Second Momentum

The Podcast helping you embrace your Second Momentum in life to grow the business you've always dreamed of when you are over 50.

 Episode 15: Evolving from sole trader to a brand as a Counsellor and Corporate Mediator

Josephine Byrnes-Luna is an accredited Counsellor and Mediator working with corporations, individuals and families.  As a sole trader with the full support of her husband and 2 sons Josephine has built a business over the past 13 years that has evolved to include the new space of “Collaborative Law”.  In this interview Josephine shares her wisdom and knowledge on building a business, a reputation through relationships, looking after herself and the importance of a mentor.

 Episode 14: The Life of a Pandemic Continuity Planner

Today I am joined by Chris Miller, an experienced past Queensland Police Officer who worked with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and on counter terrorism exercises and planning work to name a few of her many duties. She has a vast knowledge and hands on experience working as a pandemic planner for the Australian Government as well as recovery work following the Bali and London bombings and 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. Chris now works as a business continuity manager and in this podcast discusses how she is preparing and responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic, how she transitioned from government work to her now role and how she has coped with downtimes by creating her second business Chris Miller Jewellery.

Episode 13: Working on the business, not just in the business

Paul Rifkin, better known as Chef Paul, chats with Michelle about the growing of his consultancy business in 2019. Paul was interviewed by Michelle in May 2018 when employed by Campbelltown Catholic Club and then in December 2018 when he took the leap of faith and began his own consultancy business. He chats about the transition period, working on the business not just in the business particularly when it comes to marketing for new clients. Paul shares with us tips and the challenges, evolving his business and the journey ahead. To know more about Paul Rifkin, his website is 

Episode 12: The Impact of personal styling

Julie Hyne is a professional image consultant and knows what it takes to succeed in the business world. Julie delivers tangible results through combination of real-world experience, technical knowledge and ongoing image management.  This lady is amazing. Julie joins us today to share with us the challenges women face in gaining positions on the boardroom table and how with her guidance women walk away with a  new magnetic executive presence.

Episode 11: Bonjoro's Papa Bear Matt Barnett

We love a human connection and you can’t fight 2 million years of evolution. As business evolves and we have all moved online we can hold more relationships now than ever before so how do we use technology to sustain it rather than replace it.  Matt Barnett, Papa Bear AKA CEO of Bonjoro joins me this week and discusses the almost accidental creation of Bonjoro and why it is so effective as a business communication tool.

Episode 10: One Life - How to have the life of your dreams

A rare insight into the life an entrepreneur is the way Naomi Simson, Red Balloon & Big Red Group, Shark Tank Australia describes Tina Tower in her recently launched book One Life.

Tina built the National Begin Bright franchise from an idea, to a little suburban tutoring centre, to a franchise network with 33 sites throughout the country. She’s won multiple top business awards including the My Business Magazine awards, the Australian Small Business Champions and the 2014 Telstra Australian Young Business Woman of the Year. Having started businesses solo and having done everything from marketing, accounting, curriculum design, training, human resources & team management, contract negotiations, teaching, customer service, event planning, business coaching and product development, Tina brings a wealth of knowledge to share with you in my podcast today. Tina’s businesses have been operating at over 7 figures a year for a decade and so she knows her stuff to help businesses scale.

Tina shares with us her wisdom, tips and how to enjoy the business journey and our lives.  We only have “One Life”.

Don’t forget to download your Marketing Planner for 2020.  It’s all there you only have to fill in the spaces.

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Episode 9: Raising awareness and funds for the Cancer Council via the Shitbox Rally

Trisha Cashmere has a lot on. She runs The Healthy Body Company with her life partner, she is on the Board for the  Cancer Council and she is now participating for the 2nd year running in the Shitbox Rally driving a 2003 Ford Fairmont with her dad from Alice Springs to the Gold Coast to raise awareness and funds for the Cancer Council. Trisha takes us through her professional and personal life until now and what is keeping her busy right now including planning a trivia night where you can pay to cheat coming up on March 14th.

For tickets to the event

Details about Shitbox Rally

Michelle Cox. Death doesn’t have to be morbid

Episode 8: The Importance of planning for your future

There’s a common myth that in order to be wealthy, you must earn a lot of money. But it’s not about what you earn – it’s what you choose to do with it. In this episode I am joined by Kylie and Anthony Sultana from Creo Wealth. Kylie and Anthony discuss the importance of education when it comes to your planning for your future and provide some tips of what you can do now to ensure you can live a financially comfortable life.


Episode 7: Femetech Revolution with Nichol Stark

After a 20 year low have females taken up technology studies in university, we have turned a corner, we realised that in order to meet our customers needs and our needs, we need to apply critical thinking to solve complex problems, the problems that do not even exist yet. We need diversity of thought. Nichol Stark, creator of the Femetech Revolution joins us and takes us on her personal journey of leaving her role in the corporate sector to building and holding her own event on her own terms. For more information on Nichol please visit

Episode 6: Choice Theory

Almost all behaviour is chosen, and we are driven by our genes to satisfy five basic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom and fun. Today Michelle discusses Choice Theory and applying it to all aspects of your life and business. For more information on Choice Theory you can download more information here

Episode 5: Taking a leap of faith with Paul Rifkin

I first interviewed Paul back in May 2018 when he was about to take the leap of faith and leave his role as Head Chef at the Campbelltown Catholic Club to "start something new". I caught up with him again in December the same year to see what he decided to do in his Second Momentum. Enjoy this episode with the amazing Paul Rifkin.

Episode 4: Connect Learn Grow 2020

Deanne Boules a former NSW Police Officer, Workcover Inspector, accomplished WHS and HR executive for a number of iconic Australian and Global Companies joins me today to discuss the moment she made the decision to move from being an "employee" to starting her own business;  Insync Workplace Solutions (, 8 years ago.  Dee discusses the importance of education, continued professional development and her passion to help others who are less fortunate in Australia and globally. Two years ago Dee a member of Business Chicks decided to travel with 19 other members of Business Chicks to Ghana arranged by the Hunger Project on the 25th April this year.  Dee discusses what the Hunger Project means to communities, what it means to her and how she is raising funds.  
With the recent bush fire devastation Dee has decided that the profits from the Connect Learn Grow Retreat happening 3rd-7th March at Kingscliff, will be split between the Hunger Project and Women in Business who have been affected by the bushfires here in Australia.  This is a "doing retreat", where you are working on your business for 4 days, hearing from amazing presenters facilitating workshops over the 4 days.  But this is no ordinary "retreat" where you live and may or may not implement as part of the retreat there is a 12 month accountability coaching program for all attendees. To learn more go to to support this wonderful fund raiser that will help our women in business in Australia and families in Ghana.

Episode 3: The Introverted Leader: Building on your quiet strength 

Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, PhD, CSP, is an author and global speaker hailed as a “champion for introverts”, helping introverts throughout the world expand their leadership capacity. Too many introverts assume—or have been told—that to rise through the ranks they have to change who they are. But you don’t have to pretend to be an extrovert to get to the top. Today Jennifer discusses how introverts can build on their quiet strength and make it a source of great power, and provides some tips on how leaders can shape a more introvert-friendly workplace, customized hiring and coaching strategies for introverts, and the positive correlation between introverted leadership and company performance. For more information visit

Episode 2: Setting Boundaries

The 3 key areas in our lives that need boundaries. 

Episode 1: How to Build a Business that you've always dreamed of in 2020

Here are 4 key steps for you to review, realign and reset for an amazing year ahead.



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