SYDNEY SKY DIVE

PHOTOGRAPHY & WORDS BY PORTIA LARGE 

#GIVEADRENALIN

You’re not going to believe it… Last week I flew for the first time, or fell, but it felt like flying! Imagine an eagle floating effortlessly in an updraft, defying gravity as he circles the earth… That was me! But without the wings, far less graceful and with a fully grown man strapped to my back. FINALLY, I can tick “Skydiving” off my bucket list.

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It’s a strange feeling, freefalling with nothing but clouds between you and the earth. Without an escape button, safety blanket or anything to hold on to you feel pretty vulnerable. It was so surreal, watching people get sucked out of the (perfectly good) plane one by one. Finally it was my turn to shuffle toward the door and dive into life headfirst. I hoped for the best… AND The rest is history – you HAVE to try it for yourself!

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Christmas came early for me this year and thanks to Adrenalin.com.au you can give your loved ones the same rush!.. Adrenalin gift vouchers are not only impossible to guess when wrapped, they are undoubtedly better than another pair of underwear or a bath bomb – sorry mum! Choose from V8 Racing, Jet boating, Sydney Bridge Climbing, Hot Air Ballooning, Abseiling, Scuba Diving and Skydiving… #LetsLiveLarge visit www.adrenalin.com.au/ and #GiveAdrenalin!

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Pictured: Portia Large & best friend Sjana Elise Earp post Sydney Skydive

HOW TO TRAIN FOR A MARATHON

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Ambassador

My first Marathon… In the past, running never appealed to me. I had heard of the peaceful meditation found when pacing the pavement and I’ll admit, I didn’t expect to share in this experience. In the pursuit of health and fitness goals, I signed up for my first half-marathon. But it wasn’t until crossing the finish line in a blissful ecstasy of exhaustion that I truly understood the joy of running.

Tears gathered as I searched the crowd for support. Overwhelmed, I made contact with loved ones. Despite months of training, doubt and disbelief lingered as I was concerned I couldn’t conquer the challenge. Although the Gold Coast Airport Marathon was my first physical marathon, I now realise I’ve overcome many marathons in the past.

 

Define Marathon: a long-lasting or difficult task or activity. We all face them right? Testing trials which stand in the way of success and seem insurmountable at the time are, in hindsight defining moments. Just as deciding to step out of the front door is the most challenging part of my run, more often than not; making the first step is the biggest barrier to your success.

I challenge myself regularly as setting professional, mental and physical goals is what helps me grow. Yet, I believe, it’s our commitment to which determines completion. I love sharing experiences, which is why blogging is a big part of my life. Here is a blog to share motivation and training tips.

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1. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVITY:

Online support, websites, networking groups, meet ups.

2. DRESS FOR SUCCESS:

Wear training gear you feel great in. The Run Stop Shop has you covered www.runstopshop.com.au

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3. TRAINING TIPS:

Baby steps. Walk your marathon first. Then start at running 5km regularly before working your way up to 10km. Once you reach 10km and feel comfortable running that distance 2-3 times a week you should be ready for the day.

4. ENJOY THE MORNING RITUAL:

Make running part of your routine.

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5. FUEL YOUR BODY:

Eat nutrient rich foods and research refueling with carbs.

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6. DITCH THE HEADPHONES:

Working in radio, I love a good beat so unplugging the headphones wasn’t easy. Listening to only my thoughts and breathe I became free of anxiety and self-doubt.

GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018

AUSTRALIA has a long history of hosting world class sporting events, from the recent Cricket World Cup to the Olympic Games in Sydney more than 15 years ago.

Aussies regularly express our underlying passion and enthusiasm for sport.

So, it’s little wonder that the land down under and in particular the Gold Coast has been selected to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Inevitably, the event will highlight our unique city while boosting tourism.

TUESDAY October 9th, Griffith University Gold Coast was announced as an Official Partner for the Commonwealth Games 2018.

We heard from The Honourable Kate Jones MP, Griffith University Professor Ian O’Connor and GC Commonwealth Games Corporation Chairman Nigel Chamier who expressed their excitement.

This is a rare opportunity for local students to network, showcase talent and apply knowledge to a world class event.

As a Gold Coast advocate and past graduate of the Griffith Business School I was invited to attend and cannot wait to contribute to the Games proceedings.

The count down is on!

#GC2018 #Griffith_Uni

 

WHY GOLD COAST? QUOTES FROM MOVERS & SHAKERS…

CRAIG DEVLIN

/ Regional Development Australia

It is a great time to invest in the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is the sixth largest city in Australia, underpinned by strong population growth, an enviable lifestyle and solid investment opportunities. The opportunity for investment is huge and, as the city grows, opportunities will continue to arise out of the need to service our rapidly growing population. Regional Development Australia is excited to be part of the Future Gold Coast project which highlights the opportunities for the community, businesses and investors to 2050.

CAMERON HEART

CEO / Events Management Queensland

Warm weather, beaches and parks, as well as top quality training facilities, provide real advantages for athletes looking to experience a world class event, or take in some off-season training in the perfect environment.

LUKE HALLIDAY

CEO / Mercury IT

One of the biggest advantages of being based here on the Gold Coast is the lifestyle and what that means for our business. We have the perfect balance of a corporate Environment with beautiful beaches and rainforests a short drive away.

EPIC XCATS

October 1, 2015

LAST month curious locals lined to Gold Coast Broadwater to catch a glimpse Australia’s first XCAT speedboat race. Fourteen XCAT teams fought it out at 200kmh in the fourth round of the UIM XCAT World Series – dubbed the greatest motorsport series on water.

Working as an MC and SCA Producer for the event, I was fortunate to get the know the extreme team drivers. In particular, Tom Barry-Cotter, Pilot of the Gold Coast XCAT team who managed to take out second place with fellow Queenslander Ross Willaton.

 

STILLNESS

WORDS BY PORTIA LARGE 

My eyes were dry and sore, a disturbing reminder of my technology addiction and lack of productivity that day. It was the 3rd evening of 2015 and in my holiday leisure I found myself mindlessly scrolling through social media from dawn till dusk.

Restless, fatigued and reluctant to let my phone go, I begrudgingly decided to practice some stillness. After thoughtfully arranging scented candles to complement the view of the city skyline and waterway I began to slowly stretch. Impatient, I decided to fast track to relaxation time and attempt meditation. Shortly after noticing the stars and the flickering of the candle at arm’s length my breathing slowed and almost instantly I felt grounded.

Suddenly it occurred to me that we don’t star gaze anymore… Our ancestors looked to the skies for hope, guidance and inspiration. Now we collectively look to our screens for thinspiration, fitspiration and emotional pornography of other forms. Cave men were once lost in the mesmerising fire flames; a meeting place, source of warmth, cooking facility and lifeline. Like the star and fire gazer, I adore watching and thinking or sometimes not thinking at all. Both the star and fire gazers enjoyed the freedom of stillness before we roamed then scrolled… They practiced the art of stillness often. An opportunity to allow the mind to wander, for the clutter and chaos of our thoughts to clear and to feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

Three of my favourite things involve stillness. Watching the waves roll in, watching the fire burn and watching the stars. I believe it’s by design that I find so much joy enjoying all three. Man was made to do more than scroll, text and mind machines.

THE COLOR RUN GOLD COAST

Fun Runs are a great opportunity to connect with like-minded, active people in your area, to reach a personal best and achieve that post-workout glow.

Over the years I’ve enjoyed many different Fun Runs… yet something set apart my most recent experience.

On the last day of November, thousands gathered dressed in white for the 5km Colour Run challenge.

Overcoming mental and physical obstacles, participants passed through 4 colour zones of hot pink, orange, blue and yellow.

Vibrant explosions of coloured cornstarch painted the skies and blended effortlessly creating a thick haze!

It was a spectacular sight and certainly one I’m sure is a feature on many bucket lists.

If you missed the Gold Coast Colour Run, fear not! The happiest 5km on the planet on tour: http://thecolorrun.com.au/

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An interview with Australian Fashion Blogger founder Skye Giles for moregoldcoast.com: How did you stumble into presenting, blogging and vlogging? Since being elected as Deputy Junior Mayor of the Gold Coast Junior City Council in 2010, I’ve been passionate about leadership and public speaking. Earlier this year, I was selected as a presenter for Ocean Road TV, an accompaniment to the award-winning Ocean Road Magazine. Covering high-end locally focused events, featuring stories of local people, places and lifestyle; I thought it would be insane to keep these awesome experiences to myself. As I got so much out of meeting inspiring people and attending events I was sure others would enjoy this journey and began blogging and vlogging adventure! www.youtube.com/1PortiaLarge


How does the Gold Coast align with your lifestyle?
I feel so fortunate and proud to live on the coast. It’s been brilliant to witness this haven develop over the years. Natural beauty, practical new infrastructure and quality facilities make our home a tourism hub and the Gold Coast what is, in my opinion, one of the most desirable living locations on the planet. We are blessed to live this constantly evolving, safe community. What’s not to love? Next year I hope to team up with my camera crew, Flight Centre Australia, Gold Coast Tourism and Tourism Queensland to reveal our great states hidden gems and the unique experiences on offer.


Why do you think people take such an interest in your content?
I’m not afraid to reveal my soul and life passions online. This world is so guarded and fearful; I believe people who follow my journey appreciate my raw and honest energy. I’ve received a lot of feedback which suggests my content inspires others to venture beyond their comfort zone. My favourite follower feedback is: “My #WCW is @portialarge because she is such an inspirational fitness role model and adventurer! She is also a self-made entrepreneur and an inspiration for successful women, and her hair is perfect” – @madsters8. If I can bring a smile to another’s face, inspire action or positivity I feel I’ve found my life’s purpose.


Explain a typical day in the life?
Wake up, look out the window to check the surf while sipping on green tea, surf, practice yoga or run along the beach depending on the conditions (if the surf is good I may not do anything else that day). Then I usually hit the books and study, review my to-do list (I’m notorious for making lists), read, research, eat, sleep and repeat. I spend time online researching local events on the horizon, interesting people and topics which I feel are of interest to my viewers.


Considering you cover many different Gold Coast Events, what is your absolute favorite annual event here?
As a presenter I’ve been lucky enough to cover events such as the BMW Bruce Lynton Charity Ball, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Brisbane, Broadbeach Blues Festival, Neon Run and the International Boat Show to name a few. International presenting opportunities have also become available as I ventured overseas to cover holiday destinations and fitness retreats such as Active Escapes. My favourite annual event would have to be the Bruce Lynton Charity Ball! Frosted with delicate decorations, the RACV Royal Pines Resort was transformed into a winter wonderland. Glamorous guests gathered for a night of entertainment and to raise much needed funds for local charity. Live music, fireworks, a silent auction and bumper car rides were among the evening entertainment highlights! Meeting the passionate volunteers who made the event such a fantastic success was wonderful. I was overwhelmed by the generous donations, fantastic sense of community spirit and look forward to attending next year.


How do you balance study and presenting?
At times, presenting clashes with my events calendar so I do my best to ensure I’m prepared for my University assessment and have always prioritised my education above all else. I know there is always room for improvement in time management. It’s a goal of mine to be exceptional at balancing commitments and maximising my time.


Congratulations your Gold Coast Women in Business success! How did you become nominated for this?
I was absolutely delighted to learn my employer Rohan Parnell, nominated me for the ‘Aspiring Young Business Women’s Award’. Here is a quote from his nomination: “Whilst producing an online election campaign for Steven Ciobo, Federal Member for Moncrieff on the Gold Coast, I called upon Portia’s assistance to scout youth for the footage. Within hours Portia had taken the initiative to prepare a portfolio of suitable applicants detailed with their experience, professional images and contact details. Recognising her efficiency, dedication and flair for the industry I suggested she establish her own talent scouting agency. Portia’s business, I C TV, now serves an impressive client base, including Southern Cross Austereo and continues to expand its services. With a thirst for knowledge, excellent work ethics and deep determination to succeed, there is no doubt in my mind that Portia will conquer any goal she sets her mind to. Diving into the deep end Portia has proven herself as a successful young woman in business, welcoming new experiences, challenges and business lessons with grace and poise.” – Rohan Parnell Senior Producer at Southern Cross Austereo.


At what point did you realize that that presenting was something you wanted to develop into a career?
I’m not afraid to chat with anyone and from a young age I’ve known networking, uniting and recognising passionate people would be driving forces in determining which career path I choose. For me, my desires to present became most apparent when working casually as a Production Assistant at Southern Cross Austereo. Exposed to such an industry of power-house personalities, I was overwhelmed and inspired to continue to better myself and push my own limits in presenting.


What makes living in Queensland so special?
There’s no place like it. Growing up sailing the Whitsundays islands with my family, it was inevitable I’d have a lifelong love for Queensland. Our Great Barrier Reef, stunning native wildlife, lush rainforests, spectacular out back attractions and world class surf breaks of the Gold Coast mean there really is something for everyone here. No wonder so many travellers have the Gold Coast on their bucket list!


What makes your content so unique compared to others?
My content is diverse. I’ve thought about it and although I’d like to be targeted in my messages and themes, I don’t really fit one category. As a presenter I enjoy attending different events and chatting to people from all walks of life which is really communicated in my content. My viewers are primarily located in the USA, Australia, the UK & Canada; aged between 18-35 years. Their interests include luxury experiences, events, dining, tourism, adventure travel, surfing, fitness, culture, fashion and lifestyle.


If you had any advice for women looking to start a career as a presenter or vlogger, what would you tell them?
Your overnight success story is always a result of everything you’ve done in your life until that moment. It won’t happen overnight. However, you’ll face setbacks, negativity and performance gaps. My advice would be enjoy the journey and be patience. Often I learn simply from observing others. Some may be completely unaware I’m learning from them, yet I bow in gratitude. To other women looking for a career in presenting or vlogging, observe others, select role models but keep your own goals close to your heart. If you lack a skill necessary to your success, apply yourself until this performance gap is one of your greatest qualities. Most importantly, don’t lose sight of your own unique character. Keep your content tasteful and remember every post contributes to your online footprint.


What content is most popular on your Instagram feed?
Whether it be immersed in nature, exploring or trying something new; posts which capture me ticking an experience off my bucket list certainly generate a buzz!


How to you keep your readers engaged?
Studying social media marketing at University has been fantastic for my blogging and website development skills. I love applying some of the human behaviour studies I learn and testing them to strengthen the brands I represent and my own personal brand. Working in such a social, events based industry ensures my content is relevant and engaging.


Do you think the blogging/vlogging epidemic is catching traction here in Queensland?
Absolutely! Many well-known influencers are based in Queensland, and in particular on the Gold Coast. Today social media sharing application, Instagram, plays a significant role in shaping the success of blogging and vlogging content. Last month Queenslanders were invited to be a part of the world’s largest ‘Instameet’, a landmark social media event to capture thousands of Queensland destinations from different perspectives #thisisQueensland! This event united a diverse mix of people to collectively sell our tourism assets to the world!

WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS

Providing a platform to honor outstanding and successful business women and industry achievers, the 2014 Gold Coast Women in Business Awards was a fantastic networking opportunity. On October 31st Palazzo Versace was abundant in positive energy uniting and recognising inspiring women of all ages and backgrounds. In the lead up to the awards function at Palazzo Versace, shortlisted nominees were invited to attend networking events including the Julia Gillard ‘My Story’ book launch breakfast and celebratory cocktails at Bond University.

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MY FAVORITE QUOTES BY EMPOWERING WOMEN:

1) Emma Watson: ‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’

2) Oprah Winfrey: ‘I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.’

3) Michelle Obama: ‘I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.’
4) Hillary Clinton ‘I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfil my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life.’

5) Coco Chanel: ‘The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.’

6) Angelina Jolie: ‘Figure out who you are separate from your family, and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self because with that, you can do anything else.’
7) Ayn Rand: ‘The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.’
8) Margaret Fuller:  ‘If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.’

 

ROCK CLIMB BRISBANE

Everyone is my teacher. Some I seek. Some I subconsciously attract. Often I learn simply by observing others. Some may be completely unaware I’m learning from them, yet I bow deeply in gratitude. Some of my fondest moments were experienced with people I’d never see again. People who gifted me with knowledge or a feeling and carried on about their way. Have you ever heard the saying a stranger is a friend you’ve never met? You may be surprised how approachable and friendly most people are! 

I’ve always been in awe of extreme climbers, reaching new heights, these fearless adventurous spirits seem so carefree. Today I made some new friends! Dan and Matt x2 . These climbers lent me some special shoes and helped me to scale an 18m heritage listed cliff! I unexpectedly conquered a fear with complete strangers and loved it! The best things in life really are free.

Matt 1 let me in on a little secret. If you ever try rock climbing on a natural cliff you’ll naturally want to rely heavily on your arms, but the key is to drive up and lead with your legs. I was really surprised with how comfortable I was after learning this advice. 

So I dare you to do something outside your comfort zone, whether it be speaking to a stranger or scaling a cliff face – break the cycle – stray from the norm. And if it is climbing always do it with a spotter! 

Thank you @adrenalineshots for capturing this moment. Wearing @runstopshop http://www.runstopshop.com.au/

Portia x

ECO EVOLUTION

Often fueled by marketing, societies unhealthy obsession and pursuit of materialistic goods has proven environmentally detrimental and unsustainable. It would appear there is sufficiency in the world for man’s need, but not for man’s compulsive greed. Society has slowly escalated in its violence, from singular trees, to the environment, to our fellow man. Whilst there are several inspiring individuals and organisations passionate in their quest to protect the environment; I feel it is important to relay my personal concern in current global consumption trends. The future holds extraordinary and unprecedented challenges for both the environment and society, as demand for resources exceeds supply. Global hyper-consumption and environmentally unaware consumers shorten product life span, as people rapidly replace material possessions. While in many ways consumerism has become a defining characteristic of modern societies; sustainability has moved higher up political agendas globally.

GREEN MOVEMENT:

In recent years, there has been a substantial increase in the awareness and concern for environmental sustainability, particularly on a corporate level. According to Forrester Research titled Environmental And Social Responsibility In Consumer Product Strategies, ‘84 % of organisations have environmentally conscious or socially responsible products in development or in the marketplace’. As with most markets, it is the consumer who has governed this shift in mentality. Millions of consumers worldwide were touched by best-selling, thought provoking books: The green consumer and 50 Simple things you can do to save the earth by the 20th anniversary of Earth Day. Consumers are beginning to lean towards products and companies that assure they are doing their utmost to prevent, minimise and control their contribution to our ecological footprint. Dianna Berde Nieto suggests in her book The long journey to sustainability starts with a single step that societies sustainability awareness has finally reached a tipping point. Staying ahead of environmental regulation, lower operation costs, innovation opportunity, differentiation and an improved workforce who reflect company mission statement are all benefits for business embracing the green movement. With few risks associated, green marketing is gradually recognized as a logical path for businesses to pursue.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

A challenge of green marketing professionals is to foster environmental awareness and passion in consumers for green products. Confusion amongst consumers on the topic of green marketing is a significant barrier to the successful adoption of green products. Therefore, social and economic systems underpin businesses ability to innovate, create and maintain sustainable solutions. Consumer beliefs, values and willingness to support the green movement establish the foundation for business to strive and adhere to Corporate Social Responsibility and ethical production. So try your best to support brands which promote environmentally sustainable practices and be mindful of your own consumption habits. Together we can create a more sustainable society, prolong the longevity and prosperity of earth and all its creatures.

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