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

GIVEAWAY: Marketing Madness Giveaway


Give back, always.

I've said it before here on the blog, to my students, to my clients and basically anyone that will listen - one of the best pieces of marketing advice I can ever give you is to give more than you get.

So I thought since this March we're hosting our 31 Day Marketing Challenge (not signed up? you can still join here!) that I'd take the March madness one step further and host another giveaway - just because.

So let's celebrate - your efforts, your dreams, your hard work. I want to shower you with some awesome gifts so I'm excited to finally, reveal our fabulous #marketingmadness giveaway - my way of saying THANK YOU. Worth over AUD $450, one lucky person will receive a kick ass little present from me - packed with some of my favourite brands to keep you spoiled, inspired and motivated on your marketing journey.

Thank you to the following supporters for making this giveaway happen:

It's simple and easy to enter, just follow these 2 simple rules:

1.) You must be on the Blog Society Mailing list to be eligible. Not on the list? Click here.
2.) Simply leave a comment below!

The winner to be drawn on 31 March and announced the next day via social media. Good luck! (And so sorry but due to shipping & postage limitations this giveaway is only open to Australian residents)

Link Love // The Friday Files


This week was all about giving back and giving thanks for the wonderful blessings in my life. It seemed only fitting to close our mega giveaway on Thanksgiving and I was overwhelmed but your kind comments and amazing feedback – which I read last night, every single comment. I wish I could gift you all but entries did close last night and I excitedly headed to the blog first things this morning to draw our random winner. 

The lucky lady taking home the grand prize is Abbie Melle – congrats! 

I’ll be in touch today with all the details and thanks again to everyone who participated in this month’s #bebrave challenges – we’re just getting started and December is going to be even more exciting!

I also had a blast getting to hang out with some of my favourite bloggers this week at various gatherings and events and encourage you to make sure you allow yourself to have a bit of a break this silly season and enjoy some laughter, food and great conversation with the incredible people in your lives.  Next week is going to be MAJOR for us so I’m looking forward to a restful weekend with friends and a belated Thanksgiving feast- here’s to a killer weekend for you too and of course some links to keep you inspired…

  • My most favourite holiday in the world, pass the pumpkin pie.
  • Had so much fun hanging out with this lovely lady and finally getting to meet this talented one - you girls are the best!
  • How to blog without losing yourself
  • 5 Tips to empower yourself

GIVEAWAY: Enter the #bebrave giveaway...

Blog Giveaway

Give back.

It's one of the best pieces of advice that I've been given and one of the most rewarding parts of my job - nothing feels better than giving back to the very readers that have supported me along this journey and that's exactly what today is all about - celebrating you wonderful souls and showering you with some awesome gifts. Sound good? Here's more...

I'm SO excited to finally, reveal our fabulous #bebrave giveaway - my way of saying THANK YOU for taking this fearless journey with me this month. Worth over AUD $500, one lucky person will receive an early Christmas present from me - packed with some of my favourite brands to keep you spoiled, inspired and ready for a brave and fearless 2015!  Thank you: @corbanblair, @cranmorehome, @StudioSkinky@anniesloanhome, @bowerhouse, @shannononeilloriginal, @HardwickCesko, @thegoodnightsociety

It's simple and easy to enter, just follow these 2 simple rules:

1.) You must be on the Blog Society Mailing list to be eligible. Not on the list? Click here.
2.) Simply leave a comment below!

The winner to be drawn on 28 November at midnight. Best of luck! And so sorry but due to shipping & postage limitations this giveaway is only open to Australian residents)

Giveaway // One Fine Day Wedding Fair


As someone who loves to host and organise events I'm the first one to admit that when it comes to planning my own wedding I'm at a loss. Too many choices and ideas make it hard for me to decide on the details but that's where One Fine Day Wedding Fair comes to my rescue.

Created a few years back by three talented ladies I'm pleased to call friends, these girls have redefined the world of wedding expo's and have created a must attend for any bride to be - or hell, anyone with an eye for style! I've been going to their event for the last few years (yes, before I was engaged) just to admire the gorgeous vendors and get my own styling inspiration.


The next Sydney event is happening this Friday & Saturday at the Australian Technology Park and you'll see me there on Friday, most likely the first in line and ready to tackle this wedding planning dilemma once and for all. 

The best part? The One Fine Day team reached out this week and we're teaming up to bring Blog Society readers the chance to WIN 1 x VIP Double Pass for you and a friend this Friday night!

*To enter simply leave a comment below with your contact details and make sure to 'Like' the Blog Society Facebook page. Entries close Thursday at 3pm and a random winner will be drawn and announced Thursday night so hurry and enter below!

UPDATE: Please note this competition has closed and the winner contacted by email.  Thank you to everyone who entered!