written by Jenny Danger

A FORMER Yugoslavian refugee who arrived in Australia unable to speak English is now a WA finalist in the multicultural business excellence awards.

The national AusMumpreneur award is for women who run a business and are a mum, and with two-year-old twins, Cockburn’s Sanja Tesic knows all about juggling commerce and nappies.

A qualified neuro linguistic programer, she runs her own lifestyle business Blue Gerbera, focussing on empowering young adults as a transition coach.

Amazingly, Tasic arrived in WA as a refugee aged 13, unable to speak English.

As the former Yugoslavia broke apart amid the chaos of civil war, Ms Tesic’s family lost everything and they fled their hometown.

For five years the eight-year-old and her family moved dozens of times to avoid the conflict; at times cowering with strangers as bombs fell all around them.

“I would hear a plane and then I would see it,” she writes in her book Born to Bloom: From Hardship to Happiness.

“Fear cut through my existence whilst I waited for the bomb to be dropped.

“Then I would assure myself that this bomb was not close enough to kill.”

When she was 11 her father failed to come home from work and the family assumed he’d been killed in gunfire.

Four days later they saw television footage of him being arrested.

Initial elation turned to fear “when we realised he might have been shot or imprisoned after that film had been taken and we might never see him again.”

Three months later he returned emaciated, traumatised and weak, “but he was alive and he was with us again and that was all that mattered.”

The family qualified for refugee status in Australia, and Ms Tesic quickly learned English as part of the language program at Melville High School, later going to South Fremantle High School (now Fremantle College) and Notre Dame University.

“I believe we are all born to bloom, you can choose to be a victim or a victor,” Ms Tesic says.

“If you want to be a victor you need to change your mindset.”

Apart from being an easy read, Born to Bloom is a self-help book with eight lessons on getting the most out of life.

“Learning new patterns and unlearning old patterns that don’t serve you.”

The AusMumpreneur winners are announced in Sydney at the end of the month.



Food That Helps You Sleep

– mumsmakelists


For most of us motherhood equals sleepless nights AKA total exhaustion.

Sleep deserts us in pregnancy, never … it can seem at times … to be seen again.

Or at least not when our kids are small.

As soon as your child is finally sleeping well, something else crops up that requires you to be wide awake in the middle of the night.

My daughter’s current faves for dragging me up at 3am are needing to pee … the downside of dry nights!! … and nightmares.

She’s great at going back to sleep herself.Her mother meanwhile is wide awake, counting down in horror the hours until the alarm!

For most of us waking once … or even twice … in the night wouldn’t be sooo bad IF we could actually sleep easily and restfully in the first place, and then go back to sleep quickly.

So much stuff can keep us awake … caffeine, anxiety, partners snoring ..!!

But for many mums the big thing that ruins our ability to sleep is actually FOOD.

Who knew?

Poor Diet Stops Us Sleeping

The crummy, sugar laden diet that many of us slip into … hands up there! … when we’re on the run leaves us short on the six nutrients absolutely super essential to a good night’s sleep …

  • Niacin … B3
  • Panothenic Acid … B5
  • Folic Acid … B9
  • Cobalamin … B12
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium

The brilliant Bs produce the happy hormone serotonin which then creates the sleep hormone melatonin. Calcium helps you go back to sleep. And magnesium helps you stay asleep.

The great news is there are 30 foods absolutely packed with these super sleep inducing nutrients and they are easy to fit into busy mums diets as healthy snacks and quick meals.

1. Snack on Seeds & Nuts

Plonk ’em on porridge, sprinkle ’em in salads & chuck ’em in whatever you’re cooking … 🙂

  • Peanuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Cashews
  • Almonds

This little lot are chock full of B3, B5, magnesium and calcium you need for great sleep.

2. All a Bit Fishy!

Fish is quick under the grill & canned oily fish can be thrown in salads, sandwiches & pasta …

  • Tuna
  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Scallops
  • Shrimps

They are a great source of B3 and particularly B12.

3. Perfect Pulses

Soaking pulses is an awful fag but cans of pulses can be chucked in pasta and curry sauces and casseroles snatched from the freezer … and they’re fab tossed in salad …

  • Dried peas
  • Black eyed peas
  • Lentils
  • Garbanzo / chickpeas
  • Black beans
  • Navy / haricot beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Black beans
  • White Beans

Pulses are particularly good for B9.

4. Super Grains

If you haven’t discovered spelt four and quinoa yet, you MUST!

Spelt is fabulously rich in vitamin B3 PLUS it’s low GI, high fibre, low in gluten & helps manage cholesterol! AND it’s super yummy. Use it in baking everything from cookies to muffins.

Quinoa is an iron rich, high fibre, full protein that is high in magnesium. It’s not stricly speaking a grain but is a fab alternative to pasta, rice, cous cous etc as the base of a meal.

If you can’t find them locally you can get them from Amazon on subscribe and save.

5. Virtuous Veg

Green leafy veg are our best friends for so much and being rich in calcium and magnesium they help with sleep. But mushrooms, avocado and sweet potatoes which are high in B5 and asparagus which is high in B9 will also help …

  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Bok Choy

If you’re short on time, an avocado is a perfect dessert, baby spinach can be eaten raw in salad and broccoli, kale, bok choy & asparagus can be steamed in less than 10 minutes.

So there you have it.

30 fab foods that help you sleep even if your little ones don’t 😉

I do hope they help…


Sanja Tesic – Finalist for Multicultural Business Excellence award

ausmumpreneur Finalist!


This month I received some exciting news, I have been selected as a finalist for the ausmumpreneur awards “MULTICULTURAL BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD”.

AusMumpreneur awards are for Mums in business. Women who are creative, resilient and adaptable. The awards are designed to recognize the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.

The process is a 2 day conference with guest speakers and the top 10 finalists are required to be interviewed by a panel of 3 independent judges.

The awards ceremony is held on the Friday evening and is when the winners will be announced. It recognises the best and brightest in the Mumpreneur industry, acknowledging success in business, innovation, creativity and excellence!

The conference and awards is being held in Melbourne on Thursday 30th August & Friday 31st August 2018.

I am very much looking forward to attending this event and can’t wait to keep you all posted on what happens next!


The Secrets of Being Authentic (and Why It’s Important) 

– Jamie Friedlander


The word authenticity is loaded, but Ryan Lee, founder of FREEDYM, a training resources website for aspiring entrepreneurs, believes it’s imperative we remember what it truly means. Some people might think having piercings or pink hair is authentic, but wearing Banana Republic and listening to Coldplay can be just as authentic if it’s who you truly are.

“Because of the trend of being authentic, people think you have to grow a big beard and you have to have tattoos and curse,” Lee says. “That’s not authentic if that’s not you.”

We can relate to others better when we’re not afraid of being vulnerable. “I’ve seen this happen time and again with executives who on the surface look perfect and can do anything,” Thacker says. “But nobody’s smart enough to figure it all out. Embracing your weaknesses and your quirks is just as much a part of being authentic as embracing your strengths.”

Being authentic boils down to one concept: trust. “Be truthful to who you are, Tell the truth. It really comes down to being you. It’s having the confidence to be you.”

Don’t be afraid to tell people what you believe in. Don’t think you need to straddle the line to please all of your friends, family or clients. Stay firm on your values and beliefs.

Read More here;


August Newsletter

August is for Being Authentic


When I chose to write a book, become a coach and a public speaker,
I promised myself that I would not do it unless I was authentic and true
to myself. Why be a copy of someone else when we were born to be original?

Life is what you make of it. It is about being comfortable with who you are and owning it.

The only way to be – is to be Authentic!

This August is not only authentic, it is AWESOME!
It’s also my birthday month. I am reflecting on my achievements of the past 12 months and all I can say is Wow!

My beautiful twin girls Sofia & Maja turned 2, I published my book “Born to Bloom – From Hardship to Happiness” which is now stocked in 3 book stores and 5 libraries, I was the guest speaker along side Jelena Dokic at International Women’s Day and a finalist in the 2018 ausmumpreneur awards.

I have had the pleasure of meeting some inspirational people both personally and professionally and with whom I feel a real connection. There is a reason our paths have crossed. Coming up I have “Meet the Author” and Mindset talks booked in the local communities and have been chosen as an ambassador for a campaign that is very dear to my heart.

There is lots more exciting opportunities coming my way and whilst I cannot wait to share with you, I will when the time is right.

Because I am feeling so awesomely generous this month … I will be gifting a doTERRA gift pack to one lucky person!! To be in the running, you need to like and share the picture below from my Facebook page and comment on what you do to be authentic. The winner will be picked at random on Friday 17th August!
Good Luck!

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