5 Minutes with Holly Bush from The Bush Collective
Holly Bush: The Bush Collective
When we talk about women who are truly inspiring, Holly Bush is one of those who come to mind. Holly is the driving force behind The Bush Collective, where she’s combined her passions for travel, intentional living and parenting into one incredible virtual platform.
Holly and her husband, Robby, live in Brisbane Australia with their adorable son, Weston James and two dogs. Since marrying in 2014 Holly and Robby have visited 4 continents and 17 countries, viewing life as a true journey.
Learn more about Holly, how she balances travel and motherhood, and what her goals are for the future of Bush Collective.
We want to know more about you! Let’s start off by hearing more about you and your family!
PP: Hey Holly! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
HB: Hi! I’m Holly, wife, mother, fur-mum and lover of all things travel, natural lifestyle and critical thinking. Italian food is my kryptonite and a dog (any dog) will immediately distract me from whatever I’m doing. I’m a high school English teacher and I’m probably judging your sentence structure as you speak. Sorry, it’s a curse. I’m not a homebody by any stretch of the imagination and I’m always looking for the next adventure.
PP: So, we’ve become pretty obsessed with following The Bush Collective and your travels. Tell us a little bit more about your business and how you got started.
HB: Back in 2015, I started the process of creating a website. Wanting desperately for it to be perfect, launching said website took me two years and some serious lady balls. Initially, I expected it would be a run-of-the-mill travel blog; however, as it grew (and I grew up) it evolved into a platform where travel meets natural living and mindfulness. In the three months since it’s launched I’ve had more opportunities than I could have dreamed and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t launch sooner!
PP: That’s amazing! What would you consider to be the most rewarding part of your business? What keeps you moving forward?
HB: Honestly, as much as social media is damaging – it’s also rewarding and inspiring. I have met so many beautiful souls through Instagram, who I never would have met! Seeing other women succeed is so inspiring for me. I have just launched my tribe The Wildflowers and those women inspire me everyday, pushing me to evolve and grow beyond my comfort zone.
PP: That’s incredible. Having your own tribe is so important and I love how you’ve taken the initiative to really create your own.
Something that really drew me to your business, and one of the things that really does make it unique, is the amount of traveling you and your family do. Can you tell us a little bit about how you adapt to working on the road?
HB: One word: wifi. In the meantime, I use a lot of transit time to write, research and plan. My husband does a lot of the driving, and that can potentially give me hours of work time. I’m also a nervous flyer, so writing or editing is a welcome distraction – plus, you know, free booze. Being in the moment when we’re traveling is really important to me, so I tend to put the phone down more often than not.
PP: Can you tell us a little bit about what your life was like before this chapter of motherhood? How has your career shifted?
HB: If motherhood has done anything to change my goals – it’s been to slow down. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE teaching and I miss my job so much; however, becoming a mother has gently forced me to take inventory and really reflect on what our goals are and of course our why. I will always teach in some capacity, but my how has expanded.
PP: One thing I touch on in all of our Q&As is self care. We often find as mothers we’re focusing on so many of those around us that it can be difficult to take time for ourselves. Can you tell us a little bit about how you incorporate self care into your life?
HB: Self care is so important! It used to be so taboo! As a mother, if you weren’t knocked off your feet by the end of the day then you weren’t working hard enough. I feel like these days it’s becoming more acceptable to take care of yourself! Indulge a little here and there. Personally, I love pedicures, taking time to properly cleanse my face and sitting down to drink my coffee; it doesn’t sound like much but it really is the little things.
PP:Let’s go back to talking about the Bush Collective. What are your overall goals for your business?
HB: My ultimate dream would be to grow a community of hustlers! I want to be inspired as much as I want to inspire others, and to surround myself with kind, motivated, open-minded souls who love to learn is my ultimate goal. My tribe, The Wildflowers, is just the beginning.
PP: And from what I’ve heard, you have some exciting things in the works. Can you tell us a little more about what we can look forward to?
HB: One of the things we are really passionate about is hemp. The hubby and I could talk about it for days. We have some really exciting things coming up to do with the agricultural side of things, working with Australian hemp farmers to educate readers about the benefits of hemp farming for increasing biodiversity and ultimately saving the planet! There are also plans in place for meeting up with international hemp industry leaders as we head overseas next year.
PP: So exciting, Holly! Now, last but not least, where can we follow along on this journey to watch it all unfold?
HB: Check out our Website, www.thebushcollective.com, and follow along with us on Instagram @thebushcollective