What is the Squiggliest thing you have ever done?
There are two moments that stand out to me. The first was leaving law and moving from Wellington, New Zealand to New York City. I had never been to New York, I had never lived outside of Wellington but something told me this was my destiny. The second was deciding to move to Boulder, three months after meeting my now husband. Boulder felt like the place I needed to be and Mark felt like my guy. Both moves created start-up opportunities for me and lead me to my true love. I owe my life to those fearless steps into the relative unknown.
What do you do when it gets hard?
I tell myself this is part of the process, part of the journey. When you know what is happening it is a lot easier to deal with the constant sense of unease, the desire to quit, the feelings of hopelessness. This is all 100% normal, the bit that makes it hard is thinking no one else ever feels that way. The big secret is we all do. But the exceptional results come from riding through those tough moments to get to the good.
How do you feel about asking for help?
I was the most headstrong know-it-all for the longest time. One of the most grown-up things I have learnt, and one of the things I am proudest of, is learning to say “I don’t know, can you help me”. When you ask someone for help it’s very vulnerable for you but the thing you have to realize is people, in the main, love to help. It’s one of the things Broadli is based on, that through helping our bodies release the chemical oxytocin, which is a natural high. So it’s extremely powerful.
What is your favorite thing on the planet?
My life-enhancer. Rugby the Golden Retriever, he is a constant reminder to embrace life, drink water and take time out (AKA take him for a walk). And a total and utter goof-ball.
What did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A rockstar. Actually, worse, a popstar. I had a now-embarrassing desire to be Madonna or the next best thing. I like to think I have achieved the next best thing and certainly take inspiration from her constant re-invention.
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