When she’s not working her bum off writing, speaking, teaching or mentoring, you might find Michelle Mitchell scooting around her Brisbane home, picking up her teenage sons’ socks and jocks! The self-professed homebody is this year’s Flourish keynote speaker and we’re convinced you’re going to be inspired and challenged by what she has to share.
She’s energetic. She’s down-to-earth. She’s relevant. She’s honest. And her work in establishing the Youth Excel charity in 2000 to equip young people with invaluable life skills has been extremely successful while also feeding her passion for helping teens transition into adulthood.
We caught up with Michelle this week and drilled her with some questions to help you get to know her better before you meet her at Flourish on August 22…
Who are you, in a nutshell?
I am the wife and mother of two spunky boys (16 and 14 years old) who keep me busy cooking and picking up socks and jocks. My work life: I am an advocate for all things that impact young people. I love to write, speak and create new projects that will make a difference in other people’s lives. I have a background in teaching, and started Youth Excel 15 years ago. Today Youth Excel services about 300 families each week with a range of programs and services. I love new ideas, challenges, out-of-the-box thinking and people who have a go.
What’s the most vivid memory you have of your childhood?
McDonalds. They used to have this wide yellow slide, and ice cream sundaes were very exciting!
What do you do to unwind?
I like to put my hair in a bun, take my make-up off and stay home. I love nothing more than being at home.
What are you reading?
The Message Bible.
Morning person or night owl?
Tea or coffee?
I actually don’t drink coffee or tea! Water is really boring isn’t it?!
Favourite television show/movie?
Masterchef because my youngest likes watching it with me.
You are stranded on a desert island with the opportunity to take one thing with you – what would it be? (No, that doesn’t include your husband or a boat-builder)
Am I allowed my phone? I can’t live without that thing.
Most inspiring person you’ve met?
Sheryl Salmon has worked with me for about 12 years. She does my accounts and goes about giving and supporting often without a lot of praise or attention. Her heart inspires me. It isn’t what someone does but who they are that really inspires me.
That people are tougher than they know they are and that anything is possible when like-minded people come together.
What are you passionate about?
The next generation…love them.
What do you hope people take away from what you share at Flourish this year?
That you can make an incredible difference in the lives of others simply by being your best self. Know who you are, what you are meant to do and who you are doing it for.
Register for this year’s Flourish women’s event, August 22, today! CLICK HERE to register online, or call the Door of Hope reception on (03) 6344 8450.