I am so excited about today's interview. Instead of QuizAQuilter, we've got a QuizACoach profile today. Lauren Heys is the Founder and Velvet Sledgehammer at Moxxi, a Mindset Coaching business specialising in working with women to Be Courageous. I've been working with Lauren and her partner, Dan, of Outerspace Network, for a year now and I'm blessed to have met both of them. They are both warm, generous with their knowledge and all-round fabulous people.
This month is a big one for Lauren; she and Dan got engaged last week (yay - I love making wedding quilts!), it's her birthday tomorrow and she's chosen her birthday to launch her Moxxi Lady Program to the world.
I've seen the changes in the lives of women who have worked with Lauren - she's very good at what she does and I highly recommend her.
For the record - I approached Lauren to do this interview before I became and affiliate, so this interview is unsolicited but does contain affiliate links.
- Tell us a bit about you?
My name is Lauren Heys; I'm one of four kids and 62 grand kids who grew up in Tasmania and has ventured out into the big world! After being bullied at school I decided if I was going to be different I might as well be REALLY different and started investing in property and studying my butt of while working two jobs!
I graduated university and went straight into a job as a business consultant with Accenture, one of the worlds largest consulting firms. I worked internationally and within Australia and had the 'dream' life. Good job, nice house, decent car, a wardrobe full of Cue and I hated it.
I felt ungrateful and then guilty for feeling that way. I wanted to do something with meaning, not just play politics. I'd tried different organisations including CARE Australia and Ernst & Young, but that didn't seem to help.
So I started studying what made us happy, what the 'successful' life people were doing and it kept coming down to one thing - having a bigger purpose.
- You have a real passion for empowering women and working with them to “Be Courageous” and become Life Ninjas; when did you realise that was your life purpose?
I went to Timor Leste with CARE Australia as a project manager for an IT roll-out (which I was grossly under-prepared for) and I had the pleasure of meeting some of the most humble, beautiful, courageous people who loved with their whole hearts in the midst of the worst situations. One man invited me to dinner and when we sat down to eat he let me know that the food was from his extended family as one of his children had passed away that week.
What a shock. What a reality check. What an opportunity to embrace the learnings.
So I came back to Australia and went back to work with a mission. To understand why we hold ourselves back. Why we let the little things stop us. Why we don't value ourselves... when those who had so little could live and give with such grace.
I became particularly interested in why women do not go after what they want. Being surrounded by exceptional women most of my life I was continually surprised by how little any of them believed in themselves... and then I was done. In love. Never to look back again.
- Tell us about Moxxi – where did the name come from – what does it represent?
Moxxi is a community of courageous women who pull their elbows in to support one another while going after their dreams to be more and give more to those around them.
The word Moxxi means to be courageous or have courage, and we spell it with a XX which is the female chromosome, so the word itself means women with courage.
We work with women to figure out exactly what they want, what's holding them back, how to break through that to take the right action in the right order and finally build a mindset to hyper-drive their success.
- You’ve just released an e-book. Tell us about that? Who is it aimed at? What will people gain from working through it?
The eBook is called Permission Granted To Fearlessly Create The Life You Want. It's written for women who want more out of life but just aren't quite sure how to go about it. Women who are sick of the rah rah and want solid strategies and science that works! Women who are willing to work on themselves and get results. Women who are courageous! The eBook is all about how to set the foundations for your success, how to figure out exactly what you want, what the main things are that are holding you back and finally, how to train your brain to be your biggest supporter rather than a pain in the proverbial!
- What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned through your journey as a business owner?
Your business is a direct reflection of you. If you are growing and putting yourself out there your business will reflect that. The limitations that we put on ourselves are the reasons we don't succeed and that's a tough pill to swallow!
- If someone would like to find out more about becoming a Moxxi Lady, what’s the first step?
High five themselves for being amazing! I like to have a chat with the ladies interested in joining our community so they should fill out a strategy form here to have a conversation about what's going to work best for them!
- What’s next for Lauren and for Moxxi? Where do you see yourself in two/five/ten years’ time (whichever you feel like answering)?
Moxxi is on a rapid growth trajectory, which is very exciting! We are about to release the Moxxi Lady Online program internationally. We will be running this one at least annually and are building networks to ensure it has massive impact. Empowering just one woman can change a community, so image what will happen when there are hundreds of thousands of women who know what they want and back themselves!!!
Moxxi is a powerful community. Moxxi Ladies know what it takes to succeed.
In the next five years we will be running massive conferences for all the women who have taken part in Moxxi and having a wider global reach!
- Where can we find you?
You can book a complimentary strategy session with me here:
You can find my current video series here.
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I hope you've enjoyed meeting Lauren; until next time - Happy Quilting 🙂