Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

FROM Pent­house Pet to play­ing house, a lot has changed for Bree Mad­dox in 15 years.

The City Beach ca­reer woman and mother of two, Max (2) and Char­lotte (six months), made a name for her­self as the Pent­house Pet of the Year in 2000, then two years later launched her in­ter­net mar­ket­ing busi­ness.

The same year, she ap­peared on the front page of the Western Sub­urbs Weekly’s May 28 edi­tion in 2002 af­ter pos­ing for a por­trait for artist Gary Speak.

Ms Mad­dox now di­vides her time be­tween run­ning The Court Ho­tel and her two bun­dles of joy, but ad­mit­ted that in 2002, chil­dren were not on her radar.

“I never wanted chil­dren un­til I had them; I had my dogs and I was very happy,” she said.

“Then all of a sud­den my life changed and I wanted a fam­ily.

“The last three years I’ve been preg­nant or breast feed­ing plus try­ing to run the busi­ness – it’s been crazy.

“Hav­ing chil­dren has def­i­nitely been the big­gest change and I think hav­ing chil­dren in­ten­si­fies ev­ery emo­tion in your life.

“It has been the big­gest lifechang­ing event for the bet­ter.”

Ms Mad­dox prides her­self on self-dis­ci­pline and fo­cus, which has led to a suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

“When I started my in­ter­net mar­ket­ing busi­ness, I worked from home on my own,” she said.

“I never turned on the tele­vi­sion while I worked and I only ditched work for the beach twice.

“Now I have 50 staff and my days are crazy and some­times my cal­en­dar has to be thrown out the win­dow be­cause some emer­gency is hap­pen­ing, so I have to be more flex­i­ble.

“There has def­i­nitely been a change in ca­reer from work­ing on my own at home to hav­ing a bunch of crazy staff who I love dearly.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d465430

Above: The 2002 cover. Top: Bree Mad­dox with chil­dren Char­lotte and Max Hayler and Cookie Mon­ster the dog.

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