Your obstacles are opportunities

The past few years have been interesting! I went from homeless single mother to multiple international award-winning CEO, author, speaker and ambassador. Health issues including paralysis, surgeries and cancer issues were all overcome and now I share how to turn obstacles into opportunities.

My focus is on empowering women through financial independence. I spend my time running multiple businesses including blogs which I buy then resell, a freelance writing business with other writers, speaking on a variety of topics at various events and I can be found writing about ways to make and save money at The Thrifty Issue.

From homeless to CEO

In 2012 I left an abusive marriage. By early 2013, my daughters and I were homeless. At the end of 2012, I was living in Sydney, had just left my abusive marriage and someone broke into my home, taking all my clothes, jewellery, shoes, makeup, everything including my underwear.

It was only a few months before this my daughters had both been diagnosed with learning disabilities requiring extensive treatment.

I managed to rebuild, moved to Canberra, founded a company, bought more websites, started volunteering around homelessness and was a finalist for a bunch of awards including Young Australian of the Year. Life in Canberra was fantastic and things were looking up.

Paralysis changed everything

In 2015 I ended up paralysed, with extreme pain and a cancer scare – specifically, the cancer my mother died from. Instead, I have a rare condition which requires annual surgery to remove polyps and may or may not be cancer. My specialist said never Google it as it will tell me I’m dying from cancer. I’m not. I’ll be fine!

Paralysis and pain so extreme I blacked out multiple times lasted for 7 months. At the end of that year, it stopped and I moved to Melbourne where I now live with my 2 daughters, aged 9 and 10.

Because that’s not enough…

During this time I also overcame Borderline Personality Disorder, won Best International Personal Finance Blog twice (for another site), bought and sold a bunch of sites, won the Plutus Foundations Service Award and was a runner-up for various business and social awards.

Passionate, resilient, outgoing and compassionate are the best words to describe me. Empowering other women through financial independence is my focus because I am so grateful for the life I have the experiences I’ve had throughout my life.

Public speaking is something I enjoy, thriving where others may shy away. I have the ability to see opportunities in obstacles and see ways to make money where others don’t. This combined with years of business, marketing, speaking and consulting experience while being a single mum means I have a plethora of skills and experience to help you.

About me personally

Here are some things about me which always surprise people:

I am 1 of 9 kids!

Yes, NINE. I am number 4. I grew up the 3rd of 5, then my mum passed away when I was a teen and my dad remarried. My step mum had 4 kids, hence being 1 of 9.

I am extremely fortunate to have a close family. My blood siblings and I talk every day and my family have been a huge support to get me to where I am today.

You’re a Mormon?

Not anymore, but I was raised as one. Dad is a bishop and my family are members. It’s quite entertaining seeing people’s reactions to this fact about me. I don’t hate the church, I simply don’t believe in it.

I have 2 kids

And I’ve been a single mother for most of their lives. My eldest is 10 and obsessed with animals. My youngest is 8 and obsessed with rocks. They love to play footy (AFL and we they go for Geelong), travel, go to the beach and play Lego.

27 homes in 33 years

Born in Tassie, I’ve lived there twice, moved around Canberra, Sydney and now Melbourne. Some of the moving was as a child, we even had our house burn down once. Much of the moving as an adult was due to my divorce and the consequences of leaving an abusive marriage.

With my daughters in a hot air balloon over Melbourne.


If you need an experienced, engaging and motivational speaker for your next event, I’m it. Every event I have spoken at you can hear a pin drop people are so shocked and inspired by the adversity I’ve overcome. You can check out topics and testimonials here, including my popular keynotes “How To Turn Obstacles Into Opportunities To Accelerate Your Business And Life” based on my experience of going from homeless to CEO plus specific steps you can take to turn any obstacles into an opportunity, or “How To Marketing On A Shoestring Budget”. To inquire about me speaking at your event email my team at or contact us here.

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Below is a video from a very personal presentation revealing a little more than Kylie has before about her experience and domestic violence triggers for This Is Not A Wife Beater.

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