Where are you from?

Brisbane, Australia.

Tell us a little about you.

I was born in Melbourne, grew up in Melbourne, and my family moved up to Brisbane when I was 12, so I call Brisbane my home. Melbourne is my second home. I still have extended family there and I go there often for Christmas.

I spent over a decade in civil engineering and then after that I started my business, Coding Kids.

My day is different every day, but I suppose on the days where I turn up to the office here at Fishburners, I would spend the day on the computer, on the phone, responding to emails and phone calls, communicating with my staff and with customers, partners and stakeholders. So, all sorts really. I feel like I do lots of different things, and wear different hats, which I love.

What’s important to you and your life?

In general terms, I would say it’s personal development, always learning and balancing that with relationships, family, friends, time for myself, building this adventure with this business.

So what does that look like to you in reality if you can describe it to me.

I think it’s time management in balancing all the things I want do because I feel like that covers so much—my business, my friends and family, hobbies for myself, my life, my private time.

What specific experiences have shaped your view?

I would say I feel like I have a lot of clarity in terms of my life, how I want to live it, and what I want to prioritize because of, yes, a significant event, my mother’s death when I was 22. That has really given me clarity in how I want my life to look like, what I’ve got time for, and what I don’t I have time for. I guess that gives me clarity and focus. I have a low tolerance for things I don’t like.

I feel that it allows me to make decisions easily because I know what I want. And it’s interesting, I think, when friends talk to me about being hesitant on decisions or the things they want to do in their life. For me it seems like the decision should be very clear and easy but I see them trying to sit on the fence and work out what they want to do.

So I think this gives me so much clarity in my decisions and I can really own my decisions and the outcomes even if it doesn’t go my way because it’s part of that journey of designing and working things out for myself.

About Emily

Emily is the founder of Coding kids.