Self-Styled Multipotentialite – Blakiston SA
In this episode, we welcome Belle Baker, principal of Adelaide Hills Farms Services and self-styled multipotentialite who believes we should all embrace our individuality.
Belle Baker has spent her working life developing a swag of skills and experiences that have traversed industries to show that a ‘mistress of none’ will get the job done. Bucking the modern trend of specialisation, Belle’s multi-faceted skills and experiences have developed a flexible, value-add approach to the environments in which she works. From managing a cattle stud, to working for brand giants Sainsbury’s (UK) and Rio Tinto, Belle is living proof that the ability to turn your hand to anything should be embraced and encouraged.
Her interest in wellness and resilience stems from her own mental health journey. In 2013, suffering from crippling anxiety and self-harming, Belle began to explore the use of art as a distraction. A need to understand her anxiety; a lifelong learner and non-conformist with a strong desire to smash the status quo, Belle became interested in the science of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. As well as using creativity as therapy, she began to refine her style, ultimately leading to the opportunity to headline an art exhibition of her own work.
Now based in the Adelaide Hills, Belle is the principal of Adelaide Hills Farm Services, an emerging farm contracting business. She is also mother to Boo (cocker spaniel, self-appointed Wellbeing Officer), George (teenager) and partner to Patrick, a lover of pink gin and tonics and the occasional maker of pottery in the shape of boobs.
Belle’s top well-being tips:
- Stay in your lane – don’t overstep on someone’s boundary. If you are good at something, go ahead and do it. And similarly, allow the same freedom to the other person. If they are good at a task, don’t interfere.
- Imagine the possibilities – everything is not always about you. You really don’t know everything that’s going on out there.
- ‘No’ is a complete sentence – if you’re not up to doing something, just say no. You don’t have to explain yourself, you don’t have to apologise for not being able to do anything on any given day.
Purchase Cynthia's Well-Being Wisdom Cards, with inspiration and well-being tips from the Well-Being Wednesday guests.
Cynthia is a facilitator, coach, mentor, speaker and author with a passion for personal disruption, neuroscience, positive psychology, courageous conversations, human performance and well-being. Her mantra (taken from the latest neuroscience research) is that “Happier people are higher performing,” and she strives to help leaders and teams achieve this in the workplace
Cynthia is passionate about working with people to develop their life and leadership skills and to increase diversity and participation in decision-making in industry, government and the community. She’s a strong believer in bringing people together to identify issues, exchange ideas and develop solutions that work for them, their business or organisation, their family and community.
Louise Thomson is a confident, courageous, and enthusiastic women who contributes her experience and wisdom to those who aspire to be better leaders. With three decades in leadership positions within corporate Australia, NFPs, and her own Leadership Development Practice, Louise has experienced most situations faced by leaders.
She was once described as an outstanding ‘blank canvas’ facilitator; enabling groups to learn from each other while providing dedicated support and expertise in leadership development. Louise also mentors’ future business leaders, hosts several leadership programs and enjoys the larger audience to present her ideas about how to make leadership easy.