Lessons learnt from a potty mouth CEO….

The lure of hearing from the mind of a successful entrepreneur is what brought me to a business boot camp over the weekend.

Even though I feel my mind is full of information and I know what I need to do to make Celebrate Living History viable, it’s always good to listen to the insights of a person who has made it big time.

I never heard of Wilson Luna and was intrigued to see what brought his legion of fans to these events.

As expected it was a packed house on Saturday with loud music blaring and high fives freely given, it reminded me of the set of an American chat show!

Suddenly this charismatic man opened with the house rules one of them included if you have a problem with swearing its time to exit the room!

This charming man had one flaw and it was with the word F*ck, just like my senior stars would say he had one potty mouth!

While I’m sure the ladies at the Probus Club would not invite him for tea, I learnt some valuable lessons from this swearing leader.

At the start Wilson asked us to dot down what it would mean for our dream to become a reality.

While I was looking around some were busy scribbling away and some were stuck in pensive thought.

I was a mixture of both, at the start I thought of the usual things I would write but then I really thought about the bigger picture.

Some of my intentions included

1. Celebrate Living History to be an organisation that can pay me a wage and offer opportunities for graduates struggling to get their foot in the door.
2. Celebrate Living History to be a living vault of stories for future generations, so even when I pass this legacy will continue
3. Celebrate Living History to form a partnership with charities like Alzheimer’s Australia that will help with research for preservation of memories
4. Celebrate Living History to be a program that inspires and mentors graduates to think outside the square

One of the interesting case studies was about Beyonce he chatted about her transition from Destinys Child to now. I never thought about it but over 10-years her songs have indicated the direction of her life from poppy Get Me Bodied to the inspirational I was here.

Its true we would not have expected that song 10 years ago, even though my experience has not been that mind blowing, I had that exact AHA moment in the catering van at the St Kilda Festival.

I think if you asked me this question two years ago I would have answered it very differently

One of my co-workers asked “Why do people pay $5.00 for soft drink when they can go next door and get it cheaper?”

I replied “ Its their value proposition they could spend 20 minutes waiting next door for one drink or they could spent one minute with us then spend that time enjoying the festival.”




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Open your eyes…you might just find something amazing!

The need to escape everyday life and explore lush bush land is what lured me over the weekend.

I’ve been working so hard on getting everything off the ground in a way I’ve lost touch with why I’m passionate about what I do.

Sometimes its nice to escape reality and explore a new possibility, especially since what I’m working on isn’t tangible, I can’t touch, smell or even see the promising results.

All I have is a vision about the future and I know somehow I’ll make it a reality.

Through attending many networking events, I heard about the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk in the Dandenong Ranges and how inspiring it can be to say I’ve climbed 1000 steps.

So I decided to put on my sneakers and explore this terrain as many have trodden before me.

Its funny I rocked up solo and found a companion at the train station, it must have been obvious I was a tourist with a huge map and a confused expression on my face!

I stumbled across Greg Dinneen who is a local resident, he reminded me of Merlin the Wizard with so much knowledge of plants, wildlife and living off the land.

From looking at Greg I would say he was in his late 60s but physically he could pass as a fit 40- year -old.

Everyday he walks two hours in the Dandenong Ranges and while the 1000 steps made me huff and puff, he did it with ease like it was a calm walk on Frankston beach!

I asked him why he walks for two hours every day and he replied it makes him feel good and he enjoys chatting with people he ordinarily would not meet.

He stared talking about people in nursing homes and how physically some have the potential to get out of their wheel chairs but don’t because there muscles have weakened from lack of use.

It’s a shame these seniors don’t have what Greg has in his back yard as motivation to get outside, just breathing fresh air in a way is like a elixir of youth.

Every so often we would stop to take photos and it was amazing what I saw as just another plant, Greg saw as a source of food.

I had become so accustomed to buying fruit and vegetables from supermarkets, I didn’t realise I was surrounded by raw organic food; nourishment health stores charge mega bucks for was free for the taking!

Looking around at people focused on just the stairs made me sad in a way, they were so interested in fulfilling their fitness goals they did not take time to realise the beauty surrounding them.

Sometimes we need to look around and realise we are part of a bigger picture in life; we just have to see what is in front of our eyes.





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When Teenage Meets Old Age

I took some time out from not-for-profit paperwork to check out When Teenage Meets Old Age.

Such an inspiring series which shows relationships blossum between generations!

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January 30, 2013 · 5:59 am

Hooray! Celebrate Living History is heading in the right direction!

The lure of being inspired by business owners that have done it tough is what lured me to two conferences over the week.

Even though Celebrate Living History is now on track to becoming a not-for-profit its always good to be surrounded by those that have done it before.

While I have support of my friends, my family think I’m nuts and should pursue a proper job with a boss that will pay me.

They just see me working hard and don’t realise why I bother, but the reason why is in my heart I know this is the job I was meant to do.

I think I had an amazing opportunity in the past year as I have trodden in footsteps other people my age don’t have time to do, not many would consider seniors to be some of their best friends.

Some of the advice that resonated with me was “Fail Fast and when you do find out what went wrong” while I don’t consider what I have done as a massive failure, it was a great achievement but now I know I can’t do it all on my own if I continue I’ll go broke and kind of bonkers!

Most say I’m brave for doing this all solo, but I don’t think I am, I know there is a big picture and when I finally find my rainbow I’ll be the happiest girl in the world with my mascot Bunny by my side!

Its funny I spent all this time looking for the perfect board and they were under my nose all the time.

These are the people I share stories with in the park and they are the most intelligent insightful people I know, I only had to turn off the blinkers to see what I really had.


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Come on Folks lets Celebrate Living History!

Come on Folks lets Celebrate Living History!.

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I fell in love with this poem that I just had to share it with everyone!

Just reading Ita Buttrose’s book A Passionate Life and she included this very poignant poem, written by Canon Henry Scott-Holland 1847-1918

Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away to the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are

Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way, which you always used
Put no difference into your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effect
Without the trace of a shadow on it

Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same that it ever was
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
What should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval
Somewhere, Very Near.
Just around the corner all is well

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Happy New Years Folks! I love this report it shows how my blog has been viewed around the world!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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