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14 success – hart to hart

David Hart

16 people – the ultimate gift

Denise Donati

18 ladies at lunch – debating discipline

Our lunching ladies get tough and talk discipline

22 cover – i am woman

Cathy Ledger

30 enlightened goddess network feature 54 travelfile

India’s golden triangle

74 the last word

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50 life

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8 he says, she says

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here are many things in life you can change … but one thing you can’t change is your family. Love them or hate them, your family will aways be just that … there for the long haul. Families come in all shapes and sizes – single parent families, families with two mums, families with kids, or families like ours with ‘fur kids’ (aka dogs). There is no right or wrong when it comes to building a family … although being a family can have its ups and downs. Not everyone is lucky enough to be brought up in the safe confines of a loving family’s arms, so this month’s special issue is dedicated to the hundreds of Sunshine Coast children supported by local charity SunnyKids, each and every year. SunnyKids is an amazing organisation whose purpose is to help kids and families shine. They do this by providing integrated community services to at-risk children and families, and have been doing so since 1999.

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As president of SunnyKids, I encourage you to head to their website www.sunnykids.org.au to find out more about their important work, make a donation or even seek support for your own family. So onto this month’s issue. We talk to artist David Hart about his artistic gifts which run though three generations, all stemming from art industry icon; David’s father, Pro Hart. We talk with locals who have built wonderful businesses through creating and supporting families, and we also meet super successful lingerie saleswoman, mother and May cover person, Cathy Ledger. As Cathy reveals, even the most perfect family sometimes has to face challenge and adversity. Don’t miss Alli’s moving interview with Cathy … you’ll even find out how to become “horny rorny”! So take care of each other and remember that blood will always be thicker than water. Love and respect your family.

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THECOVERSHOOT This month’s cover shoot was fabulous fun, with the alwayseffervescent Cathy Ledger. To match Cathy’s bright personality we shot this issue’s cover in bright, natural light in our new office / studio on Sixth Avenue in Cotton Tree.

Cathy’s makeup is courtesy of our in-house makeup artist, Katie Mackenzie, and Cathy wears Intimo garments and her own jewellery. No styling needed here! As usual, the cover shoot crew included photographer Alan Hughes, creative director Kara De Schot and of course, publisher / managing editor Genine (who’s main role this month was to entertain Cathy during the shoot!). The result is a fresh, friendly, beautiful, honest cover, perfect for our familythemed issue. Watch the behind the scenes footage on profile TV, head to www.profilemag.com.au.

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thanks to the busy world we live in today, more women are staying in the workforce or are coming back to the workforce sooner after kids. so should businesses offer some form of in-house crèche these days? Regular columnists and radio hosts from HOT91.1FM Todd and Sami tell us what they think.

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aving a crèche in the workplace for new mums to bring their bubbas into would be just like the movie Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow. In theory, it looks like fun and it could be really entertaining, but in reality, it’s far from amusing. Now before you start emailing the editor of this fabulous publication to complain about the “horribly sexist male misogynist who has a head like a dropped pie,” please don’t think I’m not up for a crèche in the workplace. I reckon it’s a top idea, but then I also think ‘nachos in a can’ is a good idea. We all know it’s a ‘feel good’ concept to set up a little room in the workplace for bin lids to hang out, scoffing down mocha bubbacinos while Mum is in an important boardroom meeting (popping out every 30 minutes for a check on the little-un and to offer a shot of boob). Realistically though, it’d be messy. Can you imagine the carry-on from co-workers whinging about the fairness of the crèche – “Why can’t I bring my dog into the office then?” Then there’s the obvious onslaught from us blokes wanting our fair share, as otherwise we are being discriminated against. “Streuth, if there’s a crèche then there should be a bar (agreed) with a pool table and a big-screen telly and a courtesy bus to take us to meetings …” We all know how criminal it is that only women can have babies, but let’s face it, if blokes had the ability to get pregnant our species wouldn’t survive. Considering how close to death I go every time I cop a man cold, I’d be lucky to survive the first trimester! It’s a special time being a new mum, so enjoy it, every minute of it, drink it all in and stay home where you belong! Okay, now you can start emailing the editor.

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o I think in-house crèches at work are the best idea since Hugh Jackman decided to show us his buff, bare, beautiful chest in the movie Australia? You betcha. And let’s not just stop at a crèches at work. Let’s add a grocery store, a cafe, and a day spa to our place of employment. And at this magical and mythical place, wouldn’t it be great if there was a room that was completely dark, with burning candles, fresh linen and Enya playing softly so you could get a few hours of uninterrupted sleep? Oh and when you wake up, there would be a chocolate fountain for you to pig-out on. This topic is particularly close to my heart as we have just had a baby girl who is two months old. Let’s flash back in time to BC. Yes, Before Child. Oh wasn’t I arrogant, naive and stupid? My baby was to be just like the latest model handbag: no trouble or effort, but just the cutest accessory of all time! But then real life kicked in. Luckily, my boss is way ahead of the pack. When he offered me the chance to work from home after I had bub, I burst out crying with relief. And it wasn’t just pregnancy hormones! I was, after all, dreading that discussion regarding who would replace me and whether I would still have a job to return to. Having a baby often means pressing pause or delete on your career. Now I find myself in a very rare and privileged position of working from home and having the best of both worlds. I wish all mums had the chance to work at home or the option of having a crèche at work. Then we could all unite and demand chocolate fountains as well!

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ll words jessica jane sammut ll photography shawn abrams Ever wondered what skills you need to run a business? How about commercial exposure, financial acumen, market awareness, strategic competence, the ability to sell, and the necessary capital investment? Well, apparently not. Not according to Shanti McIvor – the spiritual bohemian who once lived in the woods. Profile’s Jessica Jane Sammut finds out more.

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ockets, prams, buggies, strollers, push chairs, snugs, sledges, three-wheelers, trailers, roof racks, slings, carriers, yaks and horses. All ways to transport your child. Some legal. Some not so legal. And no-one knows more about this subject than Shanti McIvor, mother of five (plus two stepchildren), hippie at heart, nurturer, free thinker, spiritual idealist and …. dynamic CEO of Baba Slings, the international sling that has uncovered a way to put your baby where it should be when on the move. Born on the Sunshine Coast, Shanti grew up in the rainforest of Buderim. Encouraged by her mother, Shanti explored an artistic life and viewed the natural world around her with bright eyes and positivity. With a deep affection for her elders, she was inspired by them to give something back to the community. “My grandmother started the ‘Boolarong’ which is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘place of plenty’ – a renowned bar, restaurant and hotel in Alexandra Heads,” says Shanti. “It was viewed as the place to go in its day, with people like Sean Connery attending … She was an inspiration and I believe she handed down her business sense to me. “I lived a very natural childhood. I spent my growing years at the Buderim Waterfall before it was called that – there weren’t even any pathways. I had a deep connection with the earth, nature and animals. My mother was a potter and I would spend many a day and night watching her work, firing the kilns and creating from the earth. “Mum basically built our ‘house’. Some of walls were made of mosquito mesh and we had an outdoor toilet. We really felt the cold! But I am so glad I didn’t grow up any other way. Suburbia wouldn’t have nurtured my spirit the way Mother Nature did.”

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It is clear from Shanti as she talks that her unconventional upbringing has given her a sense of inner peace and an innate belief in creativity – something which has allowed her to express herself in such a way as to start a business with confidence and passion. “When I was 22 the concept of Baba Slings was born. I had spent the previous few years travelling up and down the east coast of Australia and living in India working at an orphanage and I had returned to the Sunshine Coast. I decided to do a Vipassana Meditation course and as part of that course we had to meditate for 10 hours a day for 10 days. But all I could think about during meditation was creating a baby sling!

My grandmother was an inspiration and I believe she handed down her business sense to me. “I was around three weeks off having my second child, Sai, and the idea of this sling drove me beyond distraction. So after the course, Shanti took up on her mission and forged ahead with a friend who decided early on it wasn’t for her. Shanti was not deterred and over a one year period went on to obtain a bank loan, meet with her business mentor and build a house. “The loan was for $4,000. Of that, I put $2,600 into building a house as I was living very simply in a caravan at the time. This just left $1,400 for the

Shanti mcivor wears top from www.zenvoko.com.au and flamenco skirt by Kombichic. Hair by www.modafusion.com.au. Makeup by www.pureindulgence.com.au.

business. Times were tough but I had faith that they would get better. I put an advert in the paper for seamstresses and 15 people turned up. A lot of time went into the design, and then there was the whole process of researching the right fabric, buckles, foam, straps et cetera. This, I knew, was integral to the product being a success.” Since then, thousands of Baba Slings have been sold all over the world, including Japan, where Shanti’s sling is the number one seller. This is something Shanti is very proud of, as Japan is such a high-quality driven marketplace. Baba Slings has outgrown the factory in Noosa and is now being made in a family-owned factory in Bali. “Baba Slings has satisfied the gypsy streak in me by taking me off on many an adventure to ancient lands such as India, England, Ireland, Japan, America, Canada, New Zealand and many times to Bali to oversee the factory there, as well as countless trips around Australia to attend expos and trade fairs.” Who would have thought it? The ex-Matthew Flinders student who lived in the woods, who knew nothing of commerce or even discipline and who wanted to be a singer – turning out to be a roaring business success? I ask Shanti what her dreams and hopes are for the future, she replies “I want to set up an organic farm – and maybe turn it into a yoga / relaxation / massage retreat.” This gorgeous, free-thinking girl, with eyes that glitter and a grin which gives away her ability not to take life too seriously, has honestly got me questioning my understanding of the world. Convention has its place, but so too does creativity. One only has to look at Shanti to appreciate that. Isn’t life a curve ball? Just when you reckon you’ve got it all worked out …

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ll words jessica jane sammut To be able to paint is a gift, to be able to draw is a gift, to be loved by many is a gift – these are talents that cannot be learnt, they exist or they don’t. And the enigma of these skills makes them all the more fascinating. As we approach the fifth anniversary of Pro Hart’s death, profile magazine’s Jessica Jane Sammut talks to David Hart about life, success and his famous father, Pro.

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n a game of 20 questions, if you had to guess the name of a man who used to be in the public eye, who was loved by all, who was supremely talented in the art world (yet extremely modest), and who was a real Aussie ‘good bloke’ through and through, many wouldn’t hesitate to say this man’s name … Pro Hart (who remembers the ad “Oh Mr Hart, what a mess”?). So it is my absolute honour to attend his son’s art studio in Tanawha to meet one of the chips off the old block, his son, David Hart. What the Hart family has achieved for Australia with regard to art is a phenomenon, and the talent that seems to quietly bubble and simmer through the core of each and every Hart member is truly inspirational. As I approach David Hart’s studio, I can already feel the energy and creativity pulse, and on entering the hub of this artist’s lair, I can certainly view the manifested form of these forces at work. For in front of me, covering all aspects of the studio, are pieces of intense beauty, character, style, and expression with such original uses of colour, texture and technique that one could be mistaken for thinking he or she is walking the halls of an art museum (or the halls of David Hart’s galleries on the Sunshine Coast, for that matter). And then David walks towards me, hand outstretched, his polo t-shirt and casual shorts covered in oil paint, a warm smile as wide as his easel and with the peaceful demeanour of a contented man. I admire David’s art and question him about the beautiful Hart art empire. David smiles as he talks of Pro. “Dad inspired us all,” David remembers. “As a kid, Pro – whose real name is Kevin – grew up in Broken Hill with a fairly tough sheep shearing childhood. He finally ended up in the mines, operating underground loco trains and it was a hard life. But Pro was always drawing and painting. As a boy, he would illustrate his school lessons and he once drew a comic book which was passed

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from station to station for everyone to enjoy. Even in the mines he would draw on the walls. He also loved to invent things – new engines, new appliances – he loved new ideas, and was very creative. Thus he was nicknamed ‘The Professor’. In this way, Pro was born. “When Dad was 34, he put some of his paintings in the local service station to exhibit them, and from that he was discovered. He was taken to Adelaide for his first exhibition and he never looked back. The rest is history.” It is true that Pro was the lucky owner of a very special talent. He loved to depict Australian landscapes, people and scenes – his passion for Australia running through each and every stroke of his brush, causing his pictures to burst with life. And in all his success, Pro never moved from Broken Hill. David and his two brothers and two sisters all grew up in the bush just like their Dad, except with a few differences … “I grew up in a home adorned with original Picassos and Rembrandt etchings, a steady stream of A-list celebs and politicians trickling in and out of the house, Rolls Royces covered in paint and dust, film crews around at least once a month making documentaries, the CEOs of charities appearing to thank Pro for his latest donation (Pro helped many charities and poured a lot into the town of Broken Hill), and his mates from the mines popping in for a beer!” What a wonderfully different childhood David experienced. And interestingly, David tells me Pro did not force or coach him or any of his brothers or sisters (he has four siblings) to paint or draw. They all naturally picked it up when they wanted to. David in fact does not believe you can

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‘learn’ art – “you either have it or you don’t”, he says. “I left school at 15 and I didn’t start painting until I was 17. I remember selling my first painting for $90 and it went from there.” David married his lovely wife, Christine, at the age of 19 and went on to have his first child at 21, Jacob, and soon after, his daughter, Chloe. It was then that Christine and David moved to Brisbane to help with a Christian Youth Group while David continued to paint. And in that time they also had their third child, Harrison. “We loved Brisbane and we were there for seven years, but then the youth group closed down we saw a great opportunity to live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Juniper was just developing Mooloolaba and we snatched up premises for me to finally have my own gallery. We have now been on the Coast for 10 years and have another gallery in Noosa. We love the Sunshine Coast.” And not only has David managed to follow his father into the magnificent world of artistic creation, he is also becoming a sought-after personality too, much like his famous Pa. Brands want to work with him (David has been the ambassador of BMW, has exhibited for the Sheraton Group of hotels, Porsche Australia and is currently in partnership with Maxwell & Williams having produced a designer range of homewares that is selling internationally), people want to meet him, the media wants to write about him, art-lovers want to own his art. He is a very humble man in person with not one ounce of inflated ego, and yet in my eyes he has ‘made it’. “I don’t think of myself like that,” David chirps up when I congratulate him on his success. “You have always got to appreciate you are very lucky. Dad never lost sight of his roots and who he was. I think success can only be measured when you have crossed the finishing line. It is all about what you leave behind and how people remember you. Everyone achieves different things at different stages in life so you can never compare like with like until the race has been run. “When Dad passed away five years ago of motor neurone disease at 78, he was given a state funeral usually reserved for war heroes and politicians. And not only that, the state funeral was brought to Broken Hill in an unprecedented move [profile – state funerals aways occur in the capital of the state]. Thousands of people attended his funeral (not to mention the film crews and media), and the streets were lined deep for 15 kilometres from the civic centre to the cemetery. I remember one little old lady standing on a street corner holding up a piece of his work as the procession went by. Pro’s art was an amazing achievement, but it was what he left behind which was the success.” And I am in awe. In awe of David’s words, of the love Pro generated, and of the raw talent that abounds at planet Hart. David’s children, Jacob, Harry and Chloe, are already involved with the arts – Jacob, 18, a very talented musician and graphic designer; Chloe – a painter who has already sold 27 paintings at the age of 16 (with her latest three having sold within an hour of going up on the gallery website); and Harry, 11 – already a collaborator with his daddy and the star of the new Stainmaster carpet commercial (taking over from where his grandad left off). Yes David is right, you can’t ‘become’ artistic, you either have it or you don’t. But you can certainly learn humility, kindness, patience, acceptance, determination, and thankfulness. And David Hart had the greatest teacher of all. The Hart family has decided that the last of the major works by Pro Hart from the Pro Hart estate will be released for sale. Pro Hart died in 2006 and five years later the Hart family want to create an exhibition at a time which would of been his 83rd birthday to honour him and show Australia his iconic works that have made him one of Australia’s most loved and collected artists. They have saved some of the best works until last with the exhibition valuing at over $400,000. This is an exhibition never to be repeated and not to be missed! PRO HART EXHIBITION 28 May to 13 June David Hart Galleries, Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba may 11

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It’s what we’re made to do ... and the heartbreak and devastation that some suffer when they realise they can’t achieve their dream without help, can be disheartening. However, some people have made it their life journey to help people create something we all desire ... a family. Lauren O’Connor talks with Denise Donati, director of Fertility Solutions to discuss just how she got into the business of making dreams come true.

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ow, I’m not exactly a maternal person. It is no secret to my family and friends that the idea of babies and pregnancy makes my palms clammy and my heart beat faster (and not in a good way!). I suppose this is because I see that part of my life as being some time off. So travelling to Fertility Solutions IVF Clinic and perching in the waiting room, I am expecting a kind of claustrophobic feeling. However, as I wait on a huge, homely couch, I relax and have a longing to take off my shoes and tuck my feet up underneath my legs (“It’s important couples and individuals feel comfortable and at home,” Denise says), and gaze at a large board on the opposite side of the room. Pictures of happy, smiling parents, newborn babies and toddlers cover the board, with a few photos spilling out onto the wall. I realise I am surrounded by the visions of people’s dreams ... the dream to create a family. Denise Donati, director of the Nambour-based IVF clinic, enters the room and I instantly realise it is this woman, this saviour, who has helped create the new lives depicted in the photos on the board. We get chatting and I feel like I am visiting a friend. I ask if she has always envisaged this kind of career and she replies, “I’d always wanted to be a nurse. At the time I wasn’t so sure about what direction I wanted to take but it was an aspect that I was interested in and that grew into a passion. Once I finished my nursing training, I worked at the Launceston General Hospital. I then spent the next year doing my midwifery training. I delivered babies for a little while. The opportunity came along to teach students about midwifery and I did that for a few years as well.”

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At this point in time while talking with Denise, my admiration for what she does and who I’m discovering her to be skyrockets. A nurse and midwife on the one hand and a business manager on the other, are something I picture as being a rather challenging juggling act. However, Denise claims, “I’m always up for a challenge ... I like to be challenged in what I do, and creating my business has been amazing.

If I can leave work after seeing a couple and know that I’ve made a difference, that’s an amazing opportunity. “I’ve probably spent in excess of 10 years in postschooling education. I think, for me, I already knew what there was to know with regard to patients and fertility care and procedures, but on the business side I had to be able to provide a professional service to our patients and I had to understand the business, so I did my Certificate IV in business management. I identified that very early as a need. It’s a natural thing, you just have to go and learn. “There might be only one or two other nurses in Australia who have the same kind of qualifications that I do and are in similar roles, so it is not common. More often, doctors or scientists go forth and set up their own clinics.” The enormousness of Denise’s capability,

knowledge and expertise surely set her apart from the others in her field, and I mention this to her. “I’ve always wanted to push the boundaries in terms of what I can do with my scope ... I’ve always loved talking to people. I enjoy listening to people’s stories and the opportunity to be able to do that is what attracts me to this field ... if I can leave work after seeing an individual or couple, and know that I’ve made a difference, that’s an incredible feeling.” Denise too has a family, consisting of her husband Michael, her 18-year-old son, Nick, and her 17-year-old daughter, Carla. The family has gone through a type of sea change, having moved from Launceston to the Sunshine Coast around 12 years ago, but that hasn’t been the only change the family has had to deal with. “It was probably more difficult for my husband, as he took on the role of the ‘house husband’ with the children, so he was more isolated in that role. He knew how much this meant to me, to be working in this area, so it was a natural progression. My family has been extremely supportive.” Denise is, as I am finding out, a multifaceted woman. “I’ve been working in the industry for nearly 20 years ... I was fortunate enough to be asked to create an education course for nurses … I also created a small consultancy business and as part of that I was offered the opportunity to go to Vietnam and work with nurses and doctors over there, where I could provide assistance. I’ve been very, very fortunate to travel to a lot of South-East Asia, lecturing on all facets of fertility. I’m so keen to share the experiences I’ve had.” What an amazing career Denise has embraced. Every day she gets to give the ultimate gift to loving couples – the gift of life and of love. profilemag.com.au


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Our kids. They are the apples of our eyes. We love them beyond measure, we would do anything for them to make them smile, and most of us would even lay our lives down for our babies. So what about discipline? Is this something we still do for our kids – teaching them right from wrong and the way to behave? And if so, do we do it properly? Profile’s Jessica Jane Sammut asks the question …

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icture the scene. You feel different. You know something is different. You cross your fingers. You trot along to the doctor. And yes, your prayers have been answered … there is a little image of you and your partner on its way. The time comes and your ‘mini-me’ arrives and you realise that, although you thought you had prepared yourself, there ain’t nothing that can prepare you for the plethora of trials and hoops your child will put you through. And before you know it, your mini-me is stamping his or her feet, answering back, catapulting monkey figurines at your head, pouring babycinos on the bare legs of a child next to them and throwing his or herself on the floor in the middle of the supermarket. Oh my gosh … why didn’t they mention this in the pregnancy manual? Which brings me to our Ladies at Lunch topic of the month – how should kids be disciplined? And there has been many a book written on the subject … from Supernanny to Gina Ford, everyone has an opinion. So what is the answer? With the major shift in parenting through the generations, some would advocate that there appears to be no such thing as discipline now, and they may be right if referring to the ‘old school’ ways of discipline such as the cane or a rap across the knuckles. However, others may advocate that, nowadays, we are more sophisticated in our ways of instilling good behaviour and respect in a child. So what is the answer? Joining profile as co-host this month is Sandra Wills of Genesys Wealth Advisers, who has hands-on experience in disciplining children having raised two boys (who are now all grown up). Joining the lunch at Arnica Restaurant are some fabulous guests (as usual), this time in the form of Jo Sowden of the accountancy and financial practice Book Sense, Di Batten of Corelli books and Kristy Rackham of Visualise This Enterprises, as well as myself. Jo, like Sandra, also has two sons who are now grown up, while Di has no children. Having said that, Di has not escaped the ‘pleasure’ of having to instill values in the young, as she used to work in London with disadvantaged youths aged 14 to 18, and so in many ways, I think Di may 11

may be more qualified than anyone to advise us on what we should do with regard to discipline. Di has seen firsthand the result of discipline-free upbringings, and also the direct impact a little bit of positive discipline can then have. And then there is Kristy and I, both mums of toddlers (yes we are learning all about assertion, authority and plain old patience at the moment!). profile: So ladies, what is discipline?

kristy: I think it is something that is crucial in society. The way to survive in life is to have a sense of discipline. We have got a whole generation of kids currently that appear to me to be self obsessed, which cannot be good. sandra: Discipline is a generational thing, I think. jo: How are your grandchildren Sandra? Are they well behaved? sandra: Yes, they are good. The kids are in bed at 7pm every night. They have boundaries and routine. Maybe those concepts define discipline. di: Boundaries are so important. I used to work with kids who had no boundaries and had never had any. They rebelled against life and the social community as it tried to impose boundaries – ways to behave, times to be places (such as turning up for work). kristy: Boundaries come down to respect – to yourself and to others. Boundaries are present every day in life. sandra: Kids have to be aware of freedom, consequences and responsibility. They must not be given freedom until they can take responsibility. It frustrates me when I hear parents threatening their kids, saying ‘behave otherwise we are going home’, and then they never go through with it. It teaches children that parents are not credible, that threats are idle and that consequences do not always eventuate. You have to always follow through with a threat as a parent. kristy: We use one, two, three. Three chances to behave, listen and learn. My son is very different to my daughter also, which is very interesting to see how they react differently to discipline. My son is quick at solving problems and you can explain something to him and he will listen. My daughter won’t listen to a word I say.

sandra: I think that is a girl thing! profile: So what about the ‘old school’ methods of discipline? Smacking?

sandra: To me the only danger of smacking is when it is done to ‘lash out’ at a child. It is very different if trying to teach and it is done out of love. kristy: I think there is a time and a place. If a child is heading towards something dangerous, a smack may be something to help them avoid doing it in the future. profile: Do you think we discipline according to our parents and the way that we were raised?

kristy: When I react, I can hear my parents words coming out of my mouth. However, generally I do things very differently to how my parents brought me up. I am a little less authoritarian and a little more about understanding and respect. sandra: Parents often now want to be ‘friends’ with their children and it is not good. kristy: I agree, kids need their ‘place’. di: Kids get their ‘place’ now from their peers. sandra: Kids have us worked out and we need to work them out. My grandkids are not allowed to go to the fridge and help themselves in my house and they have to sit down to eat. They accept this. In my house there are my rules; the kids know this and respect it. profile: What about discipline when in public? Should kids be allowed in cafés? Do you cringe when you hear someone telling off a child in public or do you applaud them?

di: In my book shop, kids pull things out – I don’t mind if they are trying to learn, especially if the parents are apologetic. kristy: My kids are generally quite good. They will enjoy a babyccino and be grateful. But if they muck around and misbehave, we leave. sandra: To be fair to children, cafés are not designed for them – they are boring. Once the babyccino is over, they have to sit still and quietly. This is not natural for a young child. di: It is almost a punishment to take a child to a café, really.

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profile: So should kids have a say in the family or should they do as they are told without question?

kristy: I want my kids to feel they have value. My son and I will share the TV, for example – I will watch the news until I have finished my coffee, then he can watch Nemo for a while, and then he will help me with the housework. di: I agree. Youth wise, if you give kids responsibility for something, they love it. It is theirs to do. Respect and discipline flow from this. When I worked with hardcore London teenagers from hardcore upbringings, they started off to be so defensive – they had a suit of armour which had to be broken down. kristy: There needs to be a community involvement with kids. I know lots of single parents, and I am one myself. Kids need role models in both sexes. jo: I agree. When I separated from my sons’ dad, I read a book about how to raise boys. And it was so clear on the fact that boys need to find a man to be like – a father, an action hero, a male teacher. They can’t be like their mother and they recognise this early. kristy: My generation of men don’t know how to raise a family. In my opinion, the feminist movement has emasculated men. Men are now used to women doing everything and consequently feel superfluous. di: Boys are not taught to be aware of their emotions enough, I don’t think. They don’t want to cry, they don’t want to wear their heart on their sleeve. If taught from an early age, that helps a lot. profile: And discipline at school? Is there a place? Is it the teacher’s responsibility?

jo: There needs to be more male teachers at school. sandra: I think a high level of discipline in school is so important; yes, it is crucial. kristy: My toddler is about to start Montessori, so we shall see! profile: How does anyone feel about disciplining other people’s children or having your own kids disciplined by others?

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kristy: My parents have these precious shells at home and it is the first thing the kids want to touch when we visit and they are not allowed. It is so hard as I respect my parents’ house, but I wish they would put the shells away! They end up having to tell the kids off, or I do. I am happy for others to discipline my kids verbally, but never physically. di: It is hard to watch a parent not follow through on a threat, like Sandra said. I feel I want to help! Depriving a child of food, an audience, whatever is going on, in my opinion is one of the best ways of allowing them to learn. sandra: I think also we have to look at ourselves – the poor child may be creating a scene because they have been dragged around the shops all day and are tired or bored. profile: So if you could describe discipline in a nutshell, what does it mean to you?

sandra: Self esteem – kids need order and routine; this leads to self esteem. jo: Self respect – for others and for themselves. kristy: Empowerment – to know how life works; to know the rules and be able to therefore live life to its fullest and be a meaningful member of society, knowing themselves authentically. di: Boundaries and creativity – discipline is not about restrictive practices but more about encouraging exploration within a framework. So there we have it. It appears discipline is not a practice embodied by a troll with a whip slashing the backs of our little babies for the wrong they do, but instead a positive, encouraging set of rules which we arm our children with so they may walk tall, proudly and confidently along their path in life, with one of the keys to social acceptance held tightly in their hands. It is a secret which we let our kids in on; we allow them to understand themselves and others through discipline. And yes, sometimes it is hard, but just think of that day when your son or daughter turns to you and with love in their eyes says the words that make it make it all worthwhile … “thank you”.

ARNICA WATERFRONT RESTAURANT, MAROOCHYDORE With unsurpassed views over the Maroochy River spanning around Cotton Tree to the break sits Arnica Waterfront Restaurant, a beautiful hidden little haven of tranquility. As I arrived at this eatery, I was blown away by the glorious scene I realised I was going to savour over lunch. The restaurant is not only modern, with clean lines and comfortable white furniture, but the picturesque golden sand and beams of sunlight dancing on the water outside made me feel like I was on holiday. And our menu was equally as sumptuous. Treated to an abundance of sparkling wine throughout the afternoon, we were able to choose from an Asian street market-style seafood grill bound with egg, Sicilian style prawns and vine-ripened tomato bound with fettuccine pasta, lemon and pepper beer battered reef fillet with fat chips and coriander and chilli sour cream, a sate of chicken Malaysian style over jasmine rice with a cucumber salad, a Thai beef salad of eye fillet, and chicken avocado tagliatelle egg pasta bound with a wine cream sauce. Talk about a difficult decision! And for dessert, the sweetest most delectable petit fours were served to complement our rich coffees, and I have to say, I think I almost floated home afterwards, so relaxed and uplifted (or was that the bubbles …) Arnica Waterfront Restaurant is open Monday to Saturday lunch from 11.30am and Tuesday to Saturday dinner 6.00pm till late. 14-16 Duporth Avenue (Platinum Complex) Maroochydore www.arnicawaterfront.com.au

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I honestly believe mothers have enough guilt … All you can do is listen to your gut. But we really do make so many decisions based on fear …”

Cathy Ledger is a phenomenal business success, by anyone’s standards, but especially considering she only works part time! Cathy manages to juggle a booming little business empire and family life perfectly.

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Much has been written, said, sung and celebrated about the power of a woman. Helen Reddy sang it loud and proud, “Oh yes I am wise, but it’s wisdom born of pain. Yes, I’ve paid the price but look how much I’ve gained. I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman!”. We women have an unbelievable inner strength; the ability to fight through the toughest of challenges. This month, Alli Grant talks with local lingerie party plan dynamo Cathy Ledger and discovers the driving force behind her incredible success and strength – the tragic loss of her beautiful baby boy.

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reasts … love them or hate them; we ladies have to live with them. As pre-pubescents, we long for them to arrive, silently begging beautiful bosoms to bulge from deep within our flat little chests. And then once they have arrived, we spend the rest of our lives working out how to flaunt them / hide them / work them / push them up / tape them down / surgically enhance them / exercise with them / use them to get free drinks / breastfeed from them / keep them from drooping to our knees et cetera, et cetera. Not to mention the thousands, maybe even tens of thousands of dollars we spend on bras during our lifetime. If there’s one woman who knows breasts and bras, it’s local Cathy Ledger. It could be said that Cathy knows more boobs on the Coast than most, thanks to a stellar career with Australian success story, party plan mega-brand Intimo Lingerie. Cathy is proudly all-woman – she is curvaceous, vivacious and waxes lyrical about the potential “power of womankind”. She is also an expert on all things bra and breast-related, and proudly looks after ‘the girls’ of some of the Coast’s most well known ladies. Cathy understands the power of a well-fitting bra – a bra that puts our girls perfectly in their place and allows us to carry on with our busy lives without worrying about back cleavage or overflowing cups. But, again, like so many stories I have told before, Cathy’s larger-than-life smile and outgoing personality belies deep tragedy and grief. Some days I honestly wonder if any of us will escape such deep despair in our lifetimes. Behind every success story there seems to be a tragedy that spurs on this success. Life certainly isn’t meant to be easy, and Cathy, like many, is testament to that. This underwear-selling dynamo is a true coastal girl. She grew up in Nambucca Heads and was the daughter of a publican. She seemed destined to do what so many of her friends did – stay in Nambucca Heads for life and “be the next to take over the hamburger joint”.

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Cathy, a self-confessed party girl, met her husband in town when she was just 12 – a true ‘childhood sweetheart’ love story. Craig has stayed by her side through thick and thin. “Craig has completely supported me through my journey – he has been my best friend.” Cathy and Craig had their first two children in Nambucca Heads – Kelsie, now 18, and Travis, now 20. “I knew that generation after generation stayed on [in Nambucca Heads] … but I wanted to break tradition.” In 1996, Craig and Cathy moved to the Sunshine Coast, settling in Alexandra Headlands where she fell pregnant with her third child, a beautiful boy called Regan. Cathy was in seventh heaven – she had the family she dreamed of and she was living in paradise on the Sunshine Coast. Regan was 15 months old when Cathy took him to her GP for his 12-month vaccinations. “He had already been vaccinated twice before and was fine, but this time he was a bit overdue and for some reason I felt sick all day. I had read a story in the paper about a measles outbreak so I was keen to get the shots. But I couldn’t explain this funny feeling I had – mother’s intuition I guess. I was a big believer in vaccinations, so I don’t know why I felt that way.” Cathy tells me it was school holidays. Regan went to sleep as usual that night, and the next morning Cathy was grateful that he was treating her to an uncharacteristic sleep-in. “I honestly thought he was sleeping in. Wow – I could sit down and have a cup of tea. And then I went in to check on him. He died the night he had his vaccinations. “All I could do was ring the ambulance crying, screaming. I called Craig and kept screaming ‘Regan’s dead’ down the phone.” She thinks for a moment, taking herself back to that terrifying place and adds, “Everyone who knew me knew that my children were my life.

Everyone knew I was anal about my kids – you think ‘How could this happen to me?’” Regular readers know that I have a now twoyear-old son, Hudson. He is the absolute joy of my life – I can’t imagine a day without his heartmelting smile, let alone a lifetime. I can’t even grasp the thought. My heart completely aches for Cathy and Craig. I just don’t know how anyone functions, how anyone moves on, but as Cathy explains, you just do. “It honestly changes you – it has to. You think you won’t be able to live through it but you do. You have to. You have no choice. Travis was six and Kelsie was three – I had to move on, for them.” In the interest of honesty, I must confess that I am a true believer in western medicine, rightly or wrongly. I believe in the power of antibiotics, painkillers and vaccinations. But, after meeting Cathy, I am certainly now questioning these beliefs. Have I made the right decision vaccinate little Hudson? No matter what my beliefs, I, like so many mothers, am constantly fearful of making the wrong decisions for my son. “I used to be the one who would say ‘How can that stupid woman not vaccinate her child against whooping cough?’. But now I know you can’t judge. I still believe everyone has the right to make their own decisions. “I honestly believe mothers have enough guilt. Motherhood certainly doesn’t come with a handbook. No one tells you what to do. All you can do is listen to your gut. You know more than any doctor or any other person what is absolutely right. But we really do make so many decisions based on fear – fear of making the wrong choice. “So I went on a mission. I absolutely knew from the beginning it was the needle. I raised money and brought an expert over from the US – I held a forum so mums could hear both sides, but none of the doctors turned up and I was so upset. For a long time I wanted to prove it was the vaccination [that killed him].”

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... Zac was absolutely the saviour of my life. To have another little human growing inside me gave me something positive to focus on.”

Cathy Ledger has made a motza out of ladies lingerie. As a senior director with Intimo, overseeing a team of more than 100 consultants, Cathy has found the perfect life balance and is able to work when she wants, with family always coming first.

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The official cause of death was Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but to this day, Cathy is adamant Regan died as a direct result of his vaccinations the day of his death. Unexpectedly, three weeks after Regan died, Cathy discovered she was in fact pregnant. Regan died in September 1997 and Zac was born in June 1998. Talk about timing. “Here I was heading to the loopy bin and I found out I was pregnant. I was absolutely scared to death. I had to find out what I was having as I thought for sure it would be a girl. I couldn’t understand how God could take away my little boy and then give me another one a year later. It made no sense to me. “But Zac was absolutely the saviour of my life. To have another little human growing inside me gave me something positive to focus on. “My obstetrician said ‘I’m not a miracle man but I still think this is a gift’. He couldn’t believe it either.” Cathy admits that little Zac’s homecoming was daunting, to say the least. “I was terrified – I loved him so much but I was afraid of losing him too. I was scared of absolutely everything – I just knew I couldn’t live through it again. I lived by the [baby] monitors – I was terrified all the time. “But then one day it hit me – I turned all the baby monitors off and realised we couldn’t live life like this. I thought, you know what? Enough! I have to turn this into something good. I have to give my kids a happy life.” While the baby monitors were officially turned off, Cathy does admit that she was reluctant to let little Zac too far from her sight. “Zac slept with us until he was three, and one of us always slept with our hand on his chest. We took turns! Until he was about four he always slept with someone – even when he had his own room he’d end up with one of the other kids in their bed. We got through it together.” I ask Cathy how she coped with the guilt. As a working mother, I am absolutely consumed by guilt – mummy guilt has been a completely new emotion I just wasn’t prepared for. I think outliving your child has to be one of the toughest challenges possible – it’s just not natural. So how did Cathy move on? “I just had to move past the guilt. I had to realise that each and every decision I made was from complete and utter love. It did consume me for a while – proving it was the vaccinations [that killed Regan]. It really became a passion for me. But I realised that most people have some kind of crap to deal with – there really doesn’t have to be a reason. “I honestly think that when you get to 80 you just have to have these stories – otherwise you just have an empty book. I didn’t want to sit in my own pity anymore. I knew I had to suck it up and move on. “I had always been a positive person. But this was a big spiritual journey. But one day I knew I just had to find closure. So did Cathy even consider vaccinating young Zac? “I knew that I’d be doomed if I did and doomed if I didn’t – I was caught in the middle. I knew that if he caught something and he died it would be my choice, my decision, my fault. So I asked my doctor – I told him that if he could absolutely promise me that nothing would

happen he could do it. He said he couldn’t promise, so Zac hasn’t been vaccinated. That’s my choice but other mothers have to make their own choice. “He hasn’t had anything – not measles, not mumps. I’d just rather let him catch the diseases and let his body fight them naturally. He’s the one child who never gets sick. Fifty people in a room can have a vomiting bug and Zac will be the only one who doesn’t get it.” So does she take her kids to the doctors anymore? Does she have any faith in western medicine? “We go for severe things – like a bad ear infection. But I always think about their health first – always have. They don’t eat much processed food and we don’t have things like noodles in our house. I believe that the body will heal itself. You have to give it time, rest, water and happiness.” The family still celebrates Regan’s short but beautiful life. His gorgeous face smiles down from the wall of family photos, alongside his loving brothers and sister. And the family marks each and every birthday and Christmas with Regan at the cemetery. “We still have good days and bad days, but honestly, what doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger. It defines you – these really horrific things make you more compassionate.” Zac was exactly what the Ledger family needed – something beautiful and positive to live for, and what a special gift he was. But Cathy needed a little more in her life – something for her. “I heard about Intimo through a lady I met through my meditation class – she asked me if I was interested and I told her no way. I had been working at the Maroochy RSL and Craig was a concreter – we were a normal working family. “But it rained for two weeks, and concreters don’t make any money when it rains. So I thought I’d try it. I wanted something flexible that would allow me to do tuck shop and sporting carnivals. When it doubt, give it a crack! “I never thought I’d make millions from it … although getting the cheque is always exciting. What a journey it has been though – I wouldn’t change a thing. “I can’t help but be excited about what I do, and excitement creates excitement. I recruited the hostess on the plane the other day actually. I was telling my driver and I said I didn’t know how I did it and that I wished I knew so I could teach my girls. He told me he knew. He said I exuded self-belief in what I did.” Cathy is now a senior director with Intimo – an amazing achievement. What she brings in each month many people don’t make in a year. Impressive! Who knew there was so much money in bras … Cathy has a team of about 100 to 150 within her group – the number varies and her turnover is about $5 million. “For me it’s completely about making women stronger – bigger and better. Women invite me into their bedroom – that’s their inner sanctuary. It’s an honour and I just love my hostesses. I know them all so well!” I immediately pounce on Cathy, recalling my embarrassing ‘two cup upsize’ when I had my bra refitted after having my son (and in preparation for interviewing Trinny and Susannah!). I complain about the choice of ‘nanna bras’ in beige, white, off-white, tan and skin toned I was faced with – not a saucy piece of lace in sight! profilemag.com.au


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“Just because you have been married for a long time, it does not mean you don’t want to feel and look sexy. You have to keep it horny rorny! We were all partners before we were mothers and we have to remember that. You need to feel good underneath. It’s all about empowering women. It’s not hard to work out what we need.” For the record, Cathy has promised to deck me out in non nanna-esque underwear when next we meet. Farewell beige and boring. Hello horny rorny! Okay, perhaps a little too much information. As successful as she is, Cathy is quick to point out that she left school at the end of Year 10. “I thought I’d end up in hospitality or retail. I was the party girl at school – I was so social. I was always the one hanging out of the panel van screaming ‘let’s go clubbing’. I didn’t want to go to uni – that was too sensible. I want other women to know that, even though I didn’t go to uni, I am still a success. You don’t need a degree to be successful. “Most women have that inner fire and inner strength – they just don’t know they have it. I love empowering other people. I just love women in general! I love showing other women what they can do! Unleashing a woman’s talent can be a scary thing!” Cathy Ledger is an incredibly strong lady – a successful businesswoman and a loving mother and wife. She seems to have that elusive balance just right. “It’s great to be focused and driven but if you go too hard you don’t have your health or balance, and nothing is more important.” As a self-confessed workaholic who struggles daily with the mother / businesswoman / Super Woman challenge,

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Cathy gives me a few helpful and greatly appreciated tips; tips she put into place herself after a serious health scare a few years ago. Firstly, she tells me to change the message on my phone to list specific work hours – 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Eek! Next she says I need to shut the door on my office when I’m not working. Hmm … I’ll try. Lastly, she stresses the need to plan my time – for family and for work. This I definitely need to do. “Working from home can be challenging – but you have to remember why you are doing it – to have balance. If you lose sight of this you have lost your vision.” She is a woman who has endured the most devastating of blows – the most heartbreaking experience any mother can live through, the death of her baby. “You just wouldn’t be the person you are without the experiences you live through. Before Regan died, my life was about wine with the girls and barbeques and fun – there wasn’t anything deep. Now I’m much more self-aware. I do believe you have to seek first to understand other people’s opinions before you give your own. “Every day I strive to be a better person. I know how lucky I am to live where I live. I have a husband who loves me and will do anything for me. I’m so proud of my kids – my 20-year-old son has a new house, a good job, and the other day he told me he got his work ethic, morals and self belief from me,” she tells me, tears welling in her eyes. As a working mother myself, I hope and pray my little man one day says this to me – it will make the long hours and sleepless nights worth it. But, as Cathy points out, it’s all for nothing if you don’t have balance … and a well-fitted ‘horny rorny’ bra!

“I love empowering other people. I love showing other women what they can do. Unleashing a woman’s talent can be a scary thing!

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t’s a complicated juggling act many modern women face – the balance between having a successful career and having the time to raise a family. However, after leaving a career in accounting and starting her own family-oriented business, clearly Kylie Nash of Bubs in Arms has found the perfect balance. Creating her own business specialising in crafting gift baskets for new parents has allowed Kylie to truly achieve the best of both worlds. “We are an online store that delivers beautiful gifts for newborn babies and new mums (and dads),” Kylie explains of her unique business. “We have taken the traditional idea of a gift basket service, and have tweaked it to showcase our gifts in modern brightly coloured gift boxes with lots of ribbon and bows that will be a gift sure to impress.” After working in the accounting industry for more than a decade, it was Kylie’s decision to stay at home with her first-born daughter that spawned the start of Bubs in Arms. “A few months after my first daughter was born, I wanted to send a gift to a friend. I always endeavour to support the local community, but

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found I had to purchase from Sydney or Melbourne to get a baby gift basket at a reasonable price, so I felt that this was an opportunity waiting for me. “In my previous life as an accountant, I worked with many clients on building their businesses and providing them with strategies to achieve their financial goals while blending their personal aspirations. That experience made me confident in knowing that whatever business I chose to undertake from home, I would be able to work hard and meet my own goals. “I am lucky enough to have the gift of motherhood and I embrace looking after my child alongside making a valuable contribution in a business sense. I really feel that if you choose to achieve your goals and work hard to succeed, you can have a loving well-adjusted family and a successful business.” The never-ending battle between family and career has met its match. With Kylie Nash leading the charge of mumpreneurs everywhere, refusing to make a choice between family and career, it seems this is a balancing act that this modern woman has well and truly mastered.

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out from everything to recharge the batteries is also very important.” This time out from work can be difficult when your career is health and wellness, but Debbie ensures that her life has a healthy work / life balance. “It is always a challenge, because so much of what I do is my life. I make sure to always schedule in ‘me’ time and stick by it! It has really been my life lesson to learn how to say no.” Listing golfing, pottering around the house and spending time with her two bulldogs as favourite ways to enjoy this time to herself, Debbie has certainly embraced the laidback coastal lifestyle. Her work still remains a top priority. However, and the changes that she will soon introduce to her business are certainly keeping her busy. Making a career out of health and good living ensured that Debbie Chappell has certainly achieved her own wellness, in both her career and personal life.

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Chiray Fitton Montessori International College It was the science-based methodology and nurturing approach of Buderim-based Montessori that first kindled principal and CEO Chiray Fitton’s interest in the Montessori philosophy. Chiray’s enthusiasm for Montessori International College is driven by the vision of an education that creates well-adjusted individuals, able to apply themselves to anything their life journey requires. With a comprehensive teaching background including mainstream education within Australia and China, Chiray is the first Montessori principal to be accepted as a member of the Association of Heads for Independent Schools Australia (AHISA). She is also the Queensland representative on their executive committee for social issues and was recently selected as Queensland’s representative for AHISA to participate in the 2011 National Principals’ Forum in Canberra. www.montessori.qld.edu.au

Jaey Powell Kooshka Hair and Fashion Salon Multi award-winning hair and fashion stylist Jaey has landed on the Sunshine Coast. Based at Buderim’s Kooshka Hair and Fashion Salon, the talented artist of 15 years has won national and state hairdressing awards and worked as the head stylist for fashion and photographic shoots. His creations also featured in prestigious magazines including Vogue and Australian Hairdressing Journal. With a passion and enthusiasm that’s infectious, he’s up with the latest fashions, trends and products. Jaey believes quality products are vital to the end result, and indulges in working with the salon’s luxury products Redken and Pureology on hair and Youngblood makeup for the skin. www.kooshka.net.au

Mark Coates Intelligent Automation Mark Coates came to the Sunshine Coast in 2004, and like all newcomers, he fully embraced the lifestyle and became involved in coaching children’s football in Caloundra. It was while he was working as an electrical sales representative that he saw the need for a new style of business. With more than 25 years in electrical contracting and electrical sales, Mark uses his skills to advise home owners on the electrical design and installation of home automation, as well as other innovative new technologies. He believes that energy efficiency, security and audio should all be taken into consideration well before committing to building your new home. www.intelligentautomation.com.au

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enlightened goddesses feature The Enlightened Goddess Business Network is about creating authentic relationships between all its members, whether that is at live events, through the directory listing or social media sites. This Network offers an open, genuine and abundant resource to promote you and your services to the network and beyond. to join the Enlightened Goddess Business Network or simply to find out about their regular events, head www.enlightenedgoddesses.com. This month profile magazine meets some of the members of the network.

jeanne treloar

Witch words Witch Words is a boutique design studio that offers small businesses a personalised branding service that takes the mystery and fear out of creating websites, logos, branding and social media design. Jeanne Treloar believes every small business is an extension of the person who operates it, so it’s important that the business owner’s personality, energy and values are portrayed through their branding. Jeanne is passionate about communicating the business’ message through design, with integrity and authenticity. “After working behind the scenes in design studios for years, I knew there had to be an easier way to help small businesses develop their brand. “So I created Witch Words. Now I connect with my clients on a personal level to gain an understanding of their business; the colours they love, style of fonts, their images, what inspires them and their ‘why’ for doing what they do. Often it’s the first step in making their business a tangible reality, and that’s just magic!” If you’re fed up with your web guy wasting time and taking too long to update your site, if you want a simple website that you can easily manage yourself, or if you’re tired of cheap, home-made flyers and online business cards and you seriously want to create an authentic business identity that resonates with you, contact Jeanne for a complimentary chat. 0413 374 634, jeanne@witchwords.com www.witchwords.com 30

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angelic goddess Australia Soul Therapy has been created from the rocketship of motherhood to the launching pad – therapy for the soul! Director Kim Lorraine, angelic goddess earth mother of seven, has been a huge influence on the eastern coastline of Australia as a metaphysical teacher, counsellor and mentor, conducting meditations, dolphin cruises and workshops. Kim Lorraine, former radio host of the programs MoonAngel and Munchkins with Shoalhaven FM. This family-based business Australia Soul Therapy, established here on the Sunshine Coast, proudly presents to you a unique style and holistic approach of guidance and awareness for the intellect with a golden connection of the spiritual to the physical for a balanced pyramid effect of the mind, body and soul. Life is about self, where and what we choose to do, who we associate with and why they seem to influence us and have an impact on our journey. All of this together is our ‘energy field’ in our world. Join us for a day of learning on the Coast with the awakening of your soul as Kim Lorraine speaks and shares with you a soul’s journey, the launching of Our Inner Traffic Lights; Chakra Module 1; Angels for Beginners, and Ascended Masters and Angels. Courses include crystals manual and certificate of attainment. Book in May for ‘Therapy4aDay’ with leading Sunshine Coast personal trainer Simon Gerbic and soul therapist Kim Lorraine and receive their buy one get one free offer!

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susan gianevsky

be free now Susan Gianevsky is passionate about improving women’s health and supporting women to make life choices which encourage and nurture. Susan’s grandmother’s experience as a natural therapist sparked a real love affair with natural therapies, and Susan finds it a privilege to share her knowledge of homeopathy and its benefits with other women. Her journey is about sharing her wisdom, valuing the collective knowledge women have, and encouraging others to follow their path. Be Free is a combination of more than 15 homeopathic remedies and tissue salts, which aid health imbalances resulting from a lifestyle addicted to unhealthy habits and behaviours, including poor eating or stimulant use. Be Free creates a new consciousness by altering the inner mind as well as the physical body. With more than 20 years’ experience, homeopath Susan Gianevsky has cultivated a unique formula that helps prevent the mind and body from breeding habits. Be Free works across multiple levels predominantly targeting the body’s anchor – the mind. “It works as a nerve tonic to balance the nervous system,” says Gianevsky. “It is also a liver tonic aiding detoxification and an emotional balancer supporting and strengthening the emotional state (often neglected when people make dietary or lifestyle changes). It is a unique homeopathic formula making a difference to so many people.”

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red hot chilli pepper Vicki Taylor is the owner of Red Hot Chilli Pepper, a recently-opened, boutique spice shop in Caloundra. In her late teens, Vicki headed off on her big overseas experience. The intention was to be away for two years, but 25 years later, she still hadn’t returned. Based in Europe for 15 years, Vicki was fortunate enough to travel extensively, trying and loving the local cuisines with spicy flavours. Switching from nursing to investment banking allowed Vicki to continue her passion for travel by working in several international offices. She experienced the ‘real’ cultures with colleagues inviting her into their homes and teaching her how to make local dishes using spices the traditional way. This is where her real love for spices began. Red Hot Chilli Pepper stocks local and international gourmet food, including the latest craze, black garlic. Beautiful tajines are on display and colourful ceramics line the shelves from both Morocco and India. With tastings on the weekends and spice boxes made to order, there is a gift for everyone. Indulge with a visit and let your senses entice you! www.redhotchillipepper.com.au Phone 5491 8870

KIRSTY GREENSHIELDS

CHRISTINE MAUDY Christine’s life is anything but boring. Formerly a fashion designer and director of a successful public relations company in Paris, Christine underwent a life change. She settled on the Sunshine Coast in 1995 to dedicate herself to painting. In 10 years, the passion-driven artist has achieved a breathtaking 275 paintings, 25 solo exhibitions and more than 60 group shows. From her fashion designer background, she has kept a feel for textures. She enjoys using a variety of mixed materials including gold leaf pigment, Chinese paper and prints. Her abstract works are now featured in significant corporate and private collections around the world. “Creating a work which will fulfil a client’s expectations is a very exciting and satisfying challenge. An original artwork in a lobby or in a meeting room is a statement and a way to affirm a company’s identity in a very efficient and enjoyable way.” This year the French-Australian artist celebrates a decade of exhibitions throughout Australia, France, Spain, Italy, Canada, Dubai and Hong Kong, with a retrospective exhibition and the launch of a beautiful art catalogue. This book is her way of sharing her creativity with all of us. www.christinemaudy.com

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my favourite things ... This month I feel confused. Confused in the fashionsense, that is.

On one hand, I am desperate to wear my new sky-high ankle boots, teamed with tights, a cute cardie and a scarf. On the other hand, I am still loving the bright prints left over from summer. What is a girl to do? With our recent weather behaving a little more like my birthplace, Melbourne, we really are experiencing four seasons in one day. On the fashion front, the unseasonable weather has opened up a plethora of options – anything goes! So throw out the fashion rule book and wear what you love.

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derhy me ... European / Indian designer Rene Derhy has been around for 30 years. Rene has created a massive overseas market and is now expanding her wings within Australia. Her colourful creations featuring dramatic original prints and some very unusual designs can now be found at Gingers Boutique in Buderim. Every time you wear a piece of Rene Derhy someone is sure to comment on your unusual but beautiful outfit.

on the cover: lucy wears Bleu Blanc Rouge jacket, RRP $295. Contony high-waisted trousers, RRP $129, Cannise cow neck blouse, RRP $189 and Bitter Sweet patent leather shoes, RRP $129. Available at Fred and Ginger, Peregian Beach. Phone 5448 3422

clockwise from top left: Derhy Sanseviere Top, $149 Derhy Sardaigne Top, $119 Derhy Face Tunic Dress, $169 Gingers boutique, buderim. phone 5445 6616.

Cloud Cardi, $145. Available at Soul Diva, Buderim. Phone 5456 4111.

secret jewellery business for a cloudy day This beautiful Cloud Cardi from Melbourne-based designers Elk Accessories is made of a blend of cashmere, cotton and wool and is perfect for all seasons! www.elkaccessories.com.au

Secrets has brought the latest European trend in jewellery to Australia, with their new Synergy range. Crafted using an innovative combination of gold and platinum-on-silver, the collection provides the perfect solution to soaring gold prices and the current statement jewellery styles that call for large, glamorous settings. Synergy’s 10ct gold and platinum-on-silver ring, pendant and earring designs are priced from just $170. Featuring white diamond simulants as well as an array of cognac, champagne, yellow and alexandrite-coloured stones, each design in the Synergy collection is carefully crafted to the finest standards of workmanship. www.secrets-shhh.com

laser the fat away ankle boots are back Boston Babe’s Boyle, RRP $119.95, Available from The Little Shoe Box – at shoe parties or online. www.thelittleshoebox.com.au.

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dominique wright

Dominique wright is owner of fashion hot-spot, Vos Boutique in Marcoola. Profile talks to Dominique about her distinctive style and what gets her fashion-pulses racing!

profile: What looks can we expect to see this season? dominique: Typically in autumn and winter you’ll find plenty of tan, nude and caramel shades in heavier, textured fabrics for beautiful coats and trousers, which look fabulous paired with leopard prints, true reds, darker denims, sheer blacks and lace. Layered over one another, these shades work beautifully together. profile: What must-have item should we all have in our wardrobes this season? dominique: Fur, faux or not. A cropped jacket, a blazer shaped coat, or even just a fur collar to add onto something from home. It will add dramatic texture and an element of rocker class. profile: Who is your favourite designer? dominique: Sass and Bide have my style down to a tee. You can buy a piece of theirs and have instant ‘street cred’, however they are about creating a look with layers, embellishments, texture, print

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and accessories. It’s never just jeans and a tee, it’s added to, it’s torn and ripped, it’s frilled! I also love Vivienne Westwood and L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani for femininity with a hint of masculine tailoring and Roberto Cavalli for true bohemian freedom and romance. profile: How would you describe your own style? dominique: Embellished, textured and sometimes over the top. I love to clash prints and play with the usual to create the unusual and slightly abstract. It’s about expression, freedom, fun and above all, confidence. I’m not a jeans and t- shirt person, it’s just who I am. profile: What is your fashion inspiration? dominique: I don’t stick to a style or shape, I like to mix it up. So I guess freedom is my inspiration. profile: What and where is your favourite boutique? dominique: I enjoy shopping in Mexican markets,

L.A, Siam Paragon in Bangkok and when at home, the Byron Bay markets and the Goddess of Babylon, James St. in Fortitude Valley Brisbane, Easton Pearson and a few other secret spots. profile: What is coming up in store? dominique: Current season – Kerry Grima, Salita Matthews and Goddess of Babylon, in addition to our new love traditional vintage Afghani jewellery. Our autumn / winter fashion parade shows off the latest from those labels, and our VOS pre-owned designer collection includes everything from Hermes Paris to Prada. profile: What must-haves do you carry in your hand bag? dominique: I’m am a complete minimalist when it comes to my hand bag, but I’ll always have my Smash Box tinted moisturiser, my iPod to block out the world just a little bit (to help me concentrate), and paper and a pencil for writing down new finds and for sketching looks that I love. profilemag.com.au


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WARDROBE Cozy chic HEADING Take a hint from nature as you rug up for warmer days - adorne yourself with angora and alpaca wool and leather, complemented by sheer fabrics and contrasting denim.The result? Cozy chic. Model Lucy wears Bleu Blanc Rouge angora wool dress, RRP $320, L’ Amour leather boots, RRP $195. Available at Fred and Ginger, Peregian Beach. Phone 5448 3422 Bleu Blanc Rouge jacket, RRP $295. Contony high-waisted trousers, RRP $129, Cannise cow neck blouse, RRP $189 and Bitter Sweet patent leather shoes, RRP $129. Available at Fred and Ginger, Peregian Beach. Phone 5448 3422 Model Lucy wears Luxe Deluxe merino alpaca wool vest, RRP $239, Eight Sin jeans, RRP $199, CBD lace-up short boot, RRP $129 and Black Berry Creations silver feather necklace RRP $229. Available at Fred and Ginger, Peregian Beach. Phone 5448 3422

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this page: Model Lucy wears Bleu Blanc Rouge angora wool dress, RRP $320, L’ Amour leather boots, RRP $195. Available at Fred and Ginger, Peregian Beach. Phone 5448 3422 left: Luxe Deluxe merino alpaca wool vest, RRP $239, Eight Sin jeans, RRP $199, CBD lace-up short boot, RRP $129 and Black Berry Creations silver feather necklace RRP $229. Available at Fred and Ginger, Peregian Beach. Phone 5448 3422

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oval fancy earrings, $615, carat* noosa, phone 5455 3299.

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Pearl Cluster Headband, RRP $24.99 Lovisa Westfield Chermside. phone 0466 770 914.

Ava Bodice, $130 and Nevaeh Skirt, $120. All garments are 100% pure silk and all designed and made on the Sunshine Coast! Available from www.vincoamor.com

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blonde bordered asscher ring, $322, carat* noosa, phone 5455 3299.

‘Heritage’ clutch, RRP $49.99. Betts, Westfield Chermside. Phone 0400 881 837.

‘Pisano’ heel, RRP $59.99. Betts, Westfield Chermside. Phone 0400 881 837.

‘Peepshow’ heel, RRP $109.99. Betts, Westfield Chermside. Phone 0400 881 837.

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Pink Lady Cocktail Ring, carat* noosa, phone 5455 3299.

Mother Maria Falling Again Dress, $372. Available from www.mothermaria.com.au and new Palmwoods studio.

May is a month full of wonderful events and celebrations, from Ladies Oaks Day to the Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Foundation gala ball. Fill your wardrobe full of must-have frocks, ready to go at a minute’s notice – for day and for night.

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Seduce DANCE IN THE DARK dress, $359.96. La Vida boutique, Mooloolaba. Phone 5444 8833.

hats by sandy A, $350, available at purr-dantik, buderim. phone 5445 4885. Rose Noir gown, $599. Julie-Anne Boutique, Buderim, phone 5453 7777, and Mooloolaba, phone 5477 7144. Pia Gladys Perey ‘Grace’, RRP $POA. The Little Black Dress Empire, www.tlbde.com. Phone 5473 0175.

Seduce BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY, $299.95. La Vida boutique, Mooloolaba. Phone 5444 8833.

‘Lulu’ clutch, RRP $99.99. Betts, Westfield Chermside. Phone 0400 881 837.

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collagen creams or creation? with Dr Alison Jamieson Is the fountain of youth just wishful thinking or can we really delay the ageing process with collagen creams?

If your body isn’t receiving an adequate amount of vitamin C, collagen synthesis suffers and the skin gradually loses tone and texture.

What is collagen? Collagen is a protein that exists in the section of the skin called the dermis. Collagen fibers maintain our skin’s elasticity and resiliency. Over time, due to sun and environmental damage,as well as the natural ageing process, collagen fibers break down and the body stops producing collagen in abundance, causing the skin to lose its elasticity and firmness.

Harmful UV radiation (from the sun) depletes the skin of vitamin A. Topical vitamin A is able to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin where collagen and elastin fibers reside to improve skin tone, diminish fine lines and improve overall firmness. Hyaluronic acid can retain 500 times its own volume of water and intensively hydrates on a cellular level. Whether used topically or injected dermally, it promotes the synthesis of the connective tissue cells (generating collagen and elastin).

Scientists have proven collagen cannot simply be rubbed into the skin, primarily due to the size of the molecules being too large to penetrate the surface of the skin. However, research shows that we can naturally stimulate our body’s own natural collagen production from the inside out.

Orthoplex Collagen Pro is a nutritional supplement designed specifically to provide your body with essential nutrients such as amino acids, zinc and vitamin C for optimal collagen maintenance and production.

Treatment options Collagen cells are made up of amino acids, which depend on vitamin C for hydrogen and oxygen.

Danné enzyme treatments draw out all of the debris and impurities in your living cells, digesting dead cell materials and opening up the vascular system to bring oxygen to skin cells. This encourages your own skin to form new collagen. Cutera Laser Genesis offers revolutionary technology which has been proven to accelerate the growth of collagen in previously winkled or ageing skin, by gently heating the upper layer of the dermis well below the skin’s surface. So the real secret to collagen stimulation is consulting a professional to help you choose the right treatment option for you. Like going to the gym, there isn’t one exercise that simply does everything. COZmedics Medispas – Noosa, Maroochydore, Ascot, Kenmore 1300 792 299 www.cozmedics.com.au

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all webbed up with Wade Blackford I’ve been going a bit web crazy lately, checking out blogs and sites my friends have recommended or that I’ve stumbled across either looking for inspiration or information, so I thought I’d give you all an insight into some of my favourite sites. Enjoy! ORACLE FOX http://oraclefox.blogspot.com If you love fashion in all its quirky glory, from bags to belts and shoes to shades, you definitely need to check out Oracle Fox daily. Seriously, you won’t be disappointed. All hale the Oracle! And better yet, she is local.

FASHION GONE ROGUE www.fashiongonerogue.com This site is amazing. It has all the covers from every major magazine in the world as they hit the newsstands, so you can keep up-to-date with all the latest trends from Japan to the UK, even to Spain. Subscribe to the site and they’ll deliver the covers straight to your inbox. MODEL MAYHEM www.modelmayhem.com A meeting place for anyone into fashion, whether you’re into modelling, hair or make-up, you can find like-minded people here. It’s kind of like Facebook for the fashion conscious. You can create your own profile, upload photos, apply for castings and get involved in photo shoots.

online store with the Chop Shop’s own label with an abundance of sweet tees, hats and chains to choose from. So do yourself a favour, next time you are online (reading profile magazine at www.profilemag. com.au) flick to this page to find all the hottest sites to check out. It’ll be worth your while, I promise. And remember, love what you love without hesitation. Strut Hair and Beauty 5443 5605 www.struthair.com.au

KEVIN.MURPHY www.kevinmurphy.com.au For all things hair, this one’s a winner. You can find out about all the amazing KEVIN.MURPHY FRANK’S CHOP SHOP welcome you at Revival Clinic Peregian products (my fave is ANTI.GRAVITY). The otherWewww.frankschopshop.com unique feature on this site is the podcast section.Beach This one’s for the advantage guys. Frank’s Chop to take of Shop theismost sophisticated Make sure you check it out. You can see Kevin a barber shop in New York city. The site is filled system for preventative breast Murphy himself teaching you how to create yourearly with warning videos (some quirky), someavailable actual hair cuts, own style. How cool is that? and celebs that visit the Chop Shop. There’s an health.

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for fashionable little feet from top to bottom: EMU Australia Animal Sheepskin Boots, RRP $89. Available at www.emuaustralia.com and selected stockists. Converse Dr Seuss children’s shoes, RRP $60. Available exclusively from Shoes and Sox stores, phone 03 9420 8755. Keds Dazzle White/Silver Flower Canvas, RRP $59.95. For stockists, phone 03 8878 3000. mini melissa with pearl bow, $105. available from www.melissaaustralia.com.au.

Spring Bamboo Baby Long Sleeved Romper, RRP $19.99. Available online at www. naturewithin.com.au or phone 1300 229 488.

SOOKIbaby Zooper Hero reversible jacket, RRP $49.95, Zooper Hero tee, RRP $24.95 and black pants, $28.95. Available from Myer Sunshine Plaza, Ugaboo Mooloolaba and www.sookibaby.com.au.

Hand crocheted acrylic wool hat, RRP $34.95, cotton corduroy pinafore, RRP $59.95, cotton embroidered top, RRP $47.95 and stretch leggings, RRP $24.95. Available from www.eternalcreation.com.

Spunkerella Pettiskirt, RRP $80. Available from www. spunkerella.com or for stockists, phone 0433 340 842. missy melly reversible jacket, RRP $80, available from missy melly. Phone 0412 203 263

Even pint-sized clothing can be fashionable ‌ check out these gorgeous garments made for the little people in our life and for those making them! Pea in a Pod Sleeveless hooded knit tunic, RRP $99. Available from Belly Beautiful Maternity, Mooloolaba. Phone 5478 1113.

Eeni Meeni Enfant Jumpsuit in Cloud Blue, $69. For stockists visit www.eenimeeni.com.

QueenBee Cressida Nursing / Sleep Bra, RRP $32.95 and Trimester Jacoba Maternity Yoga Pants, RRP $89.95. Available online at www.queenbee.com.au. For stockists, phone 1300 773 449.

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make every day a sunny kids day! Modern life is a busy, demanding experience for us all, and of course, on-one is perfect. So number one – don’t worry if you’re not the perfect parent … none of us are! At Sunshine Coast-based children’s charity SunnyKids, we suggest that, rather than trying to be the ‘perfect parent’, it’s better to try to be the ‘positive parent’ and by that we mean taking every opportunity you can to build your children up. Here’s a few hints to help you along the way: •• Try to be aware of what you say and how you say it. If your kids are pushing your buttons try counting backwards in your head from 10. This engages the frontal lobe of your brain and allows you to dissipate some of the emotion. If it’s getting really tough, time out is a great circuit breaker.

•• Many experts believe that what we hear while we are asleep shapes our view of ourselves as much as what we hear when we are awake! Try whispering something positive in your little one’s ear every night such as “Daddy / Mummy loves you and is very proud of you”. My kids always smile from ear to ear when I tell them I do it. •• Catch your kids in the act of doing something right, and, just sometimes, deliberately don’t catch them doing something wrong. •• Last but not least – look after yourself! Take some me time or couple time or whatever it is you need to recharge your batteries and give yourself the best chance of being as positive as possible. Chris Turner, CEO SunnyKids www.sunnykids.org.au

•• When your child is still a baby, use their name in a loving, positive tone as often as you can. This simple action helps the neural pathways in baby’s brain to spark into action.

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There is no greater love than that of a mother or father for their child, but boy oh boy, what a daunting responsibility being a parent actually is! So many important decisions to make, so much guidance to give … so this month we try to remove a little of the parental pain with some fabulous tips, tricks, hints and advice.

a healthy and happy birth Every birth is a miracle and a completely natural process. The baby’s passage through the birth canal serves to stimulate the nervous system, with every inch of skin squeezed, bombarding the brain with information. The lungs are compressed in readiness for their first breath. The baby’s skull is so soft and malleable that it shapes (molds) to allow it to pass through the birth canal. However, even a normal, natural birth can cause subluxations, let alone what can occur during a more complicated birth. The most common area for subluxations in babies is the upper cervical (neck) spine and the base of the skull. The significance of this area is that the delicate tissues being protected here includes the brain stem; which is the switchboard for the organs. This is why babies can experience digestive problems, breathing difficulties and problems with their immune system. Sometimes it is apparent that there is a problem while at other times it isn’t so obvious. The important thing is to have your baby and yourself checked as soon as possible after the birth to help clear subluxations so you can establish breastfeeding and settle into a good routine. How do you know if your son or daughter has a need for urgent chiropractic care? If you notice any of these symptoms in your baby make an appointment. 1. A colicky or unsettled baby / a baby who cries excessively. 2. Your baby is not sleeping well. 3. Your baby is not feeding well on one side or shows apparent discomfort when feeding.

feeling fine What you wear on the outside can make you feel better on the inside and give you the confidence to meet the challenges ahead. Would you like to learn more about which styles suit your body shape or how the right accessories can change the look of your outfit? Then the Styling Workshop is for you! Enjoy a sumptuous High Tea at Lyn’s Place, Minyama, knowing that proceeds from INTIMO sales and your ticket of $40 are going to support SunnyKids, a worthy local children’s charity that is passionate about helping families and kids shine. Places are limited, so give Lyn a call today to reserve your seat, why not make up a table with your girlfriends? May 12 at 11.00am, info@lynsplace.com.au, phone 54775420

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Find out the seven biggest mistakes that could be causing you or your child permanent depression and anxiety •• Are you not as happy as you used to be? •• Is stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia or ADHD overwhelming you? •• Are anti-depressants not working for you? •• Do you find yourself irritated, not able to feel excited, or constantly thinking negatively? Do you have trouble sleeping due to a racing mind or waking through the night? •• Do you get anxiety at bed time where you can hear your heart beating while your head is on the pillow? There was an incredible response from all who were logged on for the last depression and anxiety webinar where the secrets to solving the puzzle that creates anxiety, depression and ADHD were revealed. There are seven key underlying triggers which can cause anxiety, nervousness, depression or a lack of excitement and motivation for life. Stress feels overwhelming and little upsets cause feelings of anger. Palpitations, excessive heat in the body, tingling in the hands or feet, irritable bowel syndrome, foggy brain and a lack of concentration including ADHD in children, can also be present. Often these symptoms have been going on for months, years or even decades. You may suffer just a few of the above symptoms or perhaps all of them.

The seven key common triggers that affect your brain cause a compounding effect that your brain cannot deal with, which can lead to long term and then permanent brainwave pattern changes, affecting your personality, mood, and ability to think and cope, forever! Fortunately it can be quite easy to address. Patients who have suffered depression for four decades, have, after treatment for one month, improved out of sight. Other patients have shown improvement after just one week of treatment, including sufferers of major depressive disorders and children with ADHD. These patients have then been able to reduce their medication in less than seven weeks, and what is more, the results are permanent! Proven with testing, these treatment steps improve brain function immeasurably in adults and children without the help of medication. To find out more, call the centre and arrange a free half hour consultation, or register for the next webinar on Wednesday May 11 at 7.30pm. A webinar is simply a seminar that you can see on the internet. You just log on through an email that is sent to you after you register. It’s easy and it’s FREE. Register now for Seven Steps to Freedom from Depression and Anxiety at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/ register/865885705

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getting your spine in line with Dr David Hendrey Is your back getting on your nerves? You’re not alone. Spine and nerve trouble, together with discomfort and pain, are common problems, about 80 percent of us will suffer from a debilitating episode of back pain at some stage. This leads us to feel less energetic and little things start to bug us. Our productivity goes down and we just drag ourselves through the day. Living life like this is simply not much fun. Your spine is an engineering masterpiece with 24 movable bones joined together by discs and ligaments. This provides protection for your spinal cord and allows for an amazing freedom of movement. But knocks and bumps, as well as stress, can irritate your spine and nerves. Common back pain myths It will just go away on it’s own. We all hope this is true when we are in pain. A 1998 study in the British Medical Journal

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showed this to be false, discovering that most back pain sufferers who do nothing will have the problem 12 months later. A good massage is all it needs. I love to get a regular massage, it feels great. But a recent scientific study showed that chiropractic adjustments outperformed massage treatments in reducing pain. The study concluded that patients with chronic neck pain showed “clinically important improvements from a course of spinal adjustments … the current evidence does not support a similar level of benefit from massage.” Journal Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics: 2007

Imagine your body functioning at 100 percent at 100 percent of the time; having more energy than you need, each and every day; having more original thoughts and creative ideas than you can write down; being the most productive individual at work; smashing your previous personal best consistently with your exercise or sport … If your health is not where you want it to be, see your chiropractor for a very careful examination of your spine and nerves, and get the answers you have been looking for. Hendrey Chiropractic 5437 7222 www.hendreychiropractic.com.au

Anti-inflammatory drugs will do the trick. In the same medical journal, another study comparing acupuncture, anti-inflammatory drugs and spinal adjustments states: After a median of 30 days, spinal manipulation was the only intervention to achieve statistical significant improvements”, Journal Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics: 1999.

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family, fluoride and you with Dr Simone Ricketts Did you know fluoride occurs naturally in our environment, and is found widespread in soil, the ocean, rocks, water and almost all foods? Furthermore, fluoride is normally present in our tooth enamel and our bones. Fluoride has been used in dentistry for more than 60 years to control decay. It has been recognised worldwide as the major factor responsible for the reduction in dental decay. Understanding how it works gives us the power to protect our teeth and to control decay. Fluoride toughens teeth in two major ways. During the early years of life while teeth are developing (even before teeth appear in the mouth), fluoride can be built into the basic structure of the tooth, causing the tooth to be far more resistant to acid attack from food and drinks. In addition, after teeth have arrived in the mouth, fluoride will protect and toughen the outer enamel layer of your teeth. ‘White spot’ early decay can even be reversed by fluoride which acts to reduce the acid attack and increase the recovery process

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in the mouth. Fluoride actually helps to rebuild the dissolved tooth crystals. Decay already evident can also be stopped or slowed instead of progressing into larger cavities. Fluoride can come from fluoridated mains water supply, toothpaste, fluoride drops or tablets, mouth rinses, and is also naturally occurring in many foods and drinks. Worldwide, many millions of people, including 14 million Australians, have fluoride added to their water supply. In 2007, every capital city in Australia except Brisbane had a fluoridated water supply. The Queensland parliament passed a bill in 2008 to gradually introduce fluoride across the state. Currently only some parts of the Sunshine Coast have a fluoridated mains water supply. If you are on tank water you obviously do not have fluoridated water. It is interesting to note that initially dental decay in children decreased dramatically with the introduction of fluoridation interstate. However

the popular trend for drinking bottled water (no fluoride) or tank water has now seen in recent years a huge increase in decay in children’s baby teeth. In addition, the popular use of water filters also has had an effect. Carbon filter systems do not remove fluoride whereas osmosis filters do remove fluoride. Remember it’s never too late for fluoride to improve your teeth. Even if you have some or lots of dental decay, fluoride treatment can stabilise and harden the damaged teeth so that fillings may be smaller. For extensive decay or at risk teeth, fluoride gel can be applied in custom-made trays which fit over your teeth to wear at night. For most people, the greatest benefits will result from the use of low concentration fluoride products at more frequent intervals. Smile by Design 5443 2888 dentist@smilebydesign.net.au

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babies and beyond with Dr James Moir One of the most frequent questions I am asked as an obstetrician and gynaecologist is about weight gain in pregnancy. Many women are concerned about what level of weight gain is healthy and whether they will be able to lose the weight once the baby is born. For women who are otherwise healthy and not particularly thin or obese, measurements of weight through the pregnancy are unnecessary. However, if your Body Mass Index, or BMI, is too high it can make it difficult for your obstetrician to assess your baby’s growth and well-being during labour. In this case, you may need additional ultrasound scans and extra monitoring during your pregnancy. Most women gain around 10 to 14 kilograms during pregnancy. If women are overweight or obese, there is an increased risk of diabetes in pregnancy. This, in turn, may make the baby bigger than average and lead to difficulties with the birth. It also increases the risk of caesarean

section and neonatal complications after the birth of the baby. Of course, there’s no magic ingredient to keeping your weight down. The best way is eating a balanced diet, and not too much! It is not unusual for pregnant women to feel full after a meal and they are often advised to have small meals or snacks on a more regular basis rather than two or three big meals a day. Drink plenty of water and aim to do 20 to 30 minutes of mild to moderate exercise each day. Remember – don’t overdo the exercise. You’re not training for a triathlon, just to deliver a healthy baby. You should avoid your body becoming overheated, so stay out of the hot sun and stay away from heavier training plans such as combat exercises. Don’t do exercises that increase your abdominal pressure, such as crunches.

exercise, try a gentle walk every day. Swimming and aqua-aerobics can also be a good way of exercising. Pregnancy is an amazing journey for every woman. Keeping a close eye on your weight through pregnancy isn’t necessary for the vast majority of women. It’s just a case of ensuring that you are fit and healthy when the big day arrives – and so is your baby. Moir Medical Phone 5444 0799 www.moirmedical.com.au

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A visit to India for the first time can be a tad challenging, or even a daunting experience, with where to start and where to go, questions I am often asked. But while travellers to this amazing country shouldn’t be concerned, they should prepare themselves for a land of great contrasts, perhaps the greatest they will see in their lives.

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ith Delhi, the capital of India, connected to Australia by Qantas and Jet Airways, where better to start an Indian experience than in India’s vibrant capital city? Delhi not only offers its own delights, but also allows first timers or even frequent visitors to India the opportunity to discover Northern India’s famous Golden Triangle, including the very famous cities of Jaipur and Agra. Delhi is the beating heart of this nation of more than a billion people, India being the second largest populated country in the world reportedly with more multi-billionaires than any country in the world but at the same time, abject poverty. Delhi consists of 14 million people, is redolent with history, and claims to have been founded 5,000 years ago in Old Delhi – a maze of narrow alleyways and markets, with New Delhi today continuing this massive city’s sprawl. Awash with history, including my favourite, the Red Fort (a massive 17th century fort built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal), when in Delhi you also have to visit Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest and busiest markets consisting of a warren of tiny shops and bazaars with wild monkeys swinging overhead. The sights, sounds, crowds, and motorbikes squeezing past can be confronting, but equally so, exciting and definitely revealing. Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi, is another amazing piece of India’s history, also commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan and completed in 1656 AD, with another must-see being Lakshmi Narayan, a temple built 54

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travelfile in honour of the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth) and her consort Narayana. We all remember Mahatma Gandhi, if only from the movie Gandhi, but he spent the last 144 days of his life incarcerated in the house where he was assassinated on January 30 1948, where this man’s amazingly humble life and the incredible impact he had on India can be traced. India Gate is the national monument of India designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, commemorating the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the British Indian Empire, with the British colonisation having had an immense impact on India, albeit short compared the Mugahls. To this day, the remnants of British colonialism are still evident with Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India and formerly the residence of the British Viceroy and Governor-General of India. About five or so hours away, depending on the very heavy traffic (my tip regarding travel in India is to hire a driver and car which are very reasonably priced), Jaipur is known as the pink city of Rajasthan. Located in a desert region, Jaipur city is the heart of Rajasthan, with magnificent historical forts and palaces, including Hawa Mahal, also known as the Place of the Winds. In reality it is merely a red sandstone facade to allow the Maharajah’s women of the day to watch the procession passing by. The stunning Amer or Amber Fort, which you can visit by elephant, the amazing Maharajah’s City Palace and Jantar Mantar an unbelievable collection of architectural astronomical instruments built by Maharaja Jai Singh II at what was his new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734, all provide an insight into the long and turbulent history of this stunning pink city. Another five hours or so hours away on the Golden Triangle is Agra, the home of the world famous World Heritage Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. Stunning in its beauty and scale, it’s made of pure white marble, beckoning above all the buildings and houses of Agra surprisingly close by, the symbol of undying love of Shah Jahan for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. In Agra you will also find the stunning Fathepur Sikri, the first planned city of the Mughals, an amazing amalgam of Indian, Persian and Islamic architecture serving as the Mughal Empire’s capital from 1571 until 1585. Check out the nearby Agra Fort, another World Heritage site in Agra, a powerful walled city, all of which help you to understand and appreciate the power, strength and influence of the Mughals over India. As we drove back to Delhi with our driver, Ramesh, confidently at the wheel, weaving along what is supposed to be a motorway, through trucks, buses, cattle and more, you realise the massive scale of this amazing land of contrasts. Over five days or so, we have only visited one tiny corner, with the resolution that we will have to come back!

traveltips For general information on India visit www.incredibleindia.org. Wendy Wu Tours specialises in fully-inclusive group travel to India and also China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Central Asia, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia and Laos, with extensive programs to each of these regions. For more information, please visit: www.wendywutours.com.au. Cox & Kings is the world’s longest-established travel company, organising escorted small group journeys to many of the world’s most fascinating regions, including India, with holidays ranging from the luxurious to the adventurous. For more information, please visit: www. coxandkings.com.au. Interasia is an Australian tour operator specialising in independent and group programs to India and also Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. For more information, please visit: www.interasia.com.au Private India Tours is a specialist in providing private guided tours, drivers and transfers in India. For more information please visit: www.privateindiatours.com. Jet Airways operates flights to a number of locations in India, from Hong Kong and Singapore, including some code share services with Qantas. For more information, please visit: www.jetairways.com. Qantas offers flights to Mumbai, India from Australia. For more information, please visit: www.qantas.com.au. For information on the hotels and restaurants included in these articles please visit www.profilemag.com.au.

John Alwyn-Jones visited India as a guest of the Ministry of Tourism of India, India Tourism, Jet Airways and Qantas.

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nsuring that your trip to India fulfills your aspirations, whatever your budget, can sometimes be a challenge. In my opinion, doing it yourself is not the way to see this amazing country. There are easier ways to discover its sites, cultures and people. Ash Jurberg is Cox & Kings’ general manager marketing Australia. I asked him what he thought was important when making sure a holiday, especially to India, fulfilled expectations. Ash said that doing research before booking and especially leaving home was critical, and the best way to make sure you actually to see what you want to see is to go on an organised tour. This will ensure that where you stay is clean, comfortable and to the standard you expect to receive for what you pay. Best to take advantage of the skills, experience, knowledge and contacts of a top tour operator to ensure that there are no disappointments with regards to your accommodation. He added that companies like Cox & Kings have staff who are experts in accommodation and all other aspects of travel in all their destinations so they know the best places to stay, whatever the budget. It makes sense to take advantage of their knowledge and experience. Cox & Kings even operates the fantastic Maharajahs Express. An escorted tour with a major tour operator takes the ‘hit or miss’ out of a holiday, with operators like Cox & Kings providing tours with small groups of like-minded people. English speaking tour managers who have been carefully selected for their travel experience and organisational abilities will generally escort the group throughout the journey, with English speaking guides on-hand to bring the places visited to life. Admission fees are generally included, with queuing to get into major sites minimised or avoided, and a degree of personal service and care that only professional tour operators can provide. With India being a land of around 1.2 billion people and it seems to me a similar number of cars, motor bikes, bicycles, cows and camels, that sounds to me like very good advice!

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isiting India for the first time really does assault every one of your senses, which I was reminded of when I arrived in Delhi recently. The first time I visited India, I was shocked to be faced by what appeared to be thousands of people and cars, with each driver’s hand permanently on the horn – yes, an assault to the senses with the smells and heat. But that is India, and while not for everyone, I reckon you’ll either love it or hate it. I asked Amanda Bruno, marketing manager at Wendy Wu Tours which has been operating group tours to Asia for more than 16 years and to India since 2005, for her top tips on travelling to India and this is what she told me; 1. Be prepared for some long but amazing days of sightseeing on foot ... and lots of stairs. 2. India is a larger country than most travellers realise, which may mean long periods of driving or overnight trains. 3. The most pleasant time of year is in the cool season from October to March when it is around 23 degrees during the daytime and 15 degrees at night. 4. Often perceived as crowded, polluted and noisy, which might be true in the more populated cities, there are also greener and more serene sides to India, for example, the amazing Kerala. 5. You will be amazed by the people, the culture and the history that surrounds such an ancient country. 6. Always travel India in comfort and style with the security of knowing you are in the experienced and knowledgeable hands of a professional tour operator, such as Wendy Wu Tours. John Alwyn-Jones visited India as a guest of the Ministry of Tourism of India, India Tourism, Jet Airways and Qantas.

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ntroducing Cheryl and her husband, Dr Michael Ryan, who started up their charity a number of years ago with the intention of building a medical hospital in the far north of India. However, over time and due to the ongoing problems associated with building, they have since joined up with a hospital already in existence, and their aim now is to improve the facility with new equipment and added functionality. This year, Cheryl will travel to Dharamsala to make a donation to their hospital and will be allowing anyone who wishes to join her on this fully-escorted tour to do so. Those joining Cheryl on the tour will get to see firsthand some of the work she is involved in and meet some of the people on the ground in Dharamsala. On the 10-day trip, Cheryl will visit New and Old Delhi and take in a rickshaw ride through the bustling bazaars. She will also visit the far northern village of Dharamsala, which is now home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to a large number of Tibetan refugees. This is the area that Cheryl and her family are working on with their hospital project. There will be a guided tour of the hospital to meet some of the local doctors and health care teams working there and to

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see the needs of the patients in their care. The trip will then go south to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, to visit the amazing Amber Fort, with the option of an elephant ride. And last but not least, no visit to India would be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal, saving the best for last. Join Cheryl on this tour and experience the trip of a lifetime. Visit Maggie’s Dreamcatcher website for more info www.maggiesdreamcatcher.org.au. Win a trip (land content only), travelling with Cheryl and her family to India in September. To be eligible to win, you will need to launch a fundraiser in support of Cheryl’s cause, the winner will be the person with the most monies raised! A prize will also be awarded for the most innovative fundraising efforts. The contest will finish on June 30, 2011 after which the winner will be announced. Head to www.maggiesdreamatcher.org.au for entry details.

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in the kitchen ... with Matthew Baldock Executive chef of Ebb Waterfront Dining and Cellar With all the attention that molecular gastronomy has gained over the past few years, it is a great time to remind ourselves of how simple and fun great eating can be. Profile magazine talks to head chef of Ebb Waterfront restaurant, matthew baldock, about getting back to basics.

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irstly, we need to focus on quality produce for this is the cornerstone of any quality meal. With this entrenched in your daily routine, you and your family can eat a lot more economically. So start at the shopping trolley – leave it there and grab your ‘green bag’ instead. Less is more. Head to the markets with the kids or your partner and take advantage of what grows locally. Small amounts more often are the key. Tinned food was created for times of war and depression; we live in a region of peace and bounty with envious produce, fresh and abundant. You just need to make an effort. With time, you will look forward to seasons changing and different foods fading in and out of availability, all here right in front of you to enjoy at its peak of nutrition and value. Get back in touch with what you put in your body; you don’t have to read the labels because there aren’t any, just pure, raw ingredients. Whether you are feeding yourself, your family, or just lots of hungry people, the points below should help you achieve a better quality of eating and well-being. It is not rocket science. 1. Shop local for local.

2. Buy loose produce, not pre-packed. You can hand pick it and you will waste less. 3. Mid or late season produce is often cheaper and of better quality. 4. Avoid supermarkets for fresh produce; you would be surprised at how old it actually is. 5. Ask of a product’s origin; if no one can tell you, maybe you need to shop where they can. 6. Busy shops mean a higher turnover, which should mean fresher produce. Just be patient. 7. Get to know your shop / market-keepers, especially your butcher and fishmonger. 8. Avoid imported produce, especially seafood. (I suggest google-ing ‘basa fish warnings’ if you need to be scared off mainstream imported seafood). 9. Australian sustainable seafood will save our wild stocks for our children to enjoy – check with your fishmonger. 10. If it doesn’t look fresh, it isn’t. 11. Look left of centre once a week. Fresh asparagus and eggs for breakfast! Yum. Try this recipe at home – it is as simple as a meal should be with restaurant quality produce, unadulterated. Enjoy, because life is too short to deprive yourself of good produce any longer. See you at the markets ...

fresh fig salad Take one fresh fig per person and quarter it with a sharp knife. Arrange on a good handful of rocket and sprinkle with fresh roasted nuts and local marinated feta. Season liberally with your favourite aged vinegar, oil and sea salt flakes. Serve on its own or with barbecued free range chicken or pan fried fish fillet.

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just love to taste new flavours – from obscure grape varieties to new style techniques of old favourites. It all has its place in the world of wine and so too do the emerging Chilean styles. Chile, first colonised in 1542, grew the grape Pais. Later through French influence, Chile began growing the classics such as cabernet, merlot and chardonnay. The wine growing area is a thin strip some 1150km long and is cooled by a maritime climate. Being far from a curiosity, Chilean wines are stamping their own class in the wine world. In general, they have a massive French influence but develop their own regionality. The nose is slightly funky, not tainted, and the quality of fruit and oak is world class. The House of Morande and Undurraga from the northern growing areas of the Maipo Valley have popped open some stellar juice. Outstanding wines include a TH Unugarra Sauvignon Blanc 08 (RRP $26), a great alternative to Marlborough SB, with a more complex nose and palate. The Sibaris Chardonnay Reserva 07 (RRP $20) is one of the few chardonnays aged in French and American oak. It has a floral, grassy and yeasty nose and rounds out the mouth with a soft feel and minor acidity. The magnificent reds include a Morande Reserva Carmenere 08 (RRP$16), with its earthy cigar box nose and a balanced, funky broad palate with minimal tannins. Carmenere was once thought to be wiped out by Phylloxera (root bug) and was found in merlot vineyards in Chile and incorrectly called merlot. I closed my eyes and thought I was in Bordeaux when I tasted the House of Morande Blend 2003 (RRP$45). The combination of cabernet, merlot, carmenere and cabernet franc creates the rich cassis, cedar, tobacco nose which integrates well with a juicy broad palate with good structural mouth feel. I would easily pay three times as much for an equivalent Bordeaux wine. So ‘Olay Olay!’. Drink up these wonderful new food wines from Chile. They are not French nor Australian, they are just very good. The wines are available through www.finewines.com.au.

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abode keep calm and put the kettle on canvas

with Belle Hemming Interior Designer www.spaceplanners.com.au

$39.95. Available from Typo, Sunshine Plaza, phone 5443 8299.

elizabeth bedroom chair $2,299. Available from Domayne Fortitude Valley, phone 3620 6600.

Say it ‌ with words! One of the biggest trends of 2011 is typography in home decor. It is incredibly versatile and can also be very inspirational. Here are a few examples we love ... numerology storage trunk

love cushion hand painted canvas

$450. Available from Domayne, Fortitude Valley, phone 3620 6600.

$20. Available from Target Sunshine Plaza, phone 5479 2949.

For more information head to Bliss Homewares, Moffat Beach. Phone 5492 8816.

industrial letters 45cm letters. $85 each. Available from Domayne, Fortitude Valley, phone 3620 6600.

sandy bay canvas $149. Available from Freedom Furniture, Maroochydore, phone 5479 1444.

removable vinyl words and designs $POA. For further information, head to www. coolartvinyl.com.au.

you may say i am a dreamer wooden panel $89.95. Available from Adairs Maroochydore, phone 5479 2350.

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abode Kids love colour, so why not add these removable stickers to their bedroom walls for some warmth and fun? Scroll tree stickers, $69.95. Decorating Heaven, www.decor.net.au.

Explore your inner child and bring bright colours back into the home with fun wall art and decorations.

an apple a day Fluf Apple lunch bag, RRP $26.95. Illustration by Matthew Langille, a designer who has done work for Marc Jacobs, Victoria’s Secret and more. These are organic cotton lunch bags are washable, BPA free, with an inside liner and snap close. Available from www.kindredgifts.com.

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light the night Original Metal Box Company Night Night Light – Robot (yellow), $69.95; Bear, $64.95; Rhino, $64.95; and Elephant, $64.95 each. solar powered night light designed by cult 60’s designer Clifford Richards. Made from recycled steel and only available at Kindred Gifts in Australia, www.kindredgifts.com.

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above left: Bold and Noble ‘Alphabot’ print in azure blue, $74.95. above: Bold and Noble ‘Type Map Australia’ print in slate, $74.95. This UK range consists of hand-pulled screen prints that are printed on recycled card. Available from www. kindredgifts.com.

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get even with your spouse with Sandra Wills The fact that many women earn less money and spend more time out of the workforce than their male counterparts means that at the end of their working life, women often have less money in superannuation than men. According to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), in 2006 the average superannuation balance across all Australian men aged 55 to 59 was $126,090; compared to $58,760 for women the same age. In addition, around 55 percent of females in their 60’s reported having no superannuation*. Many couples are not overly concerned about the disparity because they believe that superannuation is a family asset, regardless of whose name it’s in; however some women need economic independence, a sense of control and a say in investment decisions regardless of how supportive and generous their partners are.

A self-managed superannuation fund is one possible solution. As superannuation monies cannot be held in joint names, an SMSF still has individual underlying member accounts; however if both partners are members of the fund, then both partners must also be the trustees. This means that both partners are equally involved in controlling what is effectively a ‘joint’ superannuation fund.

Speak to your wealth adviser about:

SMSFs don’t suit everyone – they can be expensive and burdensome, especially if you’re just starting out with a small amount of superannuation monies.

Genesys Wealth Advisers Maroochydore 5443 9433 Sandra.wills@genesyswealth.com.au

1. The government co-contribution, 2. Spouse contributions with tax offset, 3. Contribution splitting, and 4. Self-managed superannuation funds. * Clare, Ross ‘The Age Pension, superannuation and Australian retirement incomes’, ASFA December 2008

If you’ve stepped out of the workforce to be a homemaker and you’re concerned about the disparity between you and your partner’s superannuation fund balance, there are some simple financial strategies that you can take advantage of to bridge the gap.

Important information – The information presented in this document is not intended to be advice. It has not been prepared taking into account any particular investor’s or class of investor’s investment objectives, financial situation or needs, and should not be used as the basis for making investment, financial or other decisions. To the extent permitted by law, no liability is accepted for any loss or damage as a result of any reliance on this information. While we believe the information contained in this to be correct, no warranty of accuracy, reliability or completeness is given. Genesys Wealth Advisers Limited ABN 20 060 778 216 AFSL NO. 232686 Principal Member of the FPA www.genesyswealth.com.au

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travelling with kids with Zoë Sparks Travelling as a family is an exciting experience – one that is often planned, talked about and looked forward to many months before the trip. The planning and preparation is crucial to a successful holiday, as it can be the finer details that make all the difference and ensure that a great time is had by all. Families are often travelling on a budget, so it’s great to shop for a deal while also ensuring that the selected holiday caters for everyone’s needs – parents as well as children. Many resorts offer ‘kids stay, play and eat free’ packages, which are fantastic value.

safe swimming pools and children’s meals options. If parents want to rest and relax, a resort-style holiday where there is a kids’ club can be great as are the wide range of options which cater for families. If flying for the first time, talk to children about what to expect, order children’s meals and think about taking an activity bag with items such as playing cards, colouring books, crayons, reading books, puzzles for younger children and electronics such as Nintendo’s, iPods and portable DVD players for older children.

When selecting your destination, think about options which will make everyone happy ... camping, skiing, resort holidays and holidays that take in trips to theme parks, zoos, museums et cetera are often very popular.

When planning a driving trip, consider stopping every two hours to allow everyone to stretch their legs and take plenty of snacks and drinks. Activity bags such as the ones for flying are great, but you can also ask the children to help navigate, or play games such as ‘I Spy’ or ‘Spotto’.

Ensure your selected locations offer children’s facilities such as kids’ clubs, playgrounds, family

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sunscreen and insect repellent. So where to go? My top suggestions would be (in no particular order): •• Shangri-La Fijian Resort, Fiji •• Disney’s Hollywood Hotel, Hong Kong •• Le Meridian Phuket Beach Resort, Thailand •• Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Sunshine Coast •• Couran Cove Island Resort, Gold Coast •• Radisson Celebration Resort, Orlando (Disneyworld) •• Le Meridian, Vanuatu •• Campervan experience, New Zealand •• Hamilton Island, Whitsundays •• Club Med, Bali Travelworld Mooloolaba / Spectacular Events Pty Ltd 5444 3766 zsparks@travelworld.net.au

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home is where the heart is with Linda Ireland I love reminiscing. As I reminisce I imagine myself lying on a lovely green hill on a tartan blanket gazing up to the sparse clouds in the sky remembering my childhood and those wonderful childhood memories that filled my life back then. When I think about my childhood family home, I think of our little house in Bathurst, NSW, that my grandfather built with his bare hands. It was the kind of place where you left home after breakfast on your bike, only coming home for a quick bite to eat at lunch and then head back outside until the street lights came on and then it was time to return home. My childhood home seemed like a palace to me when I was little, with plush, bright green carpet, orange lino and splash backs, and brown bench tops. I have such fond memories of that home, it had a hallway that went for miles I thought – every thing seems big when you’re little – the hallway really wasn’t that long at all).

I remember my parents worked really hard to provide for their little family, consisting of Mum, Dad, my brother and I, a dog, a rabbit and about 10 budgies in an aviary out the back. They toiled to keep a roof over our heads and this house was my father’s pride and joy. Not much has changed; many families have the same ideals now. I love seeing how excited people get, whether it’s buying their first home or upgrading, even downsizing. I love getting caught up in conversations about the colours they’re going to paint the house, furniture they plan to buy and what they’re going to do with the garden. We’ve all done it – moved into our dream house in our head before the offer has even been accepted. Your home can provide such a safe place for your family, and in years to come, it can even provide for your family. I remember being devastated when we were moving out of our family home and Mum and Dad were changing it into an investment property. I couldn’t stand the thought of someone else moving into the home

where I grew up. However, now that I’m older and wiser, I can see that it was actually a very sound investment decision that my parents made and it went on to provide for our family through passive rental income. There are arguments for and against whether your home is an investment. It’s important to remember that your home, while being a sanctuary for you and your family, can still be something that needs to be managed like any investment or debt. Making sure you’re not paying too much interest, having an offset account if it’s appropriate, and having your accounts in order is a good start. Creating order around your money creates peace of mind. Just as you keep your house maintenance in order, it is wise to do the same with your lending. Mortgage Choice 5476 9333 linda.ireland@mortgagechoice.com.au

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end of year tax tips with Melanie Jacobson The end of the financial year is fast approaching, but don’t panic! There is still time to get on top of your financial year responsibilities. Here are our top tips for businesses: Accelerate your deductions •• If cash flow allows, before June 30 pay for repairs, consumables such as office stationery, trade gifts, subscriptions and donations and claim the tax deduction this year. There are special rules for small businesses that give them access to higher immediate deductions for prepayments and depreciable assets so take advantage of what is available to you. •• Pay June quarter employee super contributions before June 30 if you want to claim a tax deduction in the current year. •• Declare any directors’ fees and bonuses before June 30 and providing the company is absolutely committed to them, you are entitled to the deduction even if they have not been paid.

Write off what you don’t need •• Write off bad debts. If you’ve made every attempt to collect the money and failed, write it off in your debtor’s ledger. •• Write off trading stock that is damaged or obsolete. •• Review your asset register and scrap any obsolete plant and equipment sitting on your depreciation schedule. Manage the administration •• Help neutralise any capital gains you made during the year by realising any capital losses.

Remember to get professional advice to determine what strategy works for you. This will ensure that all aspects of your financial position are looked at and that you still meet your financial ratios with your bank. Tax planning is an important part of your wealth creation and needs to be done strategically and carefully. PJT Accountants and Business Advisors 5413 9300 www.pjtaccountants.com.au

•• Where you are operating a discretionary trust, the trustee should resolve how the income of the trust will be distributed and minute the decision. •• Where management fees are being charged between related entities, make sure the charges have been raised by June 30.

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grandparents’ rights with Leisa Toomey The relationship between a grandchild and a grandparent can be a wonderful thing. In our busy world they are often a necessity as well, particularly when both parents work. However, what happens when the parents’ relationship fails and one of them decides they no longer wish the grandparents to be involved in the children’s lives? Aside from the hurt the grandparents will feel, the children may also be left bewildered and upset that they can no longer see a person who was so important in their lives. Sadly, for many grandparents this is a reality that they have little choice but to accept. While the concept of grandparents’ rights is relatively new, it has been proven on a number of occasions that grandparents do have rights and many are now seeking legal avenues to assert them. In 2009, the Federal Government implemented changes designed to encourage grandparents to maintain links with their grandchildren, particularly where there were messy family

breakups. Under the changes, grandparents are able to obtain advice on family law issues and potentially become involved in court proceedings if they believe it will benefit the interests of the child. Many judges believe grandparents can often provide a solid foundation for children, particularly where the parents’ relationship is dysfunctional. Grandparents can provide real alternatives as far as living arrangements and child care are concerned and can offer children some stability when their worlds appear to be crumbling around them.

of the parents. Factors such as a documented relationship with the child and whether the grandparents have served as custodial parents, or served the role of parents, all strengthen their claim to see their grandchildren. If the relationship between the primary caregiver and the grandparents is so bad that it will adversely impact the child, the court may not allow the grandparents rights, particularly if prior to the separation of the parents the grandparents played no role in the child’s life.

Grandparents now have access to the Parenting Order Program where families that are separating (and who are going through difficult disputes) are given access to counselling and dispute resolution services. Grandparents also have the right to participate in counselling and family dispute resolution with the children’s parents.

As much as the courts would love to see stability in the lives of children who are going through the traumas of their parents’ divorce or separation, parents’ rights will generally be greater than that of a grandparent unless the parent is proven unfit. However, for the sake of the children, allowing grandparents to be part of children’s lives can be a beneficial and enriching experience and if parents can put their own emotions aside and realise this, they just might benefit as well.

However, it should be noted that a court will consider all aspects of the role a grandparent has played in a child’s life prior to the separation

Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers 5413 8908 www.stolaw.com.au

pitching pr with Alli Grant I’ve been on both sides of the editorial fence in my 17 years in the media and public relations … a PR consultant pitching the story and the journalist / editor writing the story. The profile magazine editorial team is inundated with suggestions every month, so how do we select the stories that go into our beautiful pages? This month I share a few tips on the PR game – how to ensure editorial coverage that will raise the profile of you and your business. Be honest Sometimes it’s hard to separate your passion from your business, but before you pick up the phone to call a journalist, be honest with yourself. Do you really have something newsworthy and relevant to tell the world? Is your story unique or different? Is your news timely? A business in itself generally isn’t newsworthy. The stories come from you and your journey, what you do that is different, the people in your business and new announcements. Put yourself in the place of the reader. If it wasn’t 68

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your business would you want to read about it? Be excited and be prepared … Journalists and editors love to hear from excited business people, but be very clear of your angle and what it is that you are excited about – be succinct. The journalist will ask for more information so have a well written media release on hand. Be professional Just because you can write doesn’t necessarily mean you’re good at it. I strongly advocate the use of a public relations consultancy if you’re looking to raise the profile of your business through the media. They have the contacts, understand the media, can produce a professional media release and can do the pitching for you.

with information. A strong relationship can help your business for years to come. Be real Be realistic about your expectations. Editorial coverage isn’t guaranteed – it’s not like buying an advertisement, so the content of the story is completely at the discretion of the journalist. They are not obliged to say what you want them to say. Be persistent “It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen”. Good PR is an excellent way to raise the profile of you and your business, promote your services and talk to your customers, but think long term. There is much to be said for a ‘drip feed’ approach – think strategically and reap the rewards. Happy PR pitching!

Be helpful Remember you‘re not doing the media a favour, in fact, they are helping your business by assisting you with publicity. Make it as easy as possible – return calls quickly, be flexible with interview and photo times and be forthcoming

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industry talk

Welcome to this month’s edition of Industry Talk; a place where we invite our business experts ‘The Panel’, to answer your questions – for free! It certainly can be tough running a small business on your own, so our experts are on hand to offer advice in areas of law, finance, marketing and human resources. Submissions are open for your business questions – simply email your question to editorial@ profilemag.com.au (business name and contact details will only be published with consent).

the question “I have a small to medium business that has been operating for three years. I have recently been approached by an investor to take a part share in the business to grow it to the next level. What do I need to look out for in terms of setting this up and how do I work out my business’s value?” Anon

Raymond Duffy Solicitor, Mumford Lawyers www.mumforslawyers.com.au

The answer depends on numerous factors, such as:

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1. Your current business structure and future structure – sole proprietor, partnership, company or a trust?

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2. Will the investment just be a ‘loan’? Or is the investor injecting money in return for a share in any profits? Or does the investor want a management role in the business? Will the investor be an employee or consultant? 3. What agreements do you need between you and the investor? A partnership agreement or a director/shareholder agreement, for example. 4. What happens if you become incapacitated or die? Can the business continue? Is your will up to date? Do you have an enduring power of attorney? 5. What is the investor’s competency, reputation, and financial background? Has the investor ever been bankrupt or convicted of a criminal offence? You should undertake your due diligence and seek appropriate professional advice before entering into any such arrangements.

Taking on a partner or an investor is a big and exciting decision for any small business. Taking into consideration all current and future issues is paramount to the success of the merger. Preparing a partnership agreement is invaluable for ensuring that everything is documented at commencement ‘when everything is new and exciting’. With regard to valuing a business, this is often fraught with emotions and conflicts, as both the seller and possible investor might have different ideas as to what the business is worth. The most common way of determining the value of a business is through its return on investment or the amount of money the buyer will realise compared to the performance of the business. Other calculations may include using a multiplier / market value / asset valuation. I would recommend that to determine the value, a seller should consult a professional support partner such as their accountant.

Glen Palmer Director, Core Business and Management Advice mail@corebusiness.com.au

One of the key considerations is to maintain control of your business. The share being offered would not be more than a 49 percent interest to ensure that you retain control. Another key is to be clear about how much involvement they will have. For example, will they simply be given a written report each month and sent a dividend cheque or will they be contributing their opinions and ideas about how things will be done? Ensure there is a clear understanding regarding how the relationship will work and what will happen if it does not work out. To assess what the business is worth you need a good business adviser who is experienced in valuing businesses and who can be objective and realistic in determining the business value. In these situations, however, the value at that time may not be a useful indication of the real value or future value.

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AXA FINANCIAL BUSINESS PROMOTION

earthquake, tsunami, nuclear crisis

using equity to finance reno’s

with Tracey Ferguson

with Kylie McKenna

Japan is no stranger to natural disasters brought about by earthquakes. In 1995 Kobe earthquake (7.3) saw 7,000 lives lost. Essential infrastructure was wiped out, including communication, highways, railways and water. A time frame of 10 years was expected for Kobe to get back on its feet. But two years later the debris was cleared and infrastructure had been restored. Japan’s most recent earthquake was 170 times the size of Kobe; the subsequent tsunami wreaking devastating destruction. What’s different this time? The most obvious differences are the explosions at the nuclear facilities at Fukushima. An oil supply disruption in addition to a reduction in nuclear energy could impede reconstruction efforts. Japan is already saddled with debt Government debt is twice the size of the economy – far higher than the Eurozone countries. At the beginning of March, the Japanese government pushed a one trillion dollar budget through parliament, with officials indicating a significant portion of this will be for relief and reconstruction. Following Kobe, only one tenth of this amount was spent on reconstruction. At that time, Japan’s government debt was 80 percent of GDP – half of what it is now. What does this mean for the markets? The investment outlook will be driven by broader issues rather than the specific events in Japan, for two reasons. Firstly, the Japanese earthquake is a humanitarian disaster rather than an economic one. Although it is early days, we understand the potential impact on global growth could be a few tenths of one percent – in global terms this is only moderate. Secondly, markets were beginning to react to a number of issues prior to the earthquake such as the Middle East crisis, worries over oil prices and concerns over the sustainability of the US stimulus package. After the earthquake on March 11, the Japanese share market dropped 15 percent in five days. This is almost double that of the Kobe earthquake when markets fell by eight percent. This suggests the Japanese market is priced for greater uncertainty this time around. The yen is also under pressure, rising to its highest level since WW2. The experience of Kobe indicates the economy can recover relatively quickly, even despite the differences this time. Tracey Ferguson www.traceyferguson.com.au traceyf@axaadviser.com.au Nambour: Level 1, 24 Lowe Street, Nambour QLD 4560 Ph (07) 54412929 Fax (07) 5441 4543

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If you love where you live and you don’t want to move, renovating can make your old place feel like a brand new home and increase the value of your property. Whether you’re planning a new bathroom, landscaping your garden, or simply replacing your kitchen cupboards, home owners have a choice of flexible and convenient finance options to match your budget. Refinancing your home loan can be a great way to get extra cash to fund a renovation. By using the equity in your home you can draw money out of your home loan to pay for those renovations. When renovating, it is important to not overcapitalise. Home owners should find out the average house price in their area so when it comes time to sell, a solid return can be made. The benefits of variable and fixed interest rate home loans When deciding on a home loan one of the first decisions a borrower must make is to choose a variable interest rate or a fixed interest rate. A variable interest rate changes according to the market, while a fixed interest rate is fixed for a certain period of time, usually you can choose from 1 year to 5 years, some Banks will also fix for 7, 10 or 15 years. A variable home loan offers a borrower the ability to make unlimited extra repayments to pay off the loan faster and be in a better position later on, should the interest rate increase. A fixed interest home loan offers the assurance of knowing exactly what the home loan repayments are for the set period of time. This can give the borrower the confidence to budget accurately and plan finances. Before choosing a variable interest rate home loan or a fixed interest rate home loan, borrowers should make sure they understand the benefits of both. I can help you explore all your options for financing your renovations as an Authorised Representative of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. I’m available around the clock to meet you whenever and wherever is most convenient. When we meet, I’ll take the time to gain an in-depth understanding of your situation and goals, and I’ll then create a solution to match. Call Kylie McKenna on 0433 934125 or email kylie.mckenna@cba. com.au to find out more. Commonwealth Bank Kylie McKenna Mortgage Innovation Manager 0433 934 125 kylie.mckenna@cba.com.au

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the last word

matt golinski

ll photography alan hughes It has been said that Sunshine Coast local (born and bred) Matt Golinski is a man of few words, but this is most probably because Matt, an award-winning chef and the creator of the most sumptuous dishes, speaks through his creations. Profile finds out more about this modest chef, TV personality and owner of The Rolling Dolmade.

“I start my day

by… dressing three little girls and brushing their hair.

I start my day by …

Most people don’t know that …

dressing three little girls and brushing their hair.

I tie my shoelaces funny.

I remember the days when …

When I was growing up I wanted to be …

all I needed was a good book and my fishing rod when I went travelling [profile – Matt has travelled and cooked around Australia, Thailand, Turkey, Europe and England.] I need a little more now!

a chef, always a chef!

I smile when I think about …

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continue developing my own tapas range ‘The Rolling Dolmade’.

how I beat the Italians at their own game and earned a bronze medal from Bologna’s Internazionale della Cucina Bolognese for cooking fresh pasta.

I couldn’t live without …

I am at my happiest when …

I’m with my family or cooking.

surviving teenagehood. Oh, and I used to be executive chef at Ricky Ricardo’s in Noosa. That was cool.

When I am not working I am …

My most annoying habit is …

my Ducati [motorbike]. My greatest achievement is …

running, reading, fishing and being a dad.

slurping hot drinks.

The best meal I have had was …

In five years I hope to be …

on the Black Sea Coast in Turkey where we ate platters of freshly caught fried seafood and watermelon and drank Raki, with a group of old Turkish fishermen, as we sat on milk crates and watched the sun set.

running my own restaurant. What makes me laugh out loud is …

My favourite restaurant is …

If I didn’t live on the Coast I’d live …

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In the future I want to …

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