Mother-daughter duo Lara Rose and Isabelle Lakin are the founders of Tsavo Wellness, providing people with an oasis to rest, recover and renew through proven wellness therapies for the body and mind.
Can you share with us your career journey and what you’re currently up to?
Isabelle: I have always been interested in wellness and the mind. At 14, I did a course on NLP which influenced my development as a driven person. As well as co-founding Tsavo with my mum, Lara Rose, I work in fashion and manage content creation.
Lara: My passion for healthy living and working with children led me to run a successful childcare centre. After selling it, I shifted my focus to helping adults live healthier lives through Tsavo Wellness. I also served on the Small Business Reference Group to the NSW Small Business Commissioner.
What is a typical day like for you. Can you describe a recent workday?
Isabelle: I wake up early, spend some calm time at the beach, and then start my busy day at Tsavo. Lara (my mum) and I work on different tasks but run ideas past each other. I usually do a cryotherapy session and, if available, use the sauna before ending the day. I can see myself ramping this up as we head into Winter.
How do you define work-life balance and maintain it?
Isabelle: It can be difficult to not always be working, especially when you run your own business, but mum and I have learned that being constantly ‘on’ leads to less productivity and more stress. We hold each other accountable to take time off or cover each other’s work, which has had a positive impact on our work ethic and allows us to get more done in less time.
Have you made any lifestyle changes in the past year to improve your work-life balance?
Yes, we had to rebalance our dynamic as mother and daughter business partners. We learned to switch between the different relationship dynamics and developed a balanced flow, which made a huge difference. It helped us establish trust, communication, and boundaries between work and personal time. This is so important for all business partnerships, but especially where family is involved.
Can you recommend any books, podcasts, or newsletters that have helped you in your journey towards balance?
Isabelle: We enjoy listening to podcasts and watching videos about entrepreneurial stories, personal journeys, and body-mind-soul connections. Some favourites include “Diary of a CEO,” “Working hard, hardly working” by Grace Beverly, YES theory videos, and the book “The Happiest Man on Earth” by Eddie Jaku. Lara (mum) also enjoys podcasts by Kerwin Rae, Simon Sinek, and Joe Dispensa.
Any final words of wisdom or insights on work, life, or balance that you’d like to share?
Isabelle: Start now and keep moving forward, as you’ll only learn from real-world lessons and upskilling. Don’t wait for perfection; adapt as you grow.
Lara: It’s never too late to start something new or enter a new phase of life. Embrace change and be inspired by it, especially in later stages of life.
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