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What Legacy Do You Want to Create?

Every interaction we have in our world leaves an impression, especially with the rise of social media. Do you want your legacy to be doing work that makes our world a better place? Or maybe you’re a leader and want to be known for cultivating wellbeing and enabling outstanding performance?

At Positive Legacies, we believe everyone can create and develop potential to do just about anything. Of course, we also know that turning your dreams into reality is often way harder than anyone ever tells you. That’s where we can help.

We specialise in wellbeing, mental toughness and positive leadership. We want to help more people access the support and guidance they need to develop and realise their potential. And we want it to happen much sooner so that people become proactive rather than reactive with their wellbeing.

What sets us apart from thousands of other health and wellbeing websites?

Our courses and materials are based on evidence-based research in positive psychology and developed with distraction in mind. That’s why you won’t find any information about the length of our courses. You get to choose your level of interaction based on your personal needs and priorities. It could be as little as 15 minutes, an hour, or a full day. You can also choose packages that include one-on-one coaching to fast-track your progress.

We also have a range of wellbeing products designed exclusively for new and expecting parents. Our wellbeing birth boxes make a great baby shower gift. What sets them apart from many other gift boxes is they are just for mum. There are several gift boxes on the market for mum and baby, so we didn’t want to reinvent the wheel. Plus, all our gift boxes include our wellbeing cards designed exclusively for the challenges of parenting.

And keep in mind that good things do come in small packages. We are a small start-up company with the ambition to make an extraordinary difference by helping people create positive legacies.

Meet the Founder and Director at Positive Legacies…

Sarah Schimschal

Founder and Director at Positive Legacies®

Sarah is an accomplished facilitator, coach, trainer, leader, and researcher with over 20 years’ experience working across different industries including education, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and recreation. Sarah is passionate about helping people to thrive by uncovering new energising pathways to personal fulfilment. Sarah holds a BA in Training and Development, MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and is undertaking PhD research. Her research interests focus on wellbeing, grit and positive leadership. Sarah has recently had an article published in Psychological Reports entitled “Gritty Leaders: The Impact of Grit on Positive Leadership Capacity”.

Sarah Schimschal

Founder and Director at Positive Legacies®

Sarah is an accomplished facilitator, coach, trainer, leader, and researcher with over 20 years’ experience working across different industries including education, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and recreation. Sarah is passionate about helping people to thrive by uncovering new energising pathways to personal fulfilment. Sarah holds a BA in Training and Development, MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and is undertaking PhD research. Her research interests focus on wellbeing, grit and positive leadership. Sarah has recently had an article published in Psychological Reports entitled “Gritty Leaders: The Impact of Grit on Positive Leadership Capacity”.

And here’s my unofficial story, which explains my passion for human potential and why you get better each time you fail at something.

I grew up in New Zealand and loved being in and around the ocean. I got my bronze medallion at age 14 and learned to scuba dive soon after. Back then I dreamed of becoming a marine biologist and travelling the world. I did end up doing lots of travel, but not as a marine biologist. You see, I failed my first attempt at a degree. I had no clue how to study or write well. More importantly, though, it never occurred to me that I could develop academic potential.

So, at age 21 I got on a plane to Australia. My plan was to give university another go, but with no way to finance my education I had to put this plan on hold. For the next few years I worked on the Great Barrier Reef as a dive instructor and skipper. It didn’t pay well; however, it allowed me to hone my training and communication skills. Now at this point you may be thinking wow, what a life! Yes, I did get to work in some amazing locations, which I’ll always savour. The downside to this career was the long hours of physically demanding work and isolation from close friends, family and my partner who were living far away. At another crossroad, I decided to leave the dive industry.

When I started looking for work in a new industry, I was sure potential employers would look at my long list of diving qualifications and immediately see the transferable nature of my skills. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Instead I found myself at the bottom of the career ladder trying to get anyone to give me a break. Eventually, I secured a management role with an American restaurant chain. Then, after re-establishing my career in hospitality and retail, things took a turn for the worse. I fractured my leg in a motorbike accident on the way to work one day. It took six months of external fixation and many hours of rehabilitation to walk again. I couldn’t stand for long periods so working in customer service was no longer an option. To hide my physical limitations from potential employers I started applying for jobs interstate. A few months later I moved to Sydney for a training role. I then completed my Bachelor’s degree in Training and Development while working full time.

For the next ten years I worked in manufacturing and not surprisingly got plenty of exposure to change and working with fixed mindsets. Then, I got an awesome job with a large food and beverage company that rocked my world. I was exposed to authentic leadership and many other areas of positive psychology, which led to another career transformation. I’d always dreamt of completing a Master’s degree and PhD. So, when an opportunity to leave my corporate role came I decided it was time to pursue that goal. Of course, it wasn’t that easy. I was suddenly out of work and much had changed in the academic world. However, my experience with failure helped me to leverage my strengths and pursue my passions.

In 2017, I completed my MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and started developing this membership site. It didn’t make financial sense to engage a professional web designer and marketing consultant. So, I took a leap of faith and started to develop a new set of skills. Right now, you’re looking at my results so far. It’s a work in progress and I’m looking forward to sharing so much more, including the results of my PhD research.

As you can see my journey has been marked with soaring highs and gutting failure. Despite the low points, I’m grateful for the experience because it taught me how to be strong and vulnerable. I hope my story resonates with you.

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