I’ve been in the marketing industry for many years and I realised that other marketers wanted what I have – choice.
As a busy professional marketer, speaker and author, I know there’s no such thing as work/life balance. Instead, I believe we should seek harmony. My marketing business, speaking engagements, mentoring, and charity work must all complete one harmonious whole that includes my family and my own private time.
Life and work are a continuum and it’s up to us to make that work.
So it was natural to branch out and develop the Green Chilli Marketing Franchise, where I’ve done all the legwork and I’m here to offer my experience.
One of the charities I support, Got Your Back Sista, aims not only to help women financially but also to support, inspire and lead, woman to woman.
That’s very much how I operate day to day; I know absolutely that, to be successful, you need to be sure someone has your back.
I’ve learned a lot over the last 12 years and I understand the value of an education and continual learning.
I just wish I’d had a mentor to tell me some of the important things I discovered – about myself and about business.
When you join the Green Chilli Marketing Franchise, I’m here to support your journey.
Plus, you get to choose your own work/family mix – and your clients!
As a mum who’s chosen to retain and further her career, I’ve lost count of the number of times people have commented about my choice and asked whether or not I feel guilty about being a working mother.
I don’t buy into this argument because this is what I know: Having a career has made me a better mum.
Being fulfilled intellectually means that when I stop work, I’m there for my family 100%. It’s hard, it’s tiring, but it’s so worthwhile.
The bottom line? Regardless of what choices you make, the only right or wrong decision a mum can make is about having quality time with her child/children.
Simply interacting with our children mindfully when we are together reaps great rewards for everyone.
For so many of us, though, the time with our children versus time spent doing other things like working, getting on top of the housework, cooking a meal or attending a meeting is really troubling. Mums end up feeling a sense of guilt and dissatisfaction with their lives because they think they need to balance it all out when, in fact, this equation is impossible.
Running my own business gives me the time to be there for my daughter’s school assemblies and sporting events and go to my son’s kindergym classes but, more importantly, simply to be there when they need me.
It has allowed me to give back in ways I couldn’t do otherwise – from filming a documentary on human trafficking in Nepal for 3 Angels Nepal, working with Habitat for Humanity and helping rebuild Nepal after the earthquake to writing a children’s book, or taking the day off to spend time valuable time with my family.
The plight of underprivileged women is a cause dear to my heart so I’m doing something about it.
Currently I’m on the board of Got Your Back Sista, a charity that helps women fight back from domestic violence.
“In addition to her marketing prowess, Belinda works hard in supporting both her community and people in need. Belinda is most certainly someone who ‘walks the talk’ and is one of the few select people for whom I have the highest admiration and respect.” Jason Pauling, General Manager, Vanguard Financial Planners
None of this would be possible if I hadn’t chosen my own work/life path.