CUT TO THE CHASE

Central Telegraph - - READ - WORDS: DENISE RAWARD

IN THIS MOD­ERN WORLD, IT CAN FEEL AS IF WE’RE BOM­BARDED WITH UN­SO­LICITED AD­VICE, TIPS, HACKS, HOW-TOS, DO’S AND DON’TS – SOME OF IT IN­FU­RI­AT­INGLY CON­FLICT­ING AND CON­FUS­ING. WE ASK SOME LU­MI­NAR­IES IN THEIR FIELDS TO SHARE THEIR SIN­GLE, MOST IM­POR­TANT PIECE OF AD­VICE.

Tyson Mayr is known in the In­sta world as The Naked Trav­eller, the Gold Coaster who quit his job in com­mer­cial real es­tate in 2009 to travel the world.

At 23, he’d never been over­seas and, nine years later, he’s been to more than 90 coun­tries (and count­ing), won travel plan­ning web­site Jaun­teroo’s Best Job Around the World com­pe­ti­tion and is a global roaming am­bas­sador for Sony dig­i­tal imag­ing.

He now runs his own me­dia com­pany, Tyson Travel Pro­duc­tions, and is still travers­ing the planet, cre­at­ing con­tent for mul­ti­ple plat­forms in­clud­ing print, on­line pub­li­ca­tions, tele­vi­sion pro­grams and his own so­cial me­dia. He shares his ad­vice from the wilds of Peru, as you do. The One Thing:

Do things that scare you! Seek dis­com­fort. Keep an open mind and place your­self in sit­u­a­tions that you never would. What’s the point of trav­el­ling to the other side of the world and eat­ing the same things you eat ev­ery day at home? Try the lo­cal food, get off the beaten path and strike up con­ver­sa­tions with strangers. You’ll be amazed at what you learn about your­self and the world in the process. Most im­por­tantly, don’t make ex­cuses. If there is a place you want to go, start plan­ning it right now. Lock in a date and book the flights. There is no turn­ing back once those flights are booked. Other­wise, it will very quickly fall into the to­mor­row cat­e­gory, the to­mor­row that never seems to come.

FIT­NESS Tiffiny Hall

The su­per-toned Tiffiny Hall is per­haps best known as the mar­tial arts-in­spired per­sonal trainer on re­al­ity TV show The Big­gest Loser.

Grow­ing up, her par­ents owned a taek­wondo cen­tre and she holds a sixth dan black belt which, for the layper­son, is right up there at mas­ter level.

But she started her ca­reer as a jour­nal­ist and writer and has writ­ten books on fit­ness, weight loss and healthy eat­ing as well as a se­ries of chil­dren’s nov­els.

Now the mother of a baby boy, she is the founder of tiffxo, an on­line fit­ness and di­etary pro­gram de­signed for women. She has just launched her new fighter pro­gram in­cor­po­rat­ing mar­tial arts ex­er­cises, self de­fence and mind­ful­ness.

So is there one thing we could all be do­ing to get fit? The One Thing:

I am of­ten ap­proached for the one bit of ad­vice about ex­er­cise and fit­ness that will help the ev­ery­day per­son achieve their goals and, I’m sorry to say, there is no mag­i­cal an­swer, but there is some­thing im­por­tant you should al­ways keep in mind.

It’s about find­ing the right “fit” for you. To find fit­ness that you re­ally en­joy means you’re much more likely to stick to it. Once you’ve found some­thing you love and some­thing you don’t dread do­ing, don’t give it two tries or be de­feated by the con­cept.

Com­mit to it for 100 days. It takes more than 30 days to form a habit; it takes more than 100 days to form a lifestyle. It’s about fo­cus­ing on the FIT, not the FAT. Don’t start off high­light­ing your weight loss goals, shift your at­ten­tion to cre­at­ing a lifestyle that will nour­ish your mind, body and spirit.

FASH­ION

Vi­o­let Grace Atkin­son

Fash­ion blog­ger and stylist Vi­o­let Grace Atkin­son used to jug­gle her side­line with a law ca­reer but is now work­ing full-time as a fash­ion in­flu­encer and col­lab­o­ra­tive con­tent cre­ator.

The stylish part­ner of Aus­tralian swim­mer Cameron McEvoy works with brands such as French Con­nec­tion and Coun­try Road and re­cently fea­tured in fash­ion pod­cast Two Girls and Noth­ing to Wear. Oh, and she’s do­ing a PhD in in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty law in her spare time.

Vi­o­let de­scribes her per­sonal style as

con­tem­po­rary-min­i­mal­ist and mas­cu­line.

Her num­ber one piece of fash­ion ad­vice is hard to go past. The One Thing:

Iden­tify what your style is. That might not be easy for some peo­ple so look at what you like and feel com­fort­able in. The other thing you can do is to look at peo­ple whose style you ad­mire and try to em­u­late that by choos­ing pieces that fit that. You don’t have to see a trend and fol­low it.

If it’s not you, you shouldn’t wear it. A good place to start if you’re af­ter a more so­phis­ti­cated style is a cou­ple of tailored co-or­di­nates, sep­a­rate pieces like trousers and a jacket. You can get four or five dif­fer­ent out­fits de­pend­ing on what you put with them and you can in­stantly have a wardrobe with a touch of class.

HOME REN­O­VA­TION Daniella Win­ter

Daniella and Aaron Win­ter have learned a

thing or two about home renos. Flip­ping prop­er­ties is now their full-time job af­ter win­ning re­al­ity TV se­ries House Rules a year ago.

They used their $200,000 prize money to buy their first ren­o­va­tion project and launch their own busi­ness, Hype Build and De­sign.

“We’ve been flat out ever since,” Daniella says. “The busi­ness is pow­er­ing along.

“There are so many things on the ta­ble and in the pipe­line, we’re just work­ing through them all.”

But Daniella didn’t hes­i­tate in of­fer­ing her num­ber one bit of home ren­o­va­tion ad­vice (OK, two, but they’re both worth it). The (Two) Things:

The first one is keep swing­ing. Aaron and I say that all the time. When all else fails, keep swing­ing, kick on through. We tell a lot of peo­ple that.

The se­cond thing is do your home­work. When you have a space, you might have an idea of what you want but you ab­so­lutely have to do your re­search.

What­ever you do, do not im­pulse buy. If you do that, you’re bound to find it cheaper some­where else a cou­ple of hours later or it won’t be quite right. Even when you think you know your style, still do your re­search on it. You’ll find there are so many vari­a­tions. Take the coastal style; there’s mod­ern coastal, vin­tage coastal, clas­sic coastal. Re­search – there are so many re­sources now – and know ex­actly what style you’re go­ing for and then do your home­work to find the best place, the best price to get ex­actly what you’re af­ter.

WRIT­ING Matt Pre­ston

Long be­fore he gained no­to­ri­ety as a celebrity eater, MasterChef ’s Matt Pre­ston was a well-re­spected food writer and critic.

It’s still his bread and but­ter (no pun in­tended), writ­ing for De­li­cious and Taste mag­a­zines, au­thor­ing four food and recipe books and lend­ing his ex­per­tise to judg­ing pan­els, foodie fes­ti­vals and the world’s lead­ing fine food pub­li­ca­tions.

Yes, he knows a lot about food but writ­ing is where Matt feels best qual­i­fied to give ad­vice. The One Thing:

Al­ways lis­ten. You’ll learn way more and also, more of­ten than not, op­por­tu­nity tends to knock very qui­etly. And write for the reader – not for your­self, not for your peers and not for the sub­ject you are writ­ing about. The reader is all that mat­ters. In­form them, en­ter­tain them, en­er­gise them!

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