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Q&A Monday Ask Annette Anything...

Today I answer a question from a listener who has been banned from being able to use specific Facebook features. If you have been banned personally or through business pages this will give you some insights.

Hi Annette,

I’ve been blocked from Facebook but I don’t know why. How do I find out when all they tell you is that you’ve been temporarily blocked from some features on Facebook. How do I know to prevent it from happening.



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Thrive Tribe – Helping Mums Thrive With Raising Autistic Children

Parents are continually running around at the best of time and when you throw a child with special needs into that mix as well, let’s just say that it’s a recipe for burn out.

This interview is how two mothers join forces to create a tribe to help support mums of autistic children.

Normally self care and putting herself first is last on her list. She is hagged and it’s only the morning…. pretty much the rest of the days success builds moment by moment.

Today we share the evolution of Thrive Tribe a community and business that helps support Mums from Health, Mindset, communication and finances.

We hear the real stories from business to life, to hoops parents are needing to jump through for government support. The list goes on…

If you have a friend who has a special needs child please forward them this episode.



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Sandy is a proud Mum to two beautiful kids, Imogen and Cooper. Imogen is on the autism spectrum and has ADHD, intellectual disability and anxiety. Sandy herself was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis in recent years and she inspires others whilst telling her story of how she learnt to tap into her grit. Sandy’s is a passionate health and special needs advocate dedicated to helping people live their best lives and helping people to reach and exceed their goals. She is a mentor, advocate and a personal development and wellness coach with over 6 years of industry experience.


Stephanie is a Mummy to two little girls, Imogen and Charlotte. Charlotte has Autism and a developmental co-ordination disorder. She is the digital arm of the tribe & heads up all of the tech parts of the business as well as facilitating health and wellness coaching. She is an advocate for educating women on the importance of surrounding ourselves with a tribe and finding a place where a brave face isn’t necessary. She believes if women can find somewhere that they can grow together, they will get you through the darkest days.


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The Fat Loss Protocol with Cyndi O'Meara - Most Popular Episode

Do you know that your body can signal turning off fat release? Meaning even though you may try to exercise your butt or gut off, your body still isn’t allowing you to release fat. Sooo not fair!

You’re frustration starts to climb as you get more despair wondering what is going on. You’re still eating the same but now putting on weight daily, you have completely lost your waistline that you had in your 20’s and getting more and more joint pain.

Sounds familiar?

In this episode we invite Cyndi O’Meara on the show to take us through her Fat Loss Protocol.

Cindy shares the science of why the Fat Loss Protocol works so effectively especially for middle age women. She walks us through the four phases of this transformational program.

In our 40’s our hormone really start to come into play. What we use to do to lost weight just doesn’t work anymore.

One of the biggest problems Cyndi shares is because we are leptin resistant. Leptin tells our hormones what to do. What to do with fat & hunger specifically!

The fat Loss protocol shows you how to RESET your leptin sensitivity  and stop the middle age spread in its tracks.

(listen above-scroll up & press the play button or listen on iTunes)

Now in this interview Cyndi shares something that totally stops me in my tracks – you hear me actually gasp a big “WOW” ….something that I have never heard before about how simply the fat from your moisturiser could STOP your fast loss results. CRAZY SH*T!

Her are some other things she teaches you:

  • How and why your body goes into ketosis…and what is it?
  • How simply drinking a certain type of alcohol could put on a couple of kilos of inflammation over night. Your body can’t put on a kilo of weight over night..this is inflammation. But the good news is you can find something that actually helps you have a drink and not pay the price the next day.
  • The more fat cells you have or shall I say the more overweight you are -the more your Leptin signal is NOT work and makes you think you’re hungry when you’re not. (PLUS HOW TO RESET THIS- YES!!!)
  • How stress from being a high achieving entrepreneur interrupts your digestion which in turn effects our weight.
  • What HCG is why its important to know to help you support your fat loss journey
  •  The importance of season cycles for fat loss.


Learn more of the Fat loss protocol here ( BTW: I just purchased the full starter pack she told me that honestly is best one to start with – message me if you want to join me) 🙂


About Cyndi O’Meara

Cyndi O’Meara is a nutritionist, film maker, bestselling author, speaker and founder of Changing Habits, a whole food company that believes everything begins and ends with food and that health food should actually be just that – healthy.

Cyndi graduated with a degree in Nutrition from Deakin University in 1984 where her special interest was ancestral foods. At the end of her degree she was so disillusioned by the nutritional guidelines that she paved her own path, steering clear of the low-fat diets of the day. Her groundbreaking book ‘Changing Habits Changing Lives’ became an instant bestseller and from there she has grown a successful whole food company, developed a range of healthy eating programs and a certified online course, and released an acclaimed documentary ‘What’s With Wheat?’.

Cyndi educates people so they are empowered to know better, eat better and live better – because educating people about whole food is the key to a rebellion and everyone deserves to know exactly what they are eating.

You can find out more about Cyndi and Changing Habits at


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Kylie Roberts- Founder of Aleenta Barre

The co-founder of Aleenta Barre and owner of the luxury Endota Spa Kylie Roberts always loves a challenge.

From building on branding ideas at 1am to creating products that the market can resonate with, Kylie knows exactly what it’s like to run a business to global success.

Starting the businesses came of her love of all things health and wellness and a desire to get herself out of the nine to five grind. She has since grown the businesses into several spas and won multiple business awards.

Her insights on business ownership and achieving the ever elusive work-balance are priceless so you won’t wanna miss this episode.
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Kylie Roberts loves business, learning and evolving. An entrepreneur, Kylie is the cofounder of Aleenta Barre.

Aleenta is a wellness brand which helps make healthy easy. With 7 Studios in VIC, SA and QLD, Aleenta is a space for women to unapologetically focus on themselves. We spend so much time focused on everyone else, it’s time and space for you to fill your own cup.

The next evolution of Aleenta is ‘me by Aleenta’ – our on-demand platform. Annually we survey our customers and ask them their #1 struggle with their health. And consistently it’s time (or lack there of) and motivation. We all want to make healthier choices, but sometimes it’s hard. Hard to fit it in, hard to choose. Hard to prioritise. We get it.

Me by Aleenta is your motivator, personal nutritionist and friend all-in-one. With workouts less than 30mins, nutritional tools, and a strong community of women who have your back.

Kylie is also an award-winning franchisee of endota spa. She joined the network in 2004 when there were four locations. Today there are more than 100 spas around Australia. She was the first endota marketing manager, a shareholder of the endota group and lead endota’s first organic product arm. Kylie has won multiple Franchise Industry Awards and endota day spa of the year multiple times.

Prior to running her own businesses, Kylie worked for large Corporates including ANZ, Pernod Ricard and Coca-Cola in Brand and Marketing Management. Kylie is a wife, daughter and sister. And super proud mum to three boys – Angus, and twins Christian and Jasper, and step-mum to her husband’s three children.

Q&A Monday Ask Annette Anything...

Have you been thinking about launching a new product?

Launching a product can be as stressful as actually creating one, but the best time to launch is when another product of yours is reaching the peak of its sales success so that you can keep that much-needed cash flow coming in to keep the business afloat and also ride that momentum into the next wave of sales. Listen in to take note of the effective strategies I’m going to share.

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Brookfarm- Australia's Leading Producer Of Gourmet Macadamia Products

From businesswoman to an awards judge to a firefighter with Pam Brook.

It all started when Pam was playing a blindfold game with a group of friends. The game was to stab a pin on the map of Australia and relocate there. The game that started out as tongue and cheek is what ended up leading Pam Brook to her new life’s journey.

The becoming of what is known today as Australia’s leading producer of gourmet macadamia food products.

Pam Brook is co-founder of Brookfarm. Brookfarm was the NSW and Australian Telstra Business of the Year in 2007. After years of numerous awards, Pam now is a judge of the Telstra Business Awards and shares her professional view as a judge, giving great insights and advice.

Brookfarm is Australia’s leading producer of gourmet macadamia products known for its Macadamia Mueslis, Walkabout Mixes, and their newest snack “Puffcorn” which is perfect to munch on while sipping on a glass of your favourite drop…guilt free of calories!

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Pam Brook is co-founder of Brookfarm, which she established with her husband Martin Brook in 1999. Brookfarm was the Telstra Business of the Year in 2007 and is Australia’s leading producer of gourmet macadamia products known for its Macadamia Mueslis, Walkabout Mixes, etc. From humble beginnings at the Bangalow markets, Brookfarm is now a vibrant food producing company with a team of 60 and growing. Brookfarm’s products are sold throughout Australia and exported to 12 countries including the USA & Europe. Customers include Domestic & International airlines.

Born in Melbourne, Pam has a Bachelor of Dental Science at Melbourne University and an MBA at Southern Cross University. She has extensive experience in product & brand development and sustainable business management. She is a great believer in a nutritionally balanced diet and a healthy sustainable food chain. She has a passion for the growth and development of the regional food industry and is the Chair of Northern Rivers Food.

She has a passion for producing delicious real food and making a difference for her community and the environment

Q&A Monday Ask Annette Anything...

How are your sales going?

Today I’ll share with you this groundbreaking formula (Well, I’ve taught it for years, but why reinvent something that is awesome).

This formula helps you know EXACTLY how many sales appointments you need to be booked in to reach your target.

I know talking numbers might not totally excite you, but I PROMISE once I teach you this, you might just start LOVING them and thank me.

In this episode, I’ll share the difference between a budget and target… and what percentage you need, to make a profit.

Also, I’ll share a gift with you. Yep! A free download that you can get HERE

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Flora & Fauna – The Largest Vegan, Eco-Friendly Online Store In The World

It took 2 years before Julie made the decision to burn her full-time employment bridges to play full out with Flora & Fauna. Until then, she had been working on her business at night.

Only 3 short years after that decision, Flora & Fauna became known as the largest vegan, eco-friendly store in the world. Julie found herself gracing the stages of accepting awards for Telstra Small Business in NSW, Best online retailer 2018 ORIAs as well as Top 50 People in Australia for eCommerce.

How did it all start?

Julie Mathers found herself looking at the ingredients of a lipstick which then started the query “… what is actually in this product?” “Has it been tested on animals?”

The more she questioned the more she realized that there was a massive hole in the marketplace, for needing more integrity and transparency of products in skincare and beauty.

What started as an online store 2014 with 300 products in beauty, has now rapidly grown to 8000+ products, anything from houseware goods, to food to fashion.

This down to earth “Mother Teresa of retail”, that’s what I coined her on the show, is one the first Australian businesses to be certified with BCorp (known for better business). Julie shares the grueling audit that her business went through to get the tick of approval and badge of honor….please understand that only 200 businesses today in Australia actually have it! WOW! Right?

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Enjoy this interesting interview about amazing organic growth (Pardon the pun)


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Julie Mathers is the CEO and Founder of Flora & Fauna, the world’s largest 100% vegan store. Flora & Fauna is focused on driving
change and empowering customers. Julie is passionate about using her skills and platform for purpose.

Julie founded Flora & Fauna 5 years ago with a clear vision to be the most responsible retailer possible with the best customer service.

Flora & Fauna was named Best Small Online Retailer at the 2018 ORIAs and won Telstra Small Business of the Year for NSW in 2018.

Flora & Fauna is also a proud BCorp. Flora & Fauna is 100% carbon offset, has saved over 30 tonnes of plastic from hitting landfill by
shipping orders plastic-free, offers a recycling scheme and supports charity partners such as Where Pigs Fly.

Julie has a strong personal desire to create change for the better and frequently mentors and speaks about responsible retailing and
small business. Julie was named Number 1 in the 2019 “Top 50 People in Australian eCommerce” and Business Person of the Year this
Year at the 2018 Gala Awards.

Prior to founding Flora & Fauna, Julie has worked in the UK, Europe, Asia and now Australia for the last ten years. She has worked in
consulting, private equity and with many retailers, including senior leadership roles in Woolworths, Coles and APG & Co.

Q&A Monday- Ask Annette Anything… How to stay motivated when going through tough times.

If you are going through some challenges right now, feeling down, stress or depressed, todays episode is a message exactly for you then.

Today I share three things to help you keep moving forward.

1) Mindset
2) My story of a recent time that tested me and how i overcame it
3) Idea on things that help you shift from challenged to succeeding


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Rejuvenators- Australia's Largest Hotel In-Room Professional Massage Service

Now known as the go- to-Holistic Therapist trusted by Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Shania Twain, Anthony Robbins, Bruce Springsteen.

Kym Power’s business  journey  started out 27yrs ago from a passion in something so simple…just wanting to serve her massage clients with the highest level of etiquette

When Kym started her little 1 woman massage service saw her booked out for 3-4 weeks in advance. Quickly the news traveled fast about Kym’s special healing abilities. For the next 4 years had Kym working around the clock; 24hrs a day

This demand left Kym no option but to scale her, 1 person, massage business to today what is the largest hotel massage serve in Australia.

Today’s story is about the journey of Rejuvenators and also takes a holistic twist…of course, it does!

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Kym’s free mediation download
Website: Kym’s Powers holistic coaching
Register to Kym’s upcoming private wellbeing coaching program – Recharge Me

I never shed so many tears as I have in an interview. She truly is one special women.




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