{Podcast 001} Koren Helbig: freelance journalist and She Makes Magic co-founder

Koren Helbig, She Makes Magic co-founder

I know you’ve seen this face floating around the blog for a while now.

Yup! For a bit of fun, I’ve flipped the mic onto Koren so you can get to know her that little bit better.

I’ve been asking Koren to share her story on the blog for what feels like an age because, despite her humble opinion, what she has done over the past two years is nothing short of remarkable.

In 2013 she said goodbye to her position as a political reporter with a major Australian daily newspaper, The Courier-Mail, to launch herself out into the world as a freelance journalist. At the same time she moved to a foreign country — Spain — where she knew no one and didn’t even speak the language.

Now that takes guts!

And, as with everything she does, she’s had roaring success.

Her work has appeared in publications including frankie, QWeekend, New Internationalist, Woman’s Day, International Traveller, Narratively, El PaísGlobalPost, Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, Junkee, The Adelaide Review and Big Issue Australia.

Though I might be slightly biased, this girl really knows her stuff.

In this interview Koren shares:

+ How she dealt with the uncertainties of no longer having a ‘stable income’ and how she  financially supported herself while her freelance business was getting off the ground.

+ How changing her mindset and beliefs around money, changed her income.

+ The importance of chasing down your dreams, even when they seem crazy.

+ Dealing with rejection and backing yourself regardless.

+ The effectiveness of tuning into the natural rhythms of your body and honouring the need to take time out – sans guilt!

+ Leaving a legacy and effecting change in the world by following your passion.

+ The power of meditation and journaling to stay centred and manage stress.

+ The importance of finding and surrounding yourself with people who understand and support you.

+ Plus loads of other insightful goodness.

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My favourite quote from Koren’s interview is:

Koren Helbig's "sharing your dream" quote

Resources Koren mentions in this interview:

Law of Attraction coaching — the coaching that helped Koren change her mindset and beliefs about money.

Intuitive goal setting — an intuitive process Koren uses to find her ‘anchoring’ word and set goals for the upcoming year.

Freelance Writer’s Den with Carol Tice — a community providing quality information and individual help for freelance writers.

The Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron — Koren uses the “morning pages” journaling technique in this book to clear her mind and unlock creativity.

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What is your biggest take-away from this conversation with Koren? Share it with us in the comments below.

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Loads of magical love to you,


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8 Responses to {Podcast 001} Koren Helbig: freelance journalist and She Makes Magic co-founder

  1. katemilton May 18, 2015 at 10:28 pm #

    Thank you – this was a fantastic interview and exactly what I needed to hear. You ladies seem to always provide the resources I need, so thank you!

    • Koren May 23, 2015 at 1:50 am #

      Wow, thanks for such high praise, Kate! So pleased my ramble proved helpful to you. 🙂

  2. Bronwen May 19, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    Thank you ladies!!! I’m so blessed to have heard these interviews. You are inspiring and courageous and so wonderfully down to earth that I feel I may follow the dreams that are tugging at my soul. <3

    • Koren May 23, 2015 at 1:51 am #

      Woot, go Bronwen! Follow those dreams, lady!

  3. Konstanze May 23, 2015 at 1:38 am #

    Girls, you make magic! Your story moved me to tears ’cause your words really find a huge vibrancy in my heart. Thank you so much! Warm greetings from Germany

    • Koren May 23, 2015 at 1:53 am #

      That’s incredible, Konstanze. How it was the good kind of tears. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing these kind words with us. Made my day! Greetings right back at you from Spain!

  4. Merly Hartnett May 6, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your story. It was so authentic and real.


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