I'm thrilled this week to be sharing a Style & Substance interview with Kate Byrne, the creative entrepreneurial force behind Betty Means Business. Kate is a roller derby-loving, green-juice-drinking, yoga-junkie, business strategist, coach, and blogger. One part entrepreneurial maven, one part irresistible super nerd, Kate has an insatiable appetite for life, art, nature, creative endeavour, women in business for themselves, making a difference and laughing out loud. Kate is a Betty on a mission to quench your thirst for bullshit free creative inspiration & business advice.
Thanks to a debilitating spinal injury, Kate was forced to take time out from her grown-up life as co-founder of a successful management consultancy and think about what she really wanted to do when she grew up. That inward journey spawned an online space dedicated to helping women with business yearnings become the kickass creative entrepreneurial trailblazers they’re meant to be. This year Kate set herself a big personal creative challenge: To set up and grow a successful business in only 2 hours or less a day. Can it be done? You'll have to visit Betty Means Business to find out. I also recommend checking out Kate's free eBook Kill Overwhelm + Make Shit Happen for practical advice on moving forward toward your vision when you're not sure which step to take first.
Q: What's your biggest style challenge & how do you deal with it? My biggest style challenge this past year has been rocking clothes that are comfy that I still feel stylish wearing. I’ve got a debilitating spinal problem, so for the moment I have to spend a lot of my time in bed or lying down or stretching, and I’m over being in yoga pants when peeps come to visit. Leggings have definitely become my go-to item. These days I’ve got a draw full that are all on high rotation!
Q: What do you love most about your home? It’s bones. The first time I walked through the front door, I knew this would be my house. It was built in the late 60s, and has definitely got a unique, kooky, bohemian vibe about it. It’s split level, with loads of wood, glass, and big windows looking out onto natives and bushland. I feel beyond lucky to live here. It even has the first owner’s original stereo still built into a wall of cabinetry!
Q: What are your go-to beauty products? ACV, my dry body brush, coconut oil, Kora Organics tinted day cream and RMS Beauty’s ‘un’ cover-up, lip2cheek, and living luminizer.
Q: What are your favourite local haunts? Bodhi Leaf for swooning over gorgeous clothes. Italian and Sons for dinner. The Portrait Gallery and Electric Shadows Bookstores for books. The Cannery and Eight Track Co for my roller derby fill. My veggie patch for stoking up on greens. The Saturday morning Farmers Market at Epic for local deliciousness. And Tilley’s Divine Café for playing backgammon with my honey.
Q: What’s the most recent thing you’ve made? Yesterday I made up a big batch of organic red apple and cinnamon jelly. I’ve now got all these adorable little jars filled with (hopefully) delicious goodness, each ready for me to gift to family for Easter.
Q: What are you reading? Kelly Cutrone’s ‘If You Have To Cry Go Outside’
Q: What do you love about blogging? I love the sense of community. Here I am, on a yoga mat in my lounge room, and every time I read a post from Elise or Tara or Heather or Rachel, I feel immediately connected to them and a world of rad sisterhood goodness.
Q: What scares you? The idea that I might not get better. Or that I might never achieve something truly great.