Michelle Green of VictoriaI'm in my:
In My 30's
What inspires you?
This is more so who inspires me I think. My longtime best friend (now adopted sister) has certainly inspired me. She has such artistic talent and has seen the same in me. To see what art she has produced through such a tough time in her life, is truly inspiring.
If you could meet anyone living who would it be?
I would love to meet the Dali Lama. He is such a beautiful, gentle, happy soul. To see him in his home country would be simply amazing.
What would be the 3 most important attributes in a partner to you?
I believe that seeing your own personal attributes is the most important in your own life. I have made a decision in my life, partly based on circumstances that I have detached myself from, to develop my own attributes.
What would one thing you'd like to achieve in the next 6 months?
I would love to attract a number of buyers for my products and to expand on my product lines. To find the right places to sell my products.
What are you no good at but simply love?
I never used to be good at really anything, so was ingrained in me for a very long time. Now I know that this is not true. Everyone is good at something, no matter how hard it is to find that special something, everyone has it deep within.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about women's rights, about empowering women, especially through creative arts. I am passionate about starting up my own business, which I know will take some time.
What is your life philosophy?
Live today for today, as tomorrow is another day and you never know what it is going to bring. I used to have a white-board full of `stuff to do'. I have now learnt that I can put it in my phone calendar, close the flip and forget about it until the alarm goes off. This has taken a while, but has it made a difference to my life.
If you could choose a different career what would it be?
My career change is happening now. I am now becoming more creative and am wanting to use this to become financially independent and to also help other women gain empowerment in their own lives.
What do you love about having your own business?
I love spending the time creating, I love the fact that so many people love my products. I love creating my own individual items (every 1 has a different design).
What's the most challenging thing about having your own business?
Doing all the research, purchasing, marketing etc, especially when you don't have any background in this area whatsoever.
What motivates you - what gets you sparked up and going?
Sometimes it is even when some things get too much. I also use my creative side to benefit my way of thinking. I find I can meditate while creating which is very soothing.
What's the best gift you've ever received?
I truly believe that my children are the best gifts I have ever received. No matter how difficult the circumstance I have come from. My children are amazing and unique individuals who deserve the very best life can give.
What's the best thing you do or have done in your life?
The best thing I have ever done in my life was to find my independence. To stand up on my own two feet and to take on the life that was in front of me.
What should you do more of?
I should do more adventurous things in my life. Although this new business thing takes up a lot of time, there is always room for so much more.
What should you do less of?
I should do less worrying about my children and where their future lies. Being a positive role model for my children and believing in them should decrease my worry, I think!
What do you admire about you closest friend?
That she has come from an even harder background than myself. She is such a amazing, strong, independent and inspirational woman. She has been through several, unbelievable upheavals in her life, yet has developed into a woman that her mum and dad would be so proud of.
What does quality of life mean to you?
Quality of life to me means so much more than what I would have thought 1 year ago. It means seeing all the positives that surround you each and everyday. It means to not look back and dwell on what has been. To make the most out of every situation.
What are three things you want to do before you die?
I want to skydive and land to have a beautiful picnic at sunset. I want to travel with my best friend to experience meeting the Dali Lama. I want to stand on a mountain at sunrise and soak up new day, positive vibrations and cool breeze as the sun breaks through another beautiful day.
What did you learn from the hardest thing you've ever gone through?
I have learnt that my life is precious. That my life is worth more than I ever imagined. I have learnt that, had I not gone through what I did, I would not be here to embrace my life everyday, to embrace my children everyday or to be so very thankful for the true friends and family that surround you even if they are not physically with you in the same room.
What values do you want your children to learn from you?
I want them to believe in themselves, to be empowered, to know that they can achieve anything in their own lives, that the sky is the limit for each and every one of them.
Do you dance, sing, laugh enough?
I know I don't dance or sing enough (certainly like no-one is watching). I do laugh a lot more than I have ever done before, but really, can there ever be too much laughter or happiness in the world?
Where would you live for 12 months if it could be anywhere?
I would live in the Blue Mountains for 12 months if I had the opportunity. To experience being so close to nature, to be at one within myself and with the environment would be simply amazing.
What are the books you've learnt the most from?
Books about the Dali Lama and his life. Books about spirituality, inspirational stories about women survivors of indescribable circumstances. Books about undying human spirit.
What are the films you've learnt the most from?
I love the movies `7 years in Tibet' and also `Unmistaken Child'. Other movies are `Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'. I have not seen too many movies, but these are the ones that stand out in my memory.
What would you like to achieve working with a life/business coach?
I have worked with a life coach before. This was an amazing opportunity that I was given. The outcome of other opportunities I have been graced with as well as this life coaching, has helped me in such amazing ways. I also believe that they came to me at a time in my life that I was ready to take it and make the most of the experience.