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A letter to my 25 year-old self

Hi Lorraine!

It’s me, your 35 year-old self, coming to you from ten years in the future. It’s pretty cool here right now and I can tell you you have a LOT to look forward to over the next decade. And a lot to learn too, which is why I’m here..

Yesterday I had breakfast with one of my (our? Sorry, I don’t know how this Future/Past self thing works) past team members. She’s 24, has a kickass new job and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

I found myself dispensing little snippets of the things I’ve learned since I was her age, and it got me to thinking about what I’d tell you, 25 Year Old Lorraine, if I got to have breakfast with you. Well time travel hasn’t been invented just yet, so instead I’ll need to make do with writing this letter.

You’ve done some brilliant things over the last ten years Lorraine – you really should be so very excited about what’s to come. There are also some things I think we could have done better, sooner or not done at all. This isn’t about regrets – you and I try to avoid having them. But we’re going to be 36 soon and I wanted to reflect a little on you, me and all the bits in between.

First off, let’s talk about work.

Work your arse off. You have so much energy. You can drink cheap Iceland sauvignon blanc in your London sharehouse till 2am and get up with a perfectly clear head for work the next morning. Use this to your advantage. You can get so much done, it scares me to think about it. You have so much time. And believe me: YOU ARE NOT TIRED.

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The story of our reversed treechange

When Wade and I had been together only a year or so, we went on a weekend minibreak to the Hunter Valley.  On a stroll around the vineyard we were staying at, we daydreamed about the perfect life we’d love to have together one day.

Living in our own farm made up the bulk of this perfect life – and we exchanged lists of the fruit we’d grow, the vegetables we’d grow and the animals we would raise.  For as long as I can remember, living right in nature has been my dream life – and to be self-sufficient for organic produce was the next level of that dream life.

I started floating the idea of a Gold Coast move to Wade in late 2016.

What attracted me?

The slower pace of life.  The proximity to nature.  The idea of Lexi growing roaming barefoot through her days.  The sunbleached dream.

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Five golden rules to pricing

I don’t know about you, but coming up with ideas for new revenue streams and product ideas is the fun bit of entrepreneurship for me.

Exploring different ways to bring them to life, deciding on packages and the whole act of creation in business excites the hell out of me. That flight of creativity is the drug that has intoxicated me in the six years that I’ve run my own businesses.

Where it starts to get difficult is deciding what price tag to slap on said revenue stream/product…

And I’m not alone in this struggle.

From the many entrepreneurs I have mentored – from my Mastermind to my Remarkability Clann members, deciding on how to price our offers is a perennial problem for business owners. 

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Get Remarkably Organised is going on tour!!!

Need to get your shit together?

Well I’m getting on the road just to help you!

I’ve created a half-day workshop specifically designed to help you get organised…  Remarkably organised even.

Einstein once said that: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”

In order to thrive in our lives (and stay sane!), we need to adopt new strategies in our lives.

Based on the key principles of my bestselling book Get Remarkably Organised, this four-hour workshop will guide you through a series of exercises to identify the blocks you’re currently experiencing, work through those blocks and design the life that YOU want to be living.

Think of it as an opportunity to do some serious strategising on your life!

 

Topics will include:

– Analysing your self talk

– Offloading excess stuff

– Designing the life you want to be living

– Planning planning time

– Nailing your to do list

– Embedding a positive morning and evening routine

– Conquering distractions

– Kicking procrastination to the kerb

– Keeping yourself accountable

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How to be a successful entrepreneur

Walking to the café I’m working from this afternoon, I was pondering the commonalities between the entrepreneurs I see going places – and I mean really going places.

Like most things in life, there are patterns.  By now, I have banked up hundreds of hours of mentoring up-and-comers, and been fortunate to get to hang with the best of the best – everywhere from Necker Island, to Uluru, to late night wines with a business bestie at her kitchen table.  I can generally tell within 15 minutes of spending time with an entrepreneur if they’re going to “make it” or not.

Important note: some entrepreneurs and business owners are perfectly happy with growing their businesses gradually, or keeping them ticking along nicely as a side-hustle.  And that’s perfectly cool.  When I say “remarkable”, I mean the people who go on to hit seven figures early in their business, who attract kickass people to their team, who have created a situation where they have so much work coming in that their biggest problem is back-filling a team to fulfil demand.

Of the entrepreneurs I’ve personally mentored, these are the nine signs I look for as a reliable forecast of their future success.

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My Canggu/Seminyak guide

The last in my Bali trilogy is to share all the best bits of our stay in Canggu and Seminyak.

Where we stayed

I could quite happily have stayed on in Ubud for our whole trip, however I felt I should explore slightly further afield. I started to research hotels in the Seminyak and Canggu area once we were settled in Ubud, however my planning got waylaid with the more immediate problem of sorting our Ubud accommodation.

Over the same couple of days that I was dealing with the first failed attempt (anyone following my Insta stories would have witnessed the anguished, tear-stained meltdown I was having!!), one of my Insta followers – Justine – got in touch.

She said: “Lorraine my family have a beautiful place in Kaba Kabi Bali… It’s called Villa Eden and it’s a little bit of paradise. You are welcome to stay if you are still there with Lexi. It’s safe and a little bit of heaven. It looks like you and Lexi need a beautiful place to be… Why it touches my heart is Lorraine I wish I had been as brave and fearless when my first boy was 1.”

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Bali… with Baby

Making the decision to travel for two months with Lexi mostly solo was one I hadn’t really thought through when booking the flights. Wade would be joining us for eight days, and my mum and sister later on for ten days.

It was only a few days before we were due to leave that I started to freak out:

How would I manage on the flights?

What if she got sick?

What if I got sick and couldn’t care for her?

Would I get bored on my own with her?

Could I keep her entertained on my own?

What the hell would I feed her?

Would I be able to get the baby essentials she needed in Bali?

Would I have to pack a shitload of stuff?

And if I did, how would I manage it all on my own with Lexi as well?

Would I be tied to a hotel room all the time so she could sleep?

Would she sleep?

The list went on and on and on.

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My Ubud guide

So many of you have asked for all my Ubud recommendations that I had to get them all down in a blog post! Probably 90% of what I did in Ubud was based on recommendations from my beautiful followers on Instagram, so consider this a pay-it-forward exercise.

For those of you not following along on Instagram, Lexi and I have been on an Eat Pray Love Nappy Change adventure in Bali for the last six weeks.

I was exhausted after the last year (last six years if I’m honest), and I promised myself what I called a “spiritual adventure” once the business sale was completed. The plan was to dye my hair pink, get myself and Lexi matching ankle bracelets and chill the fuck out in Bali for a couple of months. Thankfully, my Mr. Amazing Wade was up for this idea, and the flights were booked: Lexi and I for eight weeks and him for a nine-day visit to see us.

In the time between booking the flights and the actual departure flight rolling around, I ended up dealing with a massive tax situation that knocked me for six, we bought a house and moved interstate.

As a result, I arrived in Ubud feeling (and looking) like a dishcloth that had been wrung out too many times. My brain was going a million miles an hour. My body ached from ongoing muscle tension. My skin was dull and I had massive dark circles under my eyes. I couldn’t sit still and I honestly thought I’d never be able to relax.

I left Ubud five weeks later feeling calmer and more grounded than I have in years (maybe ever?). My skin was glowing. My body was strong and nourished. Lexi and I were tighter – I discovered an even deeper delight in her. And maybe most importantly, my soul felt full – which means that Lexi’s soul also felt full.

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The birth story of Alexis Jordan

Before I start, I want to say:

One: I deliberated a lot about publishing this as a blog post, as it’s deeply personal and private – not just to me, but to Lexi, Wade, and all the people who were part of our birth story. However I got so much from reading other women’s birth stories, and I felt it was right to pay the privilege I had from reading theirs forward by sharing my own.

Two: The decisions we made were the ones we felt were right for us. I have zero – and I mean zero – judgement on how any other families choose to plan or end up having their births.

Three: If you’re reading this and you’re pregnant, please please remember that this is our story – not yours. You will create your own special story with your baby, and just because we had X experience, it doesn’t mean that you will too.  Remember that no two births are the same, and that each one is as unique as a fingerprint.

Four: This is a very long post (but not as long as my labour – HA!).

Now that’s been said…

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Why I sold my business

Today we are announcing that I have sold The Remarkables Group to my business partner Natt.

That sentence was very surreal to write.

Even though we have been working on this for a couple of months, it still hasn’t quite sunk in that this is all happening.

I started the business on the 16th May 2012 in my spare bedroom. I was full of optimism, excitement and not a little terrified of this new frontier I was about to cross.

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