26 episodes

A Friend of Mine is a series of conversations with some incredible and inspiring women in business from regional and rural Australia.

Whether you’re starting out in business and wondering how to go from side hustle to full time or you’re looking for ways to expand on what you’ve already established, A Friend of Mine will take a deep dive into the nitty gritty to help you along your journey.

Let us introduce you to some amazing female entrepreneurs who will share their experience and knowledge of what it takes to start, grow and scale a successful business.

Connect with OAK Magazine on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/oakmagazineau] and Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/oakmagazineau]

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A Friend of Mine is proudly produced by OAK Magazine. Hosted by Kimberley Furness, Founder + Editor, OAK Magazine.

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    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

A Friend of Mine is a series of conversations with some incredible and inspiring women in business from regional and rural Australia.

Whether you’re starting out in business and wondering how to go from side hustle to full time or you’re looking for ways to expand on what you’ve already established, A Friend of Mine will take a deep dive into the nitty gritty to help you along your journey.

Let us introduce you to some amazing female entrepreneurs who will share their experience and knowledge of what it takes to start, grow and scale a successful business.

Connect with OAK Magazine on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/oakmagazineau] and Instagram [https://www.instagram.com/oakmagazineau]

For more inspiring stories, visit OAK Magazine website [https://www.oakmagazine.com.au]

A Friend of Mine is proudly produced by OAK Magazine. Hosted by Kimberley Furness, Founder + Editor, OAK Magazine.

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    The importance of small care with Brooke McAlary

    The importance of small care with Brooke McAlary

    Brooke McAlary, the internationally best selling author of SLOW, and has released a new booked titled CARE: the radical art of taking time.
    The book was created out of necessity during the height of the global pandemic at a time when ‘care’ seemed most important in our lives.
    If you look back over the past 18 months, there has been an overwhelming nature of ‘big care’ - the Black Summer bushfires, COVID-19, Black Lives Matter protests, the US election. 2020 has been a time of so many enormous, overwhelming problems facing the world and, as human beings, we have cared about them all.
    In 2020, Brooke burnt out. She discovered she cared too much about the ‘big care’. It was also the year she discovered she cared too little about the ‘small care’.
    In CARE, Brooke focuses on smaller personal acts of care, ones that can be achieved and are accessible no matter your socio-economic status or social background. And you can’t say you don’t have time as the acts are broken down into: half a minute, half an hour and half a day or more.
    It truely is an incredible book.
    From her home in the Southern Highlands, Brooke talks to us about her experience of feeling incredible loneliness, post-natal depression, small acts of care and her concept of tilting instead of balancing.
    We also bond over our love of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon and, more seriously, how that relates back to community.
    Also mentioned in this podcast...
    @brookemcalary, @slowhomepod, @allenandunwin and @ecowithem author of ‘Hope is a Verb’


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    • 33 min
    Samantha Wills ~ Of Gold & Dust

    Samantha Wills ~ Of Gold & Dust

    This is a special episode of @afriendofminepodcast recorded live at our In Conversation with Samantha Wills event held in Bendigo earlier this year.
    In March, my dream of hosting a keynote speaker in my home town became a reality all thanks to the wonderfully kind, creative and inspiring Samantha Wills.
    Samantha travelled from Sydney to Bendigo so that 85 people could sit close to home and listen to her stories of business, love and life that she has fabulously written in her memoir 'Of Gold and Dust'.
    Samantha’s story is an inspiring blueprint for getting out there and finding the magic that awaits you.
    Here are some of the conversations we had during the evening where Samantha talks about storytelling, business, debt, community, creative life, women's health and more.
    If you haven’t already, go and purchase a copy of Samantha's book ‘Of Gold and Dust’. It is a must read memoir for anyone who has a desire to start their own business or a passion to live a creative life and follow their dreams.
    This event was made possible thanks to our incredible co-host AFS and Associates Chartered Accountants in Bendigo.


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    • 26 min
    The perfect blend of business with Tea Associates

    The perfect blend of business with Tea Associates

    After a lifetime of working in corporate, Kerry McCuskey retired to pursue her passion for creating a beautiful blend of tea.
    Kerry launched her very first business Tea Associates in June 2020.
    The Bendigo local has been obsessed with tea from a young age, so every part of the Tea Associates journey has been carefully considered.
    The products are lovingly blended in Bendigo using her own recipes. The packaging is re-usable, re-fillable and biodegradable.
    She also invested in branding right from the get go engaging a creative agency for her logo and website, and a professional photographer.
    Kerry shares with us her transition from corporate to business owner, why it was so important to launch with a professional-looking brand vs DIY, ways she is collaborating with local creatives, tips on how to approach potential stockists and so much more.
    Meet my friend Kerry from Tea Associates.


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    • 33 min
    The beauty of business with Botanicals by Luxe

    The beauty of business with Botanicals by Luxe

    When Bec Connolly became a mum after a difficult fertility journey, she knew she didn’t want to return to full time work.
    A qualified skin therapist, Bec set up a therapy room in the home in Geelong in 2015. However it wasn’t long before the self-confessed “skin-nerd” was taking the next step, and formulating products of her own.
    It was a long and difficult search to find a small batch manufacturer and Bec was told countless times that she was just a “mum with a hobby”. But she persisted and launched her very own skin care range, Botanicals by Luxe in 2018.
    Bec shares with us the why behind her business, the manufacturing process, creating an ‘Instagramable’ brand, engaging influencers and ambassadors, her experience with anxiety and the importance of self care.
    We also speak about miscarriage and for some this may be difficult to listen to. If so, you might want to skip this episode or move through it mindfully.
    And now, let me introduce you to my friend Bec from Botanicals by Luxe.
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    Hosted by Kimberley Furness, Founder + Editor, OAK Magazine.


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    • 47 min
    BONUS - Making a statement with Pink Nade

    BONUS - Making a statement with Pink Nade

    A bonus episode with Johanna Clark from Pink Nade. Johanna is someone you could talk to for hours, and on so many different topics. And that's what happened when I interviewed Johanna for her podcast episode.
    Once we finished the official interview, I kept recording and we kept talking. What came post interview was such goodness it was too good to waste. Cue a bonus episode.
    Johanna talks about the advantages of living in a rural community, dance videos as a marketing tactic, who her ideal customer is and how she markets to them, random acts of kindness and body confidence.
    Enjoy!
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    Stay social and connect with OAK Magazine on Facebook and Instagram.
    For more inspiring stories, visit OAK Magazine website.
    Hosted by Kimberley Furness, Founder + Editor, OAK Magazine.


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    • 10 min
    Making a statement with Pink Nade

    Making a statement with Pink Nade

    Johanna Clark embodies the ethos of women supporting women. Kindness, inclusion and confidence is at the core of her statement earring business https://www.pinknade.com.au/ (Pink Nade) located in the tiny rural town of Warracknabeal.
    Pink Nade is Johanna’s fifth business having started with Joey Jelly Bean, and then a signwriting business, clothing store and the local Australia Post contract with her husband Joel. All of this plus raising five children under the age of 13.
    In the past three years, Pink Nade has built a cult following on Instagram with more than 22,000 followers. Johanna has been able to combine her love for design, pattern and colour to bring out a range of bold statement earrings.
    Johanna shares with us her entrepreneurial journey which includes overcoming limiting beliefs, severe burn out and costly wholesale mistakes.
    She also talks about marketing tactics, mentors, the importance of providing a flexible workplace for mums, and how Pink Nade welcomes new customers and rewards their loyalty.
    Meet my friend Johanna from Pink Nade.
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    For more inspiring stories, visit OAK Magazine https://www.oakmagazine.com.au/ (website).
    Hosted by Kimberley Furness, Founder + Editor, OAK Magazine.


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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

susan_lou ,

So inspiring

Such inspiration women, fantastic tips and things to remember when navigating your way through the early days of a small business and beyond.

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Chore buster

These podcasts help me get through my chores and leave me feeling inspired

JessBrawn ,

Excellent Podcast

Insightful, inspiring and heartwarming.

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