Stand Out Life Podcast

Life's crazy busy right?! The 'juggle' is real, the pressure is high, the expectations, well, they're even higher. You're not alone, in fact it's one of the things that unites us (the fact that no-one - despite what it might look like - no-one really has their sh*t together). So how do we keep striving for an epic life? A life filled with meaning, even amongst the busyness? And how do others face these same fears and questions? It's this curiousity that sits this podcast series. 

Stand Out Life is a podcast dedicated to living boldly amongst the busyness; finding those little moments of magic amongst the mess. 

Throughout these podcasts I sit down with influential women - and a few good men - and chat about how they live a life of purpose while making progress. We dig into their stories, both the success and the struggles and in doing so, we get some amazing insights into what it takes to live big in this crazy busy world.  

Let’s dive deep into what it takes to live a Stand Out Life.




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In 2015 she won the National Telstra Business Womens award, the AFR’s BOSS Magazine Young Executives of the Year - Winner, and the following year was named in the Westpac 100 Women of Influence list. 

Dr Catherine Ball is nearly as nerdy a nerd as you can find. Her mum imparted a strong sense of independence and David Attenborough gave her a passion for planet earth, and these two virtues continue to serve her in her work today. 

With a background as an Environmental Scientist Catherine talks about her latest passion project - She Flies  aims to reach 100,000 Australian women and girls by 2020. Let’s just say this conversation has inspired me to go and buy a drone and learn to fly it. 

We talk about why we all need to embrace technology and try something new on a regular basis - which is a pretty good philosophy on life. 

Catherine is passionate, energetic and her drive for change is engaging. This is a conversation that will leave you wanting to unleash your inner nerd. 

Soak up all the energy that is Catherine Ball. 


Episode 34 - Peter BaineS, OAM

‘It’s what people do not the position they hold that really makes a difference’

When I started this podcast series I always knew I would have the conversation with Peter Baines.

Peter has held many positions and seen sides of humanity many of us are not exposed to. As a forensic copper Peter Baines worked at the cold-face of communities. Throughout his career his work landed him in places like Bali after the Bali Bombings and Thailand after the tsunami. 

In this conversation Peter provides a personal insight into the drivers behind our decisions and why when you are rock bottom sometimes the only thing you have left is to help others. 

For last 10years that's what he has dedicated his life to. Over 10 years ago he launched Hands Across the Water, charity supporting children at risk in Thailand. The charity now has seven homes across Thailand. This is a conversation that will stay with you long after listening. 



Bella Zanesco is a modern day polymath. A world champion sailor, creator of best practice holistic leadership programs, passionate advocate for full-expression and award winning entrepreneur, her mission is to make a healthier, happier workplace.

As a business executive, she delivered over $5b to Fortune 500 companies including Pepsi Co, Sainsbury's, Reed Elsevier, Unilever, and The Royal Mail. And in 2015, was awarded UK’s Top 50 Young Changemaker for her work coaching at-risk high performers. 

Despite all these successes Bella hit a hurdle experiencing a bout of depression. The way she navigated this launched her fascination in helping others become fully expressed. Her book ‘Smart Girls Screw Up Too’ has just been released and incorporates her research, her own experiences and provides a platform for working women to come back to themselves. 


EPISODE 32 - Taryn Brumfitt 

What is your relationship like with your body? In this body conscious day and age that might be a hard question to hear, but a critical one to contemplate. Because for far too many of us the answer to that question is not great. 

Taryn Brumfitt is the person behind the global phenomenon the Body Image Movement and in 2014 released a documentary EMBRACE which was viewed over 25 million times on the internet. 

The inspiration for EMBRACE came about after Taryn posted an unconventional before-and-after image on the internet in 2013 that sparked an international media frenzy. The image, which embraces body diversity, was seen by over 100 million people worldwide and led to hundreds of interviews and articles.

Taryn is on a mission to harness and facilitate positive body image activism by teaching women the value and power of loving their bodies. You gonna love yours after this listeing to this interview. 


Epiosde 31 - Diem Fuggersberger

A proud Vietnamese refugee, Diem Fuggersberger has an insatiable hunger for big ideas and chasing big goals. She is relentless in this pursuit.

Amongst her incredible successes Diem has also experienced significant business and personal challenges and in our conversation shares openly how she faced these challenges and held strong to her values. 

She unpacks her incredible story fleeing Vietnam with her familyvia boat, navigating life in a new culture, and how her ability to sell herself and her ideas has launched her on her entrepreneurial journey. In the busy life Diem comes back to her family and her faith. Today, she is CEO of Berger Ingredients, and the founder of Coco & Lucas and continues to have grand plans for the future. 

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Dr Anita Heiss is an author, poet and satirist - she has written 16 books including her memoir ‘Am I Black Enough for You?’. 

She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and currently divides her time between writing, public speaking, MCing, managing the Epic Good Foundation and being a 'creative disruptor'. 

In this episode we unpack Anita’s creative writing process, how she has dealt with criticism, and why we need to encourage Indigenous communities to continue to share their stories across Australia - in fact why all of our children need to have a platform to share their stories.  

Anita reminds us that words are powerful and we get a choice about which ones we use. 


EPISODE 29 - Perry Cross

Perry Cross is an inspirational Australian. In 1994 he suffered a significant spinal injury at the age of 19 and became a C2 quadriplegic. Since the accident, Perry’s achievements are numerous and inspirational; including being Australia’s first motivational speaker on life support, the first Australian quadriplegic to complete a university degree on campus, graduating with a Bachelor of Communications from Bond University, authored the biography “Still Standing”, and most notably in 2010 Perry established the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation (PCSRF)

Perry is engaging, connected and funny and holds the claim to fame that he showed ‘Superman’ how to fly - you’ll have to listen into this episode to find out how. With the mindset that everything’s possible - enjoy this conversation with Perry Cross.

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EPISODE 28 - Dr Libby Weaver

Multiple best-selling author, international speaker and acclaimed nutritional biochemist; with all she continues to achieve Dr Libby Weaver is about as down to earth, real, and warm as they come. 

Libby has dedicated her life to exploring the science behind well-being and how what we eat, what we think and our core beliefs impact how well we really feel.

In this episode we explore why changing eating habits has nothing to do with food, the importance of understanding hormone health for overall health, as well as practical tips on dealing with busy and overwhelm. Libby shares her own tools as well as her belief that everyone has beautiful hearts. 



Matina Jewell grew up in the hinterland of Byron Bay before launching into a military career that saw her embark on military and peace-keeping operations around the world. Matti had a remarkable career in the military earning eight war medals across 15 years. Throughout this conversation we talk about mindsets of leadership, dealing with hardship and her experience of a career-ending injury whilst on a peace-keeping mission in the Middle East.

Matti has literally been at the forefront of hardship and warfare and continues to use the strength she found in these experiences in her work today. She has learnt the power of being able to let go of control and accept the opportunities that come your way. 


EPISODE 26 - Skye Anderton

Skye Anderton is owner, founder and Chief Dreamer at Ruby Olive. Her colourful imagination, thirst for travel, and passion for designing beautiful things gave wings to her dream, and in 2010 Ruby Olive the label was born! Skye’s been around the block a few times. She has over 14 years experience in the Fashion Accessory industry with eight of those years spent working in London as a designer, product developer and accessories buyer. As a result, Skye loves big red buses, has a soft spot for corgis and enjoys the odd glass of Pimms.

In this episode we talk about creativity and adventure, and the critical need to make space for both in our busy lives. 



After a very successful 10 year career as an elite athlete. After breaking onto the world stage as a 17 year old with an amazing performance of two Gold Medals at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Stephanie went onto achieve greater success becoming one of our greatest ever Olympians when she won three Gold Medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, all in World Record time.

Following retirement from the sport she loved so much, Stephanie went on to win the high rating Australian TV show ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, making her the youngest to win the show worldwide at 24. 

Now as an entrepreneur, founding her kids swimwear company, RACERiCE, Stephanie believes it’s her time to give back. 

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EPISODE 24 - Janine Allis

An adventurer at heart, traveling the world as a young Aussie backpacker in the 80’s, working as a camp councillor in San Fransisco to being a Stewardess on David Bowie’s yacht. She then went on the adventure of entrepreneurism and 17 years ago launched one of the first juice bars in Australia - before there was one on every corner. 

The name of this juice store was Boost Juice - which now has over 420 store in 13 countries. Interestingly enough Boost has more outlets in more countries than any other juice bar in the world. 

Janine Allis is a dynamic personalityShe is one of the investors on the Channel 10 show, Shark Tank, which launches into season 3 this week in Australia. 

Janine is natural, warm, generous and experiences the same difficulties in juggling it all that many of us do. Soak up the insights and stories from the beautiful Janine Allis. 


EPISODE 23 - Julie Cross

Julie Cross is a dynamo human, a multi-award winning speaker, and in her own words, a non-award winning mother of two boys. 

Two years ago Julie put a post up on Facebook one Sunday evening of her in her bikini talking about body image. She woke up the next morning to 120K comments and 80K shares, and a whirl-wind of media attention - she’d gone viral. In this conversation she unpacks what this was like for her and why she continues to share her message to various audiences.

Julie shares empowering messages about the difference we can make with the people around us when we reach out - the story at the end of this conversation is one that will give you goosebumps. 


EPISODE 22 - Tricia Velthuizen

In 2016 Tricia was recognised as CEO of the Year in Australian HR Awards for her work at Churchill Education. Tricia has a fascinating story - in fact stories was the common denominator in our conversation. Tricia is one of the most captivating story-tellers that I have encountered.

Having worked as a Crown Prosecutor for 10 years, launched her business with her husband Randall after he was diagnosed with PTSD, and navigating the world with four beautiful children, Tricia shares the belief that all of us need to share our stories. Her approach to building workplace cultures is simple and hard at the same time. Calling forth the brave hearts and minds of others.



Kathy Lette is a celebrated and outspoken comic writer who takes on serious current issues, and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Uni of Wollongong. 

She is one of the pioneering voices of contemporary feminism and you’ll hear throughout this conversation that she is still rallying the troops in this regard. In fact her call is for women to be given the reigns of the world for a stint and let’s just see how it works out. 

Having written 14 best sellers, published in 17 languages - from puberty blues to her latest book Best Laid Plans - Kathy unpacks the power of words and why they have become the tool of her trade. This is a power-house episode with a power-house woman, Dr Kathy Lette. 



Katie Noonan’s technical mastery and pure voice makes her one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists.

A mother, singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman, this 4 x ARIA Award winning and 7 x platinum selling songstress first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced songstress of indie-pop band George and has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through Jazz, Pop and Classical music. Katie is currently the Artist Director of Qld Music Festival which is the largest music festival in the world.

When I decided to launch this podcast I wrote out a wish list of all the people I’d love to interview and Katie’s name was at the top of this list. Our chat was connected, personal and pure delight.

In this interview we unpack the importance of giving ourselves permission to unplug and connect with nature, the magical connection of the power of music, and the glorious freedom of boredom.



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Ambitious, feisty, driven, and passionate Michelle is a dynamic force. Having spent 17 years in the travel industry after owning and managing a hotel in Alice Springs from the age of 23, Michelle found herself on an adult gap-year exploring what impact she wanted to have on the world. 

Four years ago Michelle set up the Sydney office of an agency business and is now the Global COO of Bastion Collective (a global marketing communications agency). Despite her career achievements happiness has always been her metric stick, and when she realised she didn't feel settled early in 2016 she embarked on some internal discovery to redesigned what her role meant to her. 

Starting a side creative hustle, Knox | Cox Candle Co, Michelle navigates a global business during the week and spends her weekend wicking candles with a glass of bubbles or setting up stalls at local markets. 



Emma Booth is an Australian Equestrian Paralympian. She previously competed in Eventing (which comprises of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping) until one evening in 2013 – while travelling home from a competition – was left paralysed after a being involved in a horrific car accident. 

Only six months after sustaining the life changing injury, Emma was back in the saddle and learning to ride a horse without the use of her legs; and made her Paralympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in Sept 2016 - only three years after her accident. 

Inspirational is a word that is often thrown around, but in this conversation Emma's tenacity, belief in the human spirit around her, and her laser-like focus in doing what matters most to you will indeed leave you inspired (if it doesn't you might want to check your pulse). 


EPISODE 17 - Olivia Ruello

Soul-filled, purpose-driven, uber-organised, dynamic leader, and a voice for those who don't have a voice, are a few of the ways that you can describe Olivia Ruello. Stepping into the role as CEO of Business Chicks, Australia's largest women's networking organisation, Liv injects her belief about culture, supporting women, and creating incredible communities that are build on the desire to lift each other up.  

With a background in industrial relationships and a stint in the corporate setting it's evident from this conversation that Liv has always, and will continue to be, a voice for those who don't always have a voice. As an advocate of gender equality, Liv's quote that 'until we have as many mediocre female leaders as we have male leaders we need to have quota's', is one I've used repeatedly.   

Throughout our conversation we explore how to create a thriving culture that is enviable by others, the importance of supporting women in leadership roles, and the the power of hearing someone say 'I believe in you'.


EPISODE 16 - Jacinta McDonell

Jacinta is one of my all time favourite human-beings. Along with her brother Justin, Jacinta launched the highly successful US franchise Anytime Fitness into Australia in 2008. With over 2700 clubs and 2 million members worldwide, it has become the quickest growing segment of the world s fastest growing fitness chain, and is Australia’s number one health club chain.

As well as being a mother of three young children, Jacinta’s entrepreneurial spirit has led to the development of several other business and personal ventures over the past 12 months, making her a true inspiration to Australian business women. Launching Urban Yoga - a world first yoga concept, and establishing her purpose-filled foundation Human Kind Project, creating a community of people, businesses and other entrepreneurs to create change in the world.



Elka Whalan (nee Graham) reached world #1 in 200m freestyle, attended two Olympic games, as well as Commonwealth Games and World Championships in her 7 year career. She was part of that famous medley relay team who were disqualified in 2001 for jumping in the pool too early, and as Elka says were world champions for all of 30 secs. 

Married to waterpolo Olympic champion Thomas Whalan together they have 4 kids under 6. Elka talks about her career in the media, the shift in identity throughout her life, her non-negotiables, and how faith is a guiding principle in everything that she does. In 2016 Elka has started Queenhood for the woman who knows her worth, empowering, uplifting and encouraging all women to unite and support one another.



Plenty of people talk about being a serial entrepreneur, not many can back it up with evidence. Dan can. Although success wasn't always forth-coming. In 2013 Dan was 2 weeks away from unemployment after 8 years of business failure. Within a week he launched a WordPress support service called WP Curve. Since we recorded this episode Dan has sold this business to GoDaddy. He is also a partner in a craft brewery, and still finds time to hit the waves on a regular basis. In essence he doesn't stop.

But he's learnt a few strategies to being the boss of busy along the way, a few of which we unpack in our chat together. Author of four best-selling books including his latest, Create or Hate Dan can often be heard talking about how important creative endeavours are. It's key for all of us to be pushing back on busy and finding time to create.  



Shelly Horton has never been afraid of forging her own path. As one of Australia's leading media personalities Shelly's opinion can be heard nationally a number of times a week in her regular segments on Channel Nine, while she's chatting with Richard Glover on ABC Radio, and as part of her popular and controversial health web series - Things You Can't Talk About On TV. 

There are bucket-loads of laughter in this episode as Shelly unpacks her stories from an extensive and varied journalism career. Including her first 'on-air' gig which was a complete 'fake-it-til-you-make-it' moment, to launching her video production company ShellShocked Media with her husband. Shelly also reveals her one big regret in life - we're not meant to have one but this one still haunts her.  

There are infinite moments of 'aha' and permission to be real in this conversation, including the reminder to us all to turn up 'camera-ready' before your ready for your new role - whatever that role might be. Soak up the laughs and wisdom dished out by this amazing woman.



Keri Krieger is one of those people that everyone needs to know. Seriously. Take a moment now, Google her, then come back.

Keri helps women come home to themselves. In their practices. In their personal lives. In their bodies. 

Having spent over a decade working in health retreats around the world with a background in acupuncture and a deep knowledge of Chinese medicine. She has developed a unique treatment style called Rockupuncture; which is a delicious combination of acupuncture and hot rock massage. 

Whilst being brilliant as a ‘hands-on’ therapist, Keri also offers support, advice and guidance as a health coach with Executives and individuals coping with the overwhelm of ‘busyness’.


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Magdalena Roze is an award-winning TV presenter who got so fascinated with the weather she went onto to study it and became a meteorologist. A few years ago she underwent a sea change moving from Sydney to Byron Bay where her husband Darren Roberston, chef from Three Blue Ducks fame, established the restaurant at The Farm on the outskirts of Byron. 

In this episode Mags shares the challenges and opportunities that arise from this sea change and the importance of connecting with your sisterhood as she steps into her new role as mother to her beautiful boy Archie. Mags combines her passion of weather, food, and her family in all that she does. Mags has some exciting new ventures happening this year including the launch of her book 'Happy & Whole' in late March.




Kylie Rogers is someone who knows a thing or two about marketing - after 17 years working in Sales and Marketing with Channel Ten it was actually a comment from her 6 year old son that jolted her into realising she had to make a change to her career. After a break with her family she eventually landed the role of National Sales Director with the largest independent women’s website Mamamia and is now the Managing Director for this business that is set to go global in a big way.

Kylie is such a delight and shared openly the struggles and successes of stepping into a leadership role, her tools (non-negotiables) in her week, and why we all just need to breathe (ahhhhhh....).




Working as a voice coach for the past 20 years, Lucy has dedicated her life to supporting people (including influential women) to express themselves so they can inspire and influence (which all of us do regardless of your job).

Lucy is the founder of a Sydney based business, Voice Coach, and consults with Executives, influential people, and organisations globally.

Taking what’s she’s learnt through deep training in performance Lucy makes the art of influence infinitely relevant to the business world.

Lucy is both fascinating and captivating, and completely passionate about all of us getting clear on our right to express our voices. She also shares that it's her belief that ‘silence is violence’ - when we don’t express what matters it impacts our lives destructively.




Launching Women’s Health magazine as the founding editor in 2007, Felicity Harley is one of the most recognised, awarded, and loved editors in Australia. Felicity is an incredibly talented editor, who was named in Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence in 2012 for her initiative around the ‘Support Women in Sport’ campaign which aimed to bring media coverage to female athletes. 

Wife to Tom Harley (ex-Geelong captain) and Mum to two boys, Felicity unpacks her own strategies for dealing with pressure and relentless change (the good news is it involves chocolate). She shares her excitement and anticipation as she is about to embark on new venture and also gives us a couple of tips on how to stick to our goals in the new year (cause you know we’re not that great at that). In a real and honest way Felicity leaves us realising that the constant pursuit of balance is something we've gotta let go of.



Stylist to the stars, Jules Sebastian has paved her way as a television presenter on MTV and recently as the stylist for Mel B on the X-Factor. Jules grew up in Adelaide and met her husband, Guy Sebastian (first Australian Idol winner, and award winning singer/song-writer), while they were knee-high to a grasshopper. Jules talks about the shared Australia Idol experience, Guy’s win from her perspective and the way that life changed significantly for both of them. The couple then moved to Sydney where they now reside with their sons Hudson and Archer. 




One of Australia’s most popular female athlete’s, Laura Geitz has a stellar career. Captain of both QLD Firebirds and Australian netball team, the Diamonds, Laura has won both silver and gold medals at the Commonwealth Games; she lead the Diamonds to victory over the NZ Silver ferns after a 12 year drought; and won back to back championships as captain of the Firebirds. 

In this conversation Laura talks about how she manages the pressures of the big moments, and the advice and legacy that lives on from her greatest role-model, her Dad. As Laura steps into her new role of motherhood she talks about how she'll be hoping to navigate the focus on family with maintaining her own identity.



Award-winning Journalist with a 23 year career with Canberra Times, convenor of Women in Media in Canberra, 2016 ACT Telstra Business Women's Award winner (Purpose and Enterprise), and founder of charity, 'Send Hope Not Flowers', Emma MacDonald has known both achievements and the tiredness of battling a high-powered career. Emma talks about the apprehension and excitement as she transitions into her new role as Associate Editor at Her Canberra.

In this podcast Emma talks about the strategies she employs to hit reset, and the importance of having your sister wives. This conversation happens at a time as Emma is transitioning from a 23 year career to take the courageous step into a new role. As such she dives into this decision and the reality of stepping into the new. Emma is a generous and beautiful soul and these stories come through in this conversation.



Owner and Founder of international success story Carman’s Kitchen, Carolyn Creswell is undoubtedly one of Australia’s highest profile business women. In 2012 she was awarded Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year (after entering 16 times as she mentions in this podcast) and the winner of 2007 Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. As a proud mother of four young children with her husband Peter, Carolyn has a strong commitment to healthy work-life balance which is also reflected in the supportive culture of the Carman’s office.

In this episode Carolyn delves into a mountain of truths that she has learnt in her 24 years in business that now underpin her business success and her constant pursuit for personal growth. Through learning from her own mistakes, Carolyn talks about the importance of prioritising sleep, on getting clear on what is important to you, and how to make sure you are as diligent with your time as you are with your money. This episode is loaded with thoughtful and ‘I’ve been there’ type insights for anyone juggling work, family, life, and even just how to have the best dinner party ever (because you don’t have to cook it).



Three-time Olympic swimmer, Libby Trickett (nee Lenton), is well known for her beaming smile as she is for her determination and competitive nature. Whilst she learned to love racing in the water at the age of 4, the success she has had in the pool hasn't come without sacrifices. In this intimate interview Libby shares how it wasn't until watching the 2016 Rio Olympic games that she fully appreciated what she achieved in her swimming career. 

In her new role as QLD mental health ambassador, Libby shares her own struggles with mental health, and as Mum, the key actions she makes sure she comes make to in order to manage her own mental health.   


EPISODE 02 - Emma Isaacs

Global CEO of Business Chicks, Australia's largest women's networking group, Emma Isaacs is a trail-blazer. Emma With four kids under seven years old, and recently launching Business Chicks in the US. Emma has spent time with some of the world's greatest business visionaries, entrepreneurial minds and thought leaders including Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Arianna Huffington, Brene Brown, Sir Bob Geldof and Ita Buttrose. 

In this episode Emma unpacks Business Chicks secrets and her unique relationship with fear. 



Maz Compton is a media personality that has been both in front of the camera, behind the camera, and hit the heights of radio hosting both a national drive radio show, 'The Dan & Maz show', and a Sydney brekky show. 

In this episode Maz talks about listening to her 'spiritual GPS', particularly after her national show was axed. She talks about the struggle that she found giving up drinking for a year - surprisingly it wasn't hard for her, but setting boundaries for yourself clearly annoys the crap out of others! Maz embraces the Stand Out life, even as the next adventures start to come her way.