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I want to introduce you all to the ever so talented and inspiring Fi Mims.

This amazing woman is a photographer from Melbourne who believes that life is the most precious gift and should be celebrated. She feels that photography is her way of celebrating life through images and absolutely loves doing that for others too. She is here to share her passion for family, love and business and infuse those philosophies into creating magical photos for you.

We talk to Fi about the journey, what inspires her, her beliefs and life outside of work…

SSC: So lets begin with a little bit about you, who is Fi? How would you describe yourself in three words and what gets you up in the morning?

Fi: Hmm… I’m a photographer, a mother, a wife, a friend. Three words that come to mind are “lover of life” – although life can be tough I think it is the most incredible journey, and I really try to go out every day with the aim to be grateful and make the most of what it gives me. What gets me up in the morning? I’m a night owl so the only thing that gets me up in the morning is my kids, coffee and a shower, and usually in that order!


SSC: Can you share with us your story; how did you come to launch your photography business, what have you learnt along the way and has this always been a dream of yours?

Fi: I spent many years looking at photographs thinking how wonderful it would be to be able to create images for a living. But it took me a long time to believe it was a dream I could turn into a reality. To cut a long story short, in my early 20s a friend finally encouraged me to do a short course, which turned into a 12 month part time course, which turned into a part-time job for a wedding photographer, which I eventually gave up to go full-time in my own business. That was over 10 years ago and it’s been an awesome journey ever since!

What I love most about my job is that I never stop learning. What are some of my biggest take-outs running a photography business? I have learnt that to run a successful business it’s important to have a plan, to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, to surround yourself with people who inspire you, to believe in yourself, and to do what lights you up. That and about a million other things, but that will do for now.

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SSC: What is your favourite part of being a photographer? What is it about photography that inspires you, motivates you and lights you up?

Fi: So many things! Probably what I love most is the people that I meet through my work.   Also that I get to push myself creatively and try new things. That the work I do is valued by people; my family photography creates memories that are treasured for many years, and my branding photography helps empower women to go out and do what they love.

I love that – no matter how hard my days get – I always want to go to work. There’s nothing else I would rather do.


SSC: “I believe life is the most precious gift and it should be celebrated. Photography is my way of celebrating life through images” Can you explain this a little further and why this means so much to you?

Fi: I just believe that life is an incredible gift. We are here for a short time, and I think that we need to be constantly reminded of the things that really matter – family, friends, self-love, kindness, work that is meaningful and that brings us joy. I try to imbed those principles in my work every day. I believe photography is a beautiful reminder of what we hold most precious in life, and that’s what I try to capture when I pick up my camera.

SSC: What things have you got in place to be able to find balance within your life? Being a mum of young twins and running a successful business, how do you take time for you and connect back?

Fi: I’m going to be honest and admit this is really hard. As a mum, a wife and a business owner I find it really difficult to fit everything in. I don’t ever feel like I manage all things well at the one time and my friends probably suffer the most; it is a constant juggle and most days I feel guilty about something that I haven’t done or someone that I haven’t called.

That said, I pick up my kids up from school most days. As a result I’m always rushing to fit everything into my working hours, but I’m so grateful to have that flexibility which means I can be there for them. I also try to stay off email as much as possible on weekends. It can be hard to do as a business owner, but in a world where we all feel like we can’t switch off I think it’s really important to disconnect regularly – if people want to work with you they will be willing to wait a couple of days.

I also try to get out to a dance class for some fun and exercise when I can, and as a family we escape out of town as much as possible. I’m blessed to have a very relaxed husband who is always encouraging me to get away from my computer – without him I would probably work way too much!

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SSC: What are your top 3 tips for any budding photographers out there? Are there any words of advice that you wish you knew before heading into this career?

1. Get as much experience as you can before starting your own business.
2. Make sure you have a business plan, because knowing how to run a business is more important than being a good photographer.
3. Surround yourself with people that believe in and inspire you.

SSC: What does the word empower mean to you? And how does its meaning inspire you within your own life, business and every day?

Fi: For me the word empower is closely linked to confidence. I know that when I am feeling confident I am at my best, and my work is very much about empowering women in particular to feel more confident and empowered in their own lives.


SSC: What can we expect to see in the future for you and your business? Do you have any other hopes and dreams for the future that you can share with us?

Fi: I just want to be doing more of the what I am now, but bigger and better! I am about to launch video for my clients which I’m very excited about. I have plans to create online courses that complement my photo sessions. And in May this year I launched a free online branding magazine called SHINE, designed to help women build a business they love. The response to Issue One has been great and I’m currently working on Issue Two. That’s been so exciting and I love having a platform to share my clients with a wider audience – because I meet so many amazing women in my work! If anyone would like to check out SHINE they can access their free copy at the following link: http://business.fimimsphotography.com.au/shine-magazine/




Lauren Abi-Hanna

Lauren-Sol+CoI want to introduce you all to the inspiring Lauren Abi-Hanna.

This beautiful women believes that kindness is paramount, that connecting to your true self and showcasing this to the world is one of the most important elements in business. She is here to empower women to feel excited about creating an authentic visual brand, one that they are 100% confident to stand behind. And she believes that a sense of connection is the most desired outcome of all. When you rise, she rises and truly believes that collectively we can make a difference.

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Ezzie Spencer

Lunar Abundance


Flourishing with the cycles of the moon

Dr Ezzie Spencer trained as a lawyer, went on to work in government, nonprofit and research sectors and earned her PhD in women’s wellbeing and justice after violence.

Feeling that something elemental was missing in the intellectual world of law, Ezzie began to explore the correlation she noticed between her feelings and the phases of the moon.

Her concept, Lunar Abundance, marries intellect with intuition and has reaped results for many women, through Ezzie’s one-on-one coaching sessions and through the support of a flourishing online community at www.lunarabundance.com

The moon is a mirror, Ezzie says, for self- awareness and offers a valuable means of practising self-care and enhancing our wellbeing. But perhaps its greatest gift is abundance – showing us a way of giving and receiving, a means to invite more goodness into our lives.

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In this Podcast Ezzie shares

  • Her personal journey from training and working as a Lawyer, to completing her PhD and how, through noticing the patterns in her own life she developed the practice she now calls Lunar Abundance
  • How applying the Lunar Abundance principles helped Ezzie to grow and shape her business
  • What “Abundance” actually means
  • How she works with all eight lunar phases and the Yang and Yin energies
  • What we can expect from her upcoming book, An Abundant Life: Flourishing with the cycles of the moon
  • How she applied Lunar Abundance to joyfully write and publish her book
  • Where to start on your own journey of abundance



Resources mentioned in this podcast

Download your FREE 2017 Moon Phases Calendar

Connect with Ezzie

To get a copy of Ezzie’s book An Abundant Life: Flourishing with the cycles of the moon head here

Live in Australia and eager to attend the An Abundant Life Book Tour? You’ll find more information and tickets right here

Ready to start working with the phases of the moon to cultivate greater abundance and joy? Sign up to Ezzie’s Lunar Abundance Salon

Want to hear more from Ezzie? Check out her Podcast

You can also visit Ezzie on


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Gluten Free Fruit Mince Pies

Recipe by Lola Berry


The tree is up, the presents are (just about) wrapped and fairy lights illuminate houses all through my neighbourhood – The festive season is in full swing!

One of the things I love most about Christmas is coming together with my nearest and dearest and creating magical memories over epic food! Extra points are awarded when that food is delicious and nutritious (although I’m a sucker for my Mum’s Pavlova which is definitely more naughty than nice).

If you’re looking for healthy festive feast inspiration then we’ve got you covered with these delicious Gluten Free Fruit Mince Pies from the incredible Lola Berry.

We asked Lola to share her favourite festive season recipe, tell us what she loves about Christmas and share her fondest festive memory.

SSC: What is your favourite thing about Christmas and why?
LB: I’m a pressie nerd, I love the whole gift giving thing, not so into receiving, but love surprising people and giving them something magical! I also love the food! Fruit mince pice, pudding, gingerbread – i’m a mega sweet tooth so I love recreating healthy takes of the traditional treats!

SSC: What is one of your most fond Christmas memories?
LB: I’ve had a chrissy in New York which was just as magical as you’d imagine; ice skating in central park, snow, carols, the lot! Deffo so glad I’ve had a white chrissy, but, I also love being home and cooking up a whole big feast for my family and this year I’m volunteering at the salvos with my Dad so I think it will be a special Chrissy indeed!

SSC: What makes this Christmas recipe so special and what are the health benefits of it?
LB: Well it’s a healthy gluten free version of my all time favourite treat. I love slices and sweet things so fruit mince pies tick all the boxes and they make the cutest pressie ever!
This recipe was inspired by my Dad who loves fruit mince pies as much as i do!


Lola’s Gluten Free Fruit Mince Pies

I wasn’t even meant to put this recipe in my book but I had to because it’s me and my Dad’s all time favo treat in the world and each Chrissy we taste test that many fruit mince pies that it’s become quite the tradition, so this recipe is defiantly dedicated to my Dad!

Serves: 12-14 mince pies


For the crust:

150 grams of almond meal

70 grams of unsalted chilled butter

4 tablespoons of coconut sugar

zest of one orange

Scraping of one vanilla pod

¼ cup of almond milk (I sued unsweetened but use whatever plain flavour takes your fancy)

2 more tablespoons of almond milk for brushing just before they’re cooked

For the fruit mince meat:

1 grated granny smith apple

the zest of one orange

the juice of 2 oranges

a good old pinch of allspice

1 teaspoons of cinnamon

¼ teaspoon of nutmeg

100 grams of raisins

50 grams of sultanas

50 grams of dried cranberries

50 grams apricots, chopped

50 grams or any other dried fruit that takes your fancy; dates, dried blueberries are ace, even dried white mulberries or golden berries would work, which every takes your fancy the most.

2 tablespoons of brandy (optional.. but hey it’s Christmas)


First up, make the filling; pop all the mince meat ingredients into a bowl, give them a right old mix up then pop in the fridge for the dried fruit to soak up all of the lovely juices and flavours going on for at least a few hours but preferably overnight. Now for the pastry; mix the butter into the almond meal with your fingers so it starts to look like bread crumbs, then add the coconut sugar, orange zest and vanilla, to that add ¼ cup of almond milk, then start to gently work it into a dough. Then wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge for a few hours. Now preheat he oven, pull the pastry our and pop it between two pieces of baking paper and gently roll it out. Then get your muffin tin, cut into 12 circle big enough for the pastry to go up the side of the muffin tin. Then with the extra dough I like to cut starts. Place a circle of pastry in each mould then add a nice scoop of your fruit mince, then top with the start cut out. Brush with a little almond milk then bake for 20 minuets or until they’re nice and golden. Allow them to cool, then enjoy! Fingers crossed these one’s pass Dad’s test!


About Lola Berry


When it comes to getting the world excited about health and good food, there is very little Lola Berry won’t do. She’s convinced a TV host to swallow raw wasabi on live national television. She’s dived into dumpsters on the streets of New York (…and eaten from one!). She has also run madly in search of water after daring to munch on one of the world’s hottest chillies, and handed out actual Black Eyed Peas to celebrities at an official “Black Eyed Peas” red carpet event (…and they loved them!). Lola is very colorful, very passionate and very Australian.

With a Bachelor of Health Science (majoring in Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health), Lola Berry knows what she’s talking about. She has got a secret: the most nutritious, healthy food is also the tastiest! Whether through her TV appearances, radio spots or her popular web series, Lola is reaching out to people all over the globe…and people are listening!

Once you see Lola Berry, you’ll remember both her and her message! She has a whole heap of fresh ideas and a talent for presenting them in a way that inspires people to actually use them to better their everyday lives.

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Barre Body



How To Make Your Heart Sing

Emma Seibold is a certified yoga teacher, STOTT pilates certified instructor and holistic health & wellness coach. She has trained with schools in New York, India, Sydney, Melbourne and Byron Bay. After a 10 year career in marketing, in 2009 Emma left the corporate world and founded the cult juice detox program – Urban Remedy Cleanse which continues to grow and thrive.  In January 2015, Emma and husband Matt welcomed their second child to the world, baby daughter Isla Rose, a precious little sister for big brother Xavier.

Having had a strong and dedicated ashtanga yoga practice for 8 years, Emma took a gentle approach to regain her pre-baby body by adding barre conditioning work to her yoga practice. Seeing a phenomenal change in the tone and shape of her muscles, she created Barre Body to share the technique with others looking for a strong, flowing, fun and highly effective work out.

Emma has enormous passion for all things relating to health and wellness and strives to lead a balanced life; eating well, living well, loving well and exercising well.
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In this Podcast Emma shares

  • Her personal journey from university graduate, to marketing exec, yoga instructor, entrepreneur and founder and creator of Barre Body
  • The simple words of wisdom that dramatically changed her life
  • The power of positive perceptions
  • How a simple daily gratitude practice can make a huge difference to your success and happiness
  • Living in flow and choosing love over fear


Connect with Emma

Learn more about Barre Body

Live in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane? Attend a Barre Body Class at one of Emma’s eight stunning studios

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