Lisa Messenger // Interview + Giveaway

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I'm having a total fan girl moment on the blog today as I get to sit down and chat with  #girlboss Lisa Messenger.  Author and Founder of the Collective Hub, Lisa's career has deeply inspired my own path and when I heard she was launching a brand new event, Kick.Start.Smart, in Sydney targeted toward businesses owners I knew I just had to hear the story first hand. I'm sharing some juicy behind the scenes tidbits from our conversation below and make sure you check out our Instagram feed as Lisa and I are giving away a Double pass to one lucky ready to her event on 8 April.  Enjoy x Jac

Tell us a little bit about Kick.Start.Smart and where the idea came from?
It was really a Collective team idea, all of my fabulous team came up with different ideas for how we could take my big dream to the next level. Collective Hub magazine is all about empowering people to start living their best live and follow their passions, so this is exactly what this event will enable them to do.  

What is your creative business manifesto?
Dream big, dream often and never stop believing in yourself! 

What fellow #girlboss inspires you at the moment?
I’m such a big fan of Oprah, I went to see her speak in Sydney recently and was blown away by some of the incredible gritty stories she had to share with us. She continues to inspire me in different ways all the time.

My biggest biz moment/milestone was....
When I was able to get a massive deal over the line for the Collective Hub’s launch, I knew that it wasn’t going to solve everything but at that moment it really solidified that anything is possible!

My dream collaboration would be?
Nike - it would be really cool to do some sort of experiential collaboration

Best piece of advice to all the budding entrepreneurs out there...
Just go out there and do it! Surround yourself with those you build you up and push ahead with an unwavering self-belief even when the world says otherwise.

Behind the scenes of running The Collective Hub looks like...
A blur of people coming and going, music pumping, a cake (or two), meetings, laughs, more meetings, deliveries, a cavoodle that wants a pat, a low mutter of people on phone calls, last minute runs out to showrooms and events - a hectic yet beautiful orchestra of “getting sh*t done” ha!

My tip for handling fear, envy or comparison is...
I say embrace the fear, envy and comparison and use it to your advantage! Let it sink in and use it to motivate and inspire you. I also practice daily gratitude, where I take a few minutes in the evening and morning to recognize the amazing people, events and achievements of the day and I find that keeps me level headed.

This year I'm most excited about...
So many things coming up this year! You’ll have to wait and see ;) Watch this space come September!

GIVEAWAY // Lisa and I are proud to be giving away a Double pass to their new Sydney-based biz event, Kick.Start.Smart taking place on 8 April to one lucky Blog Society tribe member. To win, simply visit us on Instagram and tell us what #girlboss inspires you the most. Entries close at midnight February 26. 

Kick Start Smart + Blog Society

Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers of Alice & Lois // Behind The Blog Scene


It's one thing to write a cute, clever, crafty blog but it's another thing altogether to be able to do it with your twin sister! I couldn't imagine anything more fun than to be a blogging family and that is exactly what Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers have created with their blog, Alice & Lois.

Sharing their inspiration, projects and celebrating the good in life in general, these two are just as hilarious and fun to be around as they come across on their blog. I had a great time getting to meet and hang out with them in Salt Lake City and had far too many laughs while posing for photo booth photos at the Downton Abbey themed party and other blog shenanigans. I'm thrilled to have them both here this week, sharing their blog tips...

Describe your blog in 3 words…
Sisters, Creativity, Inspiring
What is your blogging manifesto?
Celebrate the good in life.
Top 3 blogging essentials?
Google Calendar, laptops and a 50 mm lens
Our biggest blogging moment/milestone was?
Working with brands such as the Honest Company, Zappos and Munchkin. Also when people first started contacting us to tell us about making our DIY projects… so sweet. Oh and we recently were nominated by Better Homes & Gardens as one of the Top 10 DIY Blogs - something we are so proud of given we've only had our blog for a year and a half... dare to dream!
Best piece of advice we’ve been given?
Stand behind your content. If you are not proud of a project and how it looks or turns out, you don’t have to post it. You want to stand behind the project or post that you’ve created. 
We’re dreaming about traveling to…
A family trip to Sayulita.
Best piece of advice to a newbie blogger?
Just go for it. Don’t be afraid and dream big. We’re in a very creative business and it’s so easy to fall prey to comparison. But at those points of comparison, get off your computer and go get inspired. Look for what inspires you in your everyday life. You’ll soon have a list so long of ideas you won’t know where to start! And always, always be proud of what you do. Stay true to who you are.
If we weren’t blogging we’d be...
...If we lived in the same town, we’d own a shop together by day, hosting workshops, dinners and speakers by night.
Behind the scenes of our blog looks like...
For Sara – shooting projects at her dining room table overlooking the cable car line and Alcatraz in the fairytale city of San Francisco.
For Melissa – shooting projects at her dining room table surrounded by the organized chaos of a highchair, stuffed animals and ski boots overlooking the mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado. 
This year we’re most excited about...
Growing our community, making new friends and celebrating our 40th birthday together.


Images: Alice & Lois, Headshot by Alex Fenlon