Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.
— Helen Andrew, Chief Connector of Spare Harvest

I am a wife and mother to two teenagers and when I am not doing school drop-offs and pickups, I work on my enterprise - Spare Harvest. I enjoy reading and walks on the beach. I love growing my own food and sharing my excess.

So what is Spare Harvest?

Spare Harvest is a marketplace for members to share, swap or sell what they have spare in their kitchens and gardens. Your trash is another person's treasure and we connect the two. It's time we wasted less and shared more.

What's a quick financial tip you'd like to share?

Always put something away for a rainy day.

What would you tell your younger self about money? And why?

Focus on what you want, not what you don't want. Many people without money focus on what they don't have, when they should focus on acquiring it.

What are some of your earliest money memories?

Very tight family budgets ... and a block of cadbury chocolate was a treat.

Please share a story that taught you something about money - what have you learned?

Early in my career I was unemployed and living in a big city. I had to go on unemployment benefits to get by. I hated the feeling so much so that I vowed to myself that I would never be in a position that I would need to depend on someone else for my financial stability.

How would you define financial freedom?

Having more than enough.

Tell us anything else you'd like to share about money

What you focus on you get. Focus on abundance and you will achieve abundance. Focus on lack and you will struggle. As a mother, I now try to model good money habits to help my children develop a positive and productive approach to money.

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