Homeless to CEO to A Free and Abundant Life
Turning obstacles into opportunities and creating an abundant life is something Kylie has extensive experience with and she loves helping others achieve.
Going from homeless single mother because of domestic violence to multiple international award-winning CEO, author, speaker, and charity advocate was more than she ever imagined possible.
Overcoming health issues including paralysis, PPD, PTSD, multiple surgeries and other health issues was a challenge. Parenting children with autism, ADHD and PTSD was a learning curve with various challenges too.
Getting evacuated from bushfires, locked down in the Solomon Islands, and hit by Cyclone Harold before repatriating and then having two more babies was a rollercoaster ride too.
During this time, she founded and sold a company, ran multiple businesses, spoke internationally, published books, raised $30,000,000 for her chosen charities, won numerous national and international awards and grew professionally.
After 7.5 years, she secured full custody of her two older children against her abusive ex-husband and moved around Australia while also spending a lot of time overseas. She secured Australian permanent residency for her then partner and a new career in commercial diving for him, while she was having their babies.
Currently, she lives in Australia with her four children, by the beach. They have a fun, free, flexible lifestyle.
Over the years she’s founded, bought and sold various businesses. From a hairdressing business in Sydney at 19 through to an international marketing company at 30.
She owns a few sites including The Thrifty Issue which shares ways for Australians to make and save money. The Thrifty Issue is regularly featured in Australian media. All enquiries regarding The Thrifty Issue can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Awards Kylie Travers has Received
Kylie Travers has been awarded various awards, been a runner-up or finalist for others and nominated for many more. Here is a selection of the main awards.
Young Australian Of The Year: Finalist
In 2015, Kylie Travers (then Kylie Ofiu) was a finalist for Young Australian Of The Year in the ACT. Kylie was nominated for not only overcoming extreme obstacles in her life but also dedicating herself to ending homelessness and domestic violence.
Plutus Foundation Service Award: Winner
Kylie Travers was awarded the inaugural Plutus Foundation Service Award for her work in ending homelessness and domestic violence. Unfortunately, due to ill health, Kylie was unable to attend the ceremony. Two of her close friends at FinCon accepted the award on her behalf.
One of 15 Women To Watch
In 2015, Her Canberra, announced 15 women to watch at an event at the Hyatt. Kylie was one of the 15 women in Canberra selected.
Emerging Entrepreneur: Runner-up
At the St George Ausmumpreneur Awards in 2015, Kylie came second in the category “Emerging Ausmumpreneur” for her marketing company Occasio Enterprises. She founded the company in 2014, immediately securing government and not for profit contracts for social media marketing and training.
Lifeline Rising Woman of Spirit 2015: Runner-up
For her ongoing advocacy work and fundraising efforts around ending homelessness and domestic violence, combined with all she has overcome, Kylie was runner-up in 2015 for Lifeline’s Rising Woman of Spirit.
Lifeline Rising Woman of Spirit 2014: Finalist
Prior to being a runner-up, Kylie was a finalist the year before for Lifeline’s Rising Woman of Spirit.
Best International Personal Finance Blog: Winner Twice
When married, Kylie used her married name, Kylie Ofiu for one of her sites. This site won Best International Personal Finance Blog in 2012 and 2013. Kylie divorced in 2013 and changed her surname in 2014 back to her maiden name.
You can find the 2012 award ceremony here.
Community Hero: Runner-up
Kylie was nominated for this award and came second. Had she won, $20,000 was to be donated to Ainslie Village where Kylie volunteered.
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