big toe. Due to their location and function, they are constantly subjected to massive amounts of force every time the big toe is used to push the foot forward. Symptoms Sesamoiditis typically starts as a mild ache under the big toe joint and gradually becomes worse. In some cases it will cause intense throbbing even when the person is resting. Once sesamoiditis starts, it makes it very difficult to enjoy simple activities, even walking. Normal feet rarely get sesamoiditis, however people with both high arched or flat feet tend to be more prone to this problem. Treatment Initially, after a thorough examination of your lower limbs, a podiatrist will usually make a temporary support to redirect weight away from the painful area, and to control your overall foot function. In most cases the temporary support will reduce your pain by about 80 percent in the first 48 hours. Pain relief is initially the primary goal. If the temporary support is successful, which it should be, your podiatrist will then discuss making a permanent foot support (orthotic) for the patient to use

long-term. To be effective, the permanent foot support should be made using soft rubber type materials and should also be full-length. Immobilisation, rest, ice and oral anti-inflammatory drugs can also be very beneficial, however all of these forms of treatment only compliment having foot supports made. Foot supports treat the underlying cause of the problem and this is really the only way to treat sesamoiditis effectively and to stop it from re-occurring. Surgery In very severe cases or following a true fracture of the sesamoids, which can sometimes occur, surgery may be required to remove the damaged or fragmented sesamoid bone, but this is quite rare. Proarch Podiatry 5456 2562 (1300 PROARCH)

love your mouth with Dr Simone Ricketts There is absolutely no truth in the old wives’ tale that ageing means you will lose your teeth. Gone are the days when our great grandmothers had their teeth removed for a 21st birthday present! Although previous generations frequently had dentures, now turning 50 means having many, if not all, of your own teeth. Modern dentistry provides many options for repairing and replacing teeth not to mention restoration of a confident smile.

surprised to see how much food is still left around your teeth – an absolute smorgasbord of plaque for the bacteria in your mouth to have a party with!

It is especially important to tell your dentist about any general health issues and any medication you are taking as this can directly affect your dental health and treatment; for example, some medications can produce a dry mouth as a side effect. Your dentist can advise you on products to use to protect your teeth against the damaging effects of a dry mouth. In addition, use Lucas’ papaw ointment for dry, cracked corners of your lips. Always use a fluoride toothpaste and your dentist can also recommend special toothpastes for sensitive teeth.

If you do already have full or partial dentures, clean your mouth and dentures thoroughly each day and have both checked by your dentist every 12 months. Even dentures can get a build up of plaque and hard tartar which looks unsightly. However they can be cleaned and polished by the dental hygienist at your checkup.

Visit your dentist for a check-up at least every six months depending on your dental condition and age. At these check-ups, your dentist will screen for dental disease i.e. decay, gum disease, dry mouth, bruxism (grinding of teeth and clicking jaw joints) and your dentist will also do an oral cancer check. Nowadays, dental decay is a common problem for the mature adult. Paying strict attention to tooth brushing (at least twice a day) especially around the necks of the teeth will help prevent decay. In addition, using dental floss to remove food between the teeth which can cause decay and / or gum disease is essential. Try brushing your teeth first, then do the flossing, and you will be



It goes without saying, have a healthy, balanced diet avoiding sweet food and especially sweet drinks. This is vitally important to prevent the need for fillings or tooth loss. I would recommend avoiding sweet drinks 24-hours-a-day!

If your dentures are over eight-years-old you may notice the teeth are getting shorter with age, and as a result your face is actually getting shorter and / or the corners of your mouth are getting more obvious creases. You may also notice that when you smile or speak, you no longer show any teeth, and in fact it may look like you don’t have any teeth at all! These are all signs that it is definitely time for some new dentures. Smile by Design 5443 2888

Are you prepared to risk your health? The right equipment and the right doctor can make a difference to how early problems can be detected. The term Digital Mammography is used quite freely these days but the truth is that ours is the only private Full Field Digital Mammography unit between Brisbane and Noosa.

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So what’s the advantage? Full Field Digital Mammography acquires x-ray information, without the use of x-ray film or cassettes, to provide superior image quality. Our GE Senograph DS Digital Mammography unit provides the lowest x-ray dose possible - with up to 30% increase in lesion detection by instantly providing high resolution images for the radiologist to review. This allows any concerning regions to be assessed immediately, substantially reducing imaging time and repeat views. This technology also may reduce total lifetime x-ray dose in high-risk women who require mammography from an early age. We have the only Full Field Digital Stereotactic Biopsy unit which provides faster and more accurate sampling of microcalcifications than CR mammography, which is the current standard. Our managing radiologist, Dr. Sean O’Connor is the only Fellowship Trained Women’s Imaging Radiologist on the Sunshine Coast. A radiologist is always on-site to personally oversee all work performed, often speaking directly with patients to help them understand their results. The Specialist Women’s Imaging Centre provides the following services to the women of the Sunshine Coast: | Digital Mammography Utilising the GE Senographe DS Full Field Digital Mammography machine providing the lowest dose mammogram possible. | Breast Ultrasound We use 3-D imaging for lesion characterisation. If breast biopsy is required special techniques are utilised in order to minimise pain and anxiety. | Obstetric Ultrasound We offer Early Pregnancy Dating scans, the only full-service Nuchal Translucency scans, comprehensive Morphology scans, Advanced Growth and Well-being scans and 3-D baby scans. | Pelvic Ultrasound Utilising advanced 3-D imaging of the pelvis and pelvic floor.

The image on the left is from “digital mammography” (computed radiography) and the one on the right is from Full Field Digital Mammography which is superior to digital computed radiography in dense breasts. The cancer is almost imperceptible on digital computed radiography.

Please ask your doctor for a referral. Specialist Women’s Imaging Centre

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serenity by the ll words alli grant

Is there a girl on the planet who would turn down a luxurious night away with a girlfriend and a pampering session at one of the country’s leading day spas? If so, Alli Grant certainly isn’t one of them! She recently joined friend and profile publisher Genine Howard on a mini-break in iconic Noosa and discovered the ultimate in serenity …

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s those closest to me know, I have three vices in life, well three I’ll admit to. They include shopping (for pretty much anything, anytime, anywhere), good food and wine (and not necessarily in that order) and pampering of any description – a few hours in the hairdresser’s chair (complete with relaxing scalp massage), a facial, a mani or pedi, a massage … I get giddy at the thought. The latter may sound a little self indulgent, but with an overloaded diary and a tight budget, I rarely treat myself to pampering of any description, so when I do, boy do I enjoy it. It’s my ‘Alli time’ – no toddler crying out ‘Uh-oh Mummy’ while drawing on the walls with permanent marker, no husband bugging me about where I last saw his car keys, no email alerts, no iPhone, no deadlines … just me, my fluffy, oversized bathrobe and my thoughts, should I choose to have any. About 10 years ago, I discovered a peaceful little slice of paradise at the end of cosmopolitan Oxford Street in Bulimba, Brisbane – Stephanies Urban Spa. Suffice to say, Stephanie and I have become bosom buddies, although I don’t visit as often as I’d like. Family and friends quickly caught on to my spa obsession – vouchers for facials appeared for birthdays and Christmas. In fact, I even received one this Christmas. How I love my family! So when profile publisher Genine Howard called to offer up a “last minute pampering session at Stephanies Ocean Spa” in Noosa, complete with girly overnight stay at the Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa, I threw caution to the wind, my son into the arms of my husband, a maxi dress and bottle of bubbles into a bag and I hit the freeway – fast! Serenity, here I come … Stephanies Ocean Spa is hidden away in the peaceful and somewhat eco-friendly Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa – a sprawling resort tucked up in the hills at the end of Noosa’s main tourist drag. Upon exiting the lift, I felt immediately at home – Stephanies distinctive and perfectly enticing aroma leading us to our final destination … heaven. As if it wasn’t exciting enough to experience Stephanies Ocean Spa on a girly getaway with one of my BFFs … we were in for an extra special treat courtesy of a Terrake treatment. Stephanies’ gorgeous and well-educated therapists were quick to wax lyrical about the Terrake products, and for good reason – the Noosa spa is one of just three in Australia to offer this unique and obviously five-star treatment process. We were advised to expect a session unlike any other and that’s just what we received. Genine and I are both seasoned ‘spa tarts’; between us we have experienced some of the best, but we were both super impressed with Stephanies Terrake, agreeing it was at the pinnacle of the pampering tree. First up was a tour of the facility to check out Stephanies’ signature experiences, such as vino therapy (which looked good enough to drink!), the mineral floatation colour tank (one for the ‘next time’ list), and the Spirit of Wailele room (think Hawaiian waterfall). Then it was time to slip into one of those super fluffy robes and into our private room (for two) for our treatments. Each Terrake experience is completely personalised. Upon arrival, Genine and I were provided with what appeared to be some kind of high school test paper. Eeek! We quickly realised this ‘test’ was designed to delve a little further into our “thoughts, feelings and needs” which would form the basis of our Stephanies experience. Ingenious! There are four Terrake worlds, each designed from the elements of earth, water, air and light, and plant life. Genine was prescribed Terra Magica (an earthy world of thousand-year-old rocks) and I the Terra Primordial Waters (crossing over the waters of the world). Ironically, Genine is a Virgo (an earth sign) and I am a Pisces (a water sign) so our treatments were well suited on many levels. Let the pampering begin …

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Our treatment was beyond heavenly – in fact, I admittedly dozed off for a few brief minutes, my power nap annoyingly noticed by Genine who caught on to my “sudden deep breathing”. I haven’t fallen asleep in a treatment before, but the serenity was just too much to resist; there’s a first time for everything. The treatment includes a full skin consultation, a cleanse, tone and exfoliation, customised finishing serums, creams and eye treatments, mask and an incredibly relaxing facial, scalp and hand massage. Genine and I experienced completely different treatment regimes, but they were equally exquisite – perfectly indulgent and desperately needed. At the conclusion of my experience, I felt as if I could sleep for a year, however, napping in the tranquillity room would probably have been frowned on so I decided to enjoy my herbal tea (again, matched to my treatment) instead. I have always been impressed with the Stephanies experience – but the Noosa spa surpassed all expectations. And while I’ll be back to see my Brisbane friend soon, I will live in hope that one day soon Stephanies Bulimba will become the fourth spa to offer up Terrake. How convenient! We thanked our therapists and begrudgingly slipped out of our fluffy robes and back into our work clothes and decided it was time to face reality. Of course, it made it a little easier to leave knowing we had a bottle of bubbly chilling in the fridge in our room, and an ocean view beckoning our return. Genine and I had planned an afternoon of work following our treatment (and for the record, we got a lot of very important planning done … honestly!), but we were definitely a little slower off the mark than usual. We were so relaxed we were barely breathing. Next task on our all too brief girly getaway was a relaxing glass of bubbles and a bit of brainstorming on our balcony. The Outrigger Little Hasting Street Resort and Spa is nestled in the shrubbery of the Noosa National Park and boasts ocean glimpses from many rooms, ours included – nothing says sunset drinks better than a glass of icy cold sparkling with an ocean view. Opened in June 1010, this $300 million resort encompasses well-appointed accommodation and one of the region’s largest conference facilities. The resort features 197 elegantly furnished suites, villas and penthouses with views over Laguna Bay. The centrepiece of the resort is a free-form heated swimming pool, in addition to a theatrette, restaurant, shop, gym and games room. The resort screams ‘eco-friendly’ in both its design and feel, and as such it has been awarded AAA Tourism’s Green Star for its environmentally sustainable design principles. However, besides the fact that it’s home to Stephanies Ocean Spa, the main attraction of the resort is its location – just a short walk to the dining and shopping mecca that is Hastings Street, which is just where we headed for dinner. It had been far too long between drinks, so Genine and I decided to dine at one of Noosa’s most iconic restaurants, Berado’s Bistro on the Beach, owned by local restauranteur Jim Berado. We were treated to a delicious seafood feast with views to die for – Main Beach, Noosa. But when it comes to Noosa, you’re spoiled for choice – Hastings Street is overflowing with dining options. And then there’s Cato’s at The Sheraton Hotel – the perfect location for a post (or pre) dinner beverage. So, after a working dinner (honest!), off we trudged to Cato’s for a creamy cocktail laced with coffee and chocolate. Cocktails downed, it was time to trek up the hill back to our room, and be warned, it is an up-hill trek, but well worth the mini personal training session. Just wear comfy shoes. And it was straight to bed – we had an early start planned, but first we had to sneak in our buffet breakfast, with all the trimmings. Sadly, 9am rolled around and we were back in the car and heading south, lamenting the end of our brief girly escape and dreaming of future Stephanies treatments … speaking of which, surely it must be time to cash in that Christmas present?

Our treatment was beyond heavenly – in fact, I admittedly dozed off for a few brief minutes …’


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his month, chef Alex Lynn from Mulu Char introduces us to amarula – a unique fruit of the Marula tree that only grows on the plains of Africa. Alex says, “Amarula’s captivating and exotic flavour offers hints of caramel, chocolate and vanilla with the scent of butterscotch. Legend has it that the Marula fruit is often enjoyed by elephants who munch away on the berries whenever they get a chance. In fact, the berries are known to drive elephants a bit mad because they can ferment after lying on the ground.” Enjoy this sensational African dessert.

Alex Lynn

Chef, Mulu Char Maroochydore

amarula cream liqueur ice cream with peaches and honeycomb (serves 10)

ingredients ice cream



•• 250g sugar

•• 500ml water

•• 250ml milk

•• 500g sugar

•• eight egg yolks

•• 10g bicarbonate of soda

•• 30ml Amarula •• 500ml thickened cream (whipped to soft peaks) •• fresh peaches for serving

raspberry Coulis •• two punnets of raspberries •• one tablespoon caster sugar •• a squeeze of lemon juice

Ice cream: Simmer sugar, milk and Amarula for three minutes on a low heat. Pour onto the egg yolks and whisk until cool. Fold in the cream. Pour into a glad-wrap-lined terrine mould, and freeze until set. Honeycomb: Line a metal tray with non-stick paper. Heat the water and the sugar together on a low heat. Once you have an amber-coloured caramel, whisk in the bicarbonate of soda. Quickly pour onto a lined tray. Once cooled, break into random shards. Raspberry coulis: Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Sieve so that no seeds remain in the sauce. Serve the ice cream on top of the honeycomb and drizzle with the coulis. Decorate with pieces of the fresh peaches.

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each month we profile a number of successful locals making their mark in their chosen profession. do you know someone worthy of profiling? email

Dina Stavrou Money Makes Us Happy Coolum-based Dina trains self-motivated entrepreneurs to create their own home business with worldwide opportunities. Dina has two years of training in the hospitality industry, but turned this experience to the personal development industry when she chose to work from home and not put her youngest through day-care. Using the power of the internet, she coaches and mentors her clients personally through an initial ninety-day program. Daily training from international motivators and speakers and a personal web page complete the deal. “I love working with successful people who want personal freedom and have a burning desire to change their life,” Dina says. Dina uses a proven simple three-step business system and chooses who she coaches. She certainly works hard. “Being in control is a fantastic experience,” Dina says.

Sarah McMahon Raw Ochre Commercial Architects The first thing Sarah’s family will tell you is that she was the only kid who ever did homework in Year One. Because she asked for it. This thirst for knowledge and achievement resulted in a couple of tertiary qualifications, much experience and what she describes as “the best job in the world”. Sarah works at an architectural firm of quiet achievers who stand well apart from the others. Sarah services the commercial sector right across Australia, from healthcare to hospitality and every industry in-between. “We’ll meet your budget, exceed your expectations, match your time-lines, turn your thinking on its head and we’ll do it all quickly and without fanfare,” Sarah smiles. And she is right. To some, the name may mean nothing; but to others it’s a name they constantly come back to. Raw Ochre.

Brooke Mickan Yin Health From a young age, Brooke has always had a special connection with the natural world and believes it is important to learn from it and live in harmony with it. This connection with the natural world first led Brooke to study wildlife biology and the animal kingdom. Near the completion of this degree, Brooke furthered her knowledge of the natural world, discovering naturopathy and the healing powers of nature. While studying her four-year degree at The Endeavour College of Natural Health (formerly ACNM), she had the privilege to be educated and guided by a number of leading industry professionals. Brooke specialises in pre-conception care and fertility management, digestive disorders, immune dysfunction, as well as stress and mood-related disorders. Brooke believes an individual can only be truly be free from disease when the mind, body and spirit are in balance. Brooke educates and empowers each individual to take control of their health in order to overcome disease and achieve optimal health and vitality. Phone 07 5438 8387

Michelle James Maurice Blackburn Sunshine Coast lawyer Michelle James enjoys being on the move – whether it’s moving offices to accommodate a growing legal practice or holidaying in far away places. UK-born Michelle devotes her time to helping people who have been hurt at work or on our roads, and has just been promoted to partner with national law firm Maurice Blackburn. “The last three years have been an amazing time, and a period of unprecedented growth in the firm. Only three years ago we started in Maroochydore with one lawyer and one support staff in this practice, now we have six lawyers, a much larger support team and will soon have a second office open.”




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spending and lending with Laurie Clarke I sometimes hear the phrase, “A bank will only lend you money when you don’t need it!” Not surprisingly, the tone of voice with which these words are uttered is often uncomplimentary. So how does this disconnect occur between the client’s perception of a loan application and the banker’s receptiveness to the deal? After all, both parties have much in common – the client wants money to increase their wealth or to meet a lifestyle need, and the banks need to lend money as this is where they make most of their profit. As with many aspects of banking, it’s all about communication. Bankers sometimes don’t do a great job of communicating bad news, and loan applicants naturally find it difficult to accept that their great idea or opportunity isn’t a winner in relation to a loan. But it is often not about a great idea or not, it is about risk ratios. At its most basic, funding is meant to work in tandem with the business owner / investor’s equity.

Most often, that equity is share capital or retained profits, serving as a buffer against losses and a tangible investment in the business. So if this relationship is not correctly balanced, then a lender is going to be taking higher risks than desirable and the business cashflow will be under more pressure to meet higher debt repayments from the start. So lending money is a sharing of the risk. The ‘right’ amount of debt varies between industries. A loan cannot take the place of equity. Too much debt pressures cashflow; too much equity can reduce rates of return. Lenders need to see that a borrower can pay back the loan, i.e. not just cover the interest, but the actual principal loan amount. They’ll also stress-test the deal at a higher interest rate than current rates. Equity reduces that pressure and makes the chances of success much greater for both parties. It’s more difficult, but not impossible, to lend to new businesses because there isn’t a track record of trading or profit. This situation makes the task of

assessing debt servicing capacity more difficult. An established business that can show two years of profitable trading history or more becomes a much safer proposition. History can be a reasonably reliable indicator of the future. This doesn’t mean that finance is not available for new businesses – it just means that a lot of work has to be done on determining the viability of the business. An accountant-prepared budget, including the assumptions on which it is based, is often a key ingredient. It’s a matter of the borrower and the lender understanding each other’s needs and limits, and then working to try and strike a deal that meets those needs. BoQ Maroochydore 5443 2711

This article is for general information purposes only and is not intended as financial or professional advice. The views expressed in this article are solely the views of the author. Bank of Queensland Limited ABN 32 009 656 740 does not endorse, and has not authorised any particular statements in this article. This article has been prepared by, and is the responsibility of the author.

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without a travel agent, you’re on your own with Zoe Sparks We have a phrase within the travel industry – ‘without a travel agent you’re on your own’ – and this has never been truer than over the past few weeks. In the lead up to, and over, Christmas, we were faced with London Heathrow Airport closures due to snow, closely followed by New York closures and various other areas of the USA, dramatic rain here in Queensland, and ultimately a flood disaster. Each of these issues created a nightmare, not only for the inhabitants of the areas, but also for the people planning to visit them – for holidays, business or to visit family or friends. I spent most of the Christmas break altering travel arrangements, checking details and making sure things were still going to run seamlessly for our clients. There were items to be cancelled, new reservations to be made, refunds to be processed and insurance claims to be lodged for the people that couldn’t do what they had planned.

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While we cannot predict the weather or control nature, travel consultants can definitely assist people in times of need from a travel perspective. So if things go pear-shaped, one call to your travel consultant sorts things out, hopefully alleviating some of the stress that arises in these situations. More often than not, there are many components to your travel arrangements … flights, hotels, transfers and sightseeing, all of which are booked through different suppliers / mechanisms and it can be hard to work out what terms and conditions may apply when unusual circumstances arise.

These sorts of events also reiterate and highlight why travel insurance is a must and should be considered every time you travel. So next time you plan to travel, whether internationally or domestically, please consider that – ‘without a travel agent you’re on your own’! Travelworld Mooloolaba / Spectacular Events Pty Ltd 5444 3766

Perhaps your resort may be open but you may not be able to get there, or your cancelled flight is only one flight in a ‘round the world’ ticket so you are unsure how to handle it. Travel consultants are professionally trained to handle these sorts of issues, and will deal with your queries in the most efficient and economical way possible.




delight your customers this valentine’s day (and every day!) with Jodie Thompson People enjoy supporting local businesses. So why not make it easy for them to shop with you? Your business may have barriers up that you may not even be aware of. Here are some tips on how you can make your customer experience more enchanting … Put likeable and competent employees on the shop floor. Who would you prefer to interact with: a happy, helpful staff member who knows what they’re talking about, or an inexperienced, low-paid employee? Companies often put green employees behind the counter or on the shop floor. This is illogical. Ask yourself: is the first impression of my business a good one? Otherwise it could be your last. Make it easy for people to give you their money. Don’t make potential customers fill out ten pages of questions to set up an account. Accept

multiple forms of payment. Make sure it’s as easy as possible for people to jump in and try your products, with no barriers to entry.

But if you’re telling me I have to buy something, you’ve lost me, and a part of the relationship you’ve worked so hard to build flies out the window.

Communicate in a language that is relevant to your customers. How many people really understand how much storage a gigabyte is? Promote your products in a way your customers can understand – instead of telling them an iPod has eight gigabytes, tell them it can hold 2000 songs. This is a more memorable and relevant way to communicate the capability of your products.

The most powerful way to enchant your customers is with a ‘yes’ attitude. If customers want a custom order, early delivery, or a return for full credit, let them have it. You’d go broke if you did it for every customer, but not every customer will ask. And the few that do will become your biggest evangelists, so they’re worth it.

Don’t be afraid of a hands-on trial. Assume that your customers are smart, and let them decide for themselves instead of bludgeoning them into a sale. Invite them to try your product or service with hands-on areas, or demo versions. This works whether you’re buying a car, sampling a dessert, trying a camera or buying a power tool. Once I’m trying something, half the battle is over!

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money management with Linda Ireland Your finances are just like anything in your life, they need constant management. Just like an athlete has a goal and has to plan to achieve it – regularly revisiting their goal and monitoring their result, that same amount of planning and management is required to keep your finances in order. That means taking the time initially to get organised and set up the correct accounts to manage your money. A good place to start is to have one for your daily living, then an automatic direct debit set up to move money across to your savings (offset account is best), then have a separate account for your investments where all your transactions are organised and coming out of. This will have you feeling confident that you have control over your finances, you can regularly check your savings progress and you can better understand what money you are spending out of your daily account. If you have a home loan and you’ve had it for more than a couple of years, particularly if you’ve been on a fixed loan and now have moved across to a



standard rate, it is important to regularly (every couple of years) stay in contact with your broker and make sure you’re still on the best loan that suits you. While you are there, speak with your broker about your current situation. It’s not always about rate; sometimes your loan may need to be restructured to work better for you. The correct structuring of your loans can save you thousands of dollars, whether it be through mortgage insurance savings or better structured tax deductible debt (a good broker will understand this and work with your accountant to get the best structure in place for you).

Studies have shown that money does not necessarily make people happy. Middle class people have been proven to be just as happy as the mega wealthy. In fact what they found to be the number one happiness trigger is the belief that your life situation will improve going forward. So set out today to improve your situation, even if it’s saving $5 per day towards your long term goal. It’s the journey that you’ll go on that will give you satisfaction. Mortgage Choice 5476 9333

Just like an athlete manages what they put in their mouth to maximise their performance, it’s a good idea to manage your money to improve its performance. Think five, 10, 20 years ahead. Where do you want to be? Then set out to organise your money with a good plan to get there.


the essential guide to buying a new car

investing in marketing

with Craig McPherson

with Amber Werchon

Welcome to Part III of our “Essential Car Buying Guide” to prepare yourself for the second biggest purchase of your life. This month we will explore 10 reasons why you should buy a used car from a dealer rather than from the side of the road. Guaranteed Title: When you purchase a car from a licensed motor dealer you are guaranteed the car is free from any encumbrances to finance companies. In the industry we call this a ‘blister’. If you buy a car with a blister, the finance company retains the title and may be able to repossess the vehicle. Warranty: Most vehicles carry a ‘statutory’ warranty when you purchase it from a dealer. The length of this warranty will vary according to the type, age and mileage of the car, but is generally for three months from the date of purchase. Motor dealers will normally offer extended warranties as part of the purchase and also offer the ability to upgrade the cover or extend the period. One Stop Shop: Motor dealers not only sell vehicles, they also offer an in-house finance and insurance service. In most cases they are able to beat the bank’s interest rates due to the amount of vehicle finance written each month and because of the relationship they have with the financier in relation to their stock finance. Insurance premiums are also very competitive and finance approvals can only take up to two hours in most cases. Specialist Advice: Motor dealers are in the business of selling cars so the sales consultants can tailor the car to the intended purpose of the customer. Trade-ins: There has been a trend away from trading cars with dealers and towards selling them privately. This is fine provided you have the time to sell the car. Most times it is not practical to retain two vehicles while you are waiting to sell the old one. Workshop Inspected Vehicles: It is a requirement in Queensland for a safety certificate to be obtained on any cars which are to be sold (transferred). This means that the dealer will have inspected the car to obtain this certificate and also to protect their reputation. After Sales Service: Unlike buying from a private customer, motor dealers are available to field any enquiries after you have purchased the car. Whether this be ongoing advice, warranty issues or parts and service support. Code of Ethics: Motor dealers are required by legislation to operate under a strict Code of Ethics which gives the customer substantial protection against unconscionable conduct. Convenience: This can extend to the range of vehicles on offer, convenience of locations, in home demonstrations, finance and insurance offerings etc. Local Community Involvement: Motor dealers generally support many local community initiatives whether it be charity events, sporting clubs, school work experience etc. This is only possible, however, if the business receives reciprocal support from the community.

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When listing your property for sale there are many things to consider, firstly which agent to choose, then whether to sell with or without a price and finally selecting a marketing budget. Many vendors are reluctant to expend money on marketing, some with the belief that people will find their property on the internet. Well, whilst the internet is undoubtedly a huge information and research tool for prospective buyers, research proves unequivocally those vendors who invest in additional paid marketing mediums, e.g. print advertising will boost exposure and greatly increase the chance of a result. Julie Ryan, Australia’s leading expert in real estate marketing says that, “Marketed properties will sell over those who do not promote their property. In a good market, promotion helps achieve a premium price. In the existing market, promotion is about achieving a result, when many others are not.” With so much stock available on the market in the current climate, a significant point of difference is the amount of exposure achieved. Buyers aren’t just surfing the net, they are also driving around and noticing signboards, reading real estate supplements and attending advertised open homes. Ms Ryan says that the major advantage of advertising is that it, “communicates to motivated buyers in the market that the owners are serious about selling.” Whilst the internet is widely used, sometimes the search criteria a buyer types in will exclude certain properties that may also be of interest. It is not unheard of indeed for buyers to end up purchasing something completely different to what they originally thought they wanted. This is one of the great advantages of print advertising; it offers buyers who are reading with genuine motivation, alternatives they may not have previously considered. Our agents have many examples of a result achieved through response to a print advertisement, whereby the buyer has not previously seen that particular property on the internet, possibly because of the search criteria they were entering. Before placing an advertisement it is important that this opportunity is maximised, meaning that you need to portray your property in the most advantageous light. Professional photography is an absolute necessity when considering print media. They say a ‘picture is worth a thousand words’ and certainly in real estate marketing images are often what buyers react to ... of course price or deadline is important for buyer interest too, but it’s the images that can stimulate the emotions and the desire to inspect. If you are genuinely motivated to sell, a well-planned and professional marketing campaign will enhance your chances greatly of achieving a result. In the scheme of things it’s a small price to pay to assist you to move forward ... Alex Head Office: 1/156 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland 4572 Ph: 5430 0888

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how should you take your tablet? with Miriam Torres The World Wide IT show in Las Vegas this week displayed more than 100 new tablet computers which will soon hit the market. But what is a tablet PC and should you care? A tablet PC is a computer which is shaped in the form of a notebook, except it has the capabilities of being written on through the use of digitising tablet technology / a touch screen. A user can use a stylus and operate the computer without having to have a keyboard or mouse. They are smaller and handier to carry around than netbooks, but have larger, more capable screens than smartphones. Similar to how people use an iPhone, a tablet has a screen which is touchable. In the next 12 months you will see a lot of these types of devices coming out on the market, and as with mobile phones, there will be a selection of Windows / Apple / Linux and Android formats to choose from. For consumers, these devices are light, simple and

great for surfing the web or doing emails. For the business user, there are some ‘gotchas’ which are being worked out with the next generation of devices. Three major items are currently holding the tablets back:

3. Application compatibility. Although iPhones and iPads have a large variety of applications or, as they say, ‘an application for everything’, business is where this is lacking. The functionality of Microsoft Word or MYOB has been missed, for example.

1. CPU. First and foremost is processing speed – although these devices are ultra thin and light, this limits their processing power as the machine can only generate so much heat and use so much battery.

Tablet PCs will eventually have a massive impact on business life, and with the arrival of different vendors, we are looking at items such as Microsoft Windows running on iPad-type devices, giving us access to a broader range of ‘real world’ office applications. In the mean time, these devices are great for getting emails, short messaging, Powerpoint-type presentations and dialling into your office’s terminal server. Over the next 12 months, improvements will come on board that will allow for the tablet PCs to become true office machines.

2. Multi-tasking. One of the things we take for granted these days is multi-tasking (having the computer do more than one thing at once). With current tablet PCs, the device cannot run two applications at the same time. In some circumstances, it may pause an application to allow itself to do another, but as iPad users have noticed, with some applications it stops the program and restarts it from the beginning when you go back. This can be very annoying when just jumping between applications to look things up.

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the state of divorce with Leisa Toomey Over dinner with friends last week, I had an interesting discussion about divorce. The conversation turned to the way Australia handled this popular phenomenon compared to our international counterparts, and some of my dinner companions were amazed (and even horrified) to learn that in some countries it is impossible to get a divorce. How other countries view divorce is quite interesting and you might be surprised at the approaches taken, or not taken. So I thought I would share some interesting information about divorce in other waters. In Muslim societies, a no-fault divorce is allowed provided the husband has given his consent. If the wife is seeking a divorce she must justify the reasons and testify in court. However, the husband may be given time to fix the problems. If he fails to fix the issues, the judge may divorce the couple. It was not until 1987 that divorce legislation was passed in Argentina, almost 100 years after the first attempt to introduce it. However, instead of



applying to all Argentines, the new laws specifically exclude Catholics. In Ireland, mainly due to the large Catholic population, divorce was prohibited by the 1937 Constitution. Despite church opposition, a referendum in 1995 supported the need for divorce and legislation was introduced in 1997. But they don’t come easily. A divorce is only available to parties who are separated for four out of the five preceding years. Obtaining a divorce in the Republic of Ireland for any other reason is not possible. Divorce has only been allowed in Brazil since 1977 and in Italy since 1974. There is no legislation for divorce in the Vatican City, Malta or the Philippines.

criteria can be satisfied in a number of ways: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, two years of separation (consenting) or desertion (where one spouse has been absent without response) or five years of non-consenting separation. In the USA, divorce is a matter of state rather the federal law. For many years, a spouse seeking a divorce had to show cause and might still not be granted a divorce. No-fault divorces were first introduced in California in 1969 and most other states quickly followed. New York was the last state to adopt a no-fault divorce statute when it was introduced, effective from October 15 2010. Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers 5413 8908

Divorce is only permissible in England and Wales for marriages of more than one year that are deemed to have irretrievably broken down. However, this


death and mortality rates lowest on record

land valuation act 2010

with Tracey Ferguson

with Paul McHugh

How long will we live … and will our money last? According to a report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on November 10 2010, death rates are the lowest on record and life expectancies continue to increase. The life expectancy for both Australian males and females continues to be among the highest in the world. Based on current death rates, a male born today has a life expectancy of 79.3 years, while the life expectancy of a female baby is 83.9 years. A male who is currently age 60 is expected to live for a further 22.9 years, while it is expected that a 60 year old female would have a further 26.1 years to live. Obviously this increase in life expectancy is one of the factors contributing to the ageing of the Australian population, and as a financial planner, it becomes increasingly important when discussing retirement planning with clients. It is obvious that the issues of investment returns, legislation, superannuation and asset allocation need to be considered and discussed when developing a strategy for a client. But what is implemented now must be a strategy that will evolve in such a way that it will actually last through a clients’ lifetime. For a male retiring now at age 55, his investment strategy must be such that it can provide sufficient income to him for a further 27 years – through until age 82! And for a female, a further 31 years – through until age 86! What might seem to be working right now, may not be enough to meet your income and / or capital needs for this length of time. A financial plan must be fluid and flexible; and there will be elements of your plan that will be ever-changing. Your asset allocation will need to be realigned; your goals and objectives will change as you move through life; your eligibility for government incentives may alter; and both superannuation and taxation legislation will always change. So how do you keep on top of all these changing issues, and how do you know whether your capital is well placed to last the distance? Speak to your financial planner and find out. Tracey Ferguson Buderim: 24 Gloucester Road, Buderim QLD 4556 Ph (07) 54564591 Fax (07) 5441 4543 Nambour: Level 1, 24 Lowe Street, Nambour QLD 4560 Ph (07) 54412929 Fax (07) 5441 4543

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The Queensland parliament has passed new legislation which will have a significant effect on the way land is valued for the purposes of calculating rates and land tax. The Land Valuation Act 2010 (LVA) came into force on the 20 September 2010. The LVA replaces the Valuation of Land Act 1944 making substantial changes to the way valuations are made for a number of purposes, including land tax and rates. The changes stem from almost a decade of controversy in Queensland surrounding the valuation of land, ending in a decision by the Queensland Court of Appeal ruling that the methodology used by the Government in valuing land was incorrect. The changes include introducing a “site valuation” methodology to replace the existing method of “unimproved value” for non-rural land. This will take effect from 30 June 2011 and will not affect 2010 land tax assessments. Generally, site value is the market value of the land in its present state, including invisible improvements such as filling, rehabilitation, clearing, drainage and other works necessary to prepare it for development, but excluding structural improvements such as houses, sheds and buildings. The site value methodology requires that a parcel be valued according to its highest practical use. However, the LVA requires that any permitted uses of the land, any heritage listings, the local and regional environmental plan and current zoning and planning restrictions must also be taken into account when determining the property’s value. With a view to ending the more controversial aspects of valuations conducted in recent history, site value and unimproved value for rural land will not include the value of any leases or intangible improvements relating to the land. Under the LVA, you will be eligible to claim an offset if the difference between the site value and the previous unimproved value is greater than $1 million. In the 2011 year, the offset will be the difference between the site value and the unimproved value (less $1 million) multiplied by 12/13. The multiplier reduces by 1/13th for each of the following 12 years. A deduction can also be claimed for “Site Improvements” which were made on the land and which were funded by the owner within the previous 12 years. A deduction can also be claimed for site improvements made before the commencement of the LVA unless an offset has already been applied. If you wish to use the site improvement deduction instead of an offset, you must do so within the objection period of 60 days after the 2011 valuation is issued. If you wish to object to a valuation, you must do so within 60 days of the day the valuation is issued. Paul McHugh Thompson McNichol Lawyers 07 5443 1566




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“When I was growing up I wanted to be … a chef. I always loved sport as a kid, but I loved cooking more. Now I can’t cook my way out of a paper bag.

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Channel 7 journalist Nathan Spurling is mad about sport; on-air and off, regularly competing in triathlons, watching it on TV and even reporting about it for our local news. We find out what gets this self-proclaimed fitness-fanatic up each day.

I grew up in …

Most people don’t know that I …

the beautiful city of Manly in Sydney. My dad was in the federal police so we moved around a bit, eventually landing in the lovely Queensland when I was in high school. This is why I’m a major fan of Manly in the NRL ... and hence why so many people hate me during rugby league season.

am a diehard tragic fan of professional wrestling. And yes, I am fully aware that it is fake, and it’s quite sad for a 29-year-old man to still enjoy the entertainment side of this male soap opera. In fact, I regret admitting to this …

either going for a bike ride or a run. The day seems to go better knowing I’ve got that ‘evil exercise’ out of the way nice and early. I would love to be a better …

handy man. I am absolutely useless at trying to fix things around the house. I keep ‘rent-a-dad’ in business. I am at my happiest when …

I’m just relaxing with my fiancée Jenna and friends, either at a barbeque or somewhere we can kick back and chat. I wish I could …

“Most people don’t know that I … am a diehard tragic fan of professional wrestling.

I start my day by …

travel around Europe. I’ve heard it is a fantastic experience, but unfortunately I’ve never had the time or the guts to do it. The best meal I have had was at …

a restaurant on the Gold Coast. I had the best rib-eye steak which was dripping with mushroom sauce and cooked to perfection at medium rare, just the way I like it. I’m drooling at the thought of it right now.



When I was growing up I wanted to be …

a chef. I always loved sport as a kid, but I loved cooking more and did catering at school. Now I can’t cook my way out of a paper bag. My greatest achievement is …

getting engaged at the Noosa Triathlon last November and my lovely partner actually saying ‘yes’ – even though I was dressed in lycra. It was from the bike ride! I swear. In five years I hope to be …

still doing the best job in the world – covering sport and presenting it. The one person I would most like to meet is …

nathan spurling – is living every little (and big) boys’ dream as a sports reporter on the sunshine coast with a gorgeous fiancée and a tight group of friends, it seems that nathan really has got it all sorted, if only he could move las vegas a litle bit closer ...

Ric Flair – a professional wrestler who was the most over-the-top, charismatic performer I’ve seen on television. After hearing plenty of stories about his life on the road, I’m sure he would be interesting, to say the least. My hidden talent is …

well, I have to keep that a secret (code: this means I don’t have a hidden talent).

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