Chelsea was the first woman to put her hand up and contact me and say ‘ Oh hey – Could you interview me?’ which I LOVED. Amen to self love and promotion! Chelsea is a cool chick, whose choice of 5 dinner guests is hilarious, is another skin guru (with Arbonne), is doing amazing things for charity and has 2 children.
TBB: Chelsea, you’re yet another amazing local mum who seems to have a lot of things on the go at once! You’re an Arbonne Sales Woman, and the Founder of the Embrace Awareness Gala Dinner – tell me more about Arbonne, how you got into it and where you see it taking you.
I have had my Arbonne business for 8 years now and can honestly say its one of the best decisions I have made! (apart from marrying my husband lol!) I am a beauty therapist by ‘trade’ and have always been passionate about the industry. My mum has instilled her very hard working ethic in me so I have never been afraid of hard work however there came a time that I wasn’t satisfied working for someone else, not being paid what I was worth an hour and being told when I had to work and couldn’t take holidays so started looking for options to build my own business. I was introduced to Arbonne though a friend of a friend and to be honest at first I wasn’t interested in hearing about a ‘party plan hobby’ but am so thankful that l was open-minded enough to listen about what Arbonne was actually about and became intrigued. After trying the skincare and falling in love with it, plus I believed in their philosophy of Pure, Safe & Beneficial, I realised the business side ticked all the boxes I was looking for in a business and more!! At the time I started, Jett was 2 years old and I was pregnant with Lotti so I could build a successful business over time around the kids, be present with them, create memories together with incredible holidays I earn and open our world to opportunities that I wouldn’t have been able to if I was working for someone else. This business has also built my confidence, self-esteem and empowered me to be the best version of myself, so much so that I was able to become strong enough to leave a toxic relationship knowing that I could support my kids and I financially. What is so fulfilling for me is that I can share this gift to many other women and men so they can take control of their lives and empower themselves too!!
TBB: The Gala sounds amazing – again, elevator pitch? What was your burning passion behind doing this, and what are some of the road blocks you overcame along the way?
I am so passionate about creating awareness around Domestic Violence after attending a White Ribbon Dinner in Melbourne in 2015. I left this event affected by one of the speakers who was a survivor of domestic violence sharing her experience. See I could relate to her story as I had not long previously been in an emotionally abusive relationship for 7 years but didn’t realise the severity of it until I heard her story. It was then that I wanted to help make a difference in Geelong by raising awareness around domestic violence, share stories and educate the local community so we could all empower each other to help make a difference. I also wanted to raise money for a local organisation who supported women affected by domestic violence so the first Embrace Awareness Gala Dinner in 2016 raised $28,000 for Minerva Community Services. It was at this first dinner that I stepped so far out of my comfort zone and shared my story to show that emotional abuse is just as damaging as physical abuse.
TBB: If you could choose any other career path, what would you be?
To be honest I wouldn’t want to choose any other career path. My passion is to empower people and I love that I can do that with all of my businesses and ventures. I also love that I am flexible with my hours so can work it around my family
TBB: 5 people you would invite to dinner and why – GO!
My husband!! I better include him lol……. No he is great in any social situation and can make anyone feel comfortable and has a great sense of humour