Melanie Summer was born and raised in Germany. After travelling around the world on a sailing boat, a journey that took her three years, she chose to call Australia home. As a busy single mum Melanie recognised she needed to re-organise her life in order to be flexible enough to care and create security for her young daughter, so she started her own business on the Sunshine Coast, Flash Fotos. Her dramatic learning curve over the next three years saw her contemplate bankruptcy and then turn her business into the ongoing success that it is today. As she says, “I always knew I’d land on my feet but I just wasn’t sure if I’d be wearing high heels or running shoes. Land on her feet is exactly what she did. In 2009 she co-founded the Mind Design centre and continues to inspire and motivate as an engaging speaker and writer. Melanie was finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards 2010 and in 2011 she won both the Telstra Business Awards for Small Business and Regional Queensland.
More more more! How much are you squeezing into every day? How much more do you think is possible? Never before have people pushed themselves as hard as they do now, and an unfortunate by-product of this is the dreaded ‘stupid mistake’. A stupid mistake is something basic and fundamental that you do when you […]
Have you laid out some plans for this year yet? How a plan for this week, or even today? This time of year is often really good for crafting plans and setting up our agendas across short, medium and long term time frames. It’s an opportunity to think about what you want! Before things get […]
Exercise more! Give up coffee! Save money! Start a business! See family more! Lose weight! Give up junk food! Get a promotion! Did you pick any of those on New Year’s Eve to tackle for the year ahead? It happens every year. People I know get ambitious with their resolutions and goals and can actually […]
I was the envy of many friends and acquaintances this week when I was asked to MC a luncheon where Ita Buttrose was to be the guest speaker. One of a handful of people who are known just by their first name, Ita is the woman of the moment, enjoying a deserved resurgence in popularity, […]
Personal relationships are very much like business relationships in that you need to keep investing in them to get great returns. I am lucky to be in a great relationship – although as one friend tells me, the harder you work, the luckier you get. Believe me, to meet my guy, I worked really […]