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FIND BALANCE IN BUSINESS

Keep up: Portia Large has us running in Robina

For Portia Large, wearing many hats is part and parcel of running her business LMPR Group and personal brand, Let’s Live Large

At the age of 21, the successful entrepreneur became a proud property owner and media sensation, something most twenty-somethings can only dream of.

In 2018 Portia is carving out a broader niche. Set to release her first book later this year, Portia Large has become one of a new breed of internet influencers focused on helping others.

 

 

What does 2018 look like for Portia Large?  What exciting new projects for the year that you can share with us?

Aside from business as usual, 2018 is the year I publish my first book; Screenagers, A Guide to Navigate the Age We Live In.

It’s about the frantic pace we keep, the disconnected communities in which we live and the excessive time spent with screens that keeps us from being as happy and healthy as we can be. Now more than ever, it is essential to disconnect from technology and reconnect with humanity, nature and ourselves. 

 

You’ve been a leader since a young age, winning an Order of Australia for community service and environmental conservation initiatives. What advice would you give young women who want to be entrepreneurs?

Be the leading lady of your life: this means focusing on your strengths, not doing everything alone. 

With a curious mind, we meet people who build on and feed our curiosity. Ideas grow, momentum builds and eventually we can share our workload to focus on the big picture. 

By connecting with and learning from a variety of professionals, I’ve become more intuitive in business and focused on delivering win-win outcomes. 

 

You’ve founded several businesses, created a successful social media profile as well as achieving academic qualifications. In our new ‘insta-famous world’ what’s your advice to girls and young women on valuing education, rather than aiming for fame?

The most powerful women I work with all have one thing in common: They put in the time.

The truth is, whether you want to be an internet icon, leading e-commerce entrepreneur, digital nomad or scholar, there are no shortcuts to success. 

Online innovators and thought leaders use social media platforms to showcase their talent; they find their niche and work tirelessly to defend it. They craft content that tells a story and takes followers on a journey. 

Don’t mistake “insta-fame” as instant-success. The most interesting people I’ve met are life-long learners who value education and continually seek to grow their skill set. Today, everyone is competing to be well-known and my advice would be: seek to be worth knowing, rather than being well-known. 

 

What are your best tips for achieving work / life balance?

I find balance by “earthing”. Also known as “barefoot healing”, the practice involves removing your shoes and reconnecting with the earth’s surface.

Buildings, carpet and shoes, are just some of the culprits preventing us from physical grounding, optimum sleep and wellness. 

After spending hours slouched over a desk, walking on the beach barefoot is heavenly and so essential to my sanity! 

 

What’s your favourite way to relax when you get some downtime?

Surfing, scuba diving and sailing are my absolute favourite ways to unwind and find my Zen.

 

Where’s your favourite place in the Gold Coast City?

Beyond the breakers at South Stradbroke Island where I can see our city skyline but feel a million miles away.

 

What are your favourite things to do in Robina? (and where do you do them?)

After coffee with clients at Robina Town Centre, I like to get my acupuncture fix then explore the surrounding green spaces for some fresh air.

Late last year, Gold Coast City Council released plans to transform the existing Robina City Parklands into the ‘Green Heart’ Park, drawing inspiration from New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park. This is a project I really hope builds further support; I for one would love to make use of the fishing platforms, walking trails and event stages. 

 

You can follow Portia on Instagram and contact LMPR Group by clicking here.

Our shoot with Portia was shot on location around Robina at Coming Home Co, The Rocket and Cheltenham Park.

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.

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