Each month we like to share a little about one of our staff members so that you can get to know us behind the podiatry masks. This month we ask Raechel some tough questions!

1. What purchases of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months?

A vegie noodle maker ($30) – what an amazing invention. My kids now love eating zucchini and carrot noodles and think it is a coloured pasta! Best investment EVER!!!

2. How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favourite failure” of yours?

Does losing lotto on a weekly basis class as a failure????

I guess my failure or apparent failure is being a work-a-holic (thanks mum 😊). This trait has affected my life in both positive and negative ways. I have the privilege of meeting and treating amazing people who inspired me on a daily basis. On the flip side, I live and breathe my profession and business, which is all consuming and leaves little time for family, friends and myself. When children enter your life, they make you reassess your priorities and I am currently trying to find that elusive work-life balance.

In trying to reassess and re-evaluate my life balance, I came across some inspirational quotes that help me to focus:

Failure won’t kill you but your fear to fail just may keep you from success.

Success is good but failure is better.

You must not let successes get to your head but also must not let failure consume your heart.

Failure simply means there is something to be learned or another direction to be taken.

I hope these quotes help to inspire you too 😊

3. What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

This is a difficult question – I can’t think of anything specific.

Most people are very surprised when they find out that I love Rock music and Sci-Fi movies. Is that classed as absurd??? I let you be the judge 😊

4. In the last five years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?

I have a new life motto “Actions Speak Louder Than Words”. This saying is close to my heart as I believe it impacts on every aspect in my life. You can “talk till the cows come home” but if you don’t “practice what you preach” you are “full of hot air”. Wow – who knew you can fit so many sayings into one sentence!

I truly believe that being true to your word creates trust and respect. Being a good role model to my kids, being a good boss, being a good Podiatrist and being a good person is only valued if I demonstrate those qualities. It also shapes my view of the people and world around me – from politicians to tradesman.

5. When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?

I start by taking a few deep breathes to slow everything down and ask myself a few questions:

Ø Is the world going to end?

Ø What is the worst that could happen?

Ø I also remind myself of all the amazing things in my life!

If that doesn’t work, I then start singing a little ditty out of “Finding Nemo” it goes a little something like this …… “Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming”. Those of you with kids and grandkids should know this song and even those of you who are big kids may know the song. This helps me to keep going till the overwhelming feeling subsides and I can refocus.

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