8 / June / 2017

Finding the work-life balance


Posted 8 June 2017

Business Moreton Bay Region Conference Series: Event #2 Wrap

It’s the question facing many business owners in today’s world of increased mobile connectivity: how do you find the ideal balance between work and life when ‘switching off’ isn’t always an option?

Who better to discuss the secrets of juggling family and creative endeavours than the co-founder of Australia’s largest independent women’s website Mamamia, Mia Freedman, and reality stars-come designers, sister act Alisa & Lysandra Fraser.

A panel discussion, led by Triple M Brisbane’s Robin Bailey, was the highlight of Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism’s (MBRIT’s) latest Business Moreton Bay Region Conference Series event.

More than 300 local business owners and industry representatives attended the luncheon, held on 19 May at Eatons Hill Hotel, which followed a morning of instructive, business-oriented workshops.

It coincided with Queensland Small Business Week (15-20 May), which celebrated the contributions small businesses make to the economy with the theme ‘Time to Thrive’.

A digital world

Mia, famed for being the youngest ever editor of Australian Cosmopolitan magazine at age 24, spoke about the importance of being social media-savvy in today’s digitally-focused business landscape.

From Facebook to Instagram, she said it is not as simple as embracing trends, but picking what is relevant to your particular industry, and investing your time accordingly.

Joining Mia on the couch was Alisa & Lysandra Fraser, who hung up their boots as police officers in South Australia after finding fame, and their fair share of winnings, on hit reality television show, ‘The Block’.

They are now full-time interior designers with their own self-branded website and, like Mia, say that prioritising tasks and learning to say ‘no’ is integral to day-to-day planning and performance.

The panel tackled the tough issues: balancing family life and weekend sports with business trips and long work hours, but made light of the fact that in today’s dynamic workplace, there is no real ‘secret’ to having it all.

According to Mia, Alisa & Lysandra, it’s all about pursuing your passion and taking risks, but mitigating those risks with realistic goals, the right skill-sets, and ‘drawing the line’ to ensure quality downtime with family and friends.

The May conference was an initiative of MBRIT and the Moreton Bay Regional Council, and event partner Bupa.

Special thanks to table sponsors: Black & White Cabs, Cleanaway, USC, Quest Community Newspapers, Redcliffe Dolphins, Springers, QUT Caboolture, Sesame Lane, Peninsula Private Hospital, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, Village Motors, SRJ Walker Wayland, Eatons Hill Hotel and Sandstone Point Hotel.

What's up next?  

The third event of the Business Moreton Bay Region Conference Series will be held on 11 August at Norths Leagues Club, Kallangur, and is sponsored by Telstra.

Come along and hear from guest speaker and Queensland’s first Chief Entrepreneur, Mark Sowerby - one of the state’s most successful entrepreneurs, best known for his role as the founder and former managing director of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd.

For more information, see the Business Moreton Bay Region Conference page.