Tag Archives: Gift Experiences

Kids’ gifts that really score!

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I was recently asked back to Studio 10 and as part of the many and varied topics we covered was the “what do you do when told what to give as a gift” question. I know personally I struggle when my friends are getting married, and they say “we just want cash to go to our honeymoon.” I want to give them something that is memorable and special. Something that represents our relationship and how I know them… Okay so…

How much do you owe your mother?

I’m very open about the fact that I’m a woman of many labels – entrepreneur, speaker, director, author, blogger and innovator – but to my children, I am simply mum. And of all the roles I’ve ever had, being a mother is the most challenging and yet the most rewarding. It is not linear by any means. I left corporate life when I became a mum because I wanted to spend more time with my little ones. I genuinely thought…

Live What You Love: Passion (Extract)

  Here is a small extract from my book Live What You Love There’s a notion that passion belongs to artistic types, musi­cians, painters, writers and children at play. The idea of being passionate at work can be met with, ‘That’s ridiculous! We’re all meant to be achievers.’ But think how ridiculous this is. Why would you reserve doing things you are passionate about just for the weekend? That’s how people become conflicted around life equilibrium. Sure there may be…

Goldfish don’t have smartphones

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the average attention span of a human being has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2013. A goldfish has the attention span of 9 seconds. The big question is what can you do to arrest this. We used to think that email interrupted our concentration – our ‘smart’ devices are driving our behaviors. Information at our finger tips – and we…

The Bottom Line – Interview in full.

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It is curious to see the outcome of me being interviewed. I found the interview with Alex to be far more of a chat with the friend over coffee. I was surprised at what he managed to dig out – including ancient photo’s. It is far more about me the person than my thoughts on leadership or my view of the world.Above is the  interview with Alex Malley – That appeared on Channel 9 at 4pm 14 June (19 minutes)….

All she wants is your time.

With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, how could we miss the resounding message in “the toughest job in the world.” More than anything, I know that what I want from my two young adults is to hear from them regularly (more than once a day works for me!) and to spend time with them. I’d love to go to a cooking class with my daughter and to go go karting with my son (kids, you don’t have to spend a fortune…

Shared ‘Good Times’ Intrinsically linked to Happiness

Earlier this year we released some survey findings about what makes people happy. RedBalloon is in the business of creating ‘good times’, so we wanted to find out what gives people joy. When do people feel the happiest? And what we discovered was not only reassuring, but grounding in terms of what’s really at the core of happiness. We discovered that 87 per cent of respondents are happy with life overall – which is wonderful. But we also asked what…

Five strategies on Money and Happiness.

Last weekend RedBallooners were invited to our end of financial year celebration and kick off meeting in Port Douglas. When asked by friends “What was it like?” The only answer I had was – ‘joyous’. The excitement was palpable as soon as we met early on Friday morning. The laughter infectious, the camaraderie obvious – the sense of connection was clear. This sense of team does not happen by accident – we work hard together, we push the boundaries – set…

Five reasons why a coupon is NOT a gift

[From LinkedIn] I have just read a news report called “Groupon fights for its life as daily deals fade” which did not really surprise me. I know some of our suppliers have from time to time dabbled with discounting their activities and events through such sites and I have not heard a good story about any of them. I understand there are about 40 of these discount coupon sites in Australia – which is a lot for our ‘tiny’ population…

1 night, 2 people, 3 venues.

When I was a child my parents would go to ‘progressive dinners’  – usually as a fundraiser for the kindergarten or primary school.  I remember my parents having a ball – wandering the local neighborhood with friends – eating a different course at a different friends house. I was excited when the 1, 2 ,3 progressive dinner experience was published on the RedBalloon site – but I wondered if it would work – to the same degree. Finally last Friday…