I’m human – not superhuman and not subhuman


  There are no airs and graces about Kristen Holzapfel. The author of Selfless: a social worker’s own story of trauma and recovery, and owner of Canberra’s Friendly Petsitter, is known for her openness and honesty about the messiness of life. In her role as a frontline social worker, Kristen experienced an extreme trauma reaction. She shared her story to bring perspective to a situation many people who work in ‘helping professions’ grapple to reconcile – that being superhuman is a sign of success. ‘By accepting that I’m human – not superhuman and not subhuman – made me realise I… Continue Reading

Soul Project Event SOAR – Align, Be Brave, Be Boundless


  Now that Night Fest is over and FashFest is done the next must-attend evening event in Canberra is brought to you by the amazing women of The Soul Project. Personal growth is so in right now as it should be and this event, themed SOAR – align, be brave, be boundless, with a stellar line up of presenters is sure to fill your soul and send you into the end of the week on a motivated high. Do you feel stuck? Not sure what direction to take next? Maybe you feel like you’ve been labelled and that holds you… Continue Reading

The Big Conference


  There is nothing quite like an event created by a kick-arse woman for kick-arse women. The supremely lovely Georgie King (founding director of GLK Nanny’s and co-founder of The Womens Collective) has been working hard behind the scenes to put together The Big Conference, an annual event designed to help women strengthen their business ideas, connect with likeminded people, as well as receive invaluable advice from a roster of local and interstate businesswomen and leaders. A ticket to The Big Conference will give you access to five key speakers, an influencer panel discussion, interactive displays, delicious food and the chance to network… Continue Reading

Book Lunch: I Love Who I Am – Igniting Self Worth


  At Leiden we declare this month Self Love September! That’s right we are dedicating the entire month to investigating and celebrating our bods and what’s inside our bods no matter what form it takes.    We recently found out about the launch of a new book that is right up our alley. Canberra author Rachael Torrealba’s new tome I Love Who I am: Igniting Self – Worth  is a match made in heaven for Self Love September. When Rachel encountered the grief of being alienated from her children after a marriage break-up, she couldn’t contemplate reading a single page.… Continue Reading

Swap Style Love – A Clothes Swap Event


  Fast fashion can make us feel like clothing is disposable. Is this scenario familiar? Heidi bought a dress to wear out to a party last week and is now sick of it, but hey, it only cost $40 so it’s no big deal to her so she chucks it out. Just imagine if everyone in Australia did that to just one item? In Australia, we generate 6000 kilograms of clothing waste every 10 minutes (ABC TV). Only a comparatively small percentage of what we donate to charity shops gets sold with the rest ending up in landfill. So what… Continue Reading

There Is A New Market In Town – Canberra Style Market


  Who doesn’t love going to the markets on a weekend? Wandering through the stalls coffee in hand, seeking out vintage finds, perhaps snapping up a bargain. But what about getting a manicure? Or perhaps taking a shopping break to relax with a glass of champagne? These aren’t activities you necessarily associate with your typical market visit. All that is about to change with the arrival of a new market to Canberra, Canberra Style Market, which will uniquely bring together fashion, beauty, health, fitness, wellness and luxurious VIP experiences all in the same place. Ahead of the first market on… Continue Reading

The Network of Possibility


  The Network of Possibility is hosting a cocktail reception on Wednesday 9 August. The event will raise funds for its charities of choice: Toora Women Inc., Karinya House, and YWCA Canberra. Two guest speakers will share their views at the Network on Wednesday: Former Secretary Mark Sullivan will lead a discussion on the role of leadership in creating ‘non-blokey’ workplaces. Mr Sullivan will unpack the issue of gender inequity with case studies and his personal insight. Leading gamification expert Kerstin Oberprieler will lead a discussion on imposter phenomenon. Ms Oberprieler will share personal insight on how to let your… Continue Reading

A Ball to Stop Bullying


  A little while ago we introduced you to Ashlee de Silva, a finalist in the Miss Australia International pageant. Ashlee is continuing her hard work raising awareness about the negative effect of bullying and will be hosting a ball at Kyte in Canberra on Saturday 11 November. The event will raise money for The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation working to protect children from the affects of violence and bullying. One in four children are victims of bullying with 4400 losing their lives to bullying or violence. It’s a big problem that the Alannah and Madeline Foundation are dedicated to fixing… Continue Reading