Cutting stress in our business as well as our personal life is a focus for Kathryn Brewer of The Life Creative at Aldinga Beach who specialises in using the science of mindfulness in her therapies.
The following is her profile:
Name: Kathryn Brewer
Business name: The Life Creative
Phone: 0468 438 325
Location: Aldinga Beach, Adelaide
What does your business do? The Life Creative partners with individuals and businesses to improve relationships and engagement at work, and to reduce stress using the science of mindfulness.
Optimise your life and business for success. Equip your cross-cultural teams with the skills and attributes they need for optimal performance.
Or if you are a small business, give your policies a values-based makeover to create a more cohesive, forward thinking workforce.
Mindfulness underpins the science of resilience and wellbeing. At a personal level, mindfulness practices increase our awareness and our ability to be with the discomforts of change that affect us all. We learn to step out of our thoughts and live with less stress. The Life Creative has a range of coaching and mentoring programs to help.
Its application in the workplace helps cultivate productivity, leadership and wellbeing. Ask how The Life Creative can add mindfulness to your staff’s workplace skills to increase awareness and wellbeing with a tailored on-site or webinar program.
The Strengths Profile assessment is an internationally recognised tool to identify and unlock under-utilised potential. Better utilise your team’s strengths for improved cohesion and performance with The Life Creative Strengths Profile assessment.
Cross-cultural communication expertise, values-based business and personal wellbeing starts here.
What area do you serve? Most of my coaching and mentoring is done online via Zoom. I also have an interest in regional and remote areas. I lived in Alice Springs for eight years and also spent a year on the APY Lands.
How long have you been in business? Seven years
Did you found the business? Yes, while I was living in Beijing and working as a freelance consultant with The British Council. The Life Creative originally worked with the Beijing expat community, coaching women in management who were finding their feet in China. When I returned to Adelaide the business pivoted to include workplace wellbeing, using the science of positive psychology and mindfulness
Up to 5 dot points about your business journey:
- Communication is my passion. I worked as a radio current affairs producer/presenter for community and ABC radio before training as an adult learning specialist, a creative writer and then a coach.
- There is no one-size-fits-all and business has to be tailored. In this respect I value the challenges met and insights gained from living and working in different cultures, here and overseas
- We are all on a lifelong journey of learning, if we want to take it. After a career in adult education I gained counselling qualifications. Doing this, I discovered my orientation to be enthusiastically present moment and future-focussed. As a result, I completed coaching training. My learning journey continues, personally as an Insight meditator and professionally
- The values-based ethics of coaching have led to human resources training and development consultancy work with businesses committed to staff wellbeing and professional development
- I love encouraging and inspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups and am a mentor with BusinessSA on their Encore and SAYES programs
Name two things you’ve learned from your business journey: Developing a business sometimes feels like deep-end therapy! Staying curious, optimistic and on the lookout for partnerships and possibility is key to growing your business. Never stop investing in yourself.
You can’t do it on your own. The most successful people have a support system in place, and the most successful businesses invest in their leadership team by having a coach on board like The Life Creative
Why did you join the Women in Business Network? Women can support and learn from each other in a myriad of ways, and be great at business too. The Women in Business Regional Network is a great platform for this (thanks, Carolyn).