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unning out the front door in the morning, slice of toast in one hand, heels in the other, yelling at the kids to remember to grab their school lunches from the kitchen bench! It’s a scenario most of us working mums can relate to. Women are busier than ever these days, juggling the demands of a career while raising children. And while many employers are offering more flexible conditions for working mums, there is an increasing number of women who are swapping the nine-to-five to run their own show around their family’s needs. Welcome to the world of the modern mum! This month, Profile introduces you to some pretty special women who are making their mark on the Sunshine Coast, and whether they run their own business or work for someone else, they have one thing in common, they are all mums. On our cover, we share the remarkable journey of local dietician Tracy Hardy. Recently awarded the highest student honour at the University of the Sunshine Coast for her contribution to the health of the indigenous and Torres Strait Islander community, this single mum has reached her goals despite some significant health issues along the way. Truly inspiring. Real estate powerhouse Amber Werchon opens up about the work life balance as she prepares to welcome her third son, former lawyer and mum-of-three Kym Foster shares how she swapped the corporate life to start her own cashless business and we take you inside a classroom like no other, where pregnant teens and young mums are nurtured and supported to continue their education. These are just a few of the stories you’ll find inside the special modern mum issue of Profile. Plus, as always, we deliver your monthly fix of all things food, fashion, homewares, what’s on and lots more. As a working mother of three myself, this is one issue that is particularly close to my heart. So here’s to all modern mums, working or otherwise, because I’m sure you’ll agree, being a mother is a full time job!

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the modern movement WORDS NICOLE FUGE

Did you know there are 300,000 mumpreneurs nationwide? And it’s a demographic which is rapidly growing, as mums chase more flexibility in the workplace and reignite their vocational passion.

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ums come in a range of beautiful shapes and sizes – some take time off while their little ones navigate the first few months or years of life and then return to work; others choose to become stay-at-home mums; while others take the road less travelled and launch into the creation of their own business. In putting this issue together, we’ve been introduced to some phenomenal women who are not only running successful businesses, but raising a loving family at the same time – and making it look easy (which they are all quick to let me know is not always the case!) In writing this column, I came across the Mums & Co Australian Mums in Business Report, which cites a third of mumpreneurs actually

started their businesses while on parental leave, one-in-10 started their businesses while pregnant, and of the mums who started their businesses this year, 60 per cent have an infant or toddler. While the reasons for mums starting their own businesses varies (some saying they were unable to find suitable employment, their role at work changed or they were made redundant while on maternity leave); the benefits are universal – more flexibility and the ability to do something they are truly passionate about. I guess that’s why four out of five mums believe they are a happier person having started their own business, they feel more fulfilled, have more purpose and are creating lives they are most proud of; both personally and in a career-sense. More power to you!

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• More mothers are turning to social media and networking groups, particularly those with other business mums to get the support they need. Three-in-four see the value of having a support group of other mums and three-in-five find networking groups extremely useful. • The Aussie mum in business is most likely doing it on her own; most don’t have financial support from others, and over half (53%) are using their own savings or have taken a loan (15%) to fund the business. • A majority have the support of a partner in looking after the kids (60%), while four-in-10 call on family members, and business mums also heavily rely on schools and childcare centres.

WHO IS THE AUSTRALIAN MUM IN BUSINESS?

• The average mum in business has two kids and is likely to be educated • Half of all business mums are between 30 and 39 years old. • One-in-10 are single parents • Nearly a third are born overseas • One-in-four have more than one business

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Coolum Beach Wellness Hub is an allencompassing wellness and beauty clinic that specialises in holistic health for mind, body, soul and spirit. Owner Lennie Watts is a psychotherapist with a passion for helping people and is especially interested in infertility and surrogacy after experiencing her own unique journey towards having children.

The Coolum Beach Wellness Hub is a new business venture for Lennie Watts, a mother of twins, who moved to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney with her husband nearly two years ago. Since obtaining the business a year ago she has created a successful holistic clinic that caters for all beauty, medi-spa and wellness needs. Lennie and her husband Sean both owned busy businesses in Sydney, where they had lived for a long time. However, once the twins were born they decided it was time for a change of pace. They wanted to spend more time with the children when they were young instead of sitting in traffic, so they packed up and moved here. “The Sunshine Coast is so amazing for families,” says Lennie. After settling in, Lennie started to look around at businesses. She loved the special holistic nature of the clinic she coowned in Sydney and when she came across the beauty salon she knew it was the perfect space to set up something similar. “I had never done anything in the beauty industry before. I had been in the corporate world for 14 years and then worked as a psychotherapist for another 14 years. However, I felt that I could expand this business to provide services that helped, supported and got results without being damaging or risky,” she says. Lennie retained all the wonderful beauty, spa and pampering services while adding state-of-the-art medi-spa equipment. The wellness hub is the only place on the Sunshine Coast offering the non-surgical face lift High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). It enables people to have a face uplift, giving them a fresh look, without risky or expensive surgery. It’s quite revolutionary in the field and a great thing to be able to offer the people of the Sunshine Coast. “The results are amazing and I love that so many people are able to achieve the desired result for themselves, without risking their health through surgery,” says Lennie. She is passionate about putting people and their wellbeing first. “After a year of hard work I have an amazing team of talented people working with me and I feel like I have found my

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direction in the industry. They are doing beautiful things for our clients and that’s what we are aiming for. I am all about building relationships and working to help people achieve their goals and feel this can be done in a caring and friendly environment.” In addition to the beauty and medi-spa treatments and services, Lennie also has an in-house remedial massage therapist, cosmetic tattooist, acupuncturists, conscious healer and psychologist. And she still has room and plans for more services. “Over the last year I have been attracting amazing people to work here and that’s why I have come up with the name Coolum Beach Wellness Hub. I think it’s more reflective of all the different services we offer and how special and unique we are,” she says. The rebrand is an exciting step for Lennie, who now plans to devote a little more time to her own counselling practise at the Wellness Hub. While Lennie loves working with individuals and couples on all sorts of life issues, she also specialises in counselling people who are struggling with infertility or who need to create families through IVF and/or surrogacy. The desire to help people going through this emerged after her own personal journey; she is the mother of four-year-old twins through surrogacy. “I understand what it is like to not be able to do something that we automatically assume we can do. I understand the real strain – physical, emotional, spiritual and financial – that it puts on people,” she says. In addition to focusing on her counselling, Lennie plans to keep on establishing the Wellness Hub and herself in the community. “I’d like to bring on more complementary services and to create diversity. It’s a privilege being here and working with the community. Everyone who comes into the place really loves it and we are often told how special and unique it is; a hidden gem. And that’s what I wanted to create.”

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Baby in one arm, books under the other, the STEMM classroom at Burnside State High School is a unique program offering pregnant teens and young mums a second chance to continue their education and reach their full potential.

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n unexpected pregnancy during the teenage years can be a lonely, daunting and overwhelming experience, but award-winning program STEMM (Supporting Teenagers with Education, Mothering and Mentoring) has proven that with the right support and guidance, these young women can achieve anything. “STEMM empowers young mothers to gain independence through a holistic, wrap-around program, which is free of judgement,” says program coordinator Janelle Logan. “While most of our graduates go on to university or employment, it is equally important that our young mothers leave the program knowing how to love, care for and have good attachment with their child. They just need the right support and for someone to believe in them.”

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The first of its kind in Queensland, the program was founded by Jacqui Dean in 2008. Pregnant with her third child, she was teaching at Burnside High and discovered she had a 14-year-old girl in her class who was also expecting and was struggling with school and home life. Instead of attending mainstream classes, the STEMM curriculum provides a unique program tailored to pregnant women or young mums under 24. Offering several study pathways, they provide onsite childcare facilities for babies and children, as well as counsellors, dietitians, midwives and lactation specialists. On the eve of STEMM’s 10th anniversary, Profile caught up with three young women at different stages of their journeys to discover how the program changed their lives for the better. Here are their stories.

While most of our GRADUATES go on to university or employment, it is equally important that our young mothers leave the program knowing how to LOVE, care for and have good attachment with their child. They just need the right SUPPORT and for someone to BELIEVE in them.” profilemag.com.au


After giving birth to Sasha, I felt isolated and judged every time I left the house. Then I met with a child health nurse who referred me to STEMM. This is where I found light at the end of the tunnel. STEMM created an opportunity of hope in my life. I was able to finish Year 12 while Sasha was cared for in an adjacent crèche. At no point did I feel judged or isolated. I felt loved. I was surrounded with girls in similar situations and made lasting friendships. I thought, ‘Why can’t I follow my dreams and become the nurse I’ve always wanted to be?’ STEMM provided me with an opportunity to complete a Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) that lead me into nursing. There were numerous obstacles and melt downs including becoming a single mother but STEMM did not give up on me, they gave me the strength and encouragement I needed to pursue my dreams. They taught me how to balance life, work, study and raise a small child on my own. Yes it was hard, but I survived. After completing TPP and enrolling into a Bachelor of Nursing, I graduated from

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TAMARAH RANDELL, 27 REGISTERED NURSE SASHA-JAYDE, NINE

STEMM. I completed my Bachelor of Nursing with a distinction and landed myself a registered nurse position with the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. I completed a graduate year and then transferred to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. I am now able to give back to the community what they have given me; strength, kindness and resilience. I do believe in the saying, ‘From little things, big things grow’, and I am evidence that young mothers can become who they want to be. All they need is faith, support and encouragement.

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MELEIGHTA AND AZARLEIGHA

MELEIGHTA MADDOCK, 21 BEAUTY THERAPY STUDENT AZARLEIGHA, 10 MONTHS

I was 19 when I found out I was pregnant, it was very unexpected. Then I lost my father at 23 weeks into the pregnancy and I became very depressed, sleeping all day and staying up at night. I felt so helpless so I looked for programs in my area and I found STEMM. They gave me a reason to wake up. Being able to bring my daughter to school is fantastic, it means I don’t have to pay huge childcare fees. She goes to the onsite creche so I can go and get her at any time. I see the counsellor once a week and she helps a lot and I am also taking driving lessons through STEMM. I’m studying beauty therapy and will graduate with a certificate three at the end of this year and next year I will complete my diploma. After I graduate I will be able to look for a job and Azarleigha will be ready to go to daycare. It’s so good being with other young mums, I’ve made lots of new friends. I had nothing before coming to STEMM. They help you so much with everything, even if you are struggling to get things for your child, they can help you. If you are in a position where you are young and having a baby with not much support, it’s a great option. profilemagazine

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CERTIFICATE III IN BEAUTY SERVICES On completion students will be equipped with the basic beauty treatment skills necessary to work in a beauty salon or department store in a variety of beauty practices. DIPLOMA OF BEAUTY THERAPY Designed as a high level qualification, on completion students will have the necessary skills and knowledge to operate as a beauty therapist, employing staff and managing a beauty salon.

AMANDA TIDY-RUSS, 25 OWNER, AMANDA MAREE IMAGES MIA, TWO AND BAILEY, NINE

I was 15 and in Grade 11 at Burnside High School when I fell pregnant with my son Bailey. My partner was in the same grade and when we found out, it was the scariest time of our lives. We were worried about how our families and friends were going to react. I thought I would be labelled so I dropped out of school. During my pregnancy my mum found out about the STEMM program and it was the best thing that could have happened to me. It was great to be back at school with my friends who were so supportive and were able to visit me during lunch hours after Bailey was born. I was part of STEMM for three years. I didn’t want to leave! I loved it there. I did lots of courses and then

decided I wanted to be a photographer, so I did my online course at STEMM and a lady would come in and help me with assignments. I honestly don’t know where I would be without them. I also got my driver’s licence through STEMM and they taught me how to look after my bub. I now have my own business and my partner and I are still together and have a daughter, Mia. The STEMM program proves that although life doesn’t always go to plan, you can still push through. It’s just the beginning. I believe Bailey was born for a reason at that time, he was our blessing.

CERTIFICATE III IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE After completion of the qualification, students will be able to work with children in a range of settings, supporting their wellbeing, learning and development. TERTIARY PATHWAYS PROGRAMS The Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in undergraduate degree studies. TPP provides a pathway to a degree program. LIFE SKILLS Students have the opportunity to participate in art and craft, cooking, parenting classes, equine therapy, and undertake a first aid course.

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DENISE DAFFARA AND HALINKA PANZERA AT BELLEJUNA IN COTTON TREE

Halinka Panzera and Denise Daffara are both mothers, but it’s not what defines them. Intelligent and savvy, they were introduced through the Inspiring Women to Work program, where Halinka, a successful serial entrepreneur is mentoring Denise to launch her business and forge her own path.

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y kids often say, ‘Mum your job is to look after us,’ and I say, ‘Yes, but it’s not my only job, I need to look after me, and I need to look after the business in order for you to have food on the table, if I’m not doing those other jobs well I’m not being a great mum.’

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“It’s about putting ourselves first and getting women to share those trials and tribulations, talk frankly about their experience and realise these challenges are not new. The new challenge is our isolation, which impacts our ability to get things done. To succeed, you need to build your own village and mentoring is an important first step in building a support network.” Halinka Panzera has been a trailblazing woman her whole career, starting with an internship with Unilever in 1992; a time when she says there was a severe absence of women in decision-making roles in the workforce. “I was quite surprised at the lack of women in senior management and I was the first one in Australia, in a company that employed over 3000 people. That was quite an interesting induction and my mentors were all men because there were no women,” she says. With an innovative mind moving faster than the company could keep up with, in 1999 Halinka started her own research

company in Melbourne, which has grown to service clients across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. “It’s been a way I can be productive; work as I need to, but also maintain work/ life balance,” she says. “I planned my career as if I was a man. Men have a huge support network, so I had to do the same, I had people who came to take my daughter around the block and feed her baby food when I was at meetings. I have always had a huge network of people around me and since moving to the Sunshine Coast I have had to build new networks here. It’s important to set yourself up. “Successful women often have a huge network of family and friends, and when mums go back to work, often when the kids are at school, they bring in that network; you see them managing ‘logistics’ (what I call it), getting children to events, carpooling, all of that.” While Halinka says running her own business afforded her the flexibility, she was still working horrendous hours, often profilemag.com.au


responding to emails at all hours of the night, in between feeding. Now that her daughters are aged 12 and 16, she’s proud of the example she’s set for them, and continues to seek out strong female role models in their lives. One of those is Denise Daffara, a local artist and mum who Halinka is mentoring through the Inspiring Women to Work program, which helps mothers re-enter the workforce.

It’s been a way I can be PRODUCTIVE; work as I need to, but also maintain work/life BALANCE.”

“Women need to know how to understand their value,” Halinka says, of her reason to volunteer as a mentor with the program. “It’s so nice to see women flourishing and doing well, Denise went from looking for a job to starting her own business. It’s nice for me to be a little part of that.” Denise, a mum-of-two aged 22 and 28, has been an artist for 18 years, starting when her youngest went to kindergarten, and she spent the subsequent decade selling paintings. “When I saw the Inspiring Women to Work program advertised I felt very drawn to apply - knowing for some time I’ve not been unemployed but rather underemployed and I was running out of energy for my art being a sole income, because I’m not really businessminded, hence the idea of linking up with mentoring made sense.

“It can be scary trying to bridge the gap into communicating/working within the corporate world. The program has become about meeting an incredibly supportive team, led by Angela Bueti, who see the gifts I have that I wasn’t seeing for myself, or not having an awareness of. I can stay at home and create like crazy, but for me to extend out and make a difference in the world, I need help from those who have experience in that arena.” From Halinka’s first meeting with Denise, she says she knew she would be easy to mentor to return to work, as she presents well, is articulate and smart, but simmering in the background was this creative passion and talent, which posed a more important question: how do we bring that out and create a business around something she loves? On the back of a napkin, they created a business plan surrounding a character Denise had been drawing for the past three years, Little DD, and how that could tie into her other interest; psychology, women’s empowerment and wellness. “The idea is she will have her drawings supportively illustrate articles talking about relevant life challenges with the view of a range of books and take-home products for families who are undergoing trauma and stress – How would Little DD cope with these issues?” Denise first penned DD as a self portrait who really came into her awareness when she went home to be with her mum before she passed away.

“From the moment I left for that trip, I did a drawing of Little DD with a suitcase going home to see Mum. I documented the feelings/thoughts/insights over those 10 days and shared those on my social media. People were really moved by it and it was giving me a beautiful, gentle way to hold onto an intense time … I didn’t realise the power these little drawings could have. I haven’t stopped drawing her since,” she says. As Denise pours another cup of tea and Halinka takes a sip of her coffee, the bond they share is immeasurable, bound by the utmost respect for each other not only as women, but as mothers and business women. It’s a powerful combination and one that should be replicated in all of us. “My ultimate goal is that once Denise is mentored, she’s able to mentor others through her example, her case studies; teaching women how to find that confidence within – opening doors for her so she can open doors for others.”

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10 years of

EXPO SUCCESS

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To say Alexandra Brunswick has a lot on her plate would be a massive understatement. The mother of two teenagers is not only a lawyer, but the owner of the well known Women’s Lifestyle Expo. Profile chats to Alex about what’s in store for the 2018 event, which marks its 10th year.

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y day, Alexandra Brunswick works at the Suncoast Community Legal Service and specialises in family law, and by night she organises one of the most successful expos on the Sunshine Coast. It made us wonder if this mumpreneur gets any sleep. “I’m lucky that I can run on six hours sleep,” she laughs. Originally from Germany, Alex moved to New Zealand with her family when she was 16 years old. It was there that she received her law degree and worked in law for several years before moving to the Sunshine Coast and continuing her legal career. But in the back of her mind, she wanted to do more. “I was never the type of person who wanted to work for a big corporate firm. I just wasn’t that kind of lawyer. I always wanted to have my own business, which is where the expo came in,” she says. Alex met the previous owner of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo, Sue Frost, when they were living in the same apartment complex. “She was telling me about it and I thought it sounded like an amazing business. Then she told me they were looking at selling and I thought that sounded interesting. It was meant to be, because

four days later I knocked on their door and said ‘Hey, I’m interested in buying’,” Alex explains. Alex helped at the 2017 expo before taking over the business in September of last year.

The more exhibitors get into SPRUIKING their own business, the more they’re going to get out. It’s like with anything in life; the MORE you put in, the more you get out.”

“I’m doing both at the moment, which is a really good mix. I love being a lawyer because the analytical side of my brain is quite strong, and yet I love doing the expo now because it’s so different. It’s creative, but I still need the analytical side of my brain as well,” she says. With 10 years of success behind the event, Alex is happy carrying on Sue’s legacy and wants to bring a similar expo to the people of the Sunshine Coast in 2018. “I’m pretty much keeping everything the way Sue has done it. First of all it works, and I just want to find my mojo I guess, which I feel I can’t do until I actually do what’s been done before,” she says. “That’s the beauty of the expo, it has such a good reputation around town, everyone knows about it, and when they meet me they can’t wait to get involved.” Alex is thrilled to be bringing a great list of exhibitors to this year’s Women’s Lifestyle Expo and plans to highlight small local businesses.

“That is the one part I love about the expo – getting businesses involved and giving them traction in their own business, giving them exposure, and connecting them with each other and with the attendees. So in a way I feel like I have lots of little businesses now because I have a little bit of interest in them becoming successful.” Attendees are sure to have a great day out at the expo between the workshops, entertainment, food, fashion and the exhibitors. For exhibitors, Alex says it’s a great marketing tool for all kinds of businesses, whether they offer a product or a service. “Brand recognition is the biggest thing businesses will gain from the event. A lot of businesses at the expo don’t have a lot to sell on the day. But when someone needs their service, they’ll remember seeing them at the expo,” she says. “The more exhibitors get into spruiking their own business, the more they’re going to get out. It’s like with anything in life; the more you put in, the more you get out.” With that in mind, it’s safe to say Alex is getting a lot out of life. CONTACT ALEXANDRA ON 0437 791 133 OR ALEX@WOMENSLIFESTYLEEXPO.COM.AU


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The two day event is on Friday, 31 August and Saturday, 1 September 2018 at The Calvary Centre, 212 Crosby Hill Road, Buderim. On Friday night, there will be a fashion show starring local and national brands. There will be 100 exhibitors, delicious food, music and entertainment, along with 10th birthday celebrations, workshops covering physical health, personal and emotional health, financial health, creative health, and healthy personal image.

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She may have taken the long way around, but local dietitian Tracy Hardy has finally found her true calling. Recently awarded for her contribution to the nutritional wellbeing of the indigenous community, this 44-yearold Kamilaroi woman is making a real difference in her field, despite facing her own health challenges along the way.

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racy Hardy is made of strong stuff. Not surprising really when you discover where she came from. Born and raised in St George, a small remote town in South West Queensland, Tracy had a typical Aussie bush upbringing. “I spent a lot of my childhood on the property,” says Tracy. “As a small child, my best friends were a Blue Heeler and a kangaroo that used to follow me everywhere. I still remember sneaking away and blaming my dog and kangaroo for leading me astray.” Recalling her childhood as idyllic, Tracy and her parents lived on her grandparent’s property on the Balonne River just outside of town, where she would while away the days on horseback, riding her bike and swimming in the river. “It was the most amazing way to grow up,” says Tracy. “My nana was an artist and she had a gallery on the property I would visit. We didn’t watch television, we would play outside all day and only come home when we were hungry. I will always be grateful for that.” And despite being born with a degenerative neurological disease (Charcot Marie Tooth disease), Tracy has never let anything hold her back. In fact, if anything, it has helped to shape the strong woman she has become today. profilemagazine

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didn’t have the privilege of growing up immersed in traditional culture or customs. I knew who I was, it was innately there, so I always felt something was missing and I yearned to have an understanding of it. “It was difficult because I was a lighter skinned Aboriginal so I was thought to be too light to be black and too black to be white, I never knew where I fit in. I would get a little bit of stick from both sides. I used to deflect that with self-deprecating humour and I think that translated into my later years. I kind of survived childhood that way.” Although she may not have realised it at the time, Tracy’s life path was always leading her back to food and nutrition and it was through witnessing the impact that food has on people from a cultural and emotional sense first hand that ultimately

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“It was something I grew up being teased about and I coped by being the class clown I think. If you are loud up here (she says pointing to her face) no one looks down there. My nana and dad had it too, we were always just told we had gammy feet. It wasn’t properly diagnosed until I was 26. Basically, it affects the peripheral nerves of your hands and feet. The muscles don’t get the messages from the brain. It’s a degenerative thing but I’m not crippled I can still walk. People stare but I don’t worry about that. It hasn’t affected my voice.” Tracy’s resilience was also tested by the cultural challenges she faced growing up. Born in 1973 to a mother of Aboriginal descent and a father of non-indigenous background, sadly, her Aboriginal heritage was not something that was openly discussed or celebrated. “Unfortunately, there was still an undercurrent that it was something to be ashamed of in that era,” says Tracy. “It was always easier for the older generation to align with some other culture like the Spanish or New Zealanders because it seemed to be more safe and acceptable. “There was still some intergenerational trauma left over from the threat of having your children stolen and the racism that was placed upon them as well, so I understand that. However, as a result, I 22

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I was so honoured to find out that I was the first ABORIGINAL woman to receive this award, it’s awarded to those who have achieved high academic results and made a SUBSTANTIAL contribution to the local and broader COMMUNITY.”

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led her to become a dietitian and use it as a platform to make a difference. “I remember an auntie saying to me once, ‘Your ancestors have always led you that way, you have probably pushed back because you are stubborn,’” says Tracy. Tracy’s connection with food started from a very early age. Living solely off the property, she grew up helping her parents on the land and knew where everything on her plate came from. “Growing up, Mum and Dad didn’t have a whole lot of money and we didn’t have access to take away, everything was paddock to plate. I saw beasts being slaughtered and prepared for food. I would sit with Mum and bag up the meat and put the meat through the big mincer. Mum used to make everything from scratch. I remember eating a store-bought cake once at a friend’s house as a child and spitting it out because I just wasn’t used to the preservatives and additives, it tasted terrible to me.” But it wasn’t until Tracy’s father was killed in a car accident when she was 19 years old that food became the enemy and


would lead to her developing an eating disorder that lasted ten years. “My father’s death caused a bit of a rift in the family and life was pretty tough at the time. Looking back, food was the only thing I could control.” It wasn’t until she fell pregnant with her daughter, Sienna, that Tracy finally faced her demons head on and won. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me because all of a sudden I was responsible for this little person and I had to be a good role model for her, so I revisited my eating behaviours and got healthy again,” says Tracy. Unfortunately, when Sienna was just three years old, Tracy’s world was turned upside down when she discovered she had renal cancer. “It was actually diagnosed by accident, so I was very lucky. I had pain in my left side at the time and they just happened to check my other side and found a tumour on my kidney. “It was a really tough time. I was a single mum, I didn’t have any family close by and I was working in a high pressure job. “After that I revisited my diet yet again and really looked at what I was putting into my body. “I stepped back from all the stress and went back to my roots working in beauty. “Once again I found myself talking about food and nutrition in this role because I would see clients with skin disorders that could be greatly improved or cleared with a change in diet. “Looking back now, even though I worked in sales, real estate, travel and marketing I always had that calling towards health and nutrition. “But I think the turning point came when I was having a couple of drinks with friends and I was on my soapbox that Australians seemed to be so willing to put their hands in their pockets for a piece of red string and a sticker as the result of june 2018

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I remember an auntie saying to me once, ‘Your ANCESTORS have always led you that way, you have probably pushed back because you are STUBBORN.’”

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It was the best thing that could have happened to me because all of a sudden I was RESPONSIBLE for this little person and I had to be a good role model for her, so I revisited my eating behaviours and got HEALTHY again.”

the Kony propaganda, yet no one seemed to be willing to acknowledge the third world conditions faced by our first nation people in Australia. “My best friend Sarah said, ‘So what are you going to do about it?’. I couldn’t argue with her so I decided to study nutrition and dietetics. I don’t think she realised what an impact she had.” That was five years ago and boy has Tracy come a long way since then. Not only did this high-achiever graduate with USC’s Chancellor’s Medal – the highest award for a graduating student – she also found her voice as an advocate for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander people. “I was so honoured to find out that I was the first Aboriginal woman to receive this award,” says Tracy. “It’s awarded to those who have achieved high academic results and made a substantial contribution to the local and broader community.” But like anything worthwhile, Tracy’s journey has not been without its challenges. “The past few years have been such a rollercoaster ride,” says Tracy. “I still remember my first subject was chemistry. I thought I was coming to learn about green smoothies, it was so overwhelming,” she says, laughing at the memory. “It was hard but I come from tough stock, my mum is a strong, resilient woman who has overcome a lot in her life, as was her mother so not continuing was

never an option. I had a lot of sleepless nights. But I got there in the end.” It was a serendipitous meeting with IAHA (Indigenous Allied Health Australia board), when Tracy nominated as a volunteer in the early stages of her degree that would see her eventually elected to the board as a student director and where she found a platform for her strong social justice lens. “I took part in IAHA’s Health Team Fusion Challenge where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health students get together in groups of five and are given a case to manage as a multi-disciplinary team to get an insight into the holistic approach to care, which was such a unique opportunity. “I applied not expecting to get in and got accepted. I still remember feeling terrified and although those residual voices in my head that I heard back in school saying, ‘Who do you think you are, you don’t belong here’ were there, I did it anyway and it led me down the path of coming into my own, with being comfortable in who I am and strong in my identity and I discovered I wasn’t alone and my story was common with many. “I then discovered

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she could take a photo with me, and said she wanted to do what I was doing; to inspire someone else like that is fantastic.” So what’s next for this inspirational high-achiever? “If you had told me 10 years ago that this would have happened I would have told you you were dreaming. It happened very organically. I really pushed myself out of my comfort zones and challenged myself. I feel like IAHA really helped me find my voice and the confidence to speak up. It just gave me courage. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people don’t have that opportunity enough.” Gaining a place as a member on the Dietitians Association of Australia board, which is a national leader in dietetics, is something she has firmly in her sights. “To achieve that goal, I need more experience as a board member, so I’m currently putting my hand up for more voluntary board positions, it’s a long term vision,” says Tracy. With her rich indigenous ancestry and strong matriarchal history lighting the way, I have no doubt Tracy will continue to follow her destiny to make powerful changes wherever she goes.

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they had a national Student Representative Committee (SRC), so I nominated and was lucky enough to be one of eight in Australia to secure a place. We had our first meeting in Canberra, it was all about developing our leadership skills, having a national influence and as part of that we had the opportunity to nominate to be the chairperson of the SRC and I was elected. It was amazing, I met government ministers and people I look up to and I got to talk in front of hundreds of people. It further stoked my social justice fire I always had burning. “I’ve always had a strong sense of social justice. At uni I was always at the NAIDOC events, I was on the RAP committee, the Indigenous advisory committee, the Student Indigenous Leadership Committee, I had my fingers in a lot of pies.” Tracy’s proudest achievement during that time was advocating for USC to support more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who wanted to participate in the IAHA Health Team Fusion Challenge. “That was a legacy I was determined to leave, so more students could have the same opportunities offered to them that I had during my time with IAHA,” says Tracy. “It was a three-year work-in-progress that took a lot of persistence and determination.” Tracy now works as a part-time dietitian for the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and is currently helping to improve the health outcomes of clients with, or at risk of, chronic disease. “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience the greatest burden of disease in Australia and a leading cause is nutrition related. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes are all things that can be managed or prevented through nutrition.” Tracy is also the founder of Wattleseed Nutrition on the Sunshine Coast and offers individual consultations, design and delivery of tailored cooking demonstrations, group workshops and facilitator manuals, as well as nutrition intervention research and evaluation. Passionate about bridging the cultural gap, Tracy is also an advocate for boosting the rate of indigenous Australian workers in allied health professions, including dietetics. “I was speaking at a conference recently to women from Katherine, and other remote areas of Australia. They were so excited because there are so few Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dietitians in Australia. Less than a quarter of a per cent actually. “It’s a very powerful space to be working in. A young girl came up to me after I had spoken at an event recently and asked if

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JESS BEVERIDGE AND HER CHILDREN, MILLIE, DARCIE AND LACHIE

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When Jess Beveridge was breastfeeding her three babes, she struggled. Plagued with mastitis and a fluctuating milk supply, Jess found solace in a homemade batch of lactation cookies. Now, Jess is helping other mums through her business, which has been recognised with the Sunshine Coast Business Award for sustainability.

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ith a whisk in hand, eightyear-old Millie mixes the chocolate chip cookie dough with her 10-year-old brother Lachie. Their three-year-old sister Darcie watches on – she’s waiting for the best part, hand-rolling the mixture! Watching her three healthy kids whip up a batch of lactation cookies makes Jess Beveridge’s heart swell, after all it’s a very special recipe, which helped her through a difficult time. “I used to make lactation cookies with my kids. I had awful mastitis and my supply was always up and down and lactation cookies worked for me,” she says. “Then when I was on maternity leave, having just had Darcie, a good friend of

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I used to make lactation COOKIES with my kids. I had awful mastitis and my supply was ALWAYS up and down and lactation cookies WORKED for me.”

I posted the leftover mixes on the locals Facebook page and they sold out within a couple of minutes and then within a couple of days I had people asking for more and asking specifically for me. The next week a midwife was wanting them and wanting to promote them. From then I’ve had orders every single day and it’s just taken off.” What makes lactation cookies so special is the ingredients are all natural and classed as galactogogues, which is a Greek name used for a group of foods that help stimulate breast milk supply. Active galactogogue ingredients include brewer’s

mine was about to have her second baby. She’d had so much trouble with her first baby and she’s not the sort of person to ask for help, so I made a dry mix for her to mix up at home. “We were quite broke at the time, so profilemag.com.au


cookies and start pumping, they may not need anymore because your body gets used to the amount it needs to produce.” Drawing on her own experiences with each of her children, Jess is “crazypassionate” about wanting to help other mums struggling with their milk supply and in 2015 launched The Milk Pantry. “I’m so passionate about it because of my own struggles, there was no one here to help me and support me and I feel like I

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can help, so why not,” she says. “It’s awful, you feel like you’re drowning, especially if you have postnatal depression; you’re tired, you’re trying to look after this child that doesn’t come with a manual and it’s the most stressful feeling not being able to feed your baby enough, especially when you have so much pressure to not use formula and ‘breast is best’. “It’s exhausting and it’s emotionally draining – I’m emotional even now and it’s years later.” Last year, Jess was recognised for the multi-faceted sustainable practices within her business with the 2017 Sunshine Coast Business Sustainability Award. “The sustainability award is about showing that your business has a sustainable impact on the environment and for me, The Milk Pantry does it in so many ways, through using natural products and Australian-made products,” she says. “But also, in helping mums breastfeed we’re reducing waste of formula, reducing bottles and packaging, and we’re improving the health rates as well, if you have healthier kids, you’re going to have healthier adults and put less stress on the healthcare system. It has a snowball effect.” Over the past three years, Jess has experienced organic growth in her business to the point she’s stocked in 25 stores across Australia and three overseas, and is in the process of building her own commercial kitchen at her home, to provide greater flexibility in running a business and keeping up with the demands that come with motherhood. What started as a batch of lactation cookies has grown into a whole range

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yeast, organic flaxseed meal and organic oats, which Jess says have been shown to help stimulate the hormone substance called prolactin that helps produce breast milk. “Sometimes mums go through bouts where they get sick or bub gets sick and sometimes all they need is a quick boost and they’re back on track again. If they have no issues with milk supply, or if they want to go back to work and they want to start pumping again, they can have a few

of products including brownies, hot chocolates and lactation chocolate, and the most recent addition, protein shakes. “New mums become so self conscious about how they look and their weight, but their milk supply drops as soon as they start doing too much strenuous exercise, so I want to start helping mums with this new challenge and make sure they’re being looked after.” Rolling out the last of the cookies and placing them on the tray, Millie and Lachie each take a spoon of mixture and pop it in their mouths, erupting into fits of laughter. This is what Jess works so hard for and it’s a beautiful thing seeing her reap the rewards.

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A sabbatical from the pressures of juggling a hectic work schedule while raising a young family was the catalyst for former lawyer Kym Foster to start her own business, allowing members to trade skills, services or products without a dollar changing hands.

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he big idea for Shareshop came to Kym shortly after arriving home from a three-year road trip around Australia and giving birth to her second child, Amity. The travel venture was a spontaneous decision Kym made after being diagnosed with Idiopathic Hypersomnolence (extreme daytime fatigue) and losing a close friend to cancer. “It hit me the day of that funeral that life is too short. I just had this feeling that we were on the merry go round of life and with work pressures, I felt like I wasn’t being the parent I wanted to be and ended up thinking where was the balance in my life?” In a brave move, Kym quit her fastpaced career, sold the family home, traded her corporate suit and headed off into the sunset of the Aussie outback in a caravan she and her family would call home for the next three years. With her husband Andrew and one year old son Hunter by her side they chased the sun and embarked on an Australian adventure that would ultimately change their lives.

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“I think that if I hadn’t done the trip I wouldn’t have thought of Shareshop or began to think bigger,” says Kym. Shareshop is an online platform that allows you to ‘enjoy more of the good things in life’. Unlike anything before, Kym’s business model takes a hard look at the current economic landscape and completely flips it on its backside, valuing the skills, hobbies, products and services of members and businesses, minus the dollar signs and limitations of money. “Shareshop is fundamentally a cashless society,” says Kym. “It’s a way for people to use whatever skills, talents or products that they already have and then trade them with other members, using points as payment instead of money.” “It’s all about people offering what they are good at or love to do and to utilise their time when money isn’t coming in. We have some well known trades and services but there are also some different offerings that you may have never thought of, such as

It’s all about people offering what they are good at or love to do and to UTILISE their time when money isn’t coming in. We have some well known TRADES AND SERVICES but there are also some different OFFERINGS that you may have never thought of, such as scuba tank servicing, clowns for parties and even people offering their time to iron your laundry or grocery shop for others.” profilemag.com.au


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scuba tank servicing, clowns for parties and even people offering their time to iron your laundry or grocery shop for others.” With over 600 members Australia wide, the only cost of Shareshop is a monthly fee of $4.95. From here, members create an account and calculate the value of their service where $1 equals 1 point. As members provide and ‘trade’ their offerings, points are tallied and used to ‘purchase’ other services advertised within the Shareshop community. “It really does provide an opportunity for anyone, no matter what stage in their life they are in. Instead of your $4.99 morning cup of coffee, you can put this towards a month of access to the Share Shop community.” Melanie Eager, founder of nutrition and coaching business, Eager for Life, has found great success through Shareshop, explaining that the site isn’t just a great marketplace to advertise your business and passions but a great platform to find out about unique offerings and ways to treat yourself. “Shareshop is a unique platform that allows me to provide an exact plan to my clients based on their genetics and has allowed me to ‘spend’ on things such as massages, that I would normally feel guilty about treating myself to,” says Melanie. Like any small business, Kym acknowledges that her journey with Shareshop has been an ‘emotional, spiritual, mental and physical’ learning process that has changed her outlook on life and given her a sense of purpose and excitement. Through her platform she has even miraculously stumbled upon a service she wouldn’t have come across or spent money june 2018

on, that has erased all symptoms of the Idiopathic Hypersomnolence she has been suffering from for the last 10 years. “Shareshop has changed the rest of my life. It’s given me a renewed sense of passion, through the opportunities it can give people. It’s shown me what’s possible when you take the money mindset out of it and what amazing things can happen when you are open-minded.” Since its launch in 2013, Shareshop has flourished into a platform that hosts a community of changemakers that has enabled members and business owners like Melanie Eager to meet a talented variety of supportive and beautiful people. “Everyone has a talent or something that they can offer, whether they are already in a business or not. Showcasing this on Shareshop can lead to friendships, collaborations, support and income, allowing members to grow their ‘thing’ in a way they never anticipated.” With a zest for travel and adventure bubbling within, Kym, her husband, and her three children aged two, seven and 12 are set to take on Australia, round two by the summer of next year. This time, with Shareshop and her new business venture, Shebux on the road. Launching in July, Shebux is a luxe private economy exclusively for women in business to share their products and services in a space that inspires business growth. So if you’re a Mumpreneur or hardworking lady, stay tuned! With her laptop buckled tightly in, Kym is excited to spread the word about Shareshop and Shebux across Australia, in hope of making them a household name. Along the way she is determined to inspire others to fill up their cup in a way that makes their lives happy, fulfilled and balanced, leaving no stone unturned by igniting the passion and fire of change makers throughout the country.

Shareshop has changed the rest of my life. It’s given me a renewed sense of PASSION through the opportunities it can give people. It’s shown me what’s possible when you take the money mindset out of it and what AMAZING things can happen when you are OPEN-MINDED.”

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One month shy of our 10th anniversary, it seemed fitting to chat to our very first cover star and modern mum, Amber Werchon. The real estate mogul and soon-tobe mother-of-three, has grown up both personally and professionally since we chatted to her in 2008. We revisited her original cover story to see just how far the mumpreneur has come.

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hen we spoke to Amber in 2008 we described her as ‘the girl we all wanted to be’. She had just opened her business, Amber Werchon Property and was about to marry her now husband Paul McHugh. Fast forward 10 years and her business has grown to be one of the Coast’s most recognisable real estate agencies, she’s happily married and is pregnant with her third boy, due in October. “You could say I’ve been busy personally and professionally in that time,” Amber smiles. The family-focused business owner is a big believer in worklife balance and has managed to raise her two boys Sam, three, and Max, six, while simultaneously growing her business each year. Amber Werchon Real Estate has gone from 20 to over 60 staff in that time and

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Amber is over the moon with what she and her team have achieved. “I’ve surpassed the goals I made in 2008 more than I could ever imagine,” she says. The mumpreneur has also reached $1.4 billion in sales over her 18-year career, but humbly brushes it off saying, “It’s just lots of sales over lots of years”. Surprisingly, the business-savvy real estate agent didn’t think she’d make it back to work after having her first child, assuming the stay-at-home-mum life was for her. “I don’t think anyone ever knows what they’re going to do until they’re in that position and actually have the baby. I was happy to juggle both (work and

motherhood) especially in the initial times when all they do is sleep and eat.” Amber continued to conquer the elusive balance but says it wasn’t easy. She admits she was lucky that both her boys stuck to a routine and she had a supportive family network to help her when the scales tipped. “I obviously love my kids. It’s just that I like the balance and it provides me with the best of both worlds,” she says. Working for herself has always afforded Amber the flexibility to be part of the important moments and focus on work when required. “That was more important to me than necessarily being there for everything. I’m at every cross country or sports day profilemag.com.au


or whatever it is. And then I catch up when they are asleep. I think the flexibility enables me to not feel guilty,” she says. Amber thinks the negative attitude towards mothers who go back to work is slowly but surely changing and believes that each mother needs to find what works for her.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing for KIDS to see their parents working, as long as it doesn’t affect them and as long as there is some BALANCE… if you’re happy the baby is going to be HAPPY.” AMBER WITH HER FAMILY PHOTO BY TAHLEA BLUNT PHOTOGRAPHY

“I don’t think it’s a bad thing for kids to see their parents working, as long as it doesn’t affect them and as long as there is some balance… if you’re happy, the baby is going to be happy.”

Each personal EXPERIENCE in life has shaped me and made me a better BUSINESS OWNER, even a better salesperson.”

Believe it or not, Amber does enjoy some downtime and chooses to spend it with her family and friends by the beach in Alexandra Headland. Besides her family, Amber’s biggest passion is health and wellness, which is something she will continue to pursue for the rest of her life. And while we gushed over her glamorous lifestyle in our 2008 article, Amber is still the down-to-earth woman behind all the success. “I think I’ve become more (down-toearth) over the years. Not to say I wasn’t, but I certainly believe my priorities have changed since I started in this industry 18 years ago. And then having children changes your priorities again, losing loved ones and all the other things that happen with age and experience. Each personal

experience in life has shaped me and made me a better business owner, even a better salesperson – you can connect to more people. It touches every aspect of your life and helps you focus more on the big picture and not sweat the small stuff so much.” With her baby boy due in October, Amber plans to take some time off to see where her new bundle of joy takes her. With a relaxed attitude, a flexible working environment and the support of a loving family, we have no doubt that the new bub will be the icing on the cake of Amber’s love-filled life.

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WORDS LAYNE WHITBURN

HUMANS OF EUMUNDI BEAUTY isn’t the easiest word to define; what each person considers beautiful is subjective. To Ali Adams beauty is, “What shines from within and around you – being in nature, walking the beach, seeing an amazing lightning storm – all which inspires contemplation. It’s not something that looks pure, perfect and clean, it’s about the characteristics which make it unique”. Ali is the talented hands behind Kin Kin Leather. She handcrafts kangaroo leather products which celebrate natural beauty by keeping its tick marks and scars, because these characteristics tell a beautiful story. Life isn’t flawless. What makes life beautiful are the lessons you learn, the struggles and how you overcome them; it’s the journey. Ali Adams’ journey is a beautiful story. From leaving her family in Wollongong and calling Noosa home at the prime age of 17, to touring Europe in a quirky fourpiece band called Xylosax, there’s no doubt Ali’s life has been a colourful one. Today Ali’s journey has brought her to the Original Eumundi Markets. As a mother of three grown up children, aged 40, 39 and 37. It was Ali’s youngest child who led her to pursue a career in the leather making business. Ali’s only daughter, Tala, is a beautiful 37-year-old woman. She also lives day-in day-out with a severe genetic disorder of the nervous system called Rett disorder. Rett disorder is usually only seen in females and it affects all body movement, causes loss of speech and hand use. Tala lives with her mother and father, Ali and Mik, in their cosy Kin Kin house made from mudbrick and timber, so Ali can be her fulltime carer.

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“Tala is an amazing woman who has taught me an incredible amount of love, and to love unconditionally. She’s taught me amazing amounts of patience and trust. She is the reason I do what I do,” says Ali. Ali was drawn to the leather making business 27 years ago for two reasons. The first, being practical, as she had a 10-year-old daughter who needed fulltime care. A flexible job from home seemed like the best solution. The second reason was passion. Ali’s friend Jess Ainscough, who also happened to be a fellow bandmember of Xylosax, returned from Adelaide after completing an apprenticeship in leather making. Ali was instantly inspired by her work and went under her friend’s wing. Two years later, Ali finished her apprenticeship and together the friends went into business with Ali specialising in the bigger things like shoulder bags and briefcases while Jess specialised in the smaller bits such as wallets and purses. Jess retired eight years ago and the Kin Kin Leather we know today is purely the work of Ali. “I just love it. I get to work in a beautiful workshop which my husband built for me, made from mudbrick. It looks over the creek which runs around our property,” she says. “And I adore working with natural leather. The type I use is only kangaroo leather with vegetable tan. The vegetable tan process uses tree barks and roots to get its colour rather than chemicals, so it’s a lot better for the environment.” Not to mention the results are unrivalled. “The colour and texture is so natural and organic. By keeping its irregularities like the ticks and the marks, all of these scars

make is so uniquely beautiful,” she added. “I would like to think that people purchasing a high quality handcrafted leather product which will last a lifetime if used and looked after will mean you will consume less and therefore diminish your footprint on the environment, which in turn creates personal satisfaction and happiness.” Happiness to Ali is everything. “If there are five life lessons I’ve learnt to date, it’s these: 1) The purpose of life is the pursuit of happiness. 2) Walk with an open mind and heart with your feet on the ground. 3) Have respect for others. 4) Treat people as you would like to be treated and 5) There is always a positive side to life.” For Ali, happiness is family, friends and working in her charming mudbrick workshop creating beauty from Kangaroo leather. Take a leaf out of Ali’s book and let every little scar life gives you appear beautiful through your own eyes. Because life’s a journey, and depending on how you see it, it can be an ugly one or a beautiful one. The choice is yours.

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THE style EDIT EYE SPY Nothing says sophistication like a superb pair of shades and with so many statement styles available you will have no problem finding the perfect pair for you. A good pair of sunglasses are at the top of my must-have list, so invest in a quality pair and they will serve you well.

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A capsule wardrobe consists of a select range of pieces that you can mix and match with one another to create several different looks. Not only is it a sustainable way of looking at your wardrobe, it’s also versatile, comfortable and perfect for mums on the go. Here are eight stunning pieces to get your capsule wardrobe started.

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y defi nition ‘work/life balance’ means constantly having to negotiate our time; it’s an internal discussion about giving one thing up for another, a delicate dance between responsibilities, daily tasks, the unforeseen and having courage and creativity to build a business you love and run a household. Phew! Exhausting.

HERE ARE FIVE QUICK TACTICS YOU CAN ACTION TO GO FROM CHAOS TO CALM AND DESIGN THE WEEK YOU WANT: WINNING WEEKS: Plan your week every Sunday – not just family

elements but everything. Include ‘me’ time, personal finance, date night, commitments for your children, your personal wellbeing and the vital elements you need to do for your work. A winning week means looking at your day as an integrated use of time.

FRESH PERSPECTIVE: Throw out the old stories of needing an

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GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION: Work on progress not perfection. Stop trying to have it all and be it all. Just focus on what is the next best thing to do this week. Build from there. HAVE FUN: You’re working hard to give you and your family the best life possible, so enjoy the journey.

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EXPERTS I am a shift worker, but still want to make sure I am taking care of my health, is there anything I can do? HOW TO EAT WELL WHILE WORKING SHIFTS with Dale Cooke Working shifts can have an effect on the way you eat and the types of foods and drinks you consume. Your body has a 24-hour cycle (also known as your body clock) that helps regulate when you wake-up, your digestion, hormones and many other functions of your body. This inbuilt clock is pre-programed to respond to you being active during the day and asleep at night, so when you work shifts, your body can find it difficult to adjust. When your body clock is disrupted, you may begin experiencing disturbances to your sleep, fatigue and potential health problems. However, eating healthy foods at the right time can make shift work easier by providing your body with energy when you need it, helping you to sleep better when you do get the chance to rest and also helping you to prevent fatigue. BEING ORGANISED IS THE KEY TO EATING WELL ON SHIFTS

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Is it possible to build a home that is not only beautiful, but sustainable, practical and budget-friendly? Profile speaks to Kaitlyn Akers, a Coolumbased homeowner who had this very vision in mind for an 85-year-old beachside home upgrade.

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hen most of us get to the stage of building our own home, we often dream of large spaces, multiple bathrooms, elaborate finishings and instaworthy decor. It’s easy to get swept up in the ‘more is more’ mentality, and it makes sense – you’ve worked for years to get to this point, after all. But how much space do we really need and how much money do we actually have to spend to achieve the home of our dreams? Kaitlyn Akers considered these questions and more when building her stunning yet modest beachside home in Coolum. When Kaitlyn went looking for an architect to help renovate and extend the 85-year-old home, which was one of the original farm houses in the Coolum area, she wanted to find someone who would understand her need for practicality, sustainability and comfort, but also style. “When we put out for tender to look

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at a partnership to design the home, we looked at five different architects. We chose Dragi Majstorovic of Majstorovic Architects because he’s already worked around Coolum and he had a connection with environmentally-friendly design and he was prepared to use the reclaimed materials from the old house, which was important to us. We were looking for someone who wasn’t going to drive the design but was going to add a lot of value in terms of the way the building came together, the way it interacted with the environment, and the way that we had a conversation about what we were looking for in a space to live in,” says Kaitlyn.

We were looking for someone who wasn’t going to drive the DESIGN but was going to add a lot of VALUE in terms of the way the BUILDING came together.”

Kaitlyn and her husband Ben wanted a home that would align with their lifestyle. As two people who spend a lot of time in

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and around the ocean, whether they’re surfing, diving or boating, Kaitlyn and Ben wanted a space that brought the outdoors in (beach sand included). “The house had to be able to cope with that but also be sensitive to our expectations on keeping costs down as well,” she says. What Dragi came up with was three pods built around a central breezeway – hence the name, the Breezeway House. Built by Jason O’Hara of Cooinda Constructions, the three pods include one for Kaitlyn and Ben, one for visitors, and one as a communal gathering space with plenty of views and access to the outdoors. The verandahs serve as a fourth area and for entertaining, comfort and of course, their two gorgeous Golden Retrievers Ekka and Connie. “The verandahs and the breezeways

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that interconnect the pods are about providing spaces where you can use a really small footprint to have a place for people to gather and feel comfortable,” says Kaitlyn. Although the ‘more is more’ approach wasn’t for Kaitlyn, comfort and style was still paramount. The result was a couple of personal touches around the home including the use of stained timber, furniture with a story, and a unique artwork as the kitchen splashback. “That’s a Nigel Aniston from On Safari Photography,” says Kaitlyn. “Nigel is an old friend and did a lot of surf portraiture around Coolum, Mudjimba and Yaroomba. We used a third of one of his photos, because it was an image that made sense to Ben and I. It’s the image of the wave that you actually see on the water and in the environment.” Another noteworthy feature of the Breezeway House is the the large tree in the backyard. Planted by the original owners of the house, it’s an homage to the history of the home and the area. Kaitlyn Akers and the team who brought the Breezeway House to life has proven that you don’t need to include all the bells and whistles to produce a stunning home on a tight budget. Each and every detail has practicality, lifestyle, history and the environment in mind without the need for expensive details and an obnoxious amount of space. This is the future of housing!

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Don’t let the idea of a backyard party overwhelm you. All you need is some statement furniture, a few throws and cushions, elegant servery and some quirky party decorations – all of which can be suited to your budget if you shop around. Our tip: look for pieces that you can use around the house once the party’s over! Or make it even easier for yourself and look at what you can hire.

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Monumental 3 year Rental Guarantee

Boutique arrangement of 18 quality apartments

INVEST OR LIVE

Residential address, enviable park outlook, adjacent large employment hub

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Boutique arrangement of 18 quality apartments Park Apartments will be the centre piece of Sammells Drive Chermside with exclusive frontage and views over the leafy local park.

EXCLUSIVE PARK FRONTAGE IN PROSPEROUS CHERMSIDE • 200M FROM 2 HOSPITALS AND OVER 4000 JOBS WALK TO QUEENSLAND’S LARGEST RETAIL HUB • MONUMENTAL 3 YEAR RENTAL GUARANTEE

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Apartment features • LARGE BALCONIES • EUROPEAN APPLIANCES

• 100% TENANT READY • ADDITIONAL CAR-PARKING

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Park Apartments ticks every box for long term residents and long term growth

CHERMSIDE Chermside is a highly regarded, vibrant and progressive suburb in Brisbane’s inner north. A mere 10kms from the CBD and recently recognised by the State Government as a key hub in Brisbane’s burgeoning sprawl earning the title “Principle Activity Centre” or PAC. With this important designation comes a focused approach from the government on infrastructure spending, job creation and public amenity, further enhancing this already outstanding area. Home to Queensland’s first and largest shopping centre; Westfield Chermside boasts almost 500 retailers, over 7,000 car parks, a plethora of global brands, supermarkets, cafes, fine dining and a large scale cinema complex including the Gold Class experience. The centre and suburb is well serviced by public transport with a central bus interchange providing a consistent flow of shoppers and trade, along with easy commute for nearby residences. The Chermside medical hub is the largest concentration of medical based employment in North Brisbane, some 4,000 plus workers are based across the Prince Charles and Holy Spirit Northside. Further jobs are generated through the centralised base of government services, namely the ATO, housing services, Centrelink and the new library.

PLAY. Surrounded by everyday amenities with an Aldi store just 400 metres away and the Kedron Bowls Club down the road. Take a short walk over to Westfield Chermside and enjoy one of the many restaurants and bars, catch the latest movie at the luxurious Gold Class cinema or fulfil every shopping need with 500 retailers. Or simply step out and enjoy a picnic in the park.

Education is also a notable employer, with 20 schools from primary to secondary in the surrounding area and an abundance of child care facilities. One of the largest contributors to employment growth within the following decade, and indeed the need for further housing and services in nearby suburbs, is the Brisbane Airport duplication and expansion. Just 12 kms away, this mammoth project, already in the early stages of construction, will deliver an unprecedented 25,000+ jobs and almost double the passenger visits which will have a profound effect on lifestyle suburbs like Chermside. An unmatched combination and balance of these key fundamentals is why more people are choosing Chermside as their destination to live, work and play.

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Park Apartments ticks every box for long term residents and long term growth Located just 9km from the Brisbane CBD Exclusive park frontage in prosperous Chermside

Monumental 3 year Rental Guarantee

200m from 2 hospitals and over 4000 jobs Walk to Queensland’s largest retail hub

Boutique arrangement of 18 quality apartments

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• One of the largest medical precincts in Queensland. • Brisbane’s greenest suburb with over 22% of its area devoted to parks and nature corridors. • Connectivity; centre of a large bus interchange along with close proximity to both the Airport Link and Gympie Road.

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Nothing quite heralds the beginning of winter like curling up with a glass of mulled wine. While I love making a batch from scratch, sometimes a quick and easy fix goes down a treat. Take one bottle of red wine (it doesn’t have to be an expensive bottle, as it will be infused with delicious flavours); three chai tea bags (the key is using good quality tea containing whole spices, my favourite is from T2, t2tea.com); and one tablespoon of raw sugar. Pour the wine into a medium saucepan, add the sugar and tie the tea bags to the handle of a wooden spoon, which then sits across the top of the saucepan, make sure the tea bags are fully submerged in the wine. Simmer gently until the sugar has dissolved, DO NOT BOIL, and then carefully pour into a glass or mug. june 2018

Australia’s much-loved culinary crew is laying down roots in Queensland, with the launch of Three Blue Ducks at W Brisbane in June. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with an evolving seasonal menu featuring the best of Queensland and northern New South Wales produce. The kitchen will feature a wood fire oven, a rotisserie and charcoal pit and a cold seafood section showcasing Moreton Bay bugs, spanner crab and oysters. The menu will feature well-known dishes from the three other Ducks restaurants in Byron Bay, Bronte and Roseberry; including spanner crab scramble with green mango, bean shoot salad, house made sriracha and cashews; coal roasted lamb; and the corn fritters with guacamole, fermented cabbage, jalapeno, herb salad, labneh and poached eggs.

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There is no question about it, Katherine Sabbath leads a technicolour life. Having whipped up a sweet signature style bursting with colour, flavour and personality, the vibrant home baker has become a master of her craft, and she’s here to spill the (jelly) beans.

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ossessing an insatiable sweet tooth, Katherine makes no apologies for her love of baked goods – going as far as popping half a brownie in between breakfast and our interview to get her fix. “Any dessert that has dark chocolate in it is my favourite; so chocolate mud cake, chocolate brownies, chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, anything chocolately…” she says, trailing off in a cocoacomatose haze. “Even though I’m known for making cakes; chocolate brownies and caramel slices is what I became really good at before I started taking on cakes, so those are the things my friends in my hometown know me for and that’s what gave me the encouragement to try new things and take on new challenges with baking.” While Katherine is like a big kid in a candy shop, it hasn’t always been that way, having grown up with not a lot of sugar around and her parents always encouraging her to brush her teeth and rinse after eating something sweet. Her mother’s Vietnamese background was also an influence, not accustomed to our decadent western-style desserts, she often created delicacies flavoured with fresh fruits and ground nuts. “My German grandmother had a huge impact on the way I viewed showing my affection for other people

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and she expressed that through baking. Although we didn’t eat a lot of cakes and didn’t indulge too often, she was very good at making cakes and tarts and she would always have something there for us when we’d go to visit and we’d eat it in small amounts,” says Katherine. “She ignited my love for doing nice things for people around me and expressing that through food, but she also had a very firm grasp on using butter for flavour and high quality ingredients and not skimping on that; you can indulge without making yourself feel sick or without it impacting on your physical health.”

She ignited my LOVE for doing nice things for people around me and EXPRESSING that through food, but she also had a very firm grasp on using butter for FLAVOUR and high quality ingredients and not skimping on that.”

Baking became Katherine’s passion and teaching was to be her career, working for four years as a high school teacher. “I always knew I liked being around people and helping people, that gave me a lot of satisfaction, and at school, the people around you are those who teach you and I always had those role models in my life I aspired to, but I wasn’t exposed to a career that was based around baking and making cakes... I didn’t even contemplate that as a way I could have a sustainable lifestyle, so highschool teaching was the best path for me.” profilemag.com.au


I started building a PORTFOLIO online early ... that’s why my cakes and aesthetic for cake decorating has STOOD OUT.” COOKING QUIZ WITH KATHERINE SABBATH

Katherine continued to bake for fun, following her own aesthetic and sharing her creations on social media. It was only when people wanted to buy her cakes and it became something she could no longer ignore, that she considered it as a career. “There were a lot of people and brands contacting me to collaborate with them. I was teaching full time and could only do those jobs on weekends, but also had a job to do as a teacher on weekends, marking exams, writing reports, so there were lots of things I had to say no to because I was time-poor. It was getting to the point where I was quite conflicted!” Katherine saved enough money for three months of rent and in 2014 resigned from full time teaching with the intention of being a casual teacher. At the beginning of 2015, she had so many enquiries she never did another day of teaching. “I consider myself very lucky, I don’t know if it would have worked for me as well now, in this social media climate; I started building a portfolio online early, when there weren’t as many people doing the same thing and that’s why my cakes and aesthetic for cake decorating has stood out.” Next month, Katherine will join the line-up of celebrity chefs at Regional Flavours in Brisbane, where she plans to make a raw vegan cheesecake packaged in her signature style. “I make it a lot at home because when eating cakes it always has to be about balance and you can’t overindulge all the time,” she says. “It will be refined sugar free, gluten free and dairy free ... you feel like you’re doing something good for your body while enjoying cake as well, so it’s good for your body and your heart. “It’s going to be a bright, fun party cake, june 2018

so it will look like my more well known birthday party cakes, but it’s organic and has lots of superfoods in it – it’s a guilt free party cake!” With events such as Regional Flavours and social media connecting Katherine with her foodie fans, she is often asked for baking tips and tricks, the most common question – How do I correctly store cakes? “I will never make a cake from start to finish in one day because I think that can be stressful if you’re going to the event that night and the cake needs to be done within a certain time period, it takes away the fun and love of baking,” she says. “I do things in stages throughout the week. With a mud cake, you can bake it and once it cools you can freeze it and thaw it when you need it, it can be frozen for two or three months before it gets freezer burn. “With buttercreams and cream cheese fillings, you can whip them up in advance and have them in the fridge for one or two weeks, or frozen for two months and thaw them out when you need them.” When it comes to advice for people wanting to launch their careers with the help of social media, Katherine’s golden rule is stay true to you. “It’s really helpful in connecting so many people in the same community; sharing tips and tricks,” she says. “But I also find it can put a lot of pressure on people to follow trends, without realising it’s always short-lived. “There can be a lot of pressure to conform to how people think it should be because you see so many other people doing it and you don’t want to be the odd one out, but I think that’s quite a strength because it brings a certain type of community to you and those people are far more engaged because they know what you stand for and they like you for what you do, not because you’re following someone else’s style.” Maybe you really can have your cake and eat it too.

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It’s fun and I don’t overthink it. I use the ingredients and confectionary I have available at the time, I try not to be too conceited and try not to put too much pressure on myself and of course taste is always the first thing I consider – if you’re not going to eat the cake then what a waste of time and what a waste of calories if it doesn’t taste good. IF YOU HAD A TIME MACHINE, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR FIRST STOP IN CULINARY HISTORY?

I would love to travel back 4000 years to ancient Greece and witness the creation of the first ever cheesecake. There is evidence that cheesecake was served to athletes during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C. Greek brides and grooms were also known to use cheesecake as a wedding cake! WHAT DO YOU EAT WHEN YOU’RE HOME ALONE?

Every kind of crunchy peanut butter under the sun, straight from the jar with a spoon. WHAT RULE DID YOU LEARN IN COOKING SCHOOL THAT EVERY HOME COOK SHOULD KNOW?

Gelatine leaves create a much smoother and more palatable texture than gelatine powder. WHAT’S YOUR BEST COOKING HACK?

Homemade or store-bought baking strips placed around the outside of your cake tin will allow for more even cooking in the oven, with a minimal ‘dome’ effect on the top of your cake once baked.

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LAURA KLEIN, ALEX BRUNSWICK, HELEN MCNALLY, SHANNON HARTH, INGRID NELSON AND KELLY JOLLIFFE

Mumpreneurs Table talk

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Profile chats with five local mums who said goodbye to the nine to five and found fulfilment and flexibility running their own business to fit the needs of their family.

ecoming a mum is one of life’s biggest milestones. Not only does it change your priorities, it also challenges many of us as we attempt to juggle a regular job with the demands of young children. Structured, inflexible hours, sky high child-care costs and the “mother guilt” of missing out on important school or sporting events has seen the rise of the “mumpreneur” – a term coined to describe savvy mums who have turned their passion into a business they can run from home while their children are young. It’s not surprising that home-based businesses are one of the fastest growing business sectors in Australia, and mothers of young children are up to three times more likely to be self-employed than other

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working women. To discover more about the highs and lows of mumpreneur life, I caught up with a bunch of clever women who have found the elusive worklife balance by either negotiating family-friendly work hours or running their own show. Joining me for a delicious lunch at All’ Antica Italian Restaurant, Buddina, was Laura Klein, owner operator of online business Snotty Noses; Alex Brunswick, solicitor and owner-operator of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo; Shannon Harth, owner of Harth Photography; Helen McNally, owner of All’ Antica Italian restaurant; and Kelly Jolliffe, office manager at Ray White Maroochydore and owner of Foodworks Minyama. Here’s what they had to say.

PROFILE: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF BEING A MUMPRENEUR? LAURA: I have never known flexibility like what I currently have, running my own business. I can’t put a price on that. Coming from a teaching background, everyone says it’s the best job when you have kids. Yes, you get the school holidays but I had to get someone else to drop my kids off at their school because I was at work by 7.30am and I had to get someone else to pick them up. If they had a sports day, I missed it. The freedom I now have is amazing. When I pick them up from school, my computer is shut down, my office door is closed and they have my full attention. If I need to catch up on work, profilemag.com.au


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I can work at night when they have gone to bed. I had to make a conscious decision to make sure that happened, otherwise, that phone will follow you everywhere if you let it. On the other hand, I love technology and there is no way I would have my business if it wasn’t for it. It’s allowed people like me to create something big from something small, there is money to be made and freedom to be found. The challenge is finding a balance. The to-do list never ends. It’s important to prioritise your time when you work from home and use your time effectively. A woman’s brain is like a laptop with 10,000 tabs open, so I have to focus on work when it’s work time. SHANNON: As a mother-of-four, it has been awesome to be able to be at home with my children for the past four years while still contributing to my family’s income. Even though I am very driven and want to do everything now, I have had to learn to take a step back and realise that given three of my children are still very young, being able to have that flexibility to be there for them and not have to worry if they are home sick has been phenomenal. I think one of the biggest challenges of being a mumpreneur and working from home is the isolation. I was often up editing until 2am, which can be very lonely. I have recently made some big changes to how I work, by setting up some automation in my business and putting some plans in place so I can avoid the late nights, that’s the beautiful thing about technology. I’m not a good mum or wife with no sleep. I also find that if you have any ounce of procrastination, working from home can be hard. Netflix, I love you but I hate you!

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KELLY: My situation is a bit different as I work full time as the office manager at Ray White Maroochydore and I also have a business with my husband, Foodworks at Minyama. It’s very busy, but thankfully I have a great boss who understands the family juggle and my hours are flexible. If I really need to work from home I can. My hours are nine to four so I can still drop my daughter to school and my husband does the pick up. I guess my challenges are missing out on school events or sporting carnivals but then the advantages of having our own business is that if our daughter is home sick from school, my husband is always there. ALEX: I never thought in a million years I would do something like run a women’s expo. I am a solicitor with a law degree. For years I thought about going back to university to do something else, then the expo came along and I thought, ‘Woo hoo!’ It really uses the creative side of my brain and a lot of the skills I have learnt as a solicitor have been so useful in the business. I have to be super organised but it just works. I have two teenage children, and I’m a single mum, which keeps me very busy but I have great support from my network of friends who have been in my life since the kids were little. The challenges are having enough time in the day to fit everything in, but my husband

has the children every second week, so that allows me the time to focus on the expo, I don’t think I could do it otherwise. HELEN: We bought this business 10 years ago when our three children were still young. We were living on the Gold Coast and my husband Shane, who is also the head chef, decided to jump in the deep end, move to the Sunshine Coast and buy the restaurant. It was very run down and we worked hard to build it back up. It was a big leap of faith but I knew Shane could do it. I remember having one child in a bassinet and one toddler running around as I tried to vacuum the restaurant, those were tough times but we are still here and it is a great family business. We are open six days, so the challenge is making sure we have family time and as anyone in the hospitality industry will tell you, the hours are long but I don’t think we could work for anyone else now. It would be so difficult to be there for the kid’s sport commitments and everything else if we didn’t work for ourselves. We have excellent staff too, which helps.


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Table talk review ALL’ ANTICA

The flavours at All’ Antica Italian Restaurant are as rich as its history. A firm favourite among Sunshine Coast locals since 1990, owners Helen McNally and husband Shane, who is also head chef, have been at the helm for the past 10 years and are passionate about delivering traditional Italian fare in a warm and inviting environment. The dishes at All’ Antica showcase provincial cuisine with traditional dishes from the Northern Alps to the rich waters of the Mediterranean that surround Sicily. Offering a diverse menu with something to suit all tastes, you’ll find all your favourites such as spaghetti bolognese, lasagna and chicken

fettuccine as well as something a little bit different such as balsamic roasted pork and veal fillet scaloppine or prawn linguine puttanesca. If pizza is your thing, you will love the huge range of delicious toppings they have to offer such as pork belly, garlic prawns and a plethora of others. During our lunch time visit we kicked things off with the antipasto misto with baby caprese salad and bocconcini, followed by the Huon River smoked salmon bruschetta. Both dishes were beautifully presented and bursting with flavour.

Main course was a delicious beetroot pappardelle with lamb shoulder and goat’s feta; rich and flavoursome the lamb fell off the fork and was perfectly matched with the delicate sauce. The star of the show was the double chocolate pistachio brownie with chocolate ganache and vanilla bean gelato. Washed down with a smooth flat white, this sweet slice of heaven was the perfect end to our ladies lunch. Bellissimo! ALL’ ANTICA 3/115A POINT CARTWRIGHT DRIVE, BUDDINA PHONE: 5444 0988 ALLANTICA.COM.AU

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GOURMET RECIPE AND PHOTO FROM KATHERINE SABBATH, GREATEST HITS

rose and cream

These rose and cream jellies make gorgeous treats on their own or can be used to artfully adorn cakes, tarts, and cupcakes!

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INGREDIENTS CREAM LAYER

• 2 tsp unflavoured gelatin powder • 1 1/4 cups (300g) cream, boiling • 2 tsp sugar • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste

ROSE LAYER

• 2 tsp unflavoured gelatin powder • Pinch salt • 1/3 cup (70g) sugar • 1/4 cup (55g) rosewater • Pink food colouring (optional)

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To make the cream layer, whisk together the gelatin and 1/2 cup (110g) hot water. Combine the boiling cream, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Combine the two mixtures and stir until all the gelatine has dissolved. Set aside. To make the rose layer, whisk together the gelatin and 1/2 cup (110g) hot water. Combine 1 cup (225g) boiling water, sugar and rosewater in a bowl. Combine the two water mixtures and add just enough food colouring to achieve a light pink colour. Stir until all the gelatine has dissolved. Pour a layer (I went with 5mm) of cream jelly into pan or moulds, and chill until set (at least 1 hour) and then carefully pour a layer (again, mine was 5mm) of rose jelly on top. If rose jelly mixture has begun to set before pouring, simply gently reheat. To serve, slice into desired shapes with a sharp knife. Store in fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Fresh beetroot pappardelle GOURMET

Fresh beetroot pappardelle with slow cooked Victorian lamb, crumbled feta and pickled beets. The fully licensed All’ Antica offers traditional dishes, all created from the best local produce and imported ingredients from Italy. With over 25 years at the 2018 forefront of the hospitality industry, this restaurant WINNER OF offers some of the best Italian cuisine on the AUSTRALIAN Sunshine Coast. GOOD FOOD GUIDE BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT SUNSHINE COAST

ALL’ ANTICA RESTAURANT 3/115 POINT CARTWRIGHT DRIVE, BUDDINA PHONE: 5444 0988 ALLANTICA.COM.AU

French custard and raspberry tart Tart shell filled with French custard, topped with fresh raspberries What’s better than the smell of fresh bread? The aroma of a bakery full of specialty breads, pastries and pies, that’s what! Boasting a tasty selection of sweet and savoury breads and pastries, Rick’s Artisan Pies & Sourdough also have a range of fresh salads if you’re after something lighter. Located in the heart of Noosaville, it’s the perfect spot to indulge! RICK’S ARTISAN PIES & SOURDOUGH 140-142 EUMUNDI NOOSA ROAD, NOOSAVILLE PHONE: 5447 1743

TANTALISE YOUR TASTE BUDS WITH A DELICIOUS DISH OF THE DAY

Wicked chocolate mud cake Chocolate mud cake smothered in a rich chocolate and bourbon sauce served with vanilla gelato Tucked away in Noosaville, Mr Jones & Me Restaurant Bar Grill offers classic bistro food served with a modern twist. Open seven days for lunch, and breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, it’s the ideal place for a casual weekend catch up over breaky, or grab a share-plate and your favourite craft beer or wine. MR JONES & ME 301 WEYBA ROAD, NOOSAVILLE PHONE: 5474 1394 MRJONESANDME.COM.AU

Black truffle, mushroom and cheese toastie Black truffle, mushrooms, three cheeses on toasted sourdough, with pickles and mustard on the side The Milk Bar Coffee Co. is one of our local favourites, serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 6am to 2pm, and providing all of our brewing needs with Marvell Street coffee. Milk Bar is also home to the scrumptious loaded cookies, which need to be seen (and tasted) to be believed. THE MILK BAR COFFEE CO SIXTH AVENUE, MAROOCHYDORE @MILKBARCOFFEECO 70

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Roasted heritage carrots GOURMET

Baba ghanoush, pomegranate, goats curd, smoked almonds and radish Located on beautiful Hastings Street, Miss Moneypenny’s is a stylish venue with a relaxed atmosphere and focus on social dining, offering a diverse range of cocktails coupled with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired modern Australian cuisine. Not only is Miss Moneypenny’s a popular hang for breakfast, lunch and dinner dates it’s also an ideal location for private functions. MISS MONEYPENNY’S 6 HASTINGS STREET, NOOSA HEADS PHONE: 5474 9999 MISSMONEYPENNYSNOOSA.COM

Lemon meringue croissant Freshly baked croissant filled with lemon curd and topped with mini meringues Croissants, brownies and tarts, oh my! Open Monday to Friday from 7am to 11.30am, Patisserie by Ash is a super cute hole-in-the-wall patisserie and coffee shop in the main street of Nambour, serving the most delicious freshly-made pastries and baked goods. With the owner, Ashleigh Hoeksema previously working as Adriano Zumbo’s head macaron maker, you know you’re in for a real treat! PATISSERIE BY ASH 8/70 CURRIE STREET, NAMBOUR PHONE: 0474 692 169

Jerk spiced chicken Jerk spiced chicken with buttermilk, iceberg lettuce and potato As the name suggests, Backlane Tapas & Wine Bar is in the backlane of Mooloolaba, one street back from the beach. Offering an eclectic fusion menu, swing by for a drink, share-plate, or settle-in for the evening. You can even banish those late night cravings with a delicious selection of tasty supper options, available until late. Open from 3pm to late Tuesday to Sunday, bookings are welcome, but not essential. BACKLANE TAPAS & WINE BAR SHOP 7 ‘CILENTO’ 19 FIRST AVENUE, MOOLOOLABA PHONE: 5444 0835 BACKLANE.NET.AU

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Jacinta Blundell PROFILE TRAVEL EDITOR

While travelling is both a hobby and profession for me, unforgettable journeys are always embedded with family. Blissing out at a beach resort with hubby, the (now fully grown) kids and a cocktail, away from WiFi and emails, or enjoying a family week in the snow may well be heaven, yet the moments etched in our children’s memories in adulthood are those epic family getaways where culture and adventure play a part. And of course, mums are usually the masterminds and dream creators who never let on that travelling could be educational, enlightening or nourishing!

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ith family-friendly walking holidays, experiential travel and cultural tourism increasing, I am not alone in spruiking the benefits of enriching travel experiences that go beyond poolside or theme park fun. So many destinations draw you in with hands-on and how-to demonstrations, where your kids can learn the art of noodle or chopstick making, or visit a cultural village, orphanage or farm, or shape their very own surfboard in Hawaii. Physically challenging holidays are now popular family pursuits and include overland adventure walks in Tasmania, New Zealand, South America or Europe, or cycle sections of the Tour de France route, or even pilgrimage along world war tracks and remembrance trails in Asia and Europe. Achieving the perfect balance of affordability, relaxation and excitement for both Mum and Dad, and stimulating activity for the kids can be tricky. Bali, Thailand, Fiji, New Zealand, Hawaii, cruise holidays and Disneyland top the list of family hotspots for those reasons. On a similar budget, and with only a little more effort and research, a whole new world of creative voyages materialise.

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So many DESTINATIONS draw you in with hands on and HOW-TO DEMONSTRATIONS, where your kids can learn the art of noodle or chopstick making, or visit a cultural village, orphanage or farm, or shape their very own surfboard in Hawaii.”

In northern Borneo, a place whose geographical reference alone screams exotic adventure, lies oceanfront resorts on the edge of protected orangutan and nature sanctuaries. Beach resorts, water sports, temples, extensive cave networks, cooking classes, walking and wildlife encounters at the famed Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre are all here. For an animal-packed safari, South Africa has family-friendly wildlife spotting adventures bumping through the savannah and scrub of Kruger National Park and adjacent private game reserves on the hunt for The Big Five. The kids will love the mix of glamping and lodges and spotting wildlife on thrilling night safaris, and grown-ups can sip local vintage wines just outside Cape Town’s famed wine regions. African family safaris are more affordable than ever and school holidays in September/October is a great time to visit. Rail holidays, cruise ships, self-drive and ferry hopping are great family options, yet touring Europe and the UK with little ones profilemag.com.au


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or teens in tow doesn’t have to be churches, museums and historic sites. The waterways of France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, England, Scotland and Ireland also offer the chance to hire a canal boat and selfskipper your way along rivers and locks (or even Venice’s Grand Canal) for seven to 14 days. Canal boating places you in the heart of authentic food and historical centres, with bicycles, fishing rods and outdoor pursuits for the kids, and plenty of castles, markets and wine for the bigger kids. For the dads who love to get behind the wheel, road tripping America or Canada in a fully-equipped motorhome or rental car is the ultimate affordable family romp. Drive sections of iconic Route 66, The Big Sur or Cherohala Skyway, stop in at theme parks, and tick off those big National Parks – Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion and Bryce – and their big doses of wildlife, scenery and Wild West tumbleweed moments. In every corner of the globe, affordable, stimulating holidays and imaginative family itineraries are in reach, with wide appeal to keep Mum, the instigator of grand family outings, gratified and the fussiest pint-sized traveller amused.

SOUTH AFRICA FAMILY SAFARI GAME PARKS & ZULU CULTURE

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$2,345* PER ADULT

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Wildlife, culture, scenery & thrilling game parks of South Africa & Swaziland, incl. Kruger National Park.  11 nights accommodation (lodges & camps)  28 meals  Games drives in Kruger Nat Park, Hlane Nat Park & Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park  Guided family-friendly tour & activities: Soweto Cycling tour, Bourke's Luck Potholes hike, Panorama Route tour, Zulu village visit  Transportation & more. 2018 DEPARTURES: 12AUG, 14OCT, 16DEC, 23DEC

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Small Group Journeys is a collection of bespoke worldwide adventures, cruises and tours designed and escorted by Jacinta Blundell. Follow Jacinta in Profile each month as she takes you beyond the tourist trail. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE ONE OF HELLOWORLD TRAVEL’S SPECIALISTS TODAY OR VISIT SMALLGROUPJOURNEYS.COM

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A unique Borneo family wildlife adventure.  6 nights accommodation (including a feature stay in a traditional longhouse)  12 meals  Transfers  Guided tours, nature walks & sightseeing of Kota Kinabalu, tribal villages, caves, national parks, Kuching, Semenggok orangutans, Sarawak river  Internal flights & more.

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THEATRE: PARIS UNDERGROUND After three years of touring and selling out houses Australia wide, the subversive European cabaret is back with an encore performance. It’s still crazy, it’s still sexy, and it’s still cool, but it’s better than ever! Journey once more into the dark delights of the underground of Paris with more comedy, more astounding magic and illusion, more burlesque, greater feats, flesh and feathers, surprises and seductions, more incendiary song, spectacular dance, brilliant, beautiful and strange circus and cabaret and new performers, new routines and new jokes. Paris Underground – Encore features the magic of Madotti and Vegas, Australia’s most unique magicians; the beauty and grace of aerialist, dancer and circus artist Hannah Trott; the rare skill of tap-dance king Monsieur Eden Read; the dangerously charming and risque repartee of chanteuse Aurora Kurth; new to the underground, international dancer and burlesque artiste extraordinaire Miss Mimi Le Noire; and the gravity defying talent of cirque specialist Monsieur Mark Graham. WHEN: Friday 13 July at 7.30pm WHERE: The Events Centre Caloundra BOOKINGS: theeventscentre.com.au PLUS: Don’t miss out on Madame Butterfly by Melbourne City Ballet, coming to The Events Centre Caloundra on 7 September.

FILM: TEA WITH THE DAMES From time to time four old friends, all extraordinary actresses, meet up in the English countryside to gossip, to remember and to laugh. For once they let the cameras in… Tea with the Dames (in cinemas June 7) is a unique celebration of the lives and careers of four of our most iconic actresses; Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith. All four have gone from being fledgling actresses in the 1950s to acting royalty. They’ve watched each other’s careers grow and bloom and have celebrated life’s ups and downs together. Tea with the Dames invites you to spend time with these acting legends as they talk about their lives and their professional experiences across theatre, television and film. Directed by Roger Michell, the film also includes a range of astonishing archive material. Candid, funny, caustic, irreverent, poignant and utterly engrossing, this unmissable release is proof that there is truly nothing like a Dame. DIRECTOR: Roger Michell CAST: Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith. PLUS: Look out for Andre Rieu at BCC Cinemas 28 and 29 July

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15 JUNE - 17 JUNE NAMBOUR WINTER JAZZ FEST

Destined to be one of the best musical experiences on the Sunshine Coast’s jazz calendar, the third Nambour Winter Jazz Fest presents an exciting day of jazz. Located in the C-Square complex, Nambour and the Nambour RSL Club, the program offers workshops for musicians, the afternoon ‘Jazz Walk’ where you can walk between venues to enjoy a variety of acts, and a special dinner show with our headline act, Vince Jones. The program will appeal to music lovers and jazz enthusiasts of all ages. The event will run from 12pm to 9.30pm and feature live music, dancers, pop-up performances and culinary delights throughout the afternoon and early evening. nambourwinterjazzfest. net.au

22 - 24 JUNE SUNSHINE COASTTRECK 2018

Challenge yourself with a 60km adventure and soak up the spectacular Sunshine coastline, nature trails and sparkling bays with your friends from Caloundra (Dicky Beach) to Noosa (Woods). Coastrek is a team trekking challenge for fun, fitness, friends and fundraising which journeys along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Teams of four, with at least 50 per cent women, have 18 hours to complete the adventure; getting fit while raising money to transform lives. Coastrek has inspired nearly 25,000 people, mostly women, off the couch and into hiking, and raised over $20 million for charity. Your energy and enthusiasm will radiate from you as you are motivated and inspired by your challenge! sunshine.coastrek.com.au

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30 JUNE – 1 JULY KNITFEST

Knitfest 2018 is an exciting yarn and fibre arts festival celebrating winter arts and crafts and embracing the whole community of Maleny. The main street of Maleny is ‘yarnbombed’ so the town becomes a centre of art, creativity, workshops, guest speakers, music, trade stalls and craft markets. It is a magical festival for families to discover new skills, talents and creativity with the use of yarns including knitting, crochet, basket weaving, spinning and weaving, felting and lots more. knitfest.com.au

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THE SUNSHINE COAST’S GOT YOUNG TALENT

First Monday and Thursday of each month Sunshine Coast’s got Young Talent is an open mic variety night for ages between seven and 17 years. This family event is designed to give students an opportunity to develop their confidence and perform for a very welcoming audience. Presented by the Circle of Sound, The Sunshine Coast’s Got Young Talent converges on Duporth Tavern on first Monday of the month, and the Green Room Eumundi on the first Thursday of each month. facebook.com/SunshineCoasts-Got-YoungTalent-Open-MicEvents-109031952536673/

13 – 15 JULY QUEENSLAND GARDEN EXPO

Australia’s largest subtropical garden expo is back for another bumper year! Now in its 34th year, the Queensland Garden expo is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Some of the nation’s leading gardening experts will join the 2018 speaker line-up, including Costa Georgiadis, Jerry Coleby-Williams and Sophie Thomson from Gardening Australia. This three-day event will see over 360 exhibitors and displays including 55 nurseries, 120-plus free lectures and demonstrations and eight speaker stages. If you love your garden, you can’t miss this! qldgardenexpo.com.au

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A SIMBA HYBRID MATTRESS Want to enjoy the best sleep of your life? UK brand SIMBA has just launched in Australia and to celebrate we’re giving away a Hybrid mattress worth $1299.

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ested with the Sleep to Live Institute who have compiled body profiling data from 10 million people, the SIMBA Hybrid mattress is the highest quality spring and memory foam mattress of its kind in the Australian market. Its cutting-edge innovative technology – the result of over 80 prototypes – offers the comfort of five luxurious layers of memory foam with the support of 2500 patented conical pocket springs. The SIMBA Hybrid springs are patented and move horizontally and vertically to fit the shape of your body to give you the best sleep. The springs adjust under each person’s body weight because they’re conical, rather than the normal barrel shape. They don’t compress in a linear way – the more pressure applied, the more resistance the springs give, so everyone gets the right amount of support. To celebrate the launch of SIMBA in Australia we’re giving one lucky Profile reader the SIMBA Hybrid mattress in King size.

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WIN THE CUTEST WARDROBE IMAGINABLE

Bonnie & Harlo (bonnieandharlo.com) is a boutique children’s brand that offers accessories and clothing for girls from newborn to four years old. Owner Jess was always the crafty type and discovered a new path of creativity when she had her baby girl Bonnie, who inspired her to hand make gorgeous bows that are now the perfect addition to any little girl’s wardrobe. The’ve just opened a showroom at The Big Green Shed in Coolum and to celebrate, they’re giving away two $150 gift vouchers.

WIN WELL-DESERVED PAMPERING

Beach Belle Beauty (beachbellebeauty.com.au) in the heart of Cotton Tree offers a wide range of services by professional and friendly therapists. Services include acrylic and gel nails, eyelash extensions, pedicures, facials, waxing and more. We’ve teamed up with Beach Belle Beauty to offer three one-hour back massages plus facials valued at $100 each.

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WIN A HEALTHIER HOME

Before you turn on the heating this winter, make sure it’s free from nasties that could make your family sick! Sunny Coast Aircon Cleaning (sunnycoastairconcleaning.com.au) will help you create a healthier home and save you money by improving your air conditioning efficiency with their superior services. To win one of three individual air conditioner split system cleans valued at $110 each, enter online.

SHOW US YOUR PROFILE AND WIN! Show us how you enjoy your copy of Profile Magazine by tagging @profilemagazine and #profilemagazine on Instagram, for your chance to win one of two Jack N’ Jill packs. WRITE TO US AND WIN! Tell us what you love about this issue of Profile Magazine for your chance to win an awesome book pack featuring Legs 11 by Rhonda Burchmore, I am food by Anthia Koullouros and Cute Cakes for Kids by Karen Hardie. Send your letter, along with your name and address, to editorial@profilemag. com.au, for the opportunity to win!

WIN EVERY NEW MUM’S BEST FRIEND

Milk Pantry (milkpantry.com.au) is the local business offering a range of breast feeding solutions to new mums. You can find the full story on page 26, but in short, Milk Pantry is the brainchild of Jess Beveridge, who had issues with mastitis and as a result suffered from a low milk supply. She’s now the proud winner of the Sunshine Coast Business Award for sustainability. Jess is offering gift vouchers valued at $150 to two lucky Profile readers. Enter online!

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When Jody Allen was pregnant with her second child she was made redundant and forced to buy groceries for her family of four with a mere $50 a week. She began cooking and cleaning, the way her grandmother did, and decided to share her tips with others. Her blog Stay At Home Mum now receives 2.5 million monthly impressions from around the globe. IF I COULD DESCRIBE MYSELF IN THREE WORDS THEY WOULD BE… Rockabilly Bogan Nerd. I WAS BORN IN… Townsville, but I was an Army brat so I’ve

lived pretty much all over Australia. I did most of my schooling in Western Australia before I met my husband on holiday in Gympie 20 years ago and pretty much never went home.

MY FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION IS… Italy. I went there for

work a few years ago. It is breathtakingly beautiful. The history is astounding, the people are beautiful and the food is truly amazeballs. I’d go back in a second.

ON THE WEEKEND I LIKE TO… mow and listen to true crime

podcasts. Nothing beats a freshly mowed lawn.

IF I COULD MEET ANYONE IT WOULD BE… Leonardo Da Vinci. I

want to know if he was a time traveller.

MY HIDDEN TALENT IS… I can type 300 words per minute. I can

also grow amazing roses and do 10 loads of washing in a day.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY CAREER SO FAR HAS BEEN…

Publishing my first book. I’ve wanted to write a book since I was five. I’d still love to write a historical Australiana novel, I’ve got the story in my head, I just haven’t written it yet. It’s on my bucket list. MY DAILY ROUTINE CONSISTS OF… loads of writing for Stay at Home Mum, talking to people on Facebook and 30 minutes of ancestry research, which is me-time. I’m also constantly driving my children to their extra-curricular activities and trying to juggle running a business, raising two boys, keeping house, trying to keep fit because I eat too many biscuits, and renovating. I’m certainly never bored. I LOOK UP TO… my husband, he is six foot three. WHEN I’M NOT WORKING I AM… reading, researching or gardening. I’m a real homebody and a bit of an introvert and will use any excuse to stay home, preferably in my pyjamas. Thank goodness for online shopping. 78

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On the weekend I like to… Mow and listen to true crime podcasts. Nothing beats a FRESHLY MOWED LAWN.”


COOK UP YOUR DREAM CAREER Having spent the past 35 years in the hospitality industry running his own businesses, cooking on television and catering for some of Australia’s biggest stars, Paul Breheny has had an illustrious career few could only dream of. Now, as a cookery teacher at TAFE students get the opportunity to put everything they’ve learned into real Queensland, Paul is part of the world practice. outstanding team that is helping bring young food-lovers’ dreams With flexible delivery options now to life. Paul has discovered his available that allow apprentices passion in passing on his extensive to train one day a week over six knowledge to the Sunshine Coast’s months instead of in multi-week next generation of chefs, spending blocks, TAFE Queensland has the last eight years training both adapted to ensure young chefs local and international students receive the best start to their career in the latest cooking techniques while fulfilling the training needs of and providing them with invaluable local business. And with jobs in the skills that often see them land jobs accommodation working for some and food services of the Coast’s “Flexible delivery sector set to most prestigious increase by 14.2 options... that allow restaurants. cent by 2022 apprentices to train per according to the Working as part one day a week” Labour Market of a team of highly Information Portal, experienced and there has never been a better time skilled chefs to deliver hands-on to pursue a passion for food. industry-standard training, Paul and his fellow cookery trainers regularly Don’t wait to make great in your consult with local businesses to culinary career and learn from the ensure they have their finger on best with a course in cookery at the pulse of the food industry. TAFE Queensland. Whether it’s offering a specialised Visit tafeqld.edu.au or call 1300 focus on fine dining cuisines or 308 233 to find out more. teaching students about costings, students and apprentices gain a fully-rounded knowledge that will see them contribute to their workplace as confident and capable employees. The Mooloolaba campus is home to a fully operational restaurant, where

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Profile Magazine June 2018  

June 2018: The Modern Mum issue. Featuring Tracy Hardy, Amber Werchon, Jody Allen and Kim Foster

Profile Magazine June 2018  

June 2018: The Modern Mum issue. Featuring Tracy Hardy, Amber Werchon, Jody Allen and Kim Foster