Bridget Wood

Suburban Sandcastles

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Where did you grow up?

In beautiful Mornington.

What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’? 

I wanted to be on a stage, making my mark on the world. I distinctly recall at age 6, drawing a picture of myself as an actress at 21, in a magnificent red ball gown. Instead at 21 I was studying Communications and working in the snow fields, so not quite what I had in mind!

When and how did you transition from working for someone else to working for yourself?

I’m still working for someone else – part of me loves the ‘Corporate life’ and I get a great buzz from being part of a team that’s pushing the envelope of what’s possible in our industry (I work in Digital). I find that the skills I’m cultivating and expressing there have a beautiful synergy with what I’m able to create with my business.

What’s your why?

I want to connect people to themselves, to ideas that matter, and raise consciousness. Through education, collaboration and community we can awaken within all of us a desire to question mainstream thinking, pave our own way, and be inspired to live with greater vitality.

What do you love about what you do?

Interviewing change-makers and trailblazers, facilitating ‘a-ha’ moments for people where they get to see a different perspective, securing collaborations that benefit our community and local businesses, writing about different ideas, helping women and mothers to see their own magnificence and connect to themselves so that they can offer their children the same…

What’s challenged you most since being in business?

Accepting that I can’t do everything all at once and time management! Keeping my big dreams in focus and believing that I have the capacity to achieve them is something I have to constantly work at.

What are your greatest achievements to date?

-       Connecting with 100s who want to learn and be inspired on the path of wellness and conscious living, and who keep coming back every month!

-       Providing a space for over 50 local businesses to connect with the community in a forum focused on shared values

-       Raising over $1,000 for local causes and charities though the film night prize raffles

-       Interviewing visionaries such as Author of The Making of Men, Dr Arne Rubinstein at his stunning property in the Byron Bay hinterland

-       Contributing to the Kickstarter campaign to the fund the production of a documentary film called ‘Sweetening the Pill’ about how we became hooked on hormonal birth control  - filming has now commenced and I plan to be at the US premiere in 2016! 

What are some of the lessons you’ve learned along the way?

- If it’s to be, it’s up to me

- If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.

- Creating and building a business and the journey of motherhood are profound places for spiritual growth.

What’s the toughest decision you’ve had to make since running your own business?

Accepting the perfection in the imperfections and using my ‘failures’ as feedback and not things to dwell in.

What are some resources you or your business can’t live without? 

The internet and my family support network that makes it all logistically possible!

What advice would you give someone wanting to start their own business?

Do work that aligns with your soul, not a fleeting passion or quick-money making idea – it has to inspire you. From this place, you’ll embrace the challenges and use them as an opportunity for growth rather than simply shrinking and saying ‘it’s not meant to be’. Also, whenever you hear yourself say ‘I can’t do that’, ask yourself how you can. Someone wise once said ‘The sky isn’t the limit, your belief system is’.

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?

My husband and I spent our honeymoon backpacking through South America and I’ve done the Oxfam 100km Trailwalker twice.

What does your ideal day look like?

Morning yoga, 1-2 hours of writing or other work before the house wakes, a brisk walk with my son and dog, some cooking while having a dance-off in the kitchen with the family, a few more hours work and then an inspiring evening out that’s full of learning and great conversation.

What’s one of your favourite quotes?

“Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.”
― Rumi

Who or what inspires you? 

People who listen to their inner wisdom and pursue what they truly love despite the fear or challenges; grounding time in nature; my son.

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