Furry Tails Mobile Hydrobath

Jacqui Smith, like many of us had hit a road block in her career and was on a journey to discover what her real passion in life was.  In a bid to find some inspiration, she typed the word ‘dogs’ into JobSeek and eight months later she is the trusted furry-god mother to so many amazing puppies and pooches!

WHAT IS FURRY TALES…?

Furry tails is a locally run dog washing/grooming business that comes right to your door!

HOW DID FURRY TAILS COME ABOUT.. come to life?

Furry Tails was born out of a sheer love for dogs and their happiness.  My dream wasn’t fully realised until I had hit a roadblock in my career.  While on a journey to discover my passion, I had typed the word ‘dogs’ into JobSeek hoping to be inspired, and that’s when a mobile dog wash company popped up!
This sparked the idea, and I realised this could be the career I had always dreamed of.  I started investigating further, and volunteered at a veterinary clinic assisting in the grooming of the dogs.  It was so great!  I found that my love of dogs and their wellbeing had led me to the perfect job.  I have a background in graphic design so used those skills to create my branding.  I wanted it to be to be clean, eye catching and fun, so I recreated something I had been drawing since kindergarten, a dog under a rainbow.  And that’s how my furry tail story began!

HOW LONG HAS FURRY TAILS BEEN UP + RUNNING FOR?
Eight wonderful months

EVERYBODY HAS SOMETHING.. what do you love about your job?

Being a furry god mother to all the wonderful dogs out there and being able to pamper them and make them sparkle!  PLUS I get to pat all the dogs which is just the dream and I meet so many lovely people on the way.

IS YOUR JOB EXCITING.. or do you just play with dogs all day?

It’s definitely exciting because I play with dogs all day!  There is a lot of excitement that comes with visiting new/returning dogs and getting to know them.  Most of the dogs are fantastic and take a bath like a champ, others can be tricky but that’s why I always have a wide range of locally made tasty treats with me at all times!  I win them over.  Some dogs can be cheeky but I try to create a positive experience for all my furry tail creatures so that they enjoy their bath time.

WHAT IS PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE OF FURRY TALES?

My hopes for the future are to grow the business and expand my customer database around Geelong and surrounds.  I have plans to expand the business into other areas, for example, home-made dog treats, cologne sprays and hand-made dog collars.

I see Furry Tails potentially expanding into a franchise down the track.  I’d love to give other people the opportunity to work at an amazing job that is super fur-fulling.

 

HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT.. get in contact + find out more?

Give me a call or text on 0404 706 506 to book an appointment!

You can also check me out on Facebook – furrytailsmobile OR browse the cute dog pictures on my Instagramfurrytailshydrobath

Just One Thing. Imagine (jot.I)

Kim Bradbury isn’t just a mum-preneur, she isn’t just our very own Business Manager AND she’s featured on Domain.com.  Determined to provide a real solution to our worlds waste problem.  That is the driving force behind Just One Thing. Imagine (jot.I) and believing in the most ordinary products that can make the biggest impact.

 

WHAT DO YOU DO AT JOT.I? – where did you start to where you are now?

At jot.I, I take unloved and unwanted pieces of clothing and turn them into something completely new…bags.  One of my favourite things when designing a new bag, is to make sure it retains a piece of what it once was – which I hope brings a smile to my customers.

I started with a small idea for a shopping bag – supermarkets were advertising that they were going to stop single use plastic bags, but would replace them with a different type of manufactured bag, which seemed a little counterproductive to the environmental problems that the world is facing – and I knew that I didn’t want to manufacture a bag in a factory, I wanted to create something that might make a difference to the world in which we live.  So I thought about fashion waste and how we as a country discard on average 23kg of textile waste per year, much of which ends up in landfill, despite donations to charity shops; and so, I looked for a way that I could use clothing to make a shopping bag, that might in some small way, leave a positive impact on the world.  That’s how Just One Thing. Imagine (or jot.I for short) was born.

The solution I came up with, was a shopping bag made entirely from a men’s shirt.  It still has the placket and the pocket, which I think is fun and it wraps up neatly to fit in a handbag or sit in your car, and is secured by the cuff of the shirt, making it 100% recycled.

From this one idea, I now make satchels, totes, lunch bags, phone stands, sunglass cases…anything I can think of to make sure I use every scrap of material and ensure I am a true zero waste business.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN UPCYCLING/RECYCLING + REDUCING WASTE… and making master pieces?

This question was a bit of an eye opener for me, because I officially started upcycling when I started my business in October 2018.  However, when I look back, I have been doing this since I was a little girl.

One of my strongest memories as a child is sitting with scraps of material that were left over from garments that my Mum would sew (I am lucky by the way, to have a very talented seamstress for a Mum) and I would wrap the scraps around my dolls to create what I thought was the most wonderful couture outfits.

Then when I was a teenager,  before I threw out any clothes, I would always try them on and consider if they could be re-vamped with the talents of my Mum, before I threw them out.  This often meant that dresses became a top, or a long skirt became a mini and I always had a wardrobe that was filled with one of a kind pieces.

So, looking back, I guess I have been upcycling all of my life, but now I have a child of my own, I take it a little more serious as I want to leave a legacy for him that we can be proud of.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?

In one word… creating and problem solving.  I love looking at an unloved piece of clothing and then turning that into as many useful everyday pieces as I can.

My favourite so far has been coming up with the idea to use the extra men’s shirt cuffs that I had left over from my shopping bags and to incorporate them into a functional part of the design for my sunglasses cases.

WHAT IS your SECRET.. to being a mum-preneur?

Family and friends.  Without their honest feedback, encouragement and support – I wouldn’t have had the courage to become a mum-preneur.

 

To check out Kim Bradbury’s website to go: https://justonethingimagine.com.au/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jot.imagine/

OR have a read of Kim’s feature on domain.com.au : https://www.domain.com.au/living/the-rise-of-the-hobbyist-796778/?utm_campaign=strap-masthead&utm_source=domain-homepage&utm_medium=link

Redcat Academy

Since the day I finished school (here in Geelong at St Joey’s) I have constantly striven to follow my passion for martial arts training.

 

What is Redcat Academy?

Our Academy is a thinking-centered martial arts school.  Our focus is on empowering people to prevail in the great ‘game of life’ through the practice and study of martial arts.  Our school is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu focused – which allows us to create the perfect environment to challenge people, provide them with world-class self-defense skills, all while teaching them to problem-solve and discover inner-resources they never knew existed – whilst having a lot of fun.  Bonus outcomes also include, achieving optimal and functional fitness, making new friends and leaving some of life’s stresses at the door.  Our approach is very holistic.

Tell us a little about how Redcat started; and what’s the thinking behind the name?

Since the day I finished school (here in Geelong at St Joey’s) I have constantly striven to follow my passion for martial arts training.  At the age of 18, already obsessed with training, I headed overseas and began an international training odyssey, that saw me training in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Japan, China, the USA, brazil and a number of other countries.

Although that journey has never really ended, eventually (after 10-12 years), I settled down and opened up an academy here in Geelong.  That was a result of me realizing, that perhaps my true vocation was in teaching – rather than just training or competing.  Teaching others, gives me immense satisfaction – and I have put as much work and effort into honing this skill as I have into the physical aspects of my martial arts training.

The name Redcat originated from my time spent in South East Asia, where my nickname was ‘The Cat’ – due to a reputation I had for having ‘nine lives’.  And now, 40 years later, the name of our Academy enjoys a re-purposed version of that name, in that I think all people grow and develop through various ‘versions’ of themselves, as they make their way through life.  None of us are the same person we were five years ago – we become better problem-solvers, we learn develop better and better immunity to stress and drama, our model of how the world works and how we can work with that model becomes increasingly more sophisticate as time goes by.  In a way, we all have nine lives … many more in fact.  And so … Redcat Academy. Go Cats!

Speaking of the Geelong Cats? Do you work with our home team?

Yes we do!  They are a wonderful group of young men we some very forward thinking leadership overseeing their development.  The coaching staff are committed to shaping young men into being great community-conscious citizens, athletes worth emulating, if you like.  I work with the team on occasion (pre-season grappling training, etc) and regularly with some of the coaching staff.  It is a privilege.

Apart from your work at the Academy – do you work for or with any other organisations?

Again yes.  I have done a lot of work for the Australian Military – at both ADFA and Duntroon – developing unarmed combatives packages and training their trainers.  I have done similar work for staff at Quantico in Virginia (USA) and law enforcement agencies in a number of countries.  I have also done a lot of work conducting seminars for other martial arts school and organisations – and have been averaging more than 100 seminars a year for the past two decades.  Our schedule is very full; but we love it, the work is very, very rewarding.

How long have you been up and running as a business?

Around 35 years now!

What do you love about your job?

Almost everything.  I love the people, the challenge of it all.  I love the problem solving that comes with the training.  I love seeing ordinary people transform themselves into the extraordinary.  I am very fortunate in that a lot of high-profile people want to send time with me on the mat, from movie stars like Chuck Norris to sports legends like Tana Umaga (ex All Blacks Captain) or local guys like Jimmy Bartel or Nigel Lapin, to name a handful.  I love spending time with people who have gone above and beyond in their own lives – it’s a pleasure for me to hear their stories and take note of what they did that others wouldn’t or couldn’t do.  So I guess, I very much enjoy the variety that my work offers.

What do you find most exciting about your job?

The people.  It’s all about the people!  I also love the constant research and training that I need to do to stay on the cutting edge of developments.

What is planned for the future of Redcat Academy?

I love it just the way it is.  I have had many lucrative offers to work full-time abroad but have always turned them down because I just love working locally.  I am a huge fan of Geelong; I may travel intermittently (for very short periods of time) but I love being here on the Redcat mat through the week.

How do I get in contact or find out more about Redcat Academy?

Located in Geelong: 159A Malop Street – Geelong City

We also have a Facebook, Web and Blog presence:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Redcat-Academy-186071291409810/

Web: http://www.redcatacademy.com.au

Blog: http://bjj-australia.blogspot.com

Ph: 52233666

 

John Will

Redcat Academy

Ivy Recruitment Partners

Ivy Recruitment Partners is a niche boutique recruitment consultancy specialising in financial planning recruitment for boutique to medium sized financial planning firms across Melbourne and Kim Eveleigh is the powerhouse behind it all.

 

How did Ivy Recruitment Partners come to life?

I owned another recruitment agency for nine years and after returning from maternity leave with my third child, my then business partner and I decided it was time to go our separate ways.  This is when I met Mandy from Canny Group who assisted through the sales process (she was amazing!).  When we settled I sold my shares, established Ivy Recruitment Partners and I haven’t looked back!

How long has Ivy Recruitment Partners been up and running for?

Seven amazing months!  As part of the sale I was able to take my clients with me and I anticipated just working on those roles.  However it has absolutely taken off and completely surpassed any of my expectations that I previously had.

What do you love about your job?

The relationships most of all!  I have amazing relationships with my clients and due to this they always give me repeat business which is incredible.  Some of my clients are like friends now.  Because of the relationships I have built, I get many referrals which means I regularly get new financial planning businesses contacting me off the back of my existing relationships.

I love dealing with candidates.  There are some candidates that I placed many years ago in junior roles who have worked their way up and are now my clients!

I also wouldn’t be a recruiter if I didn’t enjoy the satisfaction of making placements – it’s not only the thrill of placing a great candidate (particularly the junior candidates when you hear them squeal with delight that they’ve been offered their dream role), but also the praise the client gives when you’ve secured them their ideal candidate and how pleased they are that they’re been provided a great service.

It’s a pretty lucrative career as well.  If you love it… you do it well.

Is your job exciting or do you just look at peoples resumes all day?

It has its highs and lows.  One day you have multiple roles on with candidates going out to interviews and making placements and it’s so motivating!  Then the next day, you might have a candidate withdraw or another agency fills the role you are working on (as there are a few businesses that use several agencies for one role), or it could be that something else happens and the placement you thought you were to to make just simply doesn’t happen.  That’s when you turn it up a notch and go into overdrive to fill the roles for your clients.

You certainly do look at a lot of resumes, but having been in recruitment for 13 years now, it’s second nature and I can easily pick a top candidate out of 50 applications through quick screening.

What’s planned for the future of Ivy Recruitment Partners?

At the moment, I absolutely love having the flexibility and freedom of working for myself around the kids as life is busy with three!  However, I have so much business coming through, much more so than I had anticipated, that I might need to look at bringing on another consultant sooner rather than later.  Ideally, I’d like to continue as I am until my littlest reaches kinder and hopefully I am able to do that.  At that point, I’ll be back talk to Mandy about how to build the business and put a plan into place.

How do I get into contact or find our more about Ivy Recruitment Partners?

You can e-mail me directly at kim@ivyrecruitmentpartners.com.au.

I am always on LinkedIn as well so that’s another good way to make contact!

 

Kim Eveleigh – Director

Ivy Recruitment Partners

Julie Ryan – Marriage Celebrant

Being held up in an armed robbery whilst working as a pharmacy assistant led to Julie Ryan to take some time off and look for something a little less stressful.

 

What is it that you do as a marriage celebrant?

In my role as a marriage celebrant, I am the one you meet to organise your ceremony to ensure the words of love come through to your guests in a beautiful and meaningful ceremony structured around what you want.  I lodge all the paperwork required by Births, Deaths and Marriages to ensure your marriage is legal.

 

How did wanting to become a celebrant come to life?

I was having some time away from my role as a pharmacy assistant after being involved in an armed holdup and was looking for something a little less stressful.  I had been attending my uncles funeral and thought what a beautiful ceremony the celebrant had conducted.  It was at this time, I decided I wanted to be able to reach out and be a celebrant.

To complete the Certificate in Celebrancy it involves both components of marriage and funeral… and here I am today, a celebrant!

I graduated in 2017 and applied to the Attorney General for my registration which was approved and I was legally registered on 5th January 2018.

 

What do you love about your job?

What is not to love?  I get to meet lovely couples and help them put together beautiful ceremonies.  When it comes to their special day, I am the one that gets to bring together two people in love, surrounded by their nearest and dearest.  I also get to see the smiles, the kisses and so much love which makes it a truly wonderful job.

 

How can I get in contact?

Visit my Facebook page to have a look at the beautiful wedding photos over the past year that I have been apart of:

Julie Ryan Celebrant – https://www.facebook.com/julieanneryancelebrant/

E-mail – julieryancelebrant@gmail.com

Phone – 0438 411 609

Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation

Kerry Browne is the incredible woman behind Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation, with over 20 years of experience as a physiotherapist, her passion for optimal wellness for her clients inspired her to train as a lymphoedema therapist.

 

What is Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation?

Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation sees patients from diagnosis, through post-operative phase and treatment and then onto a guided exercise program to optimise physical and functional recovery.  We specialise in prevention and treatment of lymphoedema, treatment of cording and post-operative scar management.  We also assist in continuation or return to physical activity following cancer treatment.

How is it that Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation come to life…?

I have over 20 years’ experience as a physiotherapist and spending the first 15 years of my career specialising in musculoskeletal injuries, it was the work I did whilst in London 15 years ago at a clinic specialising in low back pain led me to train as a polestar pilates practitioner.  After returning to Australia, I worked at a busy Melbourne practice specialising in the rehabilitation of cancer patients using both manual and pilates skills.  A real passion for optimal wellness for these clients inspired me to train as a lymphoedema therapist.

I moved to Geelong 5 years ago and decided to open my own Oncology practice.

What keeps you coming back to work everyday…?

I am very privileged to be in the position to help people who are dealt the terrible cancer card.  I meet them when they are at a difficult time juggling the stress of diagnosis, treatment and their work and family lives and I then watch them come out the other side and return to what they love and enjoy.

My work keeps me grounded and also motivates me to continue to strive to use best practice to help my patients.

Is your job exciting or do you just hang out with people who are struggling with movement?

Day to day I probably wouldn’t describe my work as exciting.  Yes I am often dealing with patients who are struggling not just physically but also mentally however their strength and resilience continues to astound me.  What is exciting is the research which has recently been published which has confirmed the importance of exercise and movement during and after cancer treatment in decreasing cancer recurrence!

What is planned for the future of Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation?

I will continue to manage cancer patients on a day to day basis but would also like to be involved in some further research into optimising wellness for my clients.

How can I get in contact or find out more about Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation?

My contact number is 0401916365 or you can go to http://www.geelongcancerrehab.com.au

Kerry Browne – Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation