SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING SPECIALIST. Most Challenging Moment: I have always been a natural optimist and an empath, with a tendency to view the world through rose-colored glasses. I had a pretty typical Aussie upbringing, and although in hindsight, I definitely experienced my fair share of childhood trauma, mental health simply wasn’t something I was conscious […]

MARKETING HEAD. Most Challenging Moment: I always prided myself for my resilience. Despite being quite a sensitive soul, I was quite adept at navigating around problems and overcoming obstacles in both my personal and professional life. However, in 2020, at the height of COVID restrictions, I faced an unprecedented challenge. My home, which was also rented […]

Social Worker. Most Challenging Moment: I have experienced episodes of anxiety, panic, and depression that I have learned to recognise and respond to over time. My first experience with anxiety started at around age 7, and I didn’t understand what I was feeling then. But honestly, all of these have been challenging. LEARNINGS: I have […]

CAFE BARISTA. Most Challenging Moments: I have struggled with my mental health since childhood—living in a toxic environment as well as feeling like an outsider when I first came to Australia. After that, I encountered many traumatic moments in my life that shaped the way my mental health is now as an adult. LEARNINGS: I […]

MAN ON PURPOSE CO-FOUNDER / REAL ESTATE AGENT. Most Challenging Moments: When I was in primary school. I was notoriously picked on by other kids for no reason at all, and I had no friends. I would spend my lunch time hiding away or I would hang with my sister who is a few years […]

SHORT-TERM ACCOMMODATION & HOLIDAY VILLA OWNER. Most Challenging Moment: I’ve had a few in the past, but it will probably be when I was raising my son (aged two then) as a single parent and he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. We were living on Kangaroo Island and we were airlifted to Adelaide to […]

Artist. Most Challenging Moment: Being a teenager was pretty rough. Earlier this year, I went through a period of strong agoraphobia (fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment). The only way to get out of this state is to start going out, but it’s also the hardest thing for me […]