Glen Iris, Victoria
What do you do?
I am a mum, philanthropist, businesswoman and food lover.
You’re involved in a not-for-profit organization. Can you explain your role?
I co-founded Smiling Mind with James Tutton as we shared a vision to have mindfulness meditation become part of a young peoples everyday lives. We believe the simpler we make the access to this tool (i.e. engaging online guided meditations that are FREE) the quicker this will happen. Our ultimate vision is to have mindfulness meditation on the Australian curriculum by 2020.
What’s on your shopping list right now?
Preservative-free food. My husband (the shopper and cook of the family) and I are really keen to make choices that support local producers and businesses that do not sell foods with a lot of unnecessary nasties.
What are the last three websites you visited?
1. TED – A website devoted to spreading good ideas – I am addicted.
2. Mona – I finally went to the famous Mona and I cannot stop thinking about it. It was amazing!
3. YouTube – My seven year old wanted to show me the most beautiful short film called The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore.
Is there any form of technology that really inspires you and helps you in your work?
Absolutely. Apps and the smartphone platform are great! Smiling Mind would not exist without them and would not be helping so many young people (and adults!) be more clear, calm and content.
Do you have any advice for women who are thinking about becoming entrepreneurs?
Don’t overthink it. Just do it. Be organised and don’t try to do everything. It is also important to use your strengths and allow them to flourish by outsourcing or partnering with others with complementary skills.
You’ve been involved in the media a lot throughout your career. What are tips you can give to readers for best representing yourself in the public eye?
Take a deep breath before you say something and look at the part you have played. Always be kind and be honest.
Where do you find your inspiration for your home?
From my husband, he is 100% in control of that. I would love to take some credit but really can’t. We both love the Martino Group.
Clearly you have a lot going on! Who helps you relax?
Lately I’ve tried Rolfing – a technique developed to re-establish the natural alignment and structural integration of the human body for vitality and wellbeing. It sounds strange but it is basically massage on steroids! It is not for the faint-hearted but I find it really invigorating.
What are your top five must-haves?
1. Daily meditation practice.
2. An extensive self-help library.
3. An account at Topshop.
4. A love of what you do – whatever that is.
5. Really great girlfriends.