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Living your full potential doesn’t just mean having your finances in order: it means enjoying what you’ve created with the ones you love.  

Our latest CFG blog features our very own ‘Janeo’ (Jane Skjellerup, Office Manager) talking about her love of adventure, being in nature and the benefits of stepping outside of your comfort zone in all stages (and ages) in life.    

What does “living your potential” mean for you?
It took quite a few years to truly understand what living my full potential meant (to me).  I eventually discovered what keeps me at the top of my game and enjoying life and that is: Stepping outside my comfort zone, being happy with where I am are right now but setting goals to keep moving forward, being authentic, being creative, doing what I love, being grateful and being kind.

What are you most passionate about?
I love uncovering new experiences.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take you too far from home.  
Travel - even if it is just to the next suburb.  Melbourne has such vibrant communities to explore.
Nature - get out there & breath in the fresh air, try something new, discover a beautiful hiking trail, swim in the ocean, climb a rock, have a picnic in a park.
Take the next step - in your career, relationship, creative endeavours, health, existence.

What do you consider to be the biggest achievement in your life so far?
Ok, it’s a well-used cliché (for good reason) but raising a family of strong, independent, intelligent, kind, adventurous humans must be my biggest achievement.  I am immensely proud of all three of my children, and the wonderful adults they have turned out to be.  Plus, they still like to hang out with me on occasion!

What’s the greatest adventure you’ve been on – or are planning?
Without a doubt, my greatest adventure would be the 9 years we lived in Papua New Guinea, leaving New Zealand at the age of 21, to live in the coastal town of Lae.  We had so many amazing adventures and opportunities there.  My children were raised there, we partied hard, travelled extensively and made lifelong friends who supported each other through both good and challenging times.  It was a privilege to live in a country that is (all at once) chaotic, stunningly beautiful, full of diverse cultures and unlike any other country on this earth.

If you could give a piece of advice to yourself ten years ago, what would it be?
Stay strong, keep going, you’re heading in the right direction.  Your time to shine is just ahead of you.

Can you share with us a favourite family memory?
It’s not just one moment but every time we connect, laugh and share stories.  Sometimes we go on a hike or go climbing, it’s a great opportunity to talk.  We might connect over an intense game of Catan or laugh during a hilarious evening of Banagram.  We have always headed off as a family to see the latest release of Star Wars/LOTR/Harry Potter  We always celebrate special occasions together and have travelled and experienced a lot as a family.