The Experienced Counsellor

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This blog is longer than usual but it highlights Personal Growth in its many aspects.

It is well worth reading so you understand how people develop into the Top Blog Badgepositions they hold today and how Sue would be the perfect relationship counselor for most. Recently her blog was awarded in the top eight for the best blog for couples advise in Australia.

Sue’s Story

My growth story starts when, at 15 years of age, I permanently left home. I left school at Year 10 – mainly due to my authoritarian mother who had the tendency to emotionally blackmail me: ‘I bought you this and that, so you must do this or that’. What would you do in my shoes? Continue being emotionally blackmailed and feeling guilt and anger, or get a job, earn my own money and live my own life? In the end it was an easy decision.

My first fulltime job was as a health food shop assistant. Later I worked as an assistant nurse in aged care facilities, learning on the job.

I’m the youngest of 7 children, and a half-sister to my 6 siblings. Their mother passed away and my father married my mother and had me. The marriage was not close or affectionate, and my father was a very selfish man.

I threw out most of the values around love and relationship that I observed as a child when I left home, because I didn’t want what my distant parents had with each other, or to be the way they were with their children. I wanted something more, something better. So, I observed people’s relationship interactions. I ‘picked people’s brains’ on the reasons WHY they did the things they did and behaved the way they behaved.

Mum died six days before my 21st birthday

Then, tragically, Mum died six days before my 21st birthday, and my anchor to feeling as though I belonged to anyone died with her. Although we didn’t have a really close relationship, she was still my mother. I was mum’s only child so it was only natural that she tended to spoil me more than she did my half siblings, leading them to resent me when we were children. The youngest of my siblings is 3 years older than me and the oldest 18 years. From the age I can remember, most of my older siblings had moved out and had lives and families of their own. We just didn’t know each other at all except for their biological role as my siblings.

Bradkay - SueG-019-EditORThe blow of losing my sense of belonging when I lost my mother set me on my current path of teaching people what it means to have a strong sense of self and to have an amazing relationship. Feeling so totally alone, belonging to someone became very important to me. I met my husband David at 23 at college and we talked for hours right from the start.  When we set up a home together we chose to have no TV and just kept talking.  We worked out what was important to us and what we wanted from life. You could say that we ‘had kids before we even had kids’, in that we imagined what it would be like, how we would treat them and each other, what values we would model for them.  Over the next 30 years, we realised we were doing something different to many (but by no means all) other couples– we seemed to be growing happier, more connected and remained very much in love.

Lung cancer made me re-evaluate my life

I had a lung cancer scare in 2004 that made me re-evaluate my life and what was important. I didn’t care how much money I had or what kind of house I lived in or the car we drove. I was more concerned about whether I had lived my life as a wife, mother and friend who would be remembered with love, who would be terribly missed. Or did I live my life in such a way that people would be relieved to see I was gone? My brush with death led to delving into myself and concluding that I had lived a worthwhile life of love for others. I felt I had left a good legacy and the world was a bit better for having me in it. I would be remembered with love – and I was content. As it happened I was granted more years, and I have now dedicated my life to helping others find contentment, love and joy in themselves and their relationships through communication, connection and consideration.

 Entrepreneur mindset

David’s unfailing belief in me, his encouragement and support have enabled me to change the way I viewed myself. My belief changed from being a ‘Year 10’ dropout to seeing myself as an intelligent person with potential. I have developed into an educated person with a total of 6 certificates and degrees, including a Master of Counselling, capable of making the world a more loving place, one couple at a time. I’ve gone from having the mindset of an employee to the mindset of an entrepreneur, owning and running my own business. Through his unfailing love I’ve had the freedom to be my best self in 2017 and I’m still not done. There is much more to do and learn and many people to help. So, no matter what life throws at me, I will handle it and come through it with love. Throughout my life’s journey, I have learned the most important lesson – to love and be loved in return is the greatest gift we have and the only thing that truly matters.

Metanao’s Story

Counselling - Enriching relationships.pngMetanao is an ancient Greek verb for ‘thinking differently’. The name embodies the focus on growth and change that is the core value of Metanao. Our belief is that you have the resources within you to become your best self. We believe an emotionally connected relationship is possible for everyone.

Metanao Counselling is concerned with helping individuals, couples and families deal with emotional pain and find solutions to their problems. People are often so entrenched in their problems that their thoughts become cyclic and they struggle to see a future without the problem. This can cause anxiety, depression and loss of hope.

My role as a solution-focused brief counsellor is to collaborate with clients to think differently and to re-frame the issue. The focus is on a vision of a better life and on helping to articulate a vision of a future without the problem. This creates hope leading to resilience, personal grow and change.

Metanao Relationships offers educational workshops that develop knowledge and skills. Through ‘thinking differently’, participants in our couples, singles and parenting workshop series are enabled to:

  • have an amazing relationship
  • develop a strong sense of self
  • be a relational parent and help your children develop into strong well-adjusted adults who become an asset to society and make a positive difference

Human beings are born to be in relationships where we are encouraged to be our best selves in an environment where we can grow. Metanao wants this for everyone. Imagine how many issues could be resolved if we each saw the value in loving each other and wanting only the best for each other.

Come and talk to Sue at the Personal Growth Expo, you’ll be pleased you did.

12th November 2017 Doors open at 9am

Albert Waterways Community Centre

Broadbeach, Queensland

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Enjoying Life Stress Free

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Kim Jewell 

Relieving Stress, Emotions and Limiting Beliefs

Personal transformation takes on many levels for every individual. You may require assistance in the Health, Wealth or Stealth areas so here at the Personal Growth Expo we intend to bring you as many different levels as possible.

The Stealth element is about your mind set, emotions and attitude about any area in your life. Kim Jewell is our specialist in the Stress Reduction area using alternate therapies but don’t take my word for it, read it for yourself.


Kim J Jewell

Is a Cert. MNLP Trainer, a Level V Master- FasterEFT Practitioner, Behavioral Specialist, Mind Coach and Stress Specialist. She is also the author of the self-help book, “From Stress to Success.”

Kim works with clients to release stress, emotions, & limiting beliefs. Which in turn creates healing on all levels of the mind & body system.

Kim’s own journey through addiction and major anxiety has lead her down a road of intense healing. Twelve years into her journey of recovery, Kim found that she was still facing many of the same issues that had troubled her life. The substances were gone but the internal battle still raged on.

Traditional counseling and therapy had not helped in eliminating the stress and anxiety of day to day living. Burning with the desire to be happy, joyous and free, Kim started searching outside the traditional models of psychology in the hope of finding a path to peace. It has been this journey that has given Kim so much insight into connecting and helping others.

Through her life experience and professional experiences, Kim has been working with people for over 25 years. Kim has studied many forms of alternative healing. She has gained knowledge of the mind/body connection and continues to study the Nuero Science behind addiction.

Kim is passionate about helping others understand the workings of their minds and creating lasting change in their life.

If you want to chat to Kim and find out how she can help you with your stress related issues, book your General Admission Ticket on line now and save.

 The Personal Growth Expo is on 12th November 2017 at Albert Waterways Community Centre in Broadbeach.

 You will have the opportunity to meet Kim face to face and start reducing your stress levels while enjoying the keynote speakers, workshops and our great food court.


Are you Getting it Right?

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Sue at Self Love movementMy name is Susan Jane and my business is called Intuitive Nature. I am an author, speaker and workshop facilitator encouraging you to develop, trust and utilise your intuition to create sound decisions with confidence. But like most small, service based businesses I struggled to increase my bottom line. I couldn’t get my name, brand or service out and into the public eye.

The harder I worked on creating more products and services for the business, the more it effected my physical health. As my physical health declined my inner thoughts and mental processors deteriorated, spiraling me to work harder in my business. I knew I was getting it wrong and I had to urgently make significant changes.

You see I was working on my business, BACKWARDS.

I had learnt how to start, create and build a business from every aspect but it still wasn’t bringing in the results I was hoping for. I was working longer and harder to get business wealth that I neglected my physical health and devastated my inner stealth.

To get my business right I needed to personally develop in the right order.

Get the Head right

Get the Body right

Get the Business right

This is how the Personal Growth Expo came to be. Unless we consistently grow in all aspects of our life we will not create the success we want. To get your bottom line flowing you must flow in your mental thoughts and attitude and have the physical stamina to achieve your goals.

The Personal Growth Expo collaborates with small, service based businesses in their local area to give them the opportunity to shine in the public eye. It will have keynote speakers, hands on workshops and intimate presentations to attract a target audiences wanting to personally develop in your area of expertise.

Under the elements of Wealth, Health and inner Stealth we intend NOT to have two businesses the same, giving variety and diversity for the audiences attending. So exhibition places are not only limited we have a ‘first in’ policy that will allow your business to really shine.

The Gold Coast Personal Growth Expo introductory offer for exhibitors is only $250 and if you get your $50 deposit in before August 31st you get a free video of your business and its involvement with the Personal Growth Expo. Pay your Exhibitor’s Deposit now to hold your spot. The final payment of $200 will be due in late September.

 Event Details

Sunday 12th November 2017   9am – 5pm

Albert Waterways Community Centre Broadbeach

Expected Stalls 60+

Expected audience 400 – 600

Target Audience: Female business women living in the local Gold Coast area ranging from 25 to 60. Ladies who feel they have more to offer or they are missing out on something and want to learn what it is or how they can improve their situation. Ladies who want to grow personally and not disappear into everyday social norms or expectations.

Entry Costs: From $10.00 on line.

Attached are the registration forms and other information for you to look at but please grab your spot by paying your Exhibitor’s Deposit today and securing the growth of you and your business at the:

 Personal Growth Expo

If you have any other questions please send us an email



It is all in Your Story

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Janice Muir

Janice MuirThe Personal Growth Expo is about stepping up and being counted and Janice Muir certainly does that. We are delighted to have on board a lady who has not only experienced hardship losing her long-time partner, but has also had to battle her own health issues. Janice has done all this by maintaining her focus on her vision.

Janice Muir, Published Author and Speaker, has put her hand up to be our Logistic Coordinator. A mammoth task bringing together the exhibitors to create a natural flow or movement of human traffic to the expo. This will ensure that what the exhibitors and visitors expectations will manifest right before their eyes. I vision indeed to be proud of but please read on and let Janice tell you about her personal growth story.

Janice writes:

I, lead a relatively quiet life until I was faced with a few of life’s adversities. I was strong and gained my true strength to fight and keep the dream alive.  It was my younger years when I first achieved as a young ten-year-old to reach state championships in Athletics with a gold medal. It was my athletic pathway that showed great potential.  Dreams, and goals of reaching more gold were gone, in one split second – for the mind to conceive. It only took a family members comment to shatter my dreams and I never run again.

What makes you think you are good enough and I never ran again!

I did a lot of other sports, netball, basketball, and was a leader in Aerobics up to 5 days for a week, over 5 yrs, however I never competed in athletics again.

I witnessed and experienced many life changing events. In 1998, I faced losing my partner of 30 odd years to the disease Alzheimer’s Dementia.  Then in year 2000 I placed him in a home.  In late 200,1 I uplifted from Darwin and moved to Brisbane; in 2002, my partner passed away.  In 2003, my daughter moved back to Darwin to start a fresh life and now happily married with 2 children.  In 2005 from a standard doctors’ consultation I was diagnosed with pre-cervical cancer – it was caught in time. 

6 short months later; April 2006, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and faced radical surgery to have to fight to keep the dream alive again.  In 2007 after 9 months away from employment I faced the gradual return to work.  From then onwards to 2011 I faced my personal challenges of development and growth after my illness.  During this time, I wrote lots of notes on parts of my life as a way of coping during a challenging time in life.  It wasn’t until around 2009 I was fortunate to study Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and then it finally clicked; I gained further clarity and started to write of my own experiences and bring this into a book. 

With another adversity to face in 2012 and a radical impact on my life I was retrenched from a 30-year career in the Public Service. I was fortunate to have the insight to learn from the personal development impact and to have enjoyed writing in this time that I self-published my first book in late 2012.  I also was challenged after an appraisal of my first book to create my second edition.  2015 my revised second edition was re-published with guidance and enhanced new content. This has led me on a path of new discovery to want to write more.  I was fortunate to gain a writing coach and my second topic (3rd book) was born; called A VISION to Win. This book was published in May 2017.

I have a small library of books on the go. A small series of 6 books for 8-18 ages of which 2 of these books are written and 4 plots ready to go.  I have 2 books plotted on ‘my journey coping with Alzheimer’s’ and the other is ‘coping with breast cancer alone’ both books are plotted just need to be bought into story.  I have managed getting these book into order on my own and had some help from a mentor.   My inspiration is mainly to inspire the young adult to see themselves already achieving what they desire in life.

My current book A VISION to Win is a story about my athletic days, and the journey of what I learned along the way. How to win Gold all using the power of the mind.

Thank you

Janice Muir

We all have stories of Personal Growth and we all have stories yet to be created about Personal Growth. As an exhibitor you can share your story to promote your product or service and if you pay your deposit before close of business August 31st you have the option of sharing it in our advertising.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to help others in their personal growth by sharing your personal development with them.

Exhibitors deposit to hold a place at the Expo.

General Tickets for the Personal Growth Expo

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Have you ever been told you over-analyse?

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I have on many occasions but today when the Star Track man delivered my parcel he asked me what business I was in, I was taken back at his response.

Sue 1 Half SizeI explained that I was an author and speaker about all things Intuitive. My company was called Intuitive Nature and I focus on developing, trusting and utilising your Intuition to make sound, confident decisions. We are all naturally Intuitive, it is part of human Nature. It is our Intuitive Nature.

‘Ahh,’ he said in a slightly put out voice. ‘Women’s Intuition. You know sometimes I think that’s just people overanalysing stuff?’

Well this really struck a chord in me as I have often been told I overanalyse things and I knew intuitively he had experienced prior issues with his partner, about things he had said or done, which she obviously questioned him about.

I’ve been told that I question things too much, I feel too much, I should stop thinking about things and let them go, I don’t need to understand everything, or my favourite … stop overanalysing it, it was only a joke. What is a joke to someone can be hurtful to another and yet when you express your discomfort you’re told to ‘stop overanalysing.’

So once the Star Track man left I did what every good over analyser would do when given a statement like that, I analysed why it struck a chord in me. I wanted to get my head around the emotion it caused to see if intuition and overanalysing had something in common.

When I analyse something I want to get a grip of what is happening, why it is happening and what the results could be if it continued. I do this in an effort to improve, develop or personally grow in my life, to become someone or something better. I only analyse things that have affected me in some way. It has to be important and have a strong emotional effect on me for me to analyse it at all.

So, if something is that important and creating a strong enough emotional effect I want to get an understanding from it. You can imagine how it feels when you’re told to stop overanalysing! Especially when it’s your partner or friend who has pressed the emotional discord in you.

Peter Brock

OK so this is about overanalysing emotions, something a lot of men might not understand, but emotions are as important to me as Holden was to Peter Brock. Would it be right to say that maybe the Holden racing team overanalysed the car and should have just let it be. Who cares if the fuel injection system had a glitch or if the car body was heavy creating more drag? Really! Do you need to look into a car race that deeply? Can’t you just go faster or ignore that flat spot when the motor roars to life? Of course that wouldn’t be heard of, in fact every single aspect of those racing cars is analysed over and over again because the team know it is important to them and they are never satisfied when they know things can be continuously improved on.

Jeff Horn

Imagine if Jeff Horn’s coach told him to just get into the boxing ring and ‘Beat the crap outta the other guy!’ One can only guess the years of dedication in overanalysing every aspect of that sport, in every manner possible, to achieve the ultimate career goal. One of the biggest areas that would have been analysed nonstop for the last twelve months would have been Jeff’s attitude to the bout. Constant tweaking and testing of his physical, mental and emotional beliefs as he trained would have been an upmost priority but isn’t that just over analysing? It appears that when it comes to our feelings or emotions we are not allowed to overanalyse but on other things we are.

Hmmm … very confusing but what has that got to do with our intuition?

Emotions and Intuition go hand in hand and it is the analysing or reflecting inwards that allows your Intuition to develop quicker and more accurately. The only real way to develop your Intuitive strengths and grow personally is to reflect on your emotions and yes that means analysing them over and over again. Knowing what pressing your buttons and how you can control it but first you have to understand it by analysing it until you are satisfied. This is Personal Growth or Personal Development at it’s very best and I bet those of you who are told you are overanalysing things are also very intuitive because of this reflection.

Personal Growth isn’t just about your skills in business or getting your physical body healthy, it is also about your mindset and your emotions. Let’s face it if you don’t love doing something, or have the passion and drive to achieve your goals then you will be struggling in those areas of life.

Get your head right to achieve your goals.

Get your body right so you can physically achieve your goals.

Get your business right so you can enjoy the fruits of your labour or at the very least feel great about it.

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Come and meet us at The Personal Growth Expo.

An expo designed for you to grow in all areas of your life and it’s all under one roof.

Speaking of Growth

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Our Personal Growth Story

Recently I stepped out of my comfort zone to put call out for people to assist me with the Personal Growth Expo and the response was amazing. Four ladies from over South East Queensland put their hands up to be part of this tremendous experience on the 12th November 2017.

So it is with delight that I introduce you to the new members of the group and highlight their strengths in creating this fantastic expo that relates not only to your health and business wealth, it also takes into consideration your inner Stealth or mind set.

Trish Springsteen
Trish Springsteen – Speaker and Workshop Coordinator at the Personal Growth Expo

Trish Springsteen

Speaker and Workshop Coordinator.

Trish Springsteen is a multi-international award winning speaker, mentor, author and radio host specialising in speaker training.

Clients work with Trish because they know she can help them leverage their business with speaking and communication.

Typically Trish mentors introverts, authors and advocates helping them to have the self-belief and confidence to step up and share their message with those who need to hear it. She believes that when you Believe – Act – Share you become empowered and are building the foundation for Success.

Trish is a member of Women’s Network of Australia, Business and Professional Women (BPW), Motivational Speakers Australia and Women Speakers Association. Trish has been a Keynote speaker and MC for conferences, events, gala dinners and meetings nationally and internationally.

Trish is the author, co-author and contributing author of 9 books including Creating Confident Communicators and The Book of Inspiration for Women by Women and is featured in Motivational Speakers Australia.

We could not have asked for a better person to be the Speaker and Worker Coordinator at the Personal Growth Expo than our own multi-international award winner Trish Springsteen.

If you want to forward your career as a speaker contact Trish through the Personal Growth Expo and she will contact you with all the information.

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For more information about becoming a business partner stall holder at the Personal Growth Expo get in contact with us now.


The Personal Growth Expo

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Come and join us at the First Ever, Gold Coast

Personal Growth EXPO

Personal growth and well developed intuition are key to being successful in business. Unlock the door to your Health, Wealth and Wisdom

Get your head right

Get your body right

Get your business right


The Personal Growth EXPO has been designed to assist you in developing your business smarts, your body confidence and your emotional vibe, by bringing together the experts in these fields.

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For the first time on the Gold Coast

You can expect:

  • Over 60 different business partners
  • Three separate speaking areas
  • Professional speakers & presenters
  • Opportunities to brainstorm
  • Free informational workshops
  • A show bag full of fun and value
  • Fantastic food stalls and more
  • Great conversations

Learn how to achieve harmony in your Business Wealth, Physical Health and Inner Stealth

Personal Growth EXPO 

Sunday 12th November 2017 – 9am to 5pm

Albert Waterways Community Centre, Broadbeach


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Susan 0438 111 174

 If you’re interested in becoming a Business Partner (Stall Holder) go to the website or send us an email