Teacher, traveller, photographer, mum, Australian

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I am a mum to two gorgeous children- my daughter, who was born in early 2017, and my son, who was born in early 2019. I am an Australian woman from an Italian background. I speak English and Italian, and I would love to learn French too.

My hobbies include reading, writing and any sort of art or craft. I also love travelling and I have travelled to 21 different countries in my life. I can’t wait to take the kids overseas for the first time when the pandemic eventually ends.


I am a secondary school teacher and I began…

If you believe in passive income then you’re setting yourself up for failure. Here are the steps to take to create scaleable income.

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If you look online you’ll find thousands of self-help gurus trying to sell you the dream of sitting on a beach in Mexico and drinking cocktails while relying on passive income to pay your way. According to them, you can earn money while you are sleeping with little to no effort. If you think this way, I am here to burst your bubble.

There is no such thing as passive income

Anything that is labelled as ‘passive income’ actually requires varying amounts of work to achieve it. Even the most passive kind of all, stocks, requires you to take the…

Have all the ‘financial freedom’ gurus made you feel inadequate?

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It seems a lot of gurus and influencers these days are trying to make you think your life isn’t good enough and that there is something wrong with having a standard office job. They tell you to ‘escape the 9 to 5’ or to ‘break the chains’ to your office job. They tell you to ‘be your own boss’ and ‘triple your income’ in just a few months.

But what’s wrong with working for someone else? Why has the internet made it a bad thing?

Furthermore, why is money the thing that we seem to be striving for?

We need…

The brilliant branding that is Hermes

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This Birkin above sold for $500k.

I’ll just let that sink in for a moment.

This is the Himalayan Birkin and it is made from exotic crocodile leather, 18 karats white gold hardware and is encrusted with 200 diamonds. This bag originally sold for $300,000 in 2016 and then was resold at auction for $500,000 in 2019. There is no investment quite like this one.

It is insane, but that is the legacy of the Birkin. If you go into a Hermes store and buy a Birkin, you could sell it for at least an extra $10k the very next…

Closing down my business was the best decision I made

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Do you have a business that is struggling to stay afloat? Or perhaps your business is running smoothly enough, but you have a niggling feeling that something is wrong? Maybe you are obtaining great, ongoing customers but you’re experiencing so many technical difficulties that you wonder if it is even worth pursuing?

If you can relate to any of those questions, I know exactly how you feel.

My first foray into business was with renting out a photo booth for events. The business did fairly well as a startup and I was turning a profit before long.

Despite the success…

There’s a lot that parents can do

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As parents, we know that we shouldn’t compare our children to others. However, we often can’t help it and it leaves us wondering what is wrong with our kid.

I wondered the same when I had my daughter. All around me I saw toddlers her age speaking some clear words, while she had none at 18 months. I went to the health nurse for her 18-month wellness appointment and she assured me that no words can be normal at this age, especially because my daughter could communicate in other ways and could understand instructions. …

It is about finding balance

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Screens are everywhere as part of modern western society. Thank God, because remote work during a pandemic would not have been possible without them. This article is not to say that all screens are bad. It would be hypocritical of me to say that.

However, it is more beneficial for small children to have little to no screen time in their lives.

When I was pregnant with our first, my husband and I read about some of the negative impacts of screens and we promptly decided that our children would have no screen time before the age of 2. After…

I will be successful in this challenge

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Welcome to my pledge for my third challenge of the year. While being successful in results, the first and second 30-day challenges didn’t have all of the articles published by publications. In my first challenge, I couldn’t write all of my required articles. In my second challenge, I wrote all of my articles, but the last few were rejected by publications.

This time, I want to have all of my articles published.

I made a plan that I’ve already started to follow to really give me a headstart with this challenge. …

Doing this might help you get the bonus in July

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By now you would have seen the email from Medium announcing that the bonuses will still be available for both June and July, with perhaps a new announcement of something different to be made in August.

I don’t know about you, but my writing has dwindled this month, so I am going to make in my plan to aim for a bonus in July and this is how I am going to do it.

Try participating in a 30-day writing challenge

I was fortunate enough to earn the $500 bonus for both April and May. …

An overlooked and underrated way to easily scale your business

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Are you a content creator and you want to scale up your business but you’re not sure how to do it? Consider adding a print-on-demand store to your business. It is a brilliant way to scale up your income because you can easily create designs your audience can buy, without the hassle of needing to test, store or ship the product; the print-on-demand company will do all of that heavy lifting for you.

There is no such thing as passive income and having print-on-demand definitely takes some initial work. However, once your store is set up, there is very little…

Catherine Mancini

Australian teacher, photographer, writer, mum and friend. Support my artwork on Redbubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/CatherineStar/shop?asc=u

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