Experiencing Adrenal Fatigue after 13 years in the corporate world of advertising, Amanda surrendered from the fast-paced life and followed her passion instead. A myriad of health conditions fell away as soon as stress was eliminated and a renewed sense of passion and purpose sprung forth. She now works as a Holistic Health Coach, helping busy women fuel their lives with health, passion and joy.
Andie Fox is an economist who writes about motherhood from a feminist perspective. She is a contributing author of The 21st Century Motherhood Movement: Activist Mothers Speak Out On Why We Need To Change The World And How To Do It. Andie also writes for Daily Life, Essential Baby and The Wheeler Centre and is sometimes heard on ABC radio.
Anna Spargo-Ryan is a writer, digital magic weaver and mother of two bizarre daughters. She lives in Melbourne with her extremely handsome dog, where she writes on life, love, loss and chocolate. Anna attempts to maintain a sense of humour about most things, but also enjoys the odd verbose opinion. You can also find Anna on Twitter or at her blog, where she ponders the meaning of places that aren't bed.
Annabel Candy is a web designer and freelance writer. Born in England, she's traveled in over 40 countries, lived in eight of them and has both British and Kiwi passports. But don't hold that against her. Annabel now bashes her keyboard in Noosa, Australia, writing travel stories for Get In the Hot Spot and sharing blogging tips at Successful Blogging. You can also find her on Twitter and Google+.
Arielle grew up in Sydney's Bondi and has worked in television, hospitality, corporate training, Human Resources and also ran a skateboard school! Surfing, music, films, cooking and day-spas are Arielle’s favourite things and she now resides in Northern Rivers NSW with her husband, twins and beach-loving dog.
Ashleigh Mills originally worked as a Mental Health Social Worker for ten years before moving into the sphere of public mental health policy and research. She is passionate about human rights, physical and emotional wellbeing, fitness and women’s health. Ashleigh is an aunty, a cat lady, and a thermomix lover.
Belinda is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things literary. A book-worm at heart, she has a background in creative arts and book production and is currently interning at Coping with Jane as an editorial co-ordinator.
Caitlin Murphy is a Registered Nurse by day, the blogger Mother Down Under by night and a mother to her gorgeous toddler twenty-four seven! Since giving birth to her son, Caitlin has been reexamining her life and has been focusing on balancing modern ideas with living in a simpler, slower, more pure and wholesome fashion.
Carli Lidonnici is a Melbourne-based writer, blogger and parent. She is studying a BA in Communications (Journalism) and squabbles with her husband over sleep-ins. She enjoys it when hospitality staff pour her wine over the white line and she has never met a custardy dessert she hasn't liked.
The Freedom Seeker’s Business Mentor, Caroline Cain helps women define the lives they want to live and build profitable businesses to support them. A mother, girlfriend, practicing Buddhist, and successful entrepreneur, she is doing her part to create an exceptional new generation by traveling the world with her daughter and boyfriend, and living a life she is totally in love with based on the principles of freedom of time, location, expression, and financial independence. When she’s not empowering women to craft a life and business they love, she’s playing with her daughter, strolling the beach, and basking in the scents of new places.
Caroline has a background in brand management, marketing and communications, and a passion for social media and the opportunities it creates for her clients. She shares her life with her husband, affectionately nicknamed The Saint, and her two sons. She loves gin, twitter, macarons (not macaroons), good coffee, her boys and making people laugh.
Cassy Small is a mother of two and co-owner of PR and Events agency, Big Fish Planning. After a career in the media industry, Cassy was called to Mumpreneurism following the birth of her second baby, and hasn’t looked back. Passionate about women maintaining the career ambition cultivated before babies, Cassy educates and entertains making life just a little easier for working mums.
Clare Greig is the founder of Breathe Online. Clare works with mothers who want to start an online business. She offers one-to-one consulting and distributes a free weekly "Small Steps" newsletter, which helps aspiring lady-preneurs get inspired, generate ideas and take action. You can sign up to it here.
Damien is the Head Coach at the School of Attraction, Managing Director at The Trustable Man, and still finds time to run a series of corporate training events on invitation from companies around Australia. He is a Certified Life Coach, and has over 7 years experience behind him. He has been featured on Channel 9, Channel 7, Triple J, Today FM, Sydney Morning Herald and Telegraph.
The grief was intense after the birth of Debra’s first child, who was born with disabilities and diagnosed with severe Autism. Debra quickly realised how tough it was. Physically and emotionally. The impact on Debra’s life was significant and she is now a single Mum to Billy 9 years & Sienna 7 years. Debra found herself feeling alone and decided to create a space where others like her family could share their stories. She understands the real issues carers face daily, the isolation, lack of understanding, fears and loneliness.
Donna Webeck is a freelance writer with an immense love of all things literary. A mother of one, she is passionate about prose & more than a little obsessed with her idol, Oprah. Donna also shares her myriad of musings on motherhood, current affairs and lifestyle at her blog www.nappydaze.com
Dr Elise Bialylew is a doctor, coach and wellness innovator who thrives on bringing her ideas and passions to live and helping others do the same. She is the Founder of Mindful in May. Sign up here before May 1st and explore the benefits of meditation.
Emma Grey is the author of ‘Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum’ and blogs at Never a Dull Moment. She is director of the training consultancy, WorkLifeBliss, which offers programs for working mums and their employers. Emma has three children – fourteen, twelve and two – and two older step-children. She is currently writing a vampire-free fiction trilogy for teens.
Emma Mullings is a mum of two toddlers and works as a TV Presenter, Producer and Radio Announcer at HOPE 103.2FM. She is a fitness lover and journalism graduate who also likes to write music in her spare time....whenever that is!
Emma Perry is a freelance writer, reviewer and founder of the popular www.mybookcorner.com.au a children’s book review and price comparison website. A Melbourne dwelling book lover, she can be found buried under a mountain of books.
Owner and Director of Clutter Rescue, Helen Butler is an Expert Professional Organiser who works with Mums to move them from BUSY to Balanced by helping them organise and declutter their space and time. Sign up to receive a free copy of the Eight Traits of an Organised Mum and to learn about Clutter Rescue’s new definition of BUSY.
Helen Roe is the founder of The Orange Lantern, a Marketing & Business Planning hub for creatives. Helen is a marketer, creative entrepreneur, strategist, and licensed facilitator for the Right Brain Business Plan®. Helen helps creative entrepreneurs turn their talent into a thriving business. This is not business as usual, this is business for creatives.
As well as being an anchor with Sky News Australia, Jacinta is regarded as a commentator for her generation writing regularly for Sunday Life Magazine and dailylife.com.au and appearing on Seven’s Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise. But she regards her greatest achievement – and highest joy – as being mum to two little boys, Jasper and Otis, 19 months apart.
Jane Cocks is a Research Psychologist currently studying towards her PhD. She lives in Adelaide, with her husband and three children. In her spare time, she loves to immerse herself in at least 25 activities simultaneously, including but not limited to: tickling children, listening to music, playing the piano, reading, social media immersion, hosting dinner parties, running, cycling, travelling, watching movies, playing games, thinking of new ideas, writing lists, and philosophising.
Jane Copeland is an Australian entrepreneur and head of The Business Made Beautiful Academy – an online business school for women utilising her unique Next Top Coach ™ System. She is also a digital marketing authority, publisher of the award winning blog Copingwithjane.com and author of the book Boardroom to Baby. Jane's obsession with internet marketing and her teachings, have helped many people across the globe to stand out from the crowd and redefine their version of success. Learn more about Jane’s programs here.
Jane Hinchey is a ‘Do It Yourself’ website champion & small business liberator, furnishing you with the tools you need to craft a smokin' - hot online presence. She's the creator of the Jane Hinchey Biz Academy and craves tropical holidays, coffee, and sexy shoes! You can check her out at JaneHinchey.com
Jennifer Morton is a freelance writer, wife and mother. She is obsessed with food, health, wellness and travel and writes about it on her blog Kai Chronicles. She enjoys photography, beaches, skydiving and coffee. Her main goal in life is to overcome fear. She is working on her first novel during the NaNoWriMo challenge in November.
Jodi Gibson, a.k.a. Lipgloss Mumma, is a freelance writer, blogger, self-published non-fiction author and aspiring fiction author. In her spare time she, usually unsuccessfully, juggles being a wife, mothering four girls and running two businesses. Jodi is a constant dreamer, chaser of wisdom and lover of music trivia and cycling.
Kacey Crawford is a career and business coach who teaches multi-passionate women how to turn their interests into thriving careers. Based in Sydney, she balances business with motherhood and a corporate job, and runs private coaching programs and custom career design workshops.
Kate Erlenbusch is a freelance writer, Secondary English teacher at a boys school, and mother of two small boys, based in Geelong, Australia. When she is not reading her children fairy tales she is desperately looking for her car keys, matching socks, and the meaning of life.
Kate Luella is an Online Product Creator and Internet Consultant. As an online published author and host of the weekly podcast Blogger Interviews Podcast on iTunes, Kate divides her time between creating her own digital training products and running her own website development company. Kate juggles her online career with her family commitments and longs for her dream retirement near a warm beach.
Katie is the director of Jivamukti Yoga Sydney. She was the first certified Advanced Jivamukti Yoga teacher in Australia, and has also studied extensively with the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda and is a qualified Kundalini Yoga teacher. Katie is a writer for various publications and has had three books published 'Spiritual Survival and the City', 'Yoga Off the Mat' and 'The Yoga of Birth'. She also completed training as a doula in 2009 and is mother to five-year-old Christos and two-year-old Ziggy who was born at home.
Katie is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. After undergoing the biggest mid-life crisis ever, she now believes authenticity is the secret to happiness. She is working on her first book, a memoir about eating disorder recovery, the suicide of her ex-husband and meeting her soul mate.
Krissy Bradfield is a writer from Perth who loves stationery, thunderstorms and music. She wants to be a novelist and is currently revising her first book. A typical word/paper nerd, you’ll find her skulking around the stationery aisle in Big W, rummaging through her ever-growing blank notebook collection or obsessively collecting every magazine ever published.
Dr Kristy Goodwin is a mum and children’s technology researcher. She helps confused and concerned parents navigate the digital world in which they are parenting. She shares tips and ideas on her blog, via her Facebook page and Twitter. Download a free copy of ‘A Parents’ Essential Guide to the iPad’ eBook here.
Kylie Patchett is a holistic health coach, author and founder of The Tall Poppy Project. She is an ex-forensic and medical scientist turned sassy health strategist on a mission to inspire women globally to stand tall and stake a claim on their own delicious lives. Kylie is personal cheerleader for other gorgeous mamas, struggling to put their own mind + body + spirit health first, as they juggle the demands of work +family.
Lakshmi Singh is a freelance writer and mother of two young children, attempting to live a sane life in Sydney, Australia. When she is not busy chasing small people around the house, she is typing away furiously, doing endless loads of laundry or dishes, and organizing the family's events like her life depended on it. You can learn more about her crazy life by following her on twitter.
Louise Glendon is an Adelaide Portrait Photographer who specialises in Boudoir Photography - a celebratory experience where women have the opportunity to set aside time purely for themselves, and allow Lousie to capture their beautiful, sexy and glamourous side that may not be a part of their everyday lives. Lou's images have been featured on photography and bridal websites, such as Bisou Bride, Little Muse Collective, Let the Kids Dress Themselves, and I Love Photography. She is also a proud member of the Association of International Boudoir Photographers.
Maggie Wilde is The Potentialist. Using her unique approach she guides her clients to conquer fears, addiction, motivation and depression. Maggie is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a NLP Master Practitioner and Confidence Coach. Combining practical know-how with a compassion that can’t be taught, Maggie has become the light at the end of the tunnel for many.
Megan Dalla-Camina is a strategist, speaker, author and coach passionate about creating positive change. Through her journey from being a crazy sick workaholic to a thriving wellness warrior, she loves helping women create the career and life they love, and live it well. Her first book, Getting Real About Having It All, is out now through Hay House.
Michaela Fox is a freelance writer and event manager. She lives in Melbourne and is mother to three beautiful daughters: Amber, Jasmine and Holly. The eldest is only 3 so there is little free time to speak of! You can follow her musings on motherhood at notanotherslipperydip.wordpress.com
Michelle Guillemard is a health and medical writer, writing mentor and the Founder of Health Writer Hub. She’s also a self-confessed champagne addict and a mother to two beautiful little girls. Connect with Michelle on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/michelleguillemard and Twitter – she’d love to have you in her network!
Mireille Kilgour has been an entrepreneur for 35 years in the hospitality sector. French born, she has been an accomplished business owner and operator for a number of Sydney venues. Leading the industry with high profile institutions such as Lamrock Café Bondi, she has endless passion for the industry, and now has the pleasure of supporting restaurants to fill their tables with the new Good Food Gift Card program.
Naomi is a freelance writer, magazine gal and mum to baby Oliver and cats Oscar and Felix. When she’s not singing endless renditions of ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and stealing spoonfuls of her sons sweet potato puree, she’s trying to muddle her way through motherhood while still rocking an orange lip.
Founder and CEO of Social Media Monster Nicole Matejic (aka the #SocialFirefighter) has over 15 years experience in the media – as both a photojournalist and strategic communications professional. With extensive experience in the Defence and Law Enforcement sectors of Government, particularly in Media Management, Ministerial Liaison, Stakeholder Engagement, Social Media, Online Channels, Strategic and Crisis Communications, her insight into how Government, Law Enforcement and the Military are becoming social digital citizens is unique. Nicole is currently captivated by Khalessi’s dragons in Game of Thrones.
Nicole was a newsreader and journalist with Sky News Australia for a decade, before taking a leap of faith and a whole lot of deep breaths to up stumps and relocate to Hong Kong with her hotelier husband! A life changing experience, Nicole who was barefoot and pregnant at the time swapped the news desk and microphone for a change table and nappy bag to become mum to spirited toddler Ava. Two years on, Nicole enjoys freelance work as a writer, journalist, presenter, copywriter, master of ceremonies and media trainer. She recently started a blog about her often intriguing and humorous expat experiences.
Peggy Saas is a writer, aspiring food photographer and ace mum to one. As co-owner of a small business and having worked full time for 23 years, Peggy knows the importance of self-love in our busy world. She hopes to inspire others to realise its value.
Rashida Tayabali is a freelance writer and the founder of Project Mum, a job matching service that connects highly skilled mums to small and medium sized businesses for short and long term projects. She has been published in Essential Kids, Lifestyle (SMH) and various health and fitness magazines.
Reena Tory is a passionate soul seeking traveller, conservationist and the Founder of Mantra Wild Adventures. Mantra Wild Adventures is a boutique travel company specialising in personally crafted private journey’s that peels back the layers of India. Mantra Wild’s Motto is “Travel on Purpose” and Reena’s aim for her clients is that their lives are changed after their journey to India. Reena lives and works in the beautiful Blue Mountains in NSW. When she is not there, she is discovering new destinations in India. Connect with her on facebook (facebook.com/mantrawild) and twitter (twitter.com/mantrawild)
Renée loves working with female entrepreneurs, helping them highlight ways they can enhance their environment in order to support their business; creating harmony and abundance. Renée is a qualified Feng Shui consultant, Geomancer, Energetic Healing practitioner and meditation facilitator. She is also a mum of two very active boys and a partner of an artist.
Samantha Nolan-Smith writes and teaches about living with simplicity. She helps women to slow down and listen to their souls so they can live with less overwhelm and guilt. Samantha recently launched an online program Build Healthy Habits to help people understand their own energetic needs and to work with them to overcome stress and fatigue. You can find out all about it here www.buildhealthyhabitsprogram.com or connect with her on Facebook.
Sarah Wayland is a Social Worker who has spent the last 15 years working in the fields of trauma and loss. She is currently conducting postgraduate research into the way hope influences a persons ability to survive loss as well as establishing a private practice in Sydney. She is a mum of 2 and a step-mum of 2 more who is passionate about exploring those areas of life that we don't often discuss openly.
Sheira is an Interior designer and fashion stylist with more than 20 years experience. She has worked on some of the most prestigious properties in Sydney and helped to re style women to transcend from the ordinary to the extraordinary, quickly gathering the label "The Style Therapist". She believes style both in your home and in the way you present yourself are inextricably linked and should always be taken seriously but sprinkled with a sense of humour and individuality.
Stephanie Brown is taking a break from teaching English and History, while she looks after her three children. She is enjoying rediscovering her love of writing as she observes and writes about her little place in the world.
Sue White is a journalist, presenter and public speaker. She writes for major newspapers and magazines about careers, productivity, wellbeing and travel, including weekly for My Career in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers. On her website, www.suewhite.com.au, she blogs about writing better and working smarter.
Susana Frioni is helping women follow the urge to be real in life, love and work through her live events & retreats, private coaching and weekly yoga classes based in Brisbane. She’s also the creator of Selfish for 27 days, an online program where women shamelessly put their health and happiness first.
Tabitha Thompson is the author of ‘Little Miracle’, a non-profit book that was written to raise awareness of HELLP syndrome. The condition prompted the early arrival of her second child at just 30 weeks gestation. Prior to this, Tabitha and her husband endured 9 long years of fertility issues including 3 years of trying to adopt.
Tara Moss is a bestselling novelist, and the UNICEF Patron for Breastfeeding for the Baby Friendly Health Initiative.
Tegan Higginbotham is a Melbourne based comedian and writer. In 2012 she was nominated for both The Best Newcomer Award and The Golden Gibbo at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tegan’s TV credits include “Whatever Happened to That Guy” (Comedy Channel), “Thank God You’re Here” (Ten Network), “The Bazura Project” (ABC) as well as "Neighbours", "The Pacific" and "City Homicide". Tegan writes a column for The Age Sports.
Theressa is an enterprising Web Designer who wants to live in a world where online spaces are beautiful. When she’s not tapping away at her Mac, you can find her captivating her Brady bunch with impromptu renditions of Bruno Mars' "old school vibe" Treasure. Her latest experiment - The 5-Day Website Detox - is free + due to launch January 6th 2014.
Trevor Young is a PR Warrior on the frontline of the communications revolution. He is the author of the new book - 'microDOMINATION: How to Leverage Social Media & Content Marketing to Build a Mini-Business Empire Around Your Personal Brand' (published by Wiley). Trevor is also an independent advisor who helps companies and individuals to increase the intensity of connection they have with the people who matter most to the success of their business, cause or issue.
Dr Trisha Boetto MBBS FRACGP FACNEM Dip Med Acupuncture is an Integrative Medical Practitioner, writer, presenter and health blogger. She combines orthodox medicine with evidenced based complementary therapies. She is passionate about empowering people to make healthy choices for body, mind and spirit. She loves to laugh, dance and grow her own veggies.
Vari is the owner of Buttercup Ink, an online branding + graphic design studio for small businesses + entrepreneurs. She believes that ‘every great business deserves great design’. When she’s not in the studio at her home in Melbourne, she can be found playing at the beach or enjoying smoothies with her two boys.
Victoria Birch is a freelance writer and music critic living in Sydney.
A communications professional in the Government sector for almost 10 years, Yatu has been working across the environment and sustainability portfolios, among others. She is also a freelance writer and blogger with a keen interest in eco and sustainable fashion and beauty, social justice and health and wellbeing. You can read Yatu’s eco style blog Thinking Fashion.
Zohra Aly is a pharmacist and mother of four children who love to eat good food. This takes up a lot of time, energy and space on her cookbook shelves! She also moonlights as an aspiring freelance writer.