Move was worth all the chal­lenges

Sunshine Coast Daily - - YOUR STORY - PHOEBE BROAD

TWELVE years ago, Kim Mor­ri­son and her fam­ily left the life they knew in New Zealand for a fresh start in Aus­tralia.

They de­cided to change coun­tries in 2006 af­ter los­ing a house con­tract and suf­fer­ing the tragic loss of Kim’s sis­ter-in-law to sui­cide.

The Mor­ri­son fam­ily’s move seemed the per­fect choice to make, Kim said, but no ma­jor de­ci­sion comes with­out hard­ships.

“The move was mas­sive,” she said.

“Leav­ing friends and fam­ily and the life we knew was in­cred­i­bly emo­tion­ally chal­leng­ing.

“But my hus­band Danny and I knew we needed a fresh start.

“The move to the Sunshine Coast was also about putting some sunshine back into our lives.”

While Kim said all signs were point­ing her to this re­gion, the move was not an easy jour­ney.

“Get­ting our Aus­tralian cit­i­zen­ship has been one of the big­gest chal­lenges,” she said.

“We have spent tens-of-thou­sands of dollars and fi­nally, af­ter four years, the chil­dren and I grate­fully gained ours. Sadly, they still won’t al­low Danny to have his – maybe be­cause he was such a good Kiwi crick­eter.”

To­day, Kim is a suc­cess­ful mo­ti­va­tional speaker and en­tre­pre­neur. She is also cel­e­brat­ing the launch of her newest book The Art of Self Love, which was re­leased in Au­gust. Kim’s busi­ness ven­ture in Aus­tralia be­gan with the re­lease of her book Like Choco­late for Women, which she co-wrote and self-pub­lished in 2009.

Kim launched her busi­ness Twenty8 es­sen­tial oils and skin­care about the same time.

“I had no doubt Twenty8 would be a huge suc­cess when I started,” she said.

“The Sunshine Coast has its own in­cred­i­ble en­ergy, and there are a lot of clever peo­ple, en­trepreneurs and busi­ness­women who I be­lieve are very sup­port­ive of one an­other.”

Kim said even though she was proud her busi­ness had taken off, she had not been pre­pared for the pres­sures that came with the suc­cess.

“It’s been a very beau­ti­ful but wind­ing and chal­leng­ing road if I am hon­est,” she said.

“Re­al­ity showed me I didn’t re­alise just how big a task run­ning a busi­ness with two small chil­dren and a hus­band away seven to eight months of the year would be.

“There have been days when I have lit­er­ally been on my bath­room floor in tears and have had chal­lenges that have knocked me for six.”

De­spite ev­ery­thing Kim has faced dur­ing her jour­ney of self-cre­ation, she kept her op­ti­mism and grat­i­tude through­out ev­ery step.

“Liv­ing the dream is get­ting up, on, out, over and through those tough times and ap­pre­ci­at­ing the strength and gifts in do­ing so,” she said. “I have two amaz­ingly tal­ented and car­ing chil­dren, I have a gor­geous hus­band, I have a busi­ness I feel in­cred­i­bly proud of and I have fam­ily and friends I adore.

“What a bless­ing to call the Sunshine Coast home. My ad­vice is to take care of the priv­i­lege.”

Photo: Con­trib­uted

FRESH START: Kim Mor­ri­son says she’s blessed to call the Coast home.

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