Monica's passion is people - with an educational background in psychology she has a passion for understanding people and why they behave the way they do.

Her professional expertise is in risk management with a focus on workplace health and safety. Psychology and safety are deeply intertwined - and she uses her knowledge and experience to try to influence people to think about their own behaviour to improve their safety performance and subsequently mitigate harm.

Monica is driven by excellence and seeing how her performance drives other people and workplaces to improve.

She is inspired when she meet with a new client and can quickly demonstrate how she can provide tips on how they can improve their safety leadership and safety culture. Plus she assists them develop and implement systems that help them comply with, or exceed, legislative expectations.

She is also driven by her 3 daughters - to demonstrate women can succeed in a male dominated industry, that we are all equal and can choose to work in our chosen area of passion.

I asked Monica what do you do and who do you help?

"Our business Red Insight - is a company owned and operated by myself and my husband which specialises in Workplace Health and Safety (WHS). We aim for insightful safety - to establish WHS strategies that not only comply with legislation, but suit the specific needs of the business. Our approach inspires and leads workplaces to achieve safety excellence."

Where is your favourite place to travel to?

"With a full time commitment to work and young family, life can be a bit challenging so my favourite place to travel to would be any place to relax - with sun, swim-up bar, beach and activities such as snorkelling - like Playa del Carmen, a coastal resort town in Mexico, where we went for our honeymoon."

What is the one place/thing is at the top of your bucket list that you haven’t got to yet?

"Venice"

Favourite eating/drinking experience when travelling?

"My favourite restaurant of all time is a place in Vancouver Canada,  called Cravings - it's a restaurant hidden in a small area of Marpole in Vancouver. Best soup ever - spicy chicken. I haven't been back in years but the owner and service staff were always amazing."
    

If you had $1000 spare and no rules on how to spend it what would you do?

"Weekend get-away with my family - explore and teach the girls to appreciate as much as we can."
   

What is the best way to get in touch with you?

Web:       www.redinsight.com.au

Di Lechner - Addicted to Maldives

Di grew up in Toongabbie, not far from our family home and went to the same high school as us. These days they live in the Hills District of Sydney Australia.

Di is passionate about travel and in particular, luxury travel to the Maldives. For her personally, there is nowhere quite like the Maldives. The sand, the water so iridescently blue, the service, the accommodation standards and the experiences offered there are second to none.

She founded Addicted to Maldives because she identified that there was a lack of knowledge on the destination here in Australia. Di is truly passionate about the Maldives as a destination and about offering her clients a high level of service.

It is very rewarding to help loved up couples or groups of families and friends to create their dream holidays. Most of the time the Maldives is a #bucketlist item for a lot of people, so to play a part in making that dream a reality for them, is pretty special.

I asked Di, what do you do and who do you help?

"I am a Destination Specialist for the Maldives. We help individuals, couples  honeymooners and families create their dream holiday to the Maldives.

The Maldives is such a unique destination and it can be quite overwhelming to try and choose which resort to stay in.

We take the time to get to know what it is that our clients are looking for in their holiday to the Maldives and match the right resort to them.

We also assist other Luxury Travel agents with their client bookings to the Maldives by providing the same service."

A dumb question I know but I had to ask, where is your favourite place to travel to?

"The Maldives of course…but in general I love  island holidays…anywhere warm  with sunshine  and blue water and I’m there!"

What is the one place/thing is at the top of your bucket list that you haven’t got to yet?

"Swimming with Whale Sharks!

Whale sharks are commonly sighted in the Maldives in certain atolls and at particular times of the year.

Sometimes though, it’s just a matter of good timing as to wether or not you see them on the day that you set out on an excursion.

My time is still yet to come but I am so intrigued by these huge gentle giants of the ocean.

I say that now, but quite literally, I might pee myself when I’m physically in the water with them..ha ha!"

I asked Di about her favourite eating/drinking experience when travelling?

"There is a relatively new resort in the Maldives called “Finolhu”.

Finolhu has the most incredible sandbank that juts out directly from the beach front and it runs 1.8km long.

You can walk about half way along this sandbank and there is a little restaurant there called the “Fish and Crab Shack”.

We sat there feasting on buckets of fresh prawns, and the best soft shell crab tacos I have ever had!

Then we got our hands dirty and devoured the most delicious Sri Lankan mud crab which was served with a coconut rice…seriously amazing!

Not to mention the refreshing rose’ it was all washed down with! This meal was an experience in every sense…sand under our toes, a DJ spinning a few cool beats in the background and the never ending blue view that surrounded us was pretty special."

If you had $1000 spare and no rules on how to spend it what would you do?

"I love to splurge so I’d probably book a night away at a luxurious hotel for a sneaky getaway from the kids for my hubby and i…and if I had any money left over after that, I’d buy myself a new kaftan or sarong for my next Maldives holiday from Camilla!"

Finally where do people find you?

Web:                 addictedtomaldives.com

Instagram:        @addictedtomaldives

Facebook:        /maldivesaddict

Melissa Groom The Visibility Mentor

Melissa is based in beautiful Kingscliff on the far north coast of NSW Australia. She grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Melissa is passionate about how to be visible online. She is driven by the ripple effect that helping people sharing their message/gifts has on people all around the world to move them from suffering, frustration, to pleasure and happiness for themselves and all around them.

What do you do and who do you help?

"I help entrepreneurs to increase their visibility, boost their profile and income thought the power of video. I teach them to share their message/gifts with the world by creating their online signature program, run online workshops and their own web tv show."

Melissa loves to travel anywhere by the ocean. Her bucket list item not yet ticked off is Machu Picchu. (It's on my list too, pretty close to the top).

Favourite eating/drinking experience when travelling?

"In 2016 I travelled to Bali to speak at a conference and we attended a cooking class at the Balinese Cooking School in Ubud. The food was all raw and was delicious."

If you had $1000 spare and no rules on how to spend it what would you do?

"Book a Captain Cook Cruise for my whole family on Sydney Harbour for the day. I cherish every moment I spend with them."

How to connect with Melissa

Facebook:        /melissagroomthevisibilitymentor

Coach Barb - Barbara Berenguer-Negrin

Coach Barb joins the Wellbeing blog from sunny Miami Florida. I have only been to Miami once but sitting on South Beach, drinking the biggest beer I have ever seen while Kim tried to tackle a Mojito that was as big as her head, I am not likely to forget it.

The parade or cars and people was amazing. I remember this one guy walked past several times with a large iguana on his shoulder and back. Any how enough of my reminiscing lets meet Coach Barb.

Barb is a Miami local having grown up there and now runs her business from the sunny city.

Barb is passionate about people. Her expertise is in wellbeing and personal development. Barb is driven by a good challenge drives. She is always looking for learn new ways, new things and finding new opportunities.

I asked Barb "what do you do and who do you help?"

"I am a Happy Coach! Focusing on Wellbeing & Career Coaching. Helping Women achieve their goals, so they can feel joyful, powerful & HAPPY."

Barb loves Spain and has been there a lot. She recounts "My spouse and I love to travel. We go to Spain a lot, and I can remember one afternoon in 2010 we took a road trip towards Galicia. We were hungry and felt a little adventurous.

We drove into a small little town called Villafranca Del Bierzo. What a delightful small town. We ate lunch at a local restaurant the food was delicious and very affordable. The adventure continued we checked into a hostel and spent the weekend there. A great meal and weekend."

I asked Barb what was on her bucket list of places?

Amsterdam is at the top of Barb's list. The reason is that of the beautiful flowers that bloom in Spring.  One of my favourite artists is Vincent Van Gogh, and I would like to visit his museum. I have seen pictures and having a friend that lives in Holland will make this trip more memorable.

You can find Coach Barb here:

Web                 coachbarbcares.com

Twitter             @coach_barb1

Instagram       @coachbarb 

Leslie Thompson - The Happy Health Coach

I am very excited to introduce you to Leslie Thompson the latest member of our Wellbeing at Work Blog Team. 

Leslie is based in Newcastle NSW Australia but grew up in Redcliffe near Brisbane in Queensland.

Leslie tells me she has a secret passion for hair but jumps out of her skin when it comes to all things healthy, natural and human!!!

Leslie is driven by contributing to improving people's lives through health and wellness. She is driven by nurturing, helping and looking after others the best way she knows how…through the body, mind and soul.

When asked, what do you do and who do you help?

"Supporting individuals to look at their health concerns and make it a priority to change!"

Leslie loves to travel and her favourite place is Hawaii.

Her bucket list item not yet ticked off is the TAJ MAHAL!!!

I asked Leslie for her favourite food and travel story...

"It’s not much of a story, really- The way to my heart and soul is, ironically, through pizza and ice-cream, and while I was visiting family in Argentina, I was blissed, blessed and blown away by the bloody beautiful, mouth watering, perfectly created flavoured pizza and dulce de leche ice-cream!

I’ve travelled to infamous Italy and also tried their pizza and gelato, and they come in a close second on my best pizza and ice-cream list, but I guess you can take the girl out of Argentina, but you can’t take Argentina out of the girl!!!"

If you had $1000 spare and no rules on how to spend it what would you do?

"Just $1000…? Get my butt to the Taj!"

How do you connect with Leslie?

Facebook             The Happy Health Coach

Instagram             @thehappyhealthcoach

Web                      thehappyhealthcoach.com