The real cost of money worries? More than a penny

  Angie was nestled amongst the cushions of Nick’s luxurious sofa, wrapped in his plush bathrobe, a temporary substitute for his...

March 4, 2024

Three ways to improve your money mindset

Money had fascinated me for as long as I can remember. Not necessarily the accumulation and growing of it. More, the impact it has on who...

May 12, 2023

Why 7 Minutes a Day Can Change Your Life

I have spent my career making educational content that explains concepts in financial services easier to understand and relate to. Have...

March 14, 2023

3 Stories to Empower

Have you heard that new ...

March 14, 2023
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What I Learned from The Walking Dead

I love a good story. One that takes me to other places, that makes me laugh, cry or just relax. And it seems while I have arrived to the...

March 3, 2023

Why money stress is a big worry

It’s been a fantastic break and I’m happy to be in the saddle and kicking off the year. While January is not a break from the demands of everyday life, it is a much needed reset for us all.

February 3, 2023
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Financial Wellbeing Programs

Just as we thought we were emerging from Covid we were hit by skyrocketing cost of living, rising interest rates, reduced property prices and a world that feels challenging and unpredictable.

February 2, 2023
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It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of

The headline for my latest story was first written by author Charles Dickens in 1859. And yet it could describe pretty much the last three years for us all. In many ways it’s comforting to know that yes, this too shall pass.

December 13, 2022
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Books that might just change your life these

I was Vanessa’s publisher for The Five Conversations About Money That WIll Radically Change Your Life and her mission of financial empowerment inspired me so much that we are now working together.

December 13, 2022
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The Raw + Honest Conversation You Need to Have

If there’s one part of this book I want you to focus on more than anything, it’s this. Everything starts with you when it comes to money. I want you to walk away with this first conversation under your belt.

October 19, 2022
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A Sweeter Life for Childhood Sweethearts

Karen and Russ – two fictional characters in Vanessa Stoykov’s book ‘The Breakfast Club for 40-Somethings’ – are the pair who got together in high school and ended up married with three children and a white picket fence.

October 19, 2022
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When Conversations Lead to More than Words

Olivia looked out over at the sand and waves as they crashed into the shore – clearly Sienna had chosen this café for the view and had paid no attention to the exorbitant prices on the menu. Olivia was trying to eat healthy,Olivia was trying to eat healthy,

October 19, 2022

10 Side Hustle Ideas for Mums on Maternity Leave

There are many reasons to start a side hustle while on maternity leave. Not only can a side hustle provide extra income, but it could also...

September 6, 2022
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Take a Chance on You

Meet Jane. She’s fifty-five years old and a veteran of the corporate world, where she started her career at seventeen. Rather than going to Uni to get a degree, she headed straight to one of Australia’s largest banks, Westpac, and secured an entry-level position.

August 24, 2022


Well, the end of financial year has come and gone, and we are well through the first month of the new financial year. When they say time...

July 25, 2022
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A Courtship of Change and Choices

Mary didn’t want to admit that the drawcard for coming to tonight’s class reunion was to chance an encounter with her former chemistry lab partner and secret crush, Brock Jones.

June 21, 2022
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Three ways to embrace change to improve your life

It’s a question that I have challenged myself with over the years. How do you ‘rip the Band-Aid’ of life off faster in order to make the changes you need to move forward.

June 7, 2022


In my job, I meet all kinds of people, with all sorts of money challenges. In fact, one of the main reasons I love the public speaking aspect of my work is so I can talk to people, who after hearing me speak feel free enough to be able to tell me their stories…

April 28, 2022

How Finfluencers are teaching millennials and Gen

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the role of financial influencers, and what they can and cannot do to teach people about money and investing. Namely because the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has recently…

April 28, 2022
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Why I’m Grateful for The Things I Hoped I’d Never Need
For 51 years I was fit and healthy. I’ve always been a sports lover and was involved in some form of sport from a very young age. The only thing that really troubled me…

April 28, 2022

Resilience is The New Black

It seems every month when I stop and pause to think what I would like to share, the landscape has shifted so abruptly, that I better it get...

March 7, 2022

Fate by design

Emma was finally sitting across from Thomas, at least one part of her day was going right. He was there in all of his signature all-black...

March 7, 2022

The Pantry Plan B

The recent flooding in the Northern Rivers has made me grateful for the Plan B in our pantry. Now, there’s not much...

March 4, 2022
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Mum-to-be turns maternity leave into thriving

Starting a business while having your first child may not seem like ideal timing, but Iman Davamoni had a plan to use the time wisely....

February 16, 2022

Permission to Pursue Happiness

I started my baseball career just before turning forty-eight. I yearned to play the ball game as a young girl, but the school softball team...

February 16, 2022
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“I Lost My Savings to a Ponzi Scheme”: How to

Before she became one of the many devastated victims of Melissa Caddick, the Sydney woman behind a multi million-dollar Ponzi scheme,...

February 13, 2022

What Are You Forgetting in 2022?

I sit here in evoHQ more exhausted than I have been in a very long time. Sure, my lack of physical fitness has been no secret to those who...

February 7, 2022

Why 2022 Will Be Different

As we finally head toward the holidays, I have been talking to many people who feel like they are ‘crawling to the finish line’....

December 22, 2021

Can I have your number?

We strive in our working lives to create a comfortable lifestyle, indulge in a few rewards here and there, and provide for our family to...

December 20, 2021

Retraining yourself at any age

Mick Horne is the clever animator behind our one-minute fables including ...

December 19, 2021

There’s a Lot to Look Forward to

As it gets closer to the last quarter of the year, it feels like finally, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. With the...

October 6, 2021

Bombed Out Breakthrough

When Hannah Pereira started making bath bombs at home from a kit she bought on eBay, she had no idea the hobby would turn into a...

October 5, 2021

Change your money. Change your life.

What do you want in your life and how are you going to pay for it? That’s the question ...

October 4, 2021

The Socialite and the Sous Chef

Got an appetite for fine dining? An exquisite restaurant that tantalises the taste buds will usually ask us to put our money where our...

October 3, 2021

Millennials vs Gen X

Under Pressure Reinventing your money story will set you free to live the life you really want at any age – but Gen Xers in...

September 20, 2021

How 20mins can lead to a happier you

Call it lockdown maudlin but I have been listening to a lot of 80s tunes in this phase of the pandemic. Ok, so I do that all the time...

July 22, 2021

How to Lower Your Money Stress

You don’t have to go far to find people who are stressed about money. In fact, a recent survey I commissioned showed that up to 40%...

May 10, 2021

Vale Carla Zampatti

As a young and rather naïve 24-year-old woman, I was just starting to build my career in the finance industry as a sales executive at...

April 5, 2021

Two Billionaire Traits You Can Adopt

I have worked in and around the money industry for more than 27 years. I have known billionaires, millionaires and those that aspire to...

March 17, 2021

How Your Past Still Controls Your Money

No matter whether you had an idyllic happy childhood, or a less than perfect one, everyone is influenced and in many ways controlled by...

March 4, 2021

How to Stop Money Ruling Your Emotions

Have you ever noticed how you can feel anxious, angry, resentful or afraid when you think about your money situation? When you...

February 17, 2021

What’s Your Money Set Point?

Something I have learned about money over 22 years of running a business, is that money usually delivers to the ‘set point” you ask...

February 13, 2021

How to Improve Your Finances by Thinking

When it comes to money, most of us would say we could use more. Or at least, have enough to have real financial security, and...

January 29, 2021

Happiness is a Journey

I read a great quote the other day, from the actor Denzel Washington. He was talking about how so many people thought that when they got...

January 18, 2021

Why I’m Not Making Resolutions for 2021

Well we made it. 2020 has drawn to a close and we have now moved into 2021 - a year...

January 2, 2021

Why Money Stories Matter More Than Ever

First of all, let me say the latest series we are launching, Secrets of the Money Masters, is perhaps my favourite. Why?...

October 29, 2020

3 Ways to Lower Your Money Anxiety

If you were already worried about money before COVID-19, there is a big possibility that the pandemic has increased your uncertainty...

October 28, 2020

Being Vulnerable With Money is the First Step

I’ve been working with the finance industry for over 25 years now. And all the things I have learned about money and people trying to...

October 27, 2020

Three Ways to Find Joy and Thrive in a Pandemic

Yes, we have all heard it before – it’s tough, the economic reality will keep getting tougher and most of us are accepting that working...

June 23, 2020

Facing Your Money Fears (and Who Can Help)

Someone recently asked me “what’s keep you up at night?” I have to say, there has been plenty to keep me burning the...

May 25, 2020

What I Learned About Money to Get Ahead –

Do you ever wonder what other people know about money that you don't? Why on social media they seem to be on amazing...

August 1, 2019

Why We Believe Athletes Can Help You

I’ve been running a media business in finance for a very long time. 20 years in fact. And this is not my first show. But I’m...

June 18, 2019

3 Top Traits Happy People Have (and you can too)

If you don’t change, nothing will change. Anyone who gets to their 40s knows that life is not a straight line or a smooth...

May 7, 2019

5 Reasons 2019 is the Year of Personal Finance

No matter who you are, or what walk of life you come from, we all have something in common - money. Whether you have a little or a lot,...

February 5, 2019

3 Ways to Know If You Are Making the Right Life

Have you ever stopped and suddenly realised that you have been making the wrong decisions? Living the wrong choices and now suffering...

February 5, 2019

3 Ways to Relax & Reflect This Holiday Season

As we head into the beginning of a new year, most people I know are making new year resolutions. It seems life is getting faster and...

December 18, 2018

Are You In a Money Trap?

Have you stopped to think about how fast we all are running now? Our work is flat out, we are constantly connected via smart phones,...

November 27, 2018

Are You Rich or Wealthy?

There is a phenomenon on social media at the moment in China called ‘flaunt your wealth’. The idea is people lying next to their...

November 20, 2018

5 Truths Travel Has Taught Me About Money

I’m writing this blog from the backseat of a van with my family - racing across the Irish countryside to take us to stay in an...

October 16, 2018

Unlearn Action – Part 2

Action is the Unlearn Pillar that most people don't know quite enough about to really make it work for them. ...

August 14, 2018

Unlearn Action – Part 1

This Unlearn Pillar is a big one: action. It's the pillar that can make or break your financial success. It’s also the...

August 14, 2018

Stop Talking About Property

There's no doubt if you live in a major city in Australia, you have at some point, indulged in talking about, speculating on, and...

August 14, 2018

5 Steps to Reinventing Yourself

Everyone makes jokes about the kind of old age they want. Or dream of travelling, sleeping in, and general good times. The reality is...

July 24, 2018

Unlearn Time

Of the big five lessons that need to be unlearned about money, I think time perhaps is the biggest missed opportunity. Why?...

July 24, 2018

Unlearn Focus

Today the unlearn lesson I want to explore is focus. Or rather, clarity about your future and your goals. While it may seem odd that...

July 11, 2018

Unlearn Desire

I have a feeling I could be seen as the killjoy of the century by stating that one of things we need to unlearn about money is...

June 28, 2018

‘Til Debt Do Us Part

I heard a frightening statistic this week: that our national debt level is 130 per cent of our GDP (gross domestic product). Quite...

June 26, 2018

It’s OK to Admit You Want Something

I started this journey to help Australians prepare for their financial future. I’m motivated because I...

June 19, 2018

Why I wrote the Breakfast Club – it’s

It’s an exciting day as I finally get to show the world my debut novel, ...

April 9, 2018

Who Doesn’t Love a Little Action?

My final unlearn pillar is a big one: action. My final unlearn pillar is a big one: action. It's the pillar that can...

March 21, 2017

How To Stay Focussed On The Big Picture

This week’s lesson covers availability bias – which really means believing the information you have at hand – even if it's not...

February 14, 2017

Make 2017 The Year You Unlearn Money

Welcome back to The Investment Series. It was great to take a break, spend time with family and recharge. So far it's been quite...

February 7, 2017