Be gentle... with yourself, with others + with the planet.
– Courses I love –
Learning is the best!! Here are a couple of my favourite online programs:
B-School is the first online course I ever did, back in 2013. It exceeded my expectations and gave me the tools to put my ‘big girl’ pants on. It also gave me a taste of what it’s like to have a kick-ass online community supporting you. B-School is an 8-week online course that’s only run once a year (launches in late February for a March start) but the great thing is, you get lifetime access and it gets better every single year. If you’re interested in this, come on over to this page to learn more about how it supported myself and my friends to build our businesses.
Beautiful You Coaching Academy
The Beautiful You Coaching Academy course is a 6-month program that gives you the tools to build a business as a life coach. It really lifted the way I set goals for myself, the way I communicate with the people closest to me and lifted the game in my own business, adding a whole new, incredibly rewarding, revenue stream. If you’d like this for yourself, then I’d love to help you! I use these high-level coaching skills with my young students and with my youth mentors daily. I’ve put together a video review of the course as well as the support I offer to each person who signs up through me here.
– Productivity + Business programs I love –
A big part of doing business gently (without the hustle!) is having fantastic systems in place to keep things ticking along smoothly. Here are some of my favourite programs.
All of my customer and community data, email management, marketing campaigns, sales pages, membership sites, order forms, payments, affiliate programs and sales data are all handled through Ontraport. I switched to Ontraport in 2019 and am so so glad I did. It’s meant that I have so much more time as many processes have been automated and it’s easy for me and my team to access everything they need.
We’re more professional and prompt because of it.
Check out Ontraport here.
Asana is my favourite project management app. It’s a fun platform to create and organise to-do lists, for yourself and for any contractors or support people you have come on board down the track. I love the calendar view and list view at different times, I love the variation in how you can set up the projects and I love that a unicorn leaps across the page when I tick off a task!
I also love that I can forward any emails to a particular project in Asana, for example any bills that come in get forwarded to my Payments project in Asana so that one day a week I can go to that project and clearly see everything that needs to be paid. Yay!
Check out asana here.
Xero is great for bookkeeping. I was using a cheaper program and a free program before that but it got to a point where they frustrated me as they didn’t connect properly to bank feeds or work as intuitively as Xero.
I signed up for Xero through a book keeper who transitioned me over from my previous program. I recommend signing up for Xero through a bookkeeper because they usually get the program much cheaper and can then provide additional services for you for the same price as if you were to sign up individually. Just a little tip!
Check out Xero here.
** Some of the links above may be affiliate links. This means I may earn a commission if you click through using my link and purchase or enrol in a program. Please let me know if you do as I always like to offer additional support to anyone who signs up through me!
If you’d like a free eBook FULL of tips on building a sustainable business or a podcast about ditching the hustle, head to the Gentle Business Mastermind website which I co-run with a couple of friends.
– Eco Fashion love –
I now spend 90% of my time deep in my work with Shine From Within but I was, for a number of years, an eco-model working exclusively with eco-friendly and ethical brands. I love fashion and I also love mama Earth so it makes my heart sing to find brands who are trying to build their business in an ethical way. Here are some old blog posts which share a bunch of brands. For a more up-to-date list, check out my ECO FASHION story over on Instagram.
If you’re like me, you love the story behind the fashion you buy. You love searching for brands that consider people, animals and the planet in their business model. The brands who are not just churning out fast and cheap fashion, but where the designers are expressing their truth through their fashion and telling a story.
The story of these 3 designers is steeped in Australia’s history, Indigenous culture and links to the Earth. I recently discovered them while writing my regular Eco Style column for Nature & Health magazine.
There are lots of reasons to love bamboo clothing. It’s anti-bacterial and has UV protection (the brand I’m wearing today, Bamboo Body has been tested and has UV 50+ protection) so it’s great on hot summer days, it’s super soft to wear and, in my experience, lasts well wash after wash.
It feels like the winds of change have finally arrived in Australia. Sustainable, ethically-manufactured and environmentally-conscious fashion is becoming an important topic here and not just amongst the few forward-thinking designers that have always had these principals at the forefront of their business.
I’m seeing leather everywhere at the moment so I’m really excited to be able to share with you my favourite brand for faux leather jackets and accessories…
It’s starting to cool down here in Oz but that’s no excuse to not get our butts moving! But you are not here for a motivational ‘fitspo’ rant and I’m no good at giving them…I slept in this morning because I felt like it. Gentle living at it’s best. One thing that does get me excited to exercise is sustainable, ethical activewear!
Today is Fashion Revolution Day. It marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza Collapse in Bangladesh where over 1000 people were killed and over 2000 injured when a garment factory collapsed. Cracks were visible in the walls days earlier but nothing was done about it. This tragedy has shone a light on the conditions of garment workers around the world and the real cost of fast and cheap fashion.
So what can we do about it? How can we, as consumers, really effect change? To start with, we can learn more about where our clothes come from. And a new documentary, Traceable, introduces us to the concept of traceability through the supply chain. Intercut with fashion and sustainability experts, it follows a young emerging fashion designer across the world as she sources her fabrics and manufactures her range in the lead up to New York Fashion Week.
I know what my Dad would say…”Don’t you think you are taking this a bit far Amanda? Organic undies – really?” He thought I was a bit loony when I was trying to explain the plight of silk worms and why I have chosen not to wear silk. But if you are into eco-friendly fashion, or even just healthy living, then it’s a no brainer that the garments up close and personal should be as natural and chemical-free as possible.
Are these not the most beautiful yoga bags you ever did see? nagnAta is a luxury yoga lifestyle brand co-created by Holly Dixon & Laura May Gibbs. Directional design with earthly ethical roots is the all-encompassing ethos of the brand. Holly and Laura May...
It's no secret that I love fair trade, eco-friendly, Sunshine Coast-based fashion label, Sinerji. They just do everything possible to bring us beautiful, timeless fashion pieces that we can feel really proud to wear. Their range is 100% vegan, right down to the...