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  • The smell of lavender is in the air at Brihuega, Spain!

    ✦ July is the month when the beautiful lavender flowers burst into colour, and the village of Brihuega celebrates with its own Lavender Festival . When you say 'lavender', most people think of the classic images of Provence in France. Did you know that Spain has its very own lavender fields too? I hopped on a bus to visit Brihuega, a little village in Guadalajara, which is about an hour's drive from Madrid. It is typical for visitors to wear white when they visit the lavender fields, and once you get there you'll see why. The combination of white against the endless fields of rich purple really makes a statement! It's a great place for a wedding photo shoot! The fields really do make you want to whip out your phone and take endless rounds of photos, it's like we are trying to preserve the feeling and magic of the field into our digital devices. After a while, I realised this lavender bush and row is just like the next, and no matter how many photos I take I can never preserve the beauty of a place in a little handheld device. You can only really experience the beauty of a place when you put away your phone. So with technology safely stowed away in my pocket, I noticed a constant, low humming sound. It is actually the sound of the bees at work! They are all busy zipping around and even though you only see one or two flying, there must be millions at work across the fields. As they say, if bees disappear it would be a mega disaster for the ecosystem, so the humming of the bees was a really lovely thing to hear. There is a sign saying 'Respect the lavender fields' so we know we can't go around with a pair of clippers and start shaving the bushes. But you can buy lavender flowers and all sorts of products made from lavender in the village itself. There are stalls selling just about everything you can think of that can be made with lavender e.g. sachets for the wardrobe, candles, honey, tea and even beer and ice-cream that are lavender-flavoured! You can smell lavender in the air as you enter the market area and even though it's a very tiny market, you'd want to give yourself time to savour the lavender beer and lavender ice-cream! Make this your little day trip if you are visiting Madrid, and don't forget to experience the place when you are done with your photos! ❋ Brilliant-Online Magazine: where intelligence finds its voice Welcome to Brilliant Online Magazine, the digital publication where intellect meets inspiration delivering thought-provoking content to readers of the gig economy.   To encourage our readers to embrace a mindset of continuous learning, our experienced content creators craft engaging narratives that go beyond the surface, exploring the depths of innovation, culture, and human achievement. From cutting-edge science to captivating art, we deliver a collection of insightful articles that ignite curiosity and stimulate minds. Dive into the realms of discovery with us as we showcase the brilliance that defines our world. Join our community of curious minds and embark on a journey through the extraordinary.  Advertise with Brilliant-Online ✦ Brilliant-Online is the only publication that offers a single interactive multichannel advertising package. ✦ The purpose of Brilliant-Online is to push for a better world in the digital era. ✦ Brilliant-Online is an empowering read for progressive individuals and dynamic businesses. ✦ For all enquiries about advertising with Brilliant-Online, please contact us here .

  • Welcome to Brilliant July 2024!

    ✦ This month we look at how you can Supercharge your business. We are ready to celebrate business owners who are ready to shine! As we wrap up for the winter, Port AdVenture Cruises is getting ready to set sail for their Christmas in July Lunch Cruise and come August 18th comedian Bob Downe is here to bring you side splitting laughter on a comedy cruise! During my last trip to Singapore I got to experience the incredible healing work dogs do  with Animal-Assisted Interactions Singapore  (aaisg) , where these gentle playful canines are bringing joy and hope to the elderly,  youths at risk and individuals with special needs. It made me really miss my dog Max while I was travelling and I can personally attest to the impact all the dogs I've had have made on our lives. Brilliant Online has always been about supporting businesses in our communities, so with July being about Supercharging Businesses, we wanted to celebrate the amazing Madison Wilson , award winning owner of multiple businesses. She shares useful tips on how businesses can turn passion into profit. Finally, we celebrate TGs Child Care Armidale for winning Best Child Care award  from The New England Times! Here's to many more years of excellence as they supercharge the important work of being stewards of the children's future! Have a Brilliant read, everyone! ❋ Brilliant-Online Magazine: where intelligence finds its voice Welcome to Brilliant Online Magazine, the digital publication where intellect meets inspiration delivering thought-provoking content to readers of the gig economy.   To encourage our readers to embrace a mindset of continuous learning, our experienced content creators craft engaging narratives that go beyond the surface, exploring the depths of innovation, culture, and human achievement. From cutting-edge science to captivating art, we deliver a collection of insightful articles that ignite curiosity and stimulate minds. Dive into the realms of discovery with us as we showcase the brilliance that defines our world. Join our community of curious minds and embark on a journey through the extraordinary.  Advertise with Brilliant-Online ✦ Brilliant-Online is the only publication that offers a single interactive multichannel advertising package. ✦ The purpose of Brilliant-Online is to push for a better world in the digital era. ✦ Brilliant-Online is an empowering read for progressive individuals and dynamic businesses. ✦ For all enquiries about advertising with Brilliant-Online, please contact us here .

  • Madison Wilson shares her sweet success secrets to multiple businesses

    ✦ Madison Wilson, owner of Any Occasion Cakes and Party Food , Letz Get Lit , Love Letters Port Macquarie and Little Whispers Picnics & Teepees shares how success does not come easy but is certainly sweet when you find the right support for your business journey.  Can you share a time when you faced a significant challenge while working towards building your business?  Of course! I have had many! And I openly discuss them because what better way to learn and grow, right? One significant challenge I faced while building my business was navigating the increased cost of living post-COVID. As the overall cost of life rose, many people found it difficult to allocate funds for parties and events, which did directly impact our business. This required us to rethink our strategies and offerings to better align with our clients' financial constraints.  Another was how we as full-time working parents would raise four children, attempt to manage a demanding work schedule all while trying to grow the businesses. This meant constantly striving for an effective work-life balance. It was essential to ensure I remained present and supportive for my children, despite the hectic pace of my professional life.  In addition, differentiating our business in a competitive events industry was crucial. We achieved this by becoming a one-stop party shop, crafting our own unique products such as handmade sunglasses walls, lolly dispensary walls, audio guest book phone booth, our Polaroid wall and our most amazing achievement to date - opening a storefront in Wauchope!!   Check out Maddie's delicious creations These approaches have allowed us to build a loyal customer base that really do follow us wherever we go and with whatever direction we have chosen to venture on. Emphasizing collaboration over competition has helped us forge strong relationships with those who reciprocate respect within the industry, fostering a supportive and mutually beneficial community for all!   These challenges tested my resilience and determination, but ultimately strengthened my commitment to making my businesses a success. I am proud, I am strong and I am valued.  "In Port Macquarie and its surrounds, there are numerous cake and events businesses, and I take joy in celebrating their creations as much as I do in crafting my own. Ultimately, the happiness of our clients on their special occasions is our primary focus.  Take a look at how Madison can help totally light up your special celebrations! What advice would you give to micro-business owners?  While I acknowledge my current strengths, I am steadfast in my commitment to continuous learning and personal development. Recognising that there is always room for growth. It's important to stay up to date with industry trends and to continue to be as innovative as possible. 💡 Focus on Your Unique Value Proposition Clearly define what makes your business special and differentiates it from competitors. This unique value proposition should be central to your marketing and messaging.      💡 Know Your Target Audience Understand who your ideal customers are, what their needs are, and how your product or service can solve their problems or fulfill their desires.      💡 Build Relationships Cultivate strong relationships with your customers, suppliers, and other businesses in your community or industry. Networking and word-of-mouth referrals can be powerful for micro businesses.     💡 Embrace Digital Tools Take advantage of technology and digital tools that can help streamline operations, manage finances, market your business online, and communicate with customers effectively.      💡 Monitor Cash Flow Cash flow management is crucial for small businesses. Keep a close eye on your finances, manage expenses wisely, and ensure you have enough working capital to sustain and grow your business.     💡 Adaptability and Flexibility Stay agile and be prepared to adapt to changing market conditions, customer preferences, and industry trends. Being flexible can help you seize new opportunities and navigate challenges.     💡 Continuous Learning and Improvement Keep learning and upgrading your skills. Stay informed about developments in your industry and explore ways to innovate and improve your products or services.      💡 Seek Mentorship and Support Don’t hesitate to seek advice and guidance from mentors, business advisors, or industry associations. Learning from others’ experiences can help you avoid common pitfalls and accelerate your growth.     💡 Focus on Customer Experience Deliver exceptional customer service and prioritise the overall experience your customers have with your business. Happy customers are more likely to become repeat customers and refer others to your business.      💡 Stay Resilient and Persistent Building a business, especially a micro business, can be challenging and may require time and perseverance. Stay committed to your goals, stay resilient in the face of setbacks, and celebrate your successes along the way. By focusing on these key areas, micro business owners can enhance their chances of success and sustainability in a competitive market environment.   By focusing on these key areas, micro business owners can enhance their chances of success and sustainability in a competitive market environment. Do you have a favourite quote? If so, what is it? "Empowered women empower women."   This quote emphasises the idea that when women support and uplift each other in business and beyond, they create a powerful network of encouragement and success.   It speaks to the importance of collaboration, mentorship, and solidarity among women entrepreneurs and professionals.  Madison's award-winning businesses About Madison Wilson Madison created her business while she was pregnant with her second child. Feeling fed up with paying $300 to $400 per cake for each family celebration, she taught herself to create beautiful masterpieces and she hasn't looked back since!   She now has her own shop in Wauchope where she can attend more personally to clients to tailor make their special events.   Madison is a mother of four who is qualified and works in finance. Her husband works as a team leader and is a top 10 sales agent for Elders Lifestyle Group. She is also the Fundraising & Vice President for Beechwood Public School P&C and the sole events coordinator for Hastings Business Women's Network .   Any Occasion Cakes and Party Food won People’s Choice at the Business Port Macquarie Awards in 2023 and Wedding Cake Designer of the year in 2024's Wedding Industry Awards - Mid North Coast & Hinterlands. Love Letters Port Macquarie placed first and Letz Get Lit 2444 placed second in the Wedding Services Category, dominating the Wedding Industry Awards. Madison has been recognised with the Excellence In Micro Business Award for all of her businesses combined in the 2024 Business Port Macquarie Awards. Madison and her husband are working hard through challenges and doing their best to leave their children thinking how proud they are of mum and dad as they grow up.  ❋ Contact Madison Wilson 🍰 Any Occasion Cakes & Party Food 🍰 Letz Get Lit 🍰 Love Letters Port Macquarie 🍰 Little Whispers Picnics & Teepees Phone: +61 458 728 857 Address: 185 High Street, Wauchope, NSW, Australia, New South Wales Brilliant-Online Magazine: a better world Welcome to Brilliant Online Magazine, the digital publication where intellect meets inspiration delivering thought-provoking content to readers of the digital economy. To encourage our readers to embrace a mindset of continuous learning, our experienced content creators craft engaging narratives that go beyond the surface, exploring the depths of innovation, culture, and human achievement. From cutting-edge science to captivating art, we deliver a collection of insightful articles that ignite curiosity and stimulate minds. Dive into the realms of discovery with us as we showcase the brilliance that defines our world. Join our community of curious minds and embark on a journey through the extraordinary.  Advertise with Brilliant-Online ✦ Brilliant-Online is the only publication that offers a single interactive multichannel advertising package. ✦ The purpose of Brilliant-Online is to push for a better world in the digital era. ✦ Brilliant-Online is an empowering read for progressive individuals and dynamic businesses. ✦ For all enquiries about advertising with Brilliant-Online, please contact us here .

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  • Veronica Lind, CEO | Brilliant-Online International Magazine Port Macquarie

    Veronica Lind ✦ ​CEO, Brilliant-Online ✦ Bringing Harry Potter Daily Prophet Magic into Brilliant ✦ Veronica's favourite stories Creator of Brilliant-Online As an entrepreneur, technologist and international marketer, Veronica has been helping businesses thrive by empowering them with the tools and strategies to turn their business around, grow and most importantly, help them stay Personable, Relevant and Admirable. She has long been adapting technology to the business needs of clients and the natural next step was the development of an interactive, multi-media magazine that gives a whole new meaning to what magazines and newspapers have traditionally been. ​ Brilliant-Online was born in the midst of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and it is testament to its ability to bring worthy businesses' stories far and wide in spite of challenging times. ​ Veronica's decades of experience in technology and modern marketing strategies, sales and business development in regional and global markets led her to create this magazine unlike any other. Brilliant has built-in digital portals that allow the interweaving of layers of interaction to create a captivating new multi-dimensional communications medium that has been compared to the magical Daily Prophet newspaper of the Harry Potter books and films. ​ What Veronica has done is to actually make magic real. Aimed at progressive individuals and businesses of the digital era, Brilliant’s pages are embedded with an array of QR codes, links to websites and videos, pop-up files, animations, audio files and podcasts. ​ As a multipotentialite, Veronica has a number of roles under her belt. She is co-founder and Business & Marketing Strategist at Vermilion Pinstripes , a sales marketing and communications agency helping local, regional and global executives build business confidence and thrive. Veronica is frequently invited to speak on Modern Marketing and contributes articles to various magazines including the Singapore Marketer, a magazine by the Singapore Institute of Marketing. The fact that there are only 24 hours a day clearly does not apply to Veronica as she is also the President of Micro Business Forum in Port Macquarie, a professional business network that provides education, networking and support to start-ups and established small business owners in Port Macquarie-Hastings and the Communications Executive at the Hastings District Flying Club where she produces the members' aviation magazine Propwash . Through all her work, sell without selling is a key virtue she promotes and it has helped many businesses that needed that boost of confidence. It is the key to efficiently generating benefits, promoting effective marketing strategies, consolidating customer loyalty and enabling long-lasting, meaningful engagements with customers. ​ Veronica lives in Port Macquarie with her absolute best friend and life partner Ray Lind, who is a flying instructor at Hastings District Flying Club, and Max who is against rainy days when he cannot go out for a walk. Veronica enjoys her time off from work pottering about in the kitchen cooking up a meal to share with friends. She is famous for her chilli sauce and if you do get invited over for a meal, you need to ask for a bottle of it to take home with you. ​ Veronica recently became a grandmother to beautiful little Victoria - a joy Veronica is celebrating every single day as she watches her grow. Contact Us To Advertise Veronica's favourite stories favourite Ben Tirebuck, Editor 4 days ago 6 min The Magic of Animal-Assisted Interaction Veronica Lind experienced the power of dogs to heal when she visited the Animal-Assisted Interactions Singapore aaisg. Ben Tirebuck, Editor 5 days ago 4 min Embracing the magic of the Olympic Games Ben Tirebuck shares his thoughts on the Paris 2024 Olympics. Barbara Smith and husband Laurie share their past volunteering experiences. Brilliant Writer Jul 8 3 min Consistent and Cohesive: Maintaining a Unified Brand Voice and Visual Identity Across Social Media Channels In today's digital age, maintaining a unified brand voice and visual identity across different social media channels is crucial. Yann Tyng Kooi Jul 2 3 min Humpback Whales are the playful giants of the sea Every year, approximately 30,000 humpback whales embark on a journey over 5,000 kilometres to breed. Meet them here! 1 2 3 4 5

  • COVID-19 | Stories and View Points of the Crononavirus Pandemic | Brilliant-OnlineBrilliant Online

    COVID-19 Stories ✦ ​All of us have been impacted by the Coronavirus one way or another. The coronavirus has killed over 6.69 million people, infected more than 661 million (as at 1 January 2023) and compelled governments around the world to lock down their populations since its emergence in Wuhan China in December 2019. The rapid development of vaccines has at least offered some grounds for optimism. Brilliant-Online brings you stories of how people and businesses are adapting in the Never Normal world plagued by the coronavirus pandemic. Australia's COVID-19 tracker . Have a Brilliant Story to tell? Send your press release HERE Ben Tirebuck, Editor Jan 2, 2023 Are we in danger of a second COVID wave? Don't forget those dark and desperate COVID days. Will COVID-19 wreak havoc again with China lifting its zero-COVID policy? Ben Tirebuck, Editor Aug 9, 2022 Where’s the world at with COVID-19 right now? Almost three years on, so where are we with the Covid-19 situation? Are getting slack? Is the human race living in the new normal lifestyle? Yann Tyng Kooi May 1, 2022 TG's Child Care welcomes back families With COVID-19 rules relaxing, parents can now drop off and pick up their children at TG's Child Care Ben Tirebuck, Editor Mar 27, 2022 Get your Commercial Pilot License in Beautiful Port Macquarie with AIAC We interviewed Gerard Byrne, HOO at the Australian International Aviation College (AIAC) a GA flying training school at Port Macquarie Ben Tirebuck, Editor Feb 11, 2022 Safety and Child Welfare Top Priority at TG’s Child Care At TG’s Child Care, the top priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of children, educators and families. TG's Child Care is COVID Safe. Ben Tirebuck, Editor Jan 27, 2022 Witnessing History Unfold and Change at Work in 2022 Witnessing history unfold and change at work in 2022 - pros and cons of hybrid work and what work life is through the pandemic. Ben Tirebuck, Editor Dec 14, 2021 COVID, border closures and travel… Two years on! The number one stand out point of locals holidaying like a tourist in their own region is being able to consciously think like a tourist. Koh Joh Ju Oct 1, 2021 Hybrid Workplace – is this the normal in this ‘never normal’? Is the hybrid workplace or flexible work really here for good? How does it look like? How does it impact employees and what do companies do? 1 2 3 Subscribe to Brilliant Stories Join 15,000 other subscribers and stay tuned with topics, people and businesses that matter to you. Have a Brilliant Story to Tell? Send your press releases here. Send Press Release ➹ Subscribe ➹ Brilliant Travel Stories The smell of lavender is in the air at Brihuega, Spain! July is the month when the beautiful lavender flowers burst into colour, come visit the Lavender Festival at Brihuega, Spain. Humpback Whales are the playful giants of the sea Every year, approximately 30,000 humpback whales embark on a journey over 5,000 kilometres to breed. Meet them here! Join Bob Downe for a hilarious high tea cruise with Port AdVenture Cruises! For one afternoon only, you can join Bob Downe on his famous "Love Boat Cruise" with Port AdVenture Cruises. Book now! In pursuit of the best ramen in town CEO of Brilliant-Online Veronica Lind went on the hunt for the best ramen on her recent travels. Mensho Ramen Sydney. Experience Mt Kinabalu on the world's highest via ferrata with Mountain Torq Mountain Torq manages the world's highest via ferrata on Mt Kinabalu at 3,776m above sea level, recognised by the Guinness World Records! The Fascination Behind Collectibles: A Journey of Passion and Nostalgia Explore the allure of collectibles: from the thrill of the hunt to nostalgia's embrace. Join us for a shopping tour on Saturday 27th July It’s Time To Get Wet at Thailand's Songkran Festival! Brilliant Editor Ben Tirebuck has his swimmers and water pistols ready to splash out at Thailand's Songkran Festival! Come join in the fun! Enjoy a koala experience like no other this June long weekend The Hastings Farm Gate Tour is on the long weekend June 8 to 10, learn about koalas, farms, animals and regenerative practices. Register now Spain's Holy Week is a time of unity, humility and forgiveness Learn about Spain's Holy Week at Easter, why the processions is a time of unity, humility and forgiveness. We speak to Paula about the Paso. Spanish Easter Treat - Torrijas, or Spanish Bread Pudding Recipe Try this Spanish Easter treat, torrijas or Spanish bread pudding, typically eaten during the Holy Week. Here's the recipe. See Scotland on the Move! Caravanning has emerged as an increasingly popular way of travelling and experiencing new places. Visit Scotland in a caravan! Experience the Colourful Exuberance of the Dinagyang Festival The Dinagyang Festival is of the most vibrant and spectacular festivals you can ever experience in Iloilo City in the Philippines. 1/8

  • Special Community Service | Flood Stories | Interactive Magazine Brilliant Online

    Special Community Service Tell us how the flood has affected you and your business and your story will be featured on Brilliant Magazine for FREE. I want to tell my story Our hearts go out to the businesses and families affected by the floods. As a small business ourselves, we understand that even short term closures caused by natural disasters could impact business survival. We’d like to offer a special community service to local businesses badly disrupted by the floods. If you will be happy to share about your business, how you are coping with the floods or how you are also helping society, we can feature you on Brilliant for FREE! In this way, you get to raise awareness about your business, products or services while stuck in the floods. By keeping your doors open, you would be ready for business when the crisis is over. We’re targeting to get at least 7 stories done within these 3 weeks. So, hurry, please fill up this form and send to us ASAP! In April, our feature focuses on Brilliant Business who has demonstrated one or more of the following: Innovation in Business Environmental & Sustainability Community Involvement & Care Technology Early Adoption New Business Ideas Business Successes Business Longevity Entrepreneurs Your stories will be featured on a first come first served basis. Please fill in the form below and our Brilliant team will be in touch. Ad package form

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