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Hunker down, sure. But don’t hibernate your purpose

Kia Ora, Well, we’ve certainly had a fair taste of winter haven’t we? Winter is great for hibernating, hunkering down and appreciating all your creature comforts. Does anyone really complain about sitting around a fire with the lights dimmed, snuggling up to your significant other or mokopuna?  But… but… but… when I started out as a business owner (more than a few spring tides ago!) I was given such a cool piece of advice. Never waste a winter!  Why? It’s a g...

August 26, 2022

Lighter and brighter. Why Matariki 2022 matters

Kia ora tatou,  Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori!Now’s the time to reflect on the year that has passed and plan for the year ahead.   Lighter and brighter. Why Matariki 2022 matters “Significant”. That’s my keyword for Matariki 2022. Yep, significant that it’s now recognised as a public holiday in Aotearoa – that’s cool. But much… MUCH… more importantly, it’s a chance to understand and appreciate life through the lens of Te Ao Māori –  wheth...

June 16, 2022

Must read from Kim Hill - People, people, people!

Kia Ora, It’s March. Just going to let that sink in with you for a moment. March. Only last night I was chatting to a life-long hoa and wahine business owner, and absolutely one of the most driven people I know. She was in tears; ‘to-do’ list looking like Mount Cook, and desperately seeking her post-Christmas mojo. She just needed to talk to someone. But she’s not the only one. So many not-just-business-folk tell me they’re waiting for their 2022 oomph to kick in, and it just ain’t h...

March 3, 2022

Nga mihi o te tau hou - The year of magical mindsets

Nga mihi o te tau hou  The year of magical mindsets Happy New Year, fab people! I hope you had a great break. I love how us Kiwis meet the challenge of each new normal head on. We’ve got this!  First up is to carry on doing all the things that we enjoyed doing over the holidays. I guarantee your year will be brimming with purpose, intent and positivity. Nurturing our hauora (wellness); our mind, body and soul, puts us in a great place to set our personal, whānau and business minds. ...

January 26, 2022

Embracing the F word in 2022...

Embracing the F word in 2022... Noooooo, not that one... My power word for now and the next twelve months is... “FOCUS”! As businesses, entrepreneurs, leaders, and yes, humans, we have had to adapt, pivot, remain agile, navigate through the ‘new normal'. Honestly, did any of us use any of those words two years ago? Now they live at the front of all my convos with business owners and their teams.  But hold tight! The holiday season is nearly here and we will get to share in some downti...

December 7, 2021

Big growth… for a little change

I often say that starting up is a whole lot easier than the growth stage. That’s where the real challenges come. Why? To achieve growth, you must have a desire to adapt to change. ‘Change’. Such a little word that comes with a whole lot of baggage and a whole lot of misconceptions. When I say that six-letter word to clients, one of two things happens. They go running for cover, or they say, ‘Sure. What can we change?’ It’s hard to move forward when you’ve been in business for a wh...

November 5, 2021

Last lockdown brought out amazing resilience, innovation and strength in us.

Kia ora tatou, I wanted to send you all some kia kaha vibes, virtual hugs and reassurance that we are in this crazy space together!  So – here we go again, same old show again… I’m sure there’s a song...  But it is of course different this time because, apart from the variant, we do know what to do (sort of) and it’s not such alien territory. We are better equipped – we have a toolbox this time whereas last time we had to build it from scratch. It may al...

October 22, 2021

Our mindset is core

Kia ora koutou katoa, Well, the roller coaster ride continues... Here’s to holding on and finding things to enjoy while we’re strapped in! With the constant uncertainty that has become our new normal, you don’t need me to tell you that now more than ever it’s a time for being agile and able to pivot – constant reset, in other words. Learn to roll with the punches and always have a backup plan. I believe that our mindset is core. I started to write that we need to embrace the pandemic b...

October 22, 2021

Must read from Kim HIll

Someone needs to pinch me – how on earth did we get to May so soon? Now we’re well into the new financial year! And brrrr… those cooler mornings and leaves falling. However, much as I am a summer fanatic, I recognise the importance of the seasons in nature and in our lives. So, on we go into winter, finding ways to keep warm and to keep laying solid foundations for our businesses. As I write this I am so conscious of the ravages COVID-19 is causing in India. My heart goes out to ...

July 2, 2021

Mānawatia a Matariki!

We’re certainly not alone in celebrating this year – from Bluff northwards, lights are being paraded in the darkness of winter while connections are made with fellow Kiwis and with the concept of Matariki itself. Hope you have been part of something awesome, or plan to be. There’ll be no excuse for any of us next year! Matariki has always been an important time for me, and I feel naturally attuned to Maramataka (the Maori lunar calendar), right down to what to plant whe...

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