Northern Beaches Mums Group
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Despite a 15-year care career, Anglicare Care Team Manager Susan Hynes still gets excited when her home care staff share stories of an elderly person finding independence through their work.

“The little breakthrough moments where you see a tangible difference in someone’s life through care are so fulfilling. Some of the stories our care staff share are amazing – clients with dementia who are becoming non-verbal but have been able to connect through music, or who experience a moment of joy from a swim.”

Commencing work as a care worker at age 18 while studying at university, a career in care was not something Hynes originally set out to do.

“My degree was in Communications and English. I worked as a care worker while I was studying and I just really enjoyed it – the interactions with different clients, the flexibility in work hours and the ability to bring positive change into someone’s life. I looked at what more I could do in care, took up various care roles and eventually moved into care management.”

Today, Hynes is responsible for overseeing a growing team of more than 200 home care workers who provide vital help to elderly people through a range of services, including shopping, personal care, social support, meal preparation and general help around the home. She has been instrumental in helping to cultivate a supportive working environment that incorporates opportunities for accredited care qualifications, ongoing paid training and regular check-ins with staff. 

“Collaboration and support is a big part of our culture. Our home care workers have a call with their team leaders each week and they also meet face-to-face once a month at a café or out in the community. They get together, have a cup of coffee and just chat about how things are going and where they might need some extra support.”

With Australia’s ageing population set to increase rapidly over the next decade[1], training a new generation of care workers to meet growing demand for care services is an important focus for Hynes.

“We have a strong emphasis on learning and professional development and provide our care staff with pathways to obtain qualifications in aged care. We have workplace trainers who visit care staff out in the field. We have that expectation that you’re not going to stop learning once you move into a role as a care worker.

In addition to a desire to learn, Hynes says the ability to empathise with others is paramount to succeeding as a care worker. “Having a genuine care for other people and the ability to work collaboratively is important. Aside from the domestic services our home care workers provide, a big part of what they do is provide emotional support for clients and that could be in anything, from a personal care service to a transport service.

“We like for all care staff to have some regular clients because they really do build that relationship up over time and I think that for clients, they’ve got somebody they can trust and talk to.”

For Hynes, a rewarding career moment came during a regular care service for a client.

“I was caring for an elderly lady with dementia who lived right on the coast near one of those ocean pools. We’d gone out for a walk and she said, ‘you know what, I’d like to go for a swim’. She kept talking about it, so we checked with her daughter, got organised and went down to the baths. When we arrived at the baths, my client belly-busted into the water and we had a ball. Swimming was something she’d obviously done throughout her life and it came back to her that day. I could almost see what she looked like as a younger person. Being able to tap into that with somebody, to really help them experience joy, that’s the best feeling in the world.”

Anglicare’s Care Team manager Susan Hynes will be presenting a live Q&A about joining Anglicare’s Care Worker Team on Northern Beaches Mum’s Facebook page, on Wednesday 23rd of June from 8pm – 9pm.


Here at Explore and Develop Brookvale, we have a slightly more direct approach to early intervention and how we apply it in our classrooms. We pride ourselves on our Early Intervention Program and ensuring that all our toddlers are thriving and not just surviving in the Koala room (toddler room). Between the ages of 2 and 3, there are multiple developmental areas coming into focus. Whilst all children are different and milestones reached also differ, spotting potential areas of concern early, is key. There is never a situation where early intervention can have a negative impact, it is simply a case of nothing to lose undergoing the process, and perhaps, a lot to gain.

When we talk about Early Intervention, what we are referring to are the main areas of development: speech (both receptive and expressive) cognition, fine and gross motor skills, core strength, sensory processing and socioemotional development that might require some support in order to reach what we deem to be an age-appropriate level. This could be as small an issue as a child that struggles to enunciate certain words or hold themselves up on the mat (core strength is a key facet not only physically, but it linked to a child’s ability to concentrate age appropriately). We believe that although children can grow out of and learn to cope with these ‘issues’, there is no reason not to undertake the potential support and relief that Early Intervention can bring about. The changes that we have witnessed year in and year out, by our families that have undertaken the program and followed our lead, has been nothing short of phenomenal. As soon as this approach is taken, we see our children transform and thrive.  Early Intervention is naturally a phrase that makes most parents feel a sense of worry and fear which is understandable. Here at Explore and Develop we take a very holistic approach to child development and believe that the earlier we can spot any areas of support required, the quicker the resolve and the more likely the child is to thrive in later years. The program has come about through years of our dedicated and passionate Educators who believe each child is different, and identifying those different needs is absolutely key. Looking at the child as an individual rather than them blending into a sea of children, means our educators take stock over time of potential concerns and areas of support required and have a process in place that ensures the very best outcome for the child in question. “Every child is different and we are committed to ensuring that all the child’s individual needs are met in the context of who they are as well as what is happening for them developmentally”. This is our motto in the toddler room at Explore and Develop.

Our educators are well aware of the processes and steps involved; and how overwhelming it can be for parents. We are also aware of what is available out there in terms of support (NDIS and government ran programs as well as countless private services) and how these small steps can affect massive and positive change. We are there to guide parents through this and support them through our program, which has proven to be so beneficial to all children that have been involved. Research shows that if children who are experiencing any number of issues, that if left unsupported, can have a tremendous impact on future learning, for example, children who have unresolved speech issues at age 2-3, will most likely later on have literacy issues. Child development is in constant flow, children are constantly learning, literacy learning begins at birth.  Here is an example of how something as small as not being able to concentrate age appropriately can lead to greater problems: Writing is a natural progression that evolves from drawing experiences, if a child is struggling to sit and concentrate, due to core strength, (something that could be seemingly dismissed as age appropriate or normal for a toddler) then this child is unable to learn and develop and progress the skill of scribble and drawing, this will then impact their writing and literacy skills later in life. There are multiple examples of this sort of developmental links and the issue doesn’t have to be a lifelong ‘label’. Research also shows that the earlier these areas of support are discovered, not only the better the overall outcome but the time required needed to assist this area of support is shorter. Children that have gone into the Dalwood children’s services under 3 programs have had a nearly 100% success rate and have not had to return to speech therapy in Preschool years or beyond.

Here at Explore and Develop, we have moved past the stigma that can be brought about by Early Intervention, we have close working relationships with all services involved; speech, psychology and occupational therapy services, as well as working alongside our families throughout the process. We work closely with our families and the children’s services, to have an active role within the classroom with any support a child might be receiving. We replicate it and have our own processes within the classroom that we can work with, depending on what the needs of the child are.

Miss Charly Davis is a Senior Educator and founder of the Early Intervention Program at Explore and Develop Brookvale. Miss Charly has been at Explore and Develop Brookvale for 4 years and is an ardent advocate for Early Intervention, and ensuring children thrive and not just survive in their learning environments. She is passionate about ensuring all children reach their fullest developmental potential.

If you would like to book a tour, please call Charlene on 9939 8336.

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You have decided you are ready to get out there, to date again, maybe even to love again but where to start?

You are probably wondering …

Should I go to bars? But who will look after the kids? Drinking ruins my health kick (that I start every Monday religiously) and I have so little “me time” that I’d rather spend that time catching up with my existing friends and family that I’m grossly neglecting!

Be introduced? But how awkward going to all that effort only to feel desperate and realise “Mr perfect” has bad breath and now I have two people to subtly break the news to. My best friend and her colleague. Eek!

Speed dating? Fantastic … a human sushi train filled with rejection for the entree, cringing for the main and the longest five minutes of my life for dessert… no thanks!

Online Dating. Which app do I choose? Am I a ‘Bumble’ Bumble-bee?….Perhaps a ‘Tinder’ Tinder-ella? Or shall I get un-Hinged on ‘Hinge’? Feeling my heart rate racing already …and not in the good way!

Manifestation. Do I need to vision board my dream man into my life? As much as I would love to dedicate a year to being Julia Roberts in the movie “Eat-Pray-Love”, being a single mum is more like being the leading lady in a 24 hour action film called “Clean-Play-Fark (my life)” even though I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Cynical jokes (from someone who truly gets) aside, I have some good news and tips for you in terms of where to start …

1: Start with YOU.

Design your 10/10 day. Be realistic with a sprinkling of inspirational then action that plan in the MOST social way available. Add stuff from your bucket list.

For example, if you power walk solo for exercise, start doing it in a group a few times a week. If you enjoy business but mainly watch webinars start going to networking events (many are on zoom now so a great opportunity if you have young kids.) If you love self-help books, start going to motivational seminars! Mathematically, the bigger your network is, the higher the chance of a “spark” (and with someone who shares similar interests) all whilst doing the things that bring you closer to your goals.

2: Birds of a feather flock together.

When you meet amazing couples or people, rather than thinking “all the good ones are taken” or “why not me”… Nurture a genuine friendship and be proactive and invite them over for a barbecue and encourage them to bring friends as you never know who they know plus according to Oprah “you become like the 5 people you spend the most time with” and you will be connecting with amazing people. Find or create meet ups for other single parents with kids of a similar age so you can be a support network for each other and who knows, possibly even more!

3: Get Online – Let go of “HOW” you meet them.

It amazes me how people are so resistant to “meeting someone online” when the reality is that it honestly does not matter where you meet, it matters that you meet. 

Let’s think logistics… single parents are busy… online is convenient… other single parents, career types and busy people who don’t know where to start are on also there (and probably hate the idea as much as you!). 
Love is our deepest human need; you are not alone. Have fun, see it as networking and making new friends and use facetime to screen people via a friendly intro call before wasting your time on awkward and time consuming first dates.

Here is the perfect profile formula. 

A. Two recent photos. One ultra-natural and one being the best version of you smiling (new mummy’s that might mean having your first shower in a week.) 

B. Start with an attention grabbing headline like “prepared to lie about where we met”… use humour and be authentic and quirky.

C. Then describe a typical day in your life including plenty of conversation starters and unique details about you! A profile should make a quick first impression of you, spark interest and start a conversation, it should not be an essay. 

Less is more and be real. 

For example – 

A little about me: a typical day in my life would start with a walk in nature, running my home business by day and ending my day with a delicious home cooked dinner with a glass of organic red before quality family time and reading anything to do with science – yes I am a self-professed foodie and geek! 

4: Self Love.

The relationship you have with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship.

Sit down and ask yourself “would I date me”? Under the headings of looks, qualities and lifestyle list the top 5 reasons why and the top 5 why not. 
Everyday get grateful for the reasons why and work on the reasons why not (always with self-kindness and compassion).

And always remember, there are as many pro’s and con’s to being single as there are being in a relationship so enjoy every fabulous moment of exactly where you are at whilst having fun attracting the next fabulous chapter!

Miranda Claire is “THE SOULMATE COACH”.

She is essentially “Hitch” (Will Smith as the Dating Coach in the movie blockbuster “Hitch”) meets “Married (or matched in Miranda’s case) at first sight” (Chanel 9) plus is a candid couples coach. She is a leading (and highly credible plus internationally certified) Love expert, Matchmaker & Couples Coach who works internationally and is based in Sydney.

She is known as “The Soulmate Coach” because she helps singles meet their soul mate and couples find their spark and even helps people become relationship coaches and experts (her mission is to spread LOVE all over the world one person and heart at a time!)

She works with singles, couples and soulpreneurs and is a relationship expert. She is an experienced and dynamic LOVE Expert (coach, speaker & writer) who appears regularly in the media and attracts lots of positive attention and engagement.


In the midst of a global pandemic many of us have found ourselves isolated or unable to escape a confronting reality. Unresolved emotional wounds can surface and become more prevalent than ever. How do we heal these emotional wounds?

It’s interesting to note that the reason why we are able to deny the existence of emotional wounds is because they often lie deeply imbedded in our unconscious mind. Therefore, on an everyday basis, at the conscious level, we are unaware of their existence. However, that doesn’t meant they don’t exist.

We all accept the fact that when we injure ourselves physically we expect to take the time and effort required to assist and support our body through the healing process. For example, if we break our leg we go to a surgeon who aligns the bones, puts our leg in a plaster cast and we then we rest our leg to give it time to heal gradually. We certainly do not expect to run a marathon the next day.

However, when it comes to emotional wounds we expect them to just go away. Unfortunately they don’t.

Emotional wounds that are not properly healed fester just as physical wounds would. They morph and grow and commonly manifest in such things as anxiety, lack of confidence or self-worth, addiction, negative self-talk, emotional blocks, lack of motivation, fears, phobias, a deep sense of inadequacy or not feeling good enough, intimacy issues or overly controlling behaviour.

I describe all of these things as a state of un-ease.

Because our body and mind are interconnected, the reality is if we hold onto a state of un-ease, such as anxiety, long enough, it will eventually accumulate in our body and cause dis-ease.

We seem to overlook many basic principles in our busy western culture. For example, we understand that assaulting a person on the street is a criminal offence – and there’s a reason for this: assault is damaging and harmful. However, we think if we were assaulted as children, that’s okay – that’s just what happened. Well not only is it not okay, but any child that is assaulted is seriously wounded and damaged – not just at the physical level but at a deeply emotional level.

Additionally, if the assault was committed by a parent or carer, the damage is much more severe than if we were assaulted by a stranger on the street because firstly we’ve been injured by the person that’s supposed to protect us and secondly they are much bigger than us. Thus we have no defence and no protection. As a child we also have no understanding.

It’s for this reason that I see people every week who are still crying in their thirties, forties, fifties, sixties and seventies over unresolved childhood wounds: emotional wounds.

The good news is when we address past emotional wounds and when we know how to heal them, we can heal them profoundly.

Then we become a completely different person – unencumbered by the damage of our past. We literally set ourselves free and it’s a wonderful process to be part of and see.

It’s important to understand that emotional wounds cannot be healed consciously. No amount of talk therapy will set us free, no matter how committed we may be and no matter how talented our therapist may be. This is because, as stated earlier, past emotional wounds and damage lies deeply embedded in our unconscious mind. In fact, consciously we often have no idea what they are and where they came from.

For this reason, healing at the emotional level is something we need to do through the unconscious body mind work, using combinations of therapy that tap into this deeper fundamental part of us such as hypnotherapy and other supporting unconscious methods and modalities.

When they are healed unconsciously it’s an incredible process, just as most unconscious processes are. They simply dissipate – and they never return. The changes are profound and can be felt instantly. We feel as if a huge weight has been lifted and we’ve been set free. And this is because that’s literally what has happened.

I guess when you understand the unconscious mind and how it works, this is hardly surprising. We are dealing with the part of you that allows your organs to function, your heart to beat, your blood to flow. This is the part of you that brings the sperm and egg together, that naturally prompts your blood to clot when you graze your knee – this is the part of you that allows you to survive and thrive on every level, emotionally and physically.

We seriously underestimate the power within us all.

Being privileged enough to witness profound and instant healing every day of my life brings with it a certain heaviness and sadness. A realisation that people live with unnecessary deeply rooted blocks to their joy is sad. So many have missed the opportunity to expand their lives in wonderful ways when they didn’t need to. Too many become reliant on medication when they could overcome these blocks quickly, easily and naturally.

Wonderful platforms like Northern Beaches Mums provide opportunities to spread hope through understanding – to literally change lives through knowledge.

The great understanding to take away from this is:

  • We can heal from inside out.
  • Healing emotional wounds is natural.
  • Like a snake shedding its skin, it’s permanent.
  • Our body/mind interconnectedness means we can heal physical things emotionally.
  • Unconsciously we are driven to heal and thrive.
  • A state of un-ease can be a great catalyst for our healing.
  • “Bad” feelings are often our body telling us what needs healing.

Sam Makhoul from A Higher Branch tells his story of how his chronic hip pain simply dissolved and never came back – through unconscious emotional healing. You can listen to it through his “Best Of” Spotify Episode here (starts around 12.5 minutes in). He had tried everything – physiotherapy, osteopathy, and a whole variety of other modalities and nothing had worked. It had even been suggested that he needed surgery. However, when his unconscious mind healed, he stood up astounded – within a couple of hours he was pain free: instantly and permanently.

Our bodies hold onto emotional damage in strange and often surprising ways.

Countless examples of the body/mind interconnection spring to mind over my years in practice. Some of my favourites though are:

  • A doctor who felt their head was disconnected from their body their entire life – until their abandonment as a small baby wound was healed.
  • A pilot who had blurred vision after a laser was accidentally shone in his eyes. It was constant for over 15 months – until his unconscious mind literally gave him clear vision through a deep emotional healing. We never consciously knew what it was.
  • A mother in her fifties who suddenly developed debilitating knee pain which not even surgery could resolve – until the wounds of her abusive mother throwing a table on her knee at age 6 were healed.

We all have a profound ability to heal at the deepest level imaginable – and to change our lives in the most wonderful and profound ways.

I wonder, could our new or current reality be a blessing in disguise – a way to bring about the healing we need, the healing we’ve managed to put aside or avoid most of our lives?

Lyn Megan Macpherson (M.A., M.Ed., Dip.Clin.Hyp., Dip.NLP) is a Double Masters qualified, award winning, Government Accredited Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, Social Ecologist, Transformative Psychotherapist and published author.

Lyn has researched and practiced revolutionary ways to overcome fears, anxieties, and all forms of destructive patterns of thinking and behaviour in order to generate long-term, natural and transformative change. She specialises in empowering people with anxiety to calmly take control of their lives to confidently create their ultimate future.


BOOK NOW for the Back To School Guide!

Term 3 is on it’s way and once again we will be running the Back to School Guide, which is the perfect guide to showcase your business!

This guide is perfect for all types of businesses including local sports clubs, dance schools, swimming schools, baby classes, after school tutors etc.

Our mums love to support local businesses and receive recommendations for great activities. The campaign will reach 10s of 1000s of mums by running across our website, our Facebook Page, our 4 Facebook Groups, a special edition EDM and in our Weekly Newsletters. See the recent Back To School Term 2 2021 Activity Guide here.

The Campaign:

Booking Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 30th June 2021
Launch Date: Monday 5th July 2021
Special Edition EDM (sent via email to over 10,500 subscribers): Monday 5th July 2021
Individual post for your business on our Facebook Page: Commencing Monday 5th July 2021, scheduled in booking order
Individual post for your business on our Instagram: Commencing Monday 5th July 2021, scheduled in booking order
Activity Guide post on all NBMs Facebook Groups and Facebook Page: Monday 5th July 2021

  • Northern Beaches Mums Facebook Page – 19,713 likes
  • Northern Beaches Mums Facebook Group – 26,185 members
  • Northern Beaches Business Mums – 3,383 members
  • Northern Beaches Kids Classifieds – 18,709 members
  • Northern Beaches Noticeboard – 9,157 members
  • Northern Beaches Mums Instagram – 5,358 followers

Featured article on NBMs Website: From Monday 5th July 2021
Weekly Newsletter Advert: From Monday 5th July 2021
Website Banner Advert: 1 month from Monday 5th July 2021
Cost: $199.00 plus GST

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Bluebird Creative Studio

At Bluebird Creative Studio in Queenscliff, they pride themselves on professionalism, creativity and their relaxed approach to teaching that really makes them unique and encourages students to express themselves freely.

The pre-school classes for children from 18 months old, are designed to inspire through a variety of dance styles, improvisation and story telling with props.

Classes for children of school age are structured to provide an environment for creative expression and to build self confidence. 

As a registered provider for the Creative Kids and Active Kids program, you can redeem your $100 voucher/s for dance classes or creative holiday workshops. 

Community is at the heart of everything that they do and they would love to welcome you into the Bluebird family. If you’re not sure, please go along to a trial class and experience the Bluebird Creative Studio difference for yourself.

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    Trying to nail being a healthy mama and juggling everything life throws at you can be difficult. It’s easy to get caught up with looking after your family and keeping on top of everything at work that you forget to make yourself a priority. But there are some simple changes you can make to help juggle your daily commitments without losing focus on your health.

    Know your priorities

    It’s not unusual for everyone to want a piece of you at the same time. Your boss wants you to read over reports, the kids want your attention, there’s housework, not to mention meal prep, school lunches, laundry, homework, being your child’s taxi and connecting with your partner. If you’re a people pleaser, you’ll find it hard to say no. To avoid the overwhelm and struggle it helps to know your priorities. Get up a little earlier and write down everything you have to do that day. Go through the list and label everything that absolutely has to be done that day with a number #1. Anything that’s not as urgent, label with a #2, and everything else is a #3. Lastly, delegate what you can to other people. If it means getting the kids to put away the dishes, even if it’s not up to your standards – do it. And remember, you need to be a priority too.

    Meal preparation can mean more time

    Having pre-prepared healthy meals that you pull out after a long day can feel like such a lifesaver when you’ve got hungry mouths in front of you. Setting aside a couple of hours on a weekend for meal prepping creates more time for you during the week. Or make double batches when you’re cooking on a weeknight to put in the freezer for a rainy day. Create big meals the entire family can enjoy so you’re not cooking something for you and your partner, and then different meals for all the kids. Try Mediterranean-style meals that are simple to prepare. For salads that can’t be frozen, pre-chop all your vegetables and keep them in sealed containers, so all you have to do is combine them in a bowl, add a dressing and serve. When the evening comes , serve dinner nice and early – heat and eat – and once the dishes are done, you have the rest of the evening to spend time with your family. The Fast 800 have a diverse range of scrumptious Mediterranean-style meals on their website you can access for free.

    Combine exercise with quality time with your kids

    One of the most common complaints from mums is not having enough time to exercise, let alone everything else they need to do throughout the day. By turning your exercise routine into fun activities you can do with your children, you’re streamlining the things you need to juggle. If you have toddlers, introduce them to resistance training in the swimming pool or yoga. For primary-aged school children and up, go to the beach or take a nature walk. On the weekends, play backyard cricket, head out to hidden waterways with an inflatable SUP or try a ninja warrior style obstacle course.

    Find quality childcare

    You deserve time-out for yourself, so look for ways to feel comfortable, knowing your children are in good care. Maybe hire a babysitter, so you can spend a night out with your partner or time indulging in reading a book. Team up with another family to take care of your kids for an evening so you can have some time to yourself, and return the favour later. Even if you’re not a working mum, organised childcare once a week can give you the break you need, particularly if you’re not lucky enough to live near grandparents who often love to help!.

    Get a good night’s sleep

    Sleeping well can make a huge difference to how you handle situations. Sleep-deprived mums are more prone to gaining weight, having hormonal imbalances and being quick-tempered due to tiredness. If you have a newborn, you’ll be well aware of how fragile you feel with broken sleep. You’ll be surprised by the difference regular early nights can make to your temperament. If you are having trouble sleeping, try a Mediterranean style diet to improve your microbiome and hormonal balance.

    Gabrielle is the Nutritionist and Recipe Developer for The Fast 800. She has a passion for making good health attainable and sustainable through educating people to make the right health choices for them.

    Sydney Grammar School St Ives Prep offers a unique 5-day Preschool programme for deeply curious 4 year old boys who are driven by special interest and a thirst for understanding.

    Our Preschool provides opportunities for richer learning, where boys will make discoveries and develop theories, while they build competencies in literacy, music, creative arts, science, physical education, and numeracy.

    A play-based learning programme offers boys attending our Preschool the freedom to try things out, to make mistakes, to invest their curiosity, intelligence, and intrigue as they explore carefully planned experiences and provocations. Our teaching is intentional, supporting the boys as confident, enthusiastic learners, and building a foundation for their wellbeing and future achievement.

    Our Preschool programme connects the pedagogical practices of the first years of formal schooling with holistic play-based learning. Our aim is to support the development of learning dispositions including curiosity, creativity, commitment, cooperation, confidence, enthusiasm, imagination, reflexivity and persistence. These will become the foundations for education at Grammar.

    At the end of the Preschool year, the boys move up to Kindergarten with strong peer relationships, an ability to negotiate and resolve conflict, courage to make mistakes and persist in their resolution, an understanding and appreciation for routines and School structure and a positive notion of what it means to be a Grammar boy.

    Written by Mrs Leigh Higgins, Preschool Master at St Ives Prep

    Apply Now

    Applications to attend Preschool in 2022 are closing soon. To apply or to find out more, contact the Enrolments Office on 8302 5200 or email

    We spoke with Warren Jacobs, National Business Development Manager at leading Property Investment Consultancy, Meridian Australia, about the 10 fundamental tips he would recommend for new property investors.

    Navigating the world of property investment can be complex for first-time investors. However, it doesn’t have to be a daunting or difficult process, provided the right education is acquired and guidance is in place.

    Top 10 tips for new investors

    01. Have A Plan.

    Property investors who fail to prepare, they should prepare to fail. 75% of investors only ever get to purchase one property and the vast majority sell within a few years at a loss. It is imperative to know what you are aiming for, with what and for how long?

    02. Have A Budget.

    The budget for me is a simple one. Be ultra-conservative in terms of what a property could cost to hold. One of the biggest reason’s investors don’t succeed is they can’t hold during tough times and are forced to sell. A good accountant and/or financial planner can help you set out your strategies and structures.

    03. Use A Good Mortgage Broker.

    A good broker will make the world of difference in terms of getting the best deal for your circumstances, helping you through the complexity of borrowing money today, applying good old fashioned customer service and forming a long-term meaningful relationship.

    04. Do Your Homework.

    There is a detailed level of criteria required in the consideration phase of an investment property purchase. My recommendation for first-time investors is to stay educated on the macro and micro investment fundamentals and also the trending topics that may emerge, such as lending and consumer sentiment. Learn more about the macro and micro fundamentals to master for property investment success here.

    05. Use Your Brain, Not Heart.

    This is so easy to say but very difficult to follow. Where you want to live and spend your life is a matter for your heart. Where one wants to make money is a quite different story altogether. There are macro and micro fundamentals that are imperative to understand what a market will become in years to come, a market that should show good growth, have very little vacancy, that attracts decent tenants and owner-occupiers alike.

    06. Don’t Listen To Family and Friends.

    Once again be guided by unbiased, independent expert analysis, not friends and family who may have never even invested themselves.

    07. Be Patient.

    Making money in property takes time. Understand this from the get-go. Property Cycles will generally take 7-10 years. You must be prepared to hold the investment property or properties for the long-term to achieve superior outcomes.

    08. Always Have A Defects Report Completed.

    Before purchasing any property, it is imperative to have a defects report completed before settling. A defects report can be completed by a Building Inspection company.

    09. Use A Successful Property Manager.

    Once you have taken the step to purchase your first investment property, naturally you will want the very best tenants to live in the property. To save you slaving hours away trying to find this person/couple/family, lean on the expertise of a successful local property manager. A good property manager is worth their weight in gold. Again, looking for decent referrals is key.

    10. Evaluate Your Plan, Yearly.

    Every 12 months try and evaluate your plan….”How has the market done, am I in a position to purchase again, do I sit for a while, what is my next move?”

    Looking to get the property investment conversation started? Book your property investment strategy call with us today here.

    Or, just looking to stay in the loop? To stay up-to-date make sure you join our Property Market Pulse newsletter here.

    Warren Jacobs – National Business Development Manager at Meridian Australia
    Phone: 9939 3249

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    *Disclaimer: When considering purchasing property, it is always prudent to seek the advice of an appropriately qualified professional to determine which strategy is most appropriate for your circumstance.

    Our stress set point is often determined by the way we were cared for by our primary caregiver. So what can we do to reset and rewire our nervous systems for more resilience?

    You haven’t slept, everyone is sick, you just had an argument with your partner, and now, you’re on the groceries and tissues run with your youngest going into full meltdown.

    For all its joys and deep sense of fulfilment, there are times when being a mother is really overwhelming.    

    Parenting is a full-time and often relentless job without holidays or pay — especially during the first 18 months of a baby’s life. Rachel Cusk, a novelist, describes this as ‘sort of serfdom, a slavery, in that I am not free to go.’ This is fertile ground for mums to experience high levels of stress. It can start a process of losing their ‘sense of self’.  

    Our own early life sets our emotional thermostat 

    Our emotional thermostat – the point at which we ‘lose it’ and the length of time it takes to calm down again – is often determined by the way we were cared for by our primary caregiver. For example, if we were mothered by a mum under extreme stress, then it’s highly likely that we’ll repeat those patterns. 

    Corrosive cortisol – the stress hormone – once triggered, soon overwhelms our nervous system taking us on a downward spiral of over-reaction. By then it’s pretty hard to ‘calm down’ just by thinking about calming down because we are in a state of high stress arousal.  

    Experiences in infancy leave some people almost constantly in this high stress state. In fact writers such as Sue Gerhardt maintain that our ability to regulate our nervous system well when under stress is set in the first six to 12 months of life. Of course that is when most mums and their partners are facing the biggest adjustments and challenges in caring for their new baby. And this is exactly the point in time when your own birth trauma – what you didn’t get or got too much of as an infant – gets activated. This is how inter-generational stress gets passed down through the generations.   

    Birth imprints affect how we see the world 

    Our won birth is our first major imprint from the world and it affects how we perceive relationships at a deep subconscious level. What are all these bright lights? Where is Mum? Can I connect to her eyes? Is the world a dangerous place? Why all this pain? (Believe it or not it wasn’t until 2006 that the Australian Medical Association recognised that babies actually feel pain!) 

    My own birth story

    My own birth story was fairly typical of a Melbourne hospital in 1971: an unsupported mum in a fairly uncaring hospital environment. No Dad or doula on the scene, just a stressed out mid-wife, who Mum recounted many years later, was really rude to her.   

    So here is what my birth record says;

    mid-forceps delivery with episiotomy and tear, sutured.  Pain relief used – nitrous oxide and oxygen (the oxygen helps fetal oxygenation) and a pudendal block (to relieve pain associated with the pushing stage of labor).  Length of labour not recorded’.

    Just a few words captures the physical reality of what happened. But what to make of the emotional imprint of that type of birth upon my own life?    

    For a start I often had a massive enthusiasm for new projects in life, then lose all interest and often feel totally hopeless, or chuck a hissy fit. Can you guess what that might be about? The pain-killer nitrous oxide plus the local anaesthetic hit my mother’s nervous system and then by extension me! So I’m all enthusiastic, coming down the birth canal, really raring to go and BAM! Everything… slows… right… down.   

    According to Robyn Fernance, in her great book ‘Being Born’ (2003), forceps delivered babies often feel pressured in life (tick), find that when they really want to go for it, they will feel stuck or held back by situations and /or people, and need someone or something to pull them out, in order to free themselves of the pressures of it all (tick), and may often feel they are under the pressure of someone else’s authority (big tick).  

    I might also add that as a young teenager I would often get strong headaches that I would ‘cure’ by hitting my head against a plastered wall at home (probably not so great for my brainpower, but it relieved the headache!).This was possibly a way of my body acting out a very old painful imprint to my forehead.  

    How to heal using the conscious connected breath

    So early life and birth can impact how we respond to stress and in fact our subconscious attitudes to life, but what can we do about it? How do we go about healing those early experiences and habitual emotional patterns? In traditional talk therapy it is almost impossible to get back to pre-toddler (pre-verbal) memories.

    A more directly embodied alternative to talk therapy is conscious connected breathing or breathwork. Just to be clear, this is not the style of breathwork advocated by Wim Hof, but rather the style of breathwork that came out of California in 1970s and 1980s through pioneers like Stanislav Grof who introduced holotropic breathwork to Australia in 1981.  

    How does active breathing help us heal? By taking us back to the scene of the ‘event’ in a safe yet powerful way. Our psyche knows that this time it’s okay to feel the pain, the sorrow, the separation anxiety or whatever happened around our birth story. And the body knows how to let go of pent-up emotional energy around the event. This is the premise of breathwork therapy — liberation of stuck emotional energy which then allows for more space to feel pleasure and joy in the body. 

    Breathwork therapy for me has been the most powerful key to letting go of rage, grief, frustration, anxiety and the major key to my generally contented state of life at this point! If you’ve got some frustrations in your life, feeling overwhelmed or just have a sense that things could be better, breathwork could be something for you to investigate. 

    Phil Morey is a breathwork teacher and trainer recognised by the Australian Breathwork Association. He has been offering breathwork retreats with his co-facilitator, Suzanne Zankin, for over a decade. Retreats and workshops are offered in the Kangaroo Valley and at Moruya Heads.

    Are you looking for ways to support your child’s growth and development? Consuming nutritious foods is an obvious step to getting the essential nutrients needed for overall health, however not all kids like to eat spinach and broccoli! Whether they are picky eaters, on restricted diets, or think they are too busy to eat well, limited diets can lead to nutrient deficiencies. Let’s discuss key vitamins and minerals that will support the health and development of our child – starting today. (3,4)

    Nutrients for Bone Support

    Approximately 90% of peak bone mass has been built by age 18. (5) The importance of supporting bone health actually begins during pregnancy and continues throughout childhood and beyond. A number of different factors impact bone health, such as genetics, gender, ethnicity, exercise, and lifestyle, plus nutritional factors like calcium, vitamin D, and protein intake. In cases of dietary limitations, appropriate intake of these nutrients in supplement form may be beneficial.

    Although calcium is one of the most well-known nutrients for building strong bones and teeth, other nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin D3, and vitamin K2 are also required for bone health. Vitamin D3 is needed for the proper absorption of calcium, while vitamin K2 activates osteocalcin, a bone-forming protein. Vitamin K2 also makes sure calcium is directed to the bones instead of soft tissues. In addition, multivitamin and mineral supplements often provide magnesium, an important mineral that supports over 300 enzymes, contributes to bone structure, and is involved in energy production and muscle contraction.

    Nutrients for Immune Support

    On average, children can have about 6–10 colds per year. (6) Current evidence suggests that nutrients such as vitamins C and D and zinc, may help prevent colds and shorten the duration and/or lessen symptoms. (7) In addition to supporting immune health, vitamin C is an antioxidant that supports the growth of teeth, bones, gums, and ligaments, along with helping to absorb iron, a vital mineral. Iron supports growth and development in children, is involved in the production of red blood cells, and plays an important role in immune function. Zinc is a key mineral involved in wound healing, growth, and development, and supports the function of immune cells.

    Children’s Multivitamins: Choose Quality

    Multivitamins designed for children provide an array of nutrients to support growth and development. Multivitamins with added whole-food concentrates, such as organic fruits and vegetables, provide a blend of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients, offering further support for young ones to help fill nutrient gaps. Appropriate intake of nutrients, along with movement, fresh air, and good sleep, will help provide a successful foundation of health for active and growing children.

    By Dr. Stephanie Rubino BSc, ND
    Naturopathic Doctor & Whole Earth & Sea Expert


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