Mia is an Australian entrepreneur with a passion for marketing, bringing cool new brand and product ideas to life, and equally: women’s health, rights and social issues.
In addition to founding ‘Moxie’ – a women’s personal care brand available at major retailers here in Australia and around the globe, she has also been named ‘Telstra Young Businesswoman of the Year’ and one of AFR/Westpac’s ‘100 Women of Influence’.
Another amazing achievement – Mia also championed an initiative that provided almost 15,000 young women with sustainable menstrual products in Uganda. We asked Mia some questions about how she cultivates kindness in her life and the work that she does, and her answers do not disappoint!
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Loyal, hard-working, resilient but sensitive – also loves a good doughnut and a good frock!
What does kindness mean to you and how do you apply it to your life and the work that you do?
Kindness is simply being a good human – being considerate, being mindful and respectful of others, and treating everyone equally – it’s really not that hard to do! Surely it takes much more effort to be a horrible person than it does to be a humble one?! It’s inherent in my life and business – it’s at the core of everything I/we do and I don’t think it’s even a conscious thing – it’s just how I was raised.
How has being kind helped you along your journey?
They say that ‘what you put out you get back, ten-fold’ (both the good and the bad!) but I think that being kind is just part of being a good human and you shouldn’t do it because you think you’ll get something in return. Although, I do believe in good and bad karma and so even if I’m confronted with a negative situation or person, I do my best to repel the bad vibes – but only with love and good intentions.
What inspires you?
Interesting people, the past and the present (good memories!), evolution and the potential of an exciting future ahead.
Do you have any daily rituals?
Not really, to be honest, although weekends have become a bit ritualistic (perhaps as a result of Covid-19 and being limited in what we can and can’t do) and generally involve good coffee, good food and good friends! Mon – Fri are my workdays; I thrive on change and so I find I’m quite excited by the possibilities and new experiences each day might bring.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
“It doesn’t cost a thing to be kind!” My Mum instilled this into us from very very young and it’s a sentiment I’ve carried with me throughout life and business. To me, it’s about doing good, treating everyone as equals and living life ethical and with integrity.
Do you know what your purpose or ‘why’ is?
I do! I spend some time away and alone each Summer to recalibrate and re-assess whether my ‘why’ is still relevant in my life. At the moment, my ‘why’ is driven by the potential to live life limitlessly (a bit odd at a time like this, but a girl can dream!).
What is your #1 book recommendation and why?
‘Perfume’ by Patrick Suskind. I love a good period drama (no pun intended) and ‘Perfume’ is a book my year 12 Literature teacher suggested I read and choose as my text. I absolutely loved it and have read it repeatedly since. It’s twisted and dark but fascinating and so incredibly written – I’ve never felt so immersed in a book. It repulses you and enthrals you at the same time. A must read!
Who is your #1 kindness role model and why?
My Mum. She’s just such a good human and does so much for people – absolutely selflessly. What a woman!
Any thoughts about The Karma Collective and what we are trying to achieve?
We all have a responsibility to our planet and I really believe we can make great impact through something as simple as our consumer choices. I really love that Karma Collective is a purpose-driven business who ‘give back’ whilst providing beautiful products to its customers. It’s a win-win!