Tell us what one of the biggest inspirations was for starting The Collective?
I was tired of the salacious gossip and vacuous content that was out there. I wanted to create something that was positive, inspirational, relatable and attainable. I wanted to showcase extraordinary people from a multitude of industries from all over the world. I had an immense passion and driving force to “be the change”
What is your proudest accomplishment so far?
Gosh every single day, no, scratch that… every single hour these days there are pinch myself moments. I’m just so incredibly proud of what we (my team and I and our amazing community) are achieving. The print mag is now in 37 countries which blows my mind, Anna Wintour herself asked to have a meeting with me last time I was in NYC, I spent 4.5 days on Necker with Richard Branson in November and on and on it goes. But my proudest moments by far are when I see how much the Collective is touching and affecting so many people and acting as a catalyst for them to fulfil their dreams. I LOVE seeing the courage and inspiration and leaps of faith people take.
What was it that triggered you to make your first financial investment? And what was that feeling like once you made the decision?
I bought my first property in 2007. I just knew in my gut that I needed to start building a nest egg. I had started my first business in 2001 (6 years earlier) and just wanted to diversify and future proof myself. I’ve bought a lot of property since and I did think my strategy would be to “buy and hold” forever but I’ starting to liquidate now to sink more money into the to fulfil a bloody big vision.
How did you learn about investing? Did a family member guide you or did you learn by experience and getting things right and wrong?
I really didn’t know much at all for years. It was a subject shrouded in so much mystery which is one of the main reasons I wrote my latest book, Money & Mindfulness … I’ve largely learnt the hard way – just picking up tips along the way and asking as many questions, reading as many books, and educating myself however I can
Why do you think it is important for us, particularly as females to be more savvy with our money?
I am a massive believer in independence, freedom and choice and money buys you this. Something that is important to remember is that doing good in the world and having money don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
What do you value the most about what you have created financially?
The sole reason I want to make money is to be able to use it to create a platform to realise my vision – of reaching and empowering as many people as possible to be the best version of themselves. I have a great lifestyle but I actually need very little to live on personally
What was your most recent investment and why?
The Collective – is by far the biggest and riskiest investment of my life. Go big or go home…
Do you regularly contribute to your superannuation account or to your future financial stability through investing outside of your businesses?
Not at the moment – right now I cannot believe in my business enough – so absolutely everything I have is sunk into it.
What are some of your future goals?
I know until the day I die I will be an entrepreneur for entrepreneurs living my life out loud and showing that anything is possible. The mechanism of how this is achieved is moveable. The vision is not.
Anyone that meets you, seeing that you have a high level of energy, at what point do you ever seeing yourself stopping or slowing down?
I have high levels of energy for sure but this is probably because I sleep 8 – 10 hours every single night and I meditate twice a day and nourish my body with healthy food. It is all about blend.