My earliest memories are of growing up in a Milk Bar that my mother ran. So my little girl brain was primed for business very young. Unfortunately I don’t have any photo’s of the shop. It was in the 70’s and mum stocked the shop full of continental foods. She introduced spaghetti and pasta sauce to the local Australian mums. They would cook it up on a Saturday after their boys come home from playing football.
My parents had immigrated from Italy. Their honeymoon was a 6 month trip to a new land. The ocean liner they boarded sailed half way around the world and used the Suez Canal to get to Australia. Every thing was a cultural shock to my parents. They had never seen native Africans and mum was frightened as she had no idea people could look so different.
My dad liked to play cards and so did the captain of the ship. That earnt my parents a place at the captain’s table for dinner most nights. I’m sure the money my dad lost playing cards with the Captain more than covered their meals. However my dad never talked to us about his losses. Gamblers always tell you about the wins.
My parents landed in Port Melbourne in 1961 and their new lives began in a shared house with my father’s sister and her husband. I was born 2 years later and my cousin Robbie was born 6 moths later. We grew up very close. When she became ill years later in our teens, I spent many days in hospital with her while she fought the effects of lupus. She survived and I was bridesmaid at her fairytale wedding!
My favourite memories of the early years are of mum’s Milk Bar. One day I came home from primary school and the most spectacular red bubble gum machine was sitting outside the front of the shop. I was so excited I ran across the main road without looking. A car screeched to a stop and narrowly missed me. I can still clearly see the fear in my mother eyes as she ran out of the shop towards me.
My first foray into a real business (apart from my play dates of “shops and selling” with my Barbie) was out the front of the Milk Bar. Not content selling cigarettes to adults and candy to children in the shop I decided the real opportunity was outside the shop. Next to the red bubble gum machine.
My diet of day time television when I used to get home from school consisted of old black and white movies. I absolutely loved the 1940’s movies with the cigarette girls. To me they were glamorous and beautiful and onto a great idea. So I made myself a cigarette tray. Mine had a red ribbon around my neck and was filled with candy cigars and cigarettes. Mum wouldn’t let me sell real cigarettes on the street. As a business venture, it was not that successful. Luckily I didn’t have to pay for my stock as I am sure I ate quite a few candy “fags” and cigars while waiting for customers.
Business Mentor and Life Coach. Podcaster and Speaker.
Coaching Small Business Women
I use my intuition and my life coaching skills and blend it with my business background.
As a coach, I have every faith in you. I like to access your inner wisdom.
You innately know what you want. You are the holder of the keys to your success. I simply hold up a mirror to your stories so you can see the patterns that have been holding you back.
I then provide a platform from which you jump and fly. And believe me, you will fly!
I established and owned two successful businesses. Sales, marketing, growing small businesses, and money mindset are my world. When I sold my second business I knew I wanted to empower other business women to shine.
I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring women in business since 2014. During my years of mentoring clients, they appreciated having access to my knowledge and experience. After a few session with me, they know what they want to improve, they know how to do it, and they thrive.
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