Meet Jacqui Storey, the newest addition to the Studio 1 community.

Jacqui is the founder and director of startup social enterprise Voli.

The team’s vision for Voli is to position our Australian baby boomer population as a force for social good rather than an economic or health ‘burden’ which is so often associated with the group.

The enterprise aims to connect people transitioning into retirement with more meaningful and challenging volunteering opportunities that truly value their life and work experience.

Feel free to drop Jacqui a line on her email or drop by the coworking space for a chat.


20 Ways To Help Spread Kindness This Christmas!

Christmas season is well and truly here and as we approach one of the most wonderful days of the year it’s time to stop and ask ourselves what do you want to ‘give’ this season? It’s very easy to get caught up in what we want to ‘receive’ that we very often  forget that the true beauty and satisfaction of this time is to help others and put a smile on their face!

While we all rush around to clean our homes for Christmas gatherings, buy and wrap those last remaining gifts, let’s all try and complete a Random Act of Kindness.

Remember “If you do good, you’ll feel good.”

1. Drop off a Christmas card and treats to your local fire, ambulance and/or police station.

2. Donate food to the local animal shelter.

3. Tape a candy cane on the letterbox with a Christmas note for the Postman.

4. Pay for the coffee/milkshake of the person standing behind you in the line.

5. Donate books you no longer read/need to the local kinder or doctor’s office.

6. Give the wheelie bin man a Christmas card with a scratchie enclosed.

7. Take flowers to a hospital and leave them with the staff for someone who is alone and has no family to visit them.


8. Compliment a stranger

9. Sing Christmas Carols at a nursing home.

10. Let the person who seems rushed cut in front of you

11. Be thoughtful – Did your co-worker have a bad day today? Bring them a coffee tomorrow morning.

12. Hold the door open for someone

13. Spread your skills – If you have a skill (photography, styling, cooking, website programming) and you know someone who has expressed an interest in what you do offer to teacher them what you know

14. Have something that your friend always compliments you on? Why not give it to her?

15. Offer to get groceries for your friend or relative who is stuck at home.

16. Donate clothes, shoes, and coats to the homeless

17. Reach out to a person who has made a difference in your life

18. Know someone who just had a baby or other major life event? – Bring a meal, offer to clean up their house or do a load of laundry for them.

19. Notice a kid being well-behaved? – Tell their parents how good they are while the kid is standing there.

20. Thank your co-workers for doing a good job, for getting extra supplies, for thinking ahead, for being easy to work with

Remember, you can be the change you want to see. We can do it together. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all. Stay safe!

Sorry, What Was Your Name Again?

There are many mysteries in life. Where do all my hair elastics go? Where are all my bobby pins? Does the washing machine collect odd socks? Why am I invisible to my kids until I need to make a phone call? All real questions and all without answers unfortunately.

There is another life mystery I’ve had to deal with a lot lately. Forgetfulness. It’s something that has always been there, but it’s getting worse the older I get.

I will meet someone, they will tell me their name and before we even stop shaking hands I’ve forgotten it already. I kid you not. It happens every single time. Unless their name happens to be Chrystal, in which case I’m home free!


My husband has his own theories of why I forget people’s names. “You don’t pay attention,” he says. “You’re not interested so you don’t remember. Why is it you can remember the whole Kardashian/Jenner family tree without missing a beat?”

Yadda, yadda, yadda. Of course I’m paying attention! Of course I care! I just can’t retain that kind of information. Geeez!

There is however information that I can retain that will knock your socks off. For example:

I can recite every single word of any song I have ever listened to and loved. Anything from Rick Astley to Sinead O’Connor to that stupid song “I would walk 500 miles…”
I can remember the surnames of the kids I was in primary school with. Daniel Harris, Pippin Lewis, Sally O’Bourne- hope you’re all doing well and happen to be reading this!
I learnt German as a second language in high school and to this day I am able to count to 100 without thinking twice. It’s my party trick and I will bore anyone who’s willing to listen.
If you want me to remember a particular event we were at years ago, just tell me what I was wearing and what we ate. That always triggers my memory.
I can tell you all the previous exes of any celebrity. Sad but true.

But all of the above are useless to me or anyone else for that matter. I used to imagine myself being on Who wants to be a Millionaire and having to answer a random question such as “Who was Gigi Hadid’s father married to before Yolanda. And tell me her age in German.” What are the chances of anyone else knowing that?! But alas, I’m pretty sure my memory bank will be useless in any kind of competition.

Which brings me to the problem of forgetting people’s names. (When I was teaching, it used to take me at least 3 weeks to learn the kid’s names. I used to get them to make name tags for their tables their bags, in fact I had them label nearly everything short of writing their names on their foreheads!)

I’ve discovered a few pointers that may help you (me) with remembering people’s names. Because let’s be honest, remembering someone’s name makes people feel good. They feel important and pay greater attention. Have you noticed how much more important you feel when someone calls you by your name when speaking to you. Instead of just saying “hey buddy,” how nice is it to actually hear your name? We all feel better when people remember our names and worse when they don’t.

So here are some tips:

Meet and repeat. When someone tells you their name, repeat it by saying- Hi Mark, nice to meet you.
Spell it out. Not out loud, that’s just weird. But in your head.
Associate their name with something. It could be the same name as someone famous, something about their job, associating them with a rhyming word or where they’re from, e.g. Sarah sells, or Jane from Jersey.
Make a connection. Same name as my sister. Same name as Ryan Gosling. He looks like Tony Abbott (poor guy).
Choose to care. Most psychologists (and my husband) say that one of the main reasons we forget someone’s name is that we’re not really focused on learning it in the first place. There’s too much else going on so we don’t really pay attention.

There you go guys, give the tips a whirl and see how you go.

Meet Our Studio1 Coworkers Part Three!

They say a workplace is only as good as it’s coworkers and we think here at Studio1 ours are pretty special. Today we meet Chris from Go Run Australia who is the newest addition to the ever growing community here at Studio1. Go Run Australia is a group committed to helping you with your running with personal running plans, access to blogs, podcasts and coaching insights from Chris himself. Here’s what Chris has to say:

As a qualified Recreational Running Coach, it is my job to de-stress your training, save you time, add accountability to your training and keep you improving. Your monthly running plan is written for you, with your goals and your lifestyle at the forefront of my mind. This is NOT an app or a one size fits all plan that you can find anywhere online. This is YOUR plan created by a real coach!

We spoke to Chris about why he chose to come and work with us here at Studio1 as well as what he loves about Richmond.

1. What are you working on at the moment?

I am only 13 months into this entrepreneurial journey, so I am still working on pretty much every facet of Go Run Australia as a business! At the moment, I am really excited to be working on some really interesting and useful blogs and podcasts for runners, which will be coming out over the next few weeks.

2. Why did you choose to work in a coworking space?

I think I was struggling a little bit to separate work and home life. I was getting stuff done, but not being anywhere as productive as I knew I could be, so it felt like the best thing to do. Go Run Australia has also just celebrated one year in business, so following my one year review, it was one of the things that I said I would try out. I am not regretting it.

3. Describe yourself in 3 words.

Ice cream addict.


4. What benefits do you see in a coworking space?

Studio 1 is really local for me, it is great value and just being here has really helped me to focus on my work, rather than getting distracted by all the other things going on around the house. I also was at the stage where I needed to get a bit more separation between work and home life, so it has been really useful for that. I have only been here a few weeks but already I am feeling more productive and on top of things. It has also been great gradually getting to know my coworkers and their respective businesses.

5. How would you describe Studio1 to people?

Its a great space, with a very local feel to it. Its close to several great cafes and makes me feel relaxed and productive whenever I go in there. Really relaxed and friendly too. I am also really pleased that Studio 1 is a collaboration between local council and the not for profit sector, and that it is linked to other spaces around Richmond, such as Burnley Backyard which is a great space.

6. Are you a Richmond local?

Yes and proud of it too! I live about 200m from Studio 1.

7. What are some of the changes you’ve seen in Richmond over the last few years?

So many! My wife and I have been here for 4 years, ever since we moved over from the UK. The choice of restaurants and coffee shops is forever expanding and I love that. We have so many favourite places to go. As a dog owner and also as a runner, I love that there are so many parks and bike paths along the Yarra to run along. These are all really well kept which is no easy task. There’s also a lot of housing development which is always going to be a challenge but I still love the place.

8. Do you have a favourite local cafe and what’s your breakfast of choice?

Friends of Mine is my local and I love the staff and food in there. I always have a long black coffee and most often it will be with the fruit toast, which is EPIC. If they served ice cream, I think I would end up living in there…

9.Describe Richmond in 3 words.

Sporty, foody, awesome.

5 Daily Habits Of Successful People

Today on the blog we’re sharing a piece by author Kimanzi Constable, who gives us a little insight into how successful people plan their day and what they do to maximise their hours. You’ve heard the saying “Oprah Winfrey has as many hours in a day as you do,” well it’s all about what you do with that time.

Hope it helps you set up some healthy daily habits and gives you the power to achieve all your greatness!


We all know that habits can either help or hurt your success in life. Bad habits can fester and grow into a lifestyle that takes you away from the things you want to do—and good habits can help you create a life that’s full of action and accomplishment.

If you were to look at someone you respect, someone who’s successful, you would see that they spend each day doing the things that help them accomplish their biggest goals. This isn’t to say they’re perfect—because no one is—but despite the things that are not perfect in their lives, they continue to make moves that have a positive impact. And it starts with their daily habits.

Now, while we can all study successful habits, it’s meaningless if we don’t implement that knowledge. So here are five daily habits of highly successful people—habits you can adopt to create the life you truly want to live:

1. Successful people plan out their day the night before.
It’s easy to get off track when you don’t have a plan. Without planning what your day will look like, you wake up not knowing what you want to do or accomplish. Successful people spend a little time the night before giving themselves clear goals for the next day. Then they wake up and go down their list.

Life doesn’t always work out as planned, but with a plan, you can adjust without losing momentum.

2. Successful people read books to get inspired.
Reading is an essential element in success—books contain so much knowledge3. Apparently Elon Musk would read at least four hours a day growing up. Four hours. And look how successful he became.

There isn’t necessarily a defined length as to how much time you should be reading, but forming a daily reading habit will expand your knowledge and help you on your journey to success.

3. Successful people make their health a priority.
What you eat and how much you exercise affects every area of your life. Successful people use their exercise as a time to reset and plan. And they make smart food choices that will give them the energy they need to accomplish everything on their daily to-do list.

So, what’s for dinner? Is the gym on your to-do list? Choose wisely.

4. Successful people don’t get distracted by what other people are doing.
Other people’s journeys to success can be inspiring; you can learn so much—about their mistakes, their victories, what to do, what not to do. But if you start comparing your progress to theirs, instead of using their stories as inspiration, you can feel jealous, stressed, unworthy.

Successful people realize their journey is unique and can’t be compared. So don’t get stuck in the comparison trap—stay focused on your why.

5. Successful people live each day as if it were the last.
Life is busy, it’s chaotic, and so you tend to want to focus on the future—we all do it, worry about what’s next. But while planning is important, so is living—being fully present.

Life is short, and there’s no guarantee as to when it will end. Successful people live each day as if it were their last and make the most out of each moment—and so should you4.

When you look at a big goal, it’s common to get frustrated at the enormity of what you’re trying to accomplish. If you wake up each day determined to spend it forming good habits, you give yourself a better chance at success. So use these five habits as a starting place to build whatever a successful life means to you.


Kimanzi Constable  is a published author, international speaker and life coach, and you can see his words in cool places such as Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Mind Body Green and The Good Men Project. His books have sold more than 100,000 copies, and his new book, Stop Chasing Influencers, drops later this year. His goal is to help you create freedom in your work, health and relationships and live your dream life.

Q & A With Our Studio1 Coworkers – Part 2!

Theresa Saldanha is one of Studio1’s original members and has been here from the get go. A Richmond local herself, Theresa tells us why she loves living here and why coworking works for her:

1. What are you working on at the moment? I’m working on a couple of business products, but the more pressing thing in the next few weeks is assessing university assignments and exams. Its the end of the semester. (I also teach part-time at RMIT)

2. Why did you choose to work in a coworking space?
Its lonely working on your own, not to mention, at home its harder to separate work and home.
At the co-working space, I get the best of both worlds – its close to home, and I get to change spaces, work at a fabulous location, and interact with like minded people.

3. What benefits do you see in a coworking space?
Its different from other co-working spaces. It attracts local small business owners…whereas a lot of other co-working spaces focus on tech start-ups. I value the interactions with my co-workers. Seeing their journeys and the obstacles they overcome, help me deal with mine. I’ve made some good friends here, and that has been wonderful.
A big benefit -all the RCLC staff(Simone, Oren, Lisa and the team) are terrific in terms of how they support us.
The other thing I love is that this is such a fabulous location, and the fit out is terrific. The space is light, bright, modern.

4. How would you describe Studio1 to people?
Community focused, supportive, modern, evolving

5. Are you a Richmond local?
Yes, I’ve lived in Richmond since 2005. I love it here.

6. What are some of the changes you’ve seen in Richmond during the last few years?
The biggest change in the last 10 years has been the massive development in Richmond, which is a big challenge for the suburb.
While Richmond does need to change and evolve with the time, its critical that community services evolve simultaneously.
There is a huge crunch on shared spaces and open spaces(outdoor parks, sporting playgrounds, parking) at the moment.


Theresa with her adorable dog Ruby

7. Do you have a favourite local cafe and what’s your breakfast of choice?

Lots of favourites – thats the beauty of Richmond. Its so competitive, its hard to find a bad cafe.
As I own a dog, here are a few of my favourite dog friendly cafes – Pg.2, Friends of Mine on Swan street; El Atino, Mayday on Bridge road.

8. Describe Richmond in 3 words.
Central, never dull, evolving….sorry, 4 words.

A rule breaker- we love that! Welcome Theresa-  Studio 1 coworking is lucky to have you on board. One thing you failed to mention is that you have amazing vegetarian recipes that you love to share with us. Perhaps a recipe for all our readers next time!

Q & A With Our Talented And Creative Studio1 Coworkers!

Coworkers are the backbone of a space like Studio1 and we are so fortunate to have such a creative and supportive group right here that we wanted to share all their awesomeness with you! Check out part one in a series of interviews with this talented bunch.


What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I am working on a variety of products and clients including cupcakes, yoga, training and IT companies. I create and share their stories through a range of mediums and platforms including social media, blog posts and media releases. I’m busy working on a new digital Ad campaign and developing a new corporate wellness program at the moment. I also teach and practice Iyengar yoga most days to balance everything out!

Why did you choose to work in a coworking space?

Even for the most motivated person, working for yourself can get pretty lonely. I enjoy the social aspect of the coworking space and it’s a great way to join a community of like minded people who are dealing with similar experiences and challenges. We all work independently but also support and celebrate each others success!


How would you describe Studio1 to people?

A hub of intelligent, self-motivated and innovative thinkers.

Are you a Richmond local?


What are some of the changes you’ve seen in Richmond during the last few years?

I am still fairly new to Melbourne. I moved down from Sydney in February 2015.

Do you have a favourite local cafe and what’s your breakfast of choice?

Reunion & Co and A Thousand Blessings are my favourite cafes. I can’t go past a simple breakfast of perfectly poached eggs, fresh avocado and buttery toast!

Describe Richmond in 3 words.

Alive, Community, Diverse

PS. Mia is also our resident yoga teacher. She offers free lessons on Friday mornings at Studio1 at 8:30am. Open to everyone- pets included 🙂


Pssst…Did You Know Coworking Will Make You Happier And Live Longer?

Did you know that coworking can make you live longer and feel happier? It’s true! Studies show that our social ties can directly affect our mental health and well being.

In fact a recent study at Stanford University showed that “social capital” is one of the biggest predictors for health, happiness, and longevity.

Unfortunately as a society we don’t place enough importance on social connection and by default it falls way down in our priorities list. Our culture today values hard work, success, and wealth over social connectivity so it’s no surprise that we don’t allow ourselves enough time to become part of a group or organisation.

A Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School argues in The Lonely American that loneliness is often mistaken for depression. Instead of connecting with others, we consume a pill. Being lonely is outside of our individualistic world view so we don’t even see it as a problem.

Never before have we as a society been more disconnected in our connectedness. We have access to technology at our fingertips yet instead of making us a more social group of people it has had the opposite effect and has isolated us from each other. We can now sit in a train and not have to make eye contact. We have hundreds of friends on Facebook without ever having to speak to them in real life. In fact in many cases our real lives have very few similarities to our online personas. We only post our happy moments on social media thus creating the impression to others that our lives are all rainbows and sunshine. This works vice versa as well, when we compare our ‘mundane’ lives to the exciting existence of our friends on social media. It’s not a real reflection of our world and it’s dangerous to think for a moment that it is.

The isolation we feel in our modern world comes from many sources and the bombardment of technology is just one of them. Another study has shown that the number of friends one has correlates to a longer life. Other studies have found that people have better survival rates for diseases when they have social support. In fact one cardiologist once compared social isolation to smoking, saying that loneliness is the new tobacco.

Now that you’re armed with all this information let’s talk about how being part of a community or a network created in a coworking space can lead to feelings of happiness and satisfaction.

FIRSTLY- coworking spaces consist of members who work in a different range of areas. Unlike a conventional office, here you will find people working on a whole range of projects and ventures.As everyone is working for themselves, there is very little direct competition or internal politics. NO POLITICS=BEING HAPPY!! Being among so many different working projects can also make one’s own work identity stronger. When asked to describe what work we do and what our project is we instantly gain a sense of confidence in our own abilities.

SECONDLY- being in an environment where ‘helping each other’ is the norm can really help to foster great working relationships. Collaborations are born and many new opportunities arise. Being in control of our work situation leads to great feeling of happiness and self satisfaction!

LASTLY-  coworkers have more job control. Usually coworking spaces are accessible to people 24/7 so one can decide to work as long or as little as they like. Freedom to plan your day means you may be able to squeeze in a morning swim or take your kids to school in the morning. You also have the freedom to choose whether you want to work in a quiet space  or in a more collaborative space with shared tables where interaction is encouraged. No monetary value can be placed on the benefits of having such freedom in your work space!

So coworking spaces do more than just boost happiness. They boost the identities of the self-employed. Richard Greenwald, author of the book The Death of 9-5 says: “Ten years ago, the freelancer was a loser.” He goes on to say the trend was for the self-employed to call themselves “consultant” rather than appear unemployed. These days the start up culture has created an environment where the freelancer can grow and flourish and maintain their identity!

Have we convinced you yet? Who doesn’t want to be happy and live longer?!!





Why Jumping In Puddles Is Good For The Soul!

What do you do when you come across a puddle? Do you detour all the way around it so you don’t get wet? Afraid that a splash of water will ruin your shoes and subsequently mar your perfectly polished outfit? Or are you a puddle jumper? Do you take a slight run up and splash with abandon? Not caring where the muddy waters land? Relishing in the fleeting moment of freedom.

I must admit I’m usually a puddle avoider. I like to know what’s coming up, what’s around the corner, I don’t cope well with surprises. I avoid the puddle because I don’t know what to expect. Will the puddle be deeper than I first imagined? Will the muddy waters totally ruin my suede boots that I paid a fortune for? What if I slip and fall? So many questions, so many reasons I give myself to not take the plunge.

Yet if we don’t jump in puddles every now and then how will we learn to let go and see what happens? How will we see the depth of the water? Know how the water feels when it splashes? Of course the puddle is simply a metaphor for any challenge we face in life. It represents the block we have that stops us from trying something new.


We may be stuck in a job we hate. Maybe we always do the same thing every weekend. Take the same route to school. Eat the same food every Tuesday night. It’s safe and we know what to expect.

But what if you did something every day that totally went against your natural instincts? It doesn’t have to be something earth shattering. Maybe it’s something as simple as wearing your special-occasion shoes to do school pick up. Or why not enrol yourself in that online course you’ve always wanted to do?

What’s your passion? Do you love taking photos? Take some lessons and start advertising your talent. Share your photos and share the love. You never know where it may lead. Have you always had a dream to teach? What are you an expert in? Gardening? Making vegetarian food? Politics? Whatever it is- we can all learn from your knowledge and skills. Teach a class and share your knowledge with others. You’ll be amazed at how much talent people have, yet keep to themselves out of fear of making mistakes or not sounding professional. There is no such thing as a mistake – they are merely lessons that help us grow.

So think about where your passion lies? The easiest way to discover that is to follow where your mind goes when it’s relaxed. When we’re not weighed down by our daily struggles and challenges our thoughts are free to lead us to where our happiness lies. Try it and see where yours lies.

And in the meantime, just do it- jump in that puddle!



How To Get The Most Out Of Your Work Day In Four Easy Steps!

The start of your work day can really set the the tone on how productive you’ll continue to be from there on. In fact the first 20 minutes at your work space in the morning are perhaps the most crucial in terms of deciding how your day will pan out.

Here are some tips to make sure you get off on the right foot- provided you’ve already got yourself a cup of coffee!

1. Tidy and Organise Your Workspace
Take 5 minutes in the morning to arrange your desk neatly. Throw away any rubbish or scraps of paper from the night before and ensure you’re in a space of utter zen to tackle the day. Set up your playlist for the day and perhaps consider lighting a candle to set the mood.

2. Write a To Do List
Tackling your tasks can seem overwhelming first thing in the morning. The best thing to do is prioritise  and write them down in order of urgency. Once your workspace is sorted, sit down for 10 minutes and really nut out your jobs for the day. Always start with your non-negotiable’s – i.e. meetings and events, then from there list your main three priorities that need to be done and tick them off as you achieve them. Don’t worry if you don’t complete them all that day- just add them onto tomorrow’s list.


3. Chat To Your Coworkers
Take 5 minutes to say good morning to your coworkers and check that they are all ok. Catch up on news and local events and perhaps exchange any ideas or collaborations you’d like to work on. It’s important to maintain a good relationship – catching up for a quick chat shows kindness, respect and gratitude for your team and is a great way to start the day.

4. Respond To Your Emails
Sit down and go through your emails. Respond to any urgent ones, reply and action anything that needs ASAP attention and schedule some time on your to-do list to come back to the others. No matter how busy you are always respond to emails – even if it’s a brief message saying you will get back to them later.

Did you find these tips helpful? Do you have anything else you do to help start your work day productively?