Gifts made easy by Anna Heyligers at Gladys Mack


Anna Heyligers is one of many women in Australia who has decided that the life of 9-5 working for someone else isn’t what she wants. As a result, she joined the online world and set up a business called Gladys Mack which creates and distributes gift boxes online. There are gift boxes for both men and women, so no matter what the occasion, Gladys Mack can cater for you. The idea is that the gifts will brighten up the day of the recipient and that the giver will feel satisfaction from bringing joy into someone else’s life. The gifts can either be given to people you know such as friends, or family members, or even colleagues and businesses to say thank you for the service you’ve received.

So where is Gladys Mack based? The packing centre is in Wollongong of New South Wales and people are free to visit. All visits are available from Thursday – Saturday or must be arranged by appointment however delivery is available at all other times.

There are gifts for special occasions such as Father’s Day or Baby Showers as well and they can be handpicked based on the recipient’s preferences, so it’s possible that no two gift boxes will be the same, which makes the gifts even more special than if they were mass produced. When you give the gift it will really resonate with the recipient and will be more meaningful. For those who just want a quick decision, there are some ready made gift boxes available as well.

You may be wondering why someone would start a gift box business, well for Anna it was really quite simple. She had been working in Insurance and needed a change, she saw a gap in the market of gifting. That’s where the idea was born. She wanted to fill that void and give consumers what they were missing. Basically, everything seemed to lack soul and wasn’t personalised. It’s been very important for Anna that everything has the end customer in mind and that it’s unique.

Given she was a partner in an Insurance firm prior to setting up the business, she had a strong network of acquaintances, colleagues, friends and clients. It was through that network that she was able to grow the business and reach out to people who may benefit from buying one of the gift boxes.

Since then, the business has taken on a new direction and she now allows people to come to the studio in Wollongong. She’s also liaising with retailers and holding various workshops to get the message out there and build the customer base. Of course, there’s a website as well so people can find the business if they search for it, but like all small businesses, it has started at a local level and seems to have grown organically from there.

Anna says that although it’s important to have a plan in business, the fact of the matter is that you can’t plan in advance because things are constantly changing and she says that even a short term weekly or monthly plan is essential to help you maintain your focus.


Click here to view Gladys Mack contact page.

How to manage time more effectively with Barbara Clifford


If you’re looking for a personal coach then look no further than Barbara Clifford who runs The Time Tamer, a business that specialises in personal and business development and coaching.

The business was started by Barbara Clifford after 20 years of working behind the scenes in the media industry. She’d reached a point of self reflection where she was assessing what was most important to her in life and what was most valuable to her. As with most people who have children, Barbara realised it was her kids that were most important and that she wanted to spend more time with them than what she had been doing. She turned inward and assessed what had motivated her to join the film industry in the first place and discovered that it was her insecurities and a need for validation. After a period of introspection Barbara suddenly reached a turning point in her life where that was no longer important to her.

She looked towards MLMs (Multi Level Marketing) as she is driven by freedom, success and independence. She found herself restricted by MLMs as they had certain procedures and practices in place which didn’t allow her to foster her true desires and ambitions.

Over time, the itch Barbara had to leave the film industry and take control of her own life started to take hold and that’s when she found herself with an opportunity to start her own business. She had been working with an entrepreneur for seven years while she was still involved with an MLM and they provided her with advice that she needed but had been too terrified to ask for. It was at this moment that she learned you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for things and that the moment you do, your life will change for the better.

Her business specialises in a few key areas, some of which you may say are inspired by her own struggles with time management and being trapped in the corporate world. It could be professional development that you need, or you may want help with stress management. Barbara has developed services based on the needs of individuals. They are offered separately.

Stress management is designed to help you understand what your stress levels are and then from there you can deal with them and live a life with less stress.

Time management is another service that is offered, with Barbara helping clients manage time more effectively.

It’s not all serious though. She’s added a fun quiz on her website so you can get an idea of your stress levels. If you’re still unsure and would like the advice of a professional you can make an appointment to start the process of stress management. Each session typically runs for 45 minutes and for your convenience, can be done via Skype.

Those in business will know that productivity is essential to high performance, and that’s where Barbara’s Professional Development training can come in handy. This training can either be done online or in the workforce. By training all your staff in productivity and time management, you ensure consistency in your business.

She has established a strong reputation and regularly features in the media and has also spoken at various events.

With Barbara helping you out, you are sure to find yourself more productive, less stressed out and managing your time more effectively.

Love for Photography by Sharon from ShaBo Studio


Photographs capture a moment in time, a memory to treasure for generations to come. Photographs are all we have left to remind us of the one we love who sadly is no longer here or that perfect summer holiday at the beach, a first birthday, the first day at school, the last day at school, a wedding, a baby, photographs are a heirloom to be treasured for a lifetime.

Sharon has always had a love for photography and the arts; studying photography in high school and later continuing to ignite that same passion, Sharon went on to complete a diploma in photography. Photography served as a creative outlet for Sharon, giving her a much needed distraction from the hectic corporate life.

Sharon from ShaBo Studio

After relocating to Melbourne, Sharon decided it was time to invest in her future with something that evoked her passion and chose to transform her hobby into a new career. Sharon invested in herself and in her business, participating in several one to one and group workshops in person that were specific to the genre that Sharon chose to base her business on.

The transition from the corporate world to self employment was, as is with all things worth while, not easy but with the determination and skill set, Sharon was able to successfully make this transition.

Returning to Perth was a family decision and one that was very welcome. Relocating a business interstate can be challenging but has proven to be quite rewarding for Sharon as she has rebuilt her business and welcomed her new clients.

Sharon has since engaged with a photography specific mentor to further her business skill set as well as her photography skill set, to ensure that she takes her business to the next level.

Sharon’s purpose and ethos at ShaBo STUDIO is to ensure that each client feels beautiful, feels special, feels seen. Sharon believes that there is so much more to having your portrait taken than simply having someone click a button; Sharon says it is about having amazing lighting, about being gently guided with articulated posing to flatter each clients unique body shape, it is about reconnecting with yourself and loving the person that you are right now. ShaBo STUDIO specialises in posing and photographing women (and men!) at all stages of life, be it maternity, with your newborn or simply an intimate photo shoot all about you.

“Pursue your dreams. Be passionate for the career you choose, you can do anything that you set your mind to and most importantly, believe in yourself!  It takes time to do great things, it takes determination, it takes courage, believe in yourself and you will achieve everything you want to.”  

Click here to view ShaBo Sudios contact details page.