I grew up a beach babe in Adelaide.
It was bound to happen - I could see the ocean from my bedroom window! Summer days were spent at the beach swimming, climbing over rocks, jumping off the jetty and kayaking.
I once lived in the country and owned horses!
In my early 20's I lived in Mount Gambier and owned two horses - a gorgeous black and white Pinto pony called Eb who absolutely refused to jump anything and an enormous 16hh Appaloosa called Jake. Both horses were agisted at a friend's farm that backed onto thousands of hectares of forest and natural bushland. Best memories ever of packing a lunch, saddling up and exploring for whole days at a time!
At high school I wanted to be an agricultural economist.
Turns out I'm hopeless at accounting. Sure glad I didn't take THAT career path up!
One of my first jobs involved climbing pine trees.
I spent 3 years in the South Australian Government as a forestry technical assistant. For three months every year we would climb 20 metre+ pine trees with ropes, spikes strapped to our boots and loads of measuring equipment. The most memorable time was climbing the highest tree on a hill in a thunderstorm holding a thin pole in line with the top of the tree (true story!). Workplace Health and Safety was a little different back then...
I absolutely LOVE coffee.
Which is great given my hubby is also a trained barista! So you'll find me often at my favourite cafe Edmond and Greer or at the Aroma Coffee Festival each year.
I've had an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age.
One time I got my mum to help me set up a stall at a local market and learnt a valuable lesson about supply and demand. All of my geranium cuttings sold quickly, but no one wanted my pipe cleaner 'people'.
My parents, neither of whom are even remotely interested in running a business, were somewhat amused when I proposed dividing up the backyard into 1cm squares and selling them. Who knew that the local council might have something to say about that?
I'm an early adopter.
When I had a career marketing business I networked closely with a group based in the states. So I set up my twitter account months before the media in Australia started talking about it, set up a Google+ page the day it was released (and it was a recommended page for all new accounts!) and joined Pinterest whilst it was still invitation only. It also means I'm prone to shiny new things!
I love creating a community.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing heartfelt comments by followers! Sharing just what people need when they need it works every time. ;)
I adore reading online success stories.
And then working out how they did it!
I've spoken at conferences in Melbourne, Sydney and Regional NSW.
One of the great things about working for a not for profit organisation was the opportunity to talk at a number of conferences about social media, marketing and volunteer recruitment. My best turn out was over 100 people at the Volunteering Australia conference in Melbourne. The key video clip I had arranged to show didn't work. Despite this I was invited to more conferences across NSW - where thankfully my clip did work!