Saturday 21st May 2022

Women of Courage Series. #28. Beth Macdonald. 14/2020.

Women of Courage Series. #28 Beth Macdonald. 14/2020.


A series of blog posts on Denyse Whelan Blogs to be found here from mid-May 2019: Wednesdays: each week until the series concludes in 2020.

Here is the introduction to the series.

Courage is strength in the face of pain or grief. It’s doing something that frightens you. We face situations that demand courage every day. These situations provide us with choices, and the way we respond to those choices determines our future. Dayne Shuda.


Introducing Beth Macdonald age 41 is such a joy and a privilege. I met Beth so many years ago via blogging and when I “think” her middle girl, was not even at school…and certainly her Baby (not the first one, the blog is named after) Maggie took many of us down paths of wonder and love when we saw her arrival and years that followed. Now, Miss Maggie is at school! Go figure. But, Beth, a most generous and “heart on her sleeve: gal took time out of her BIZ she has with her sister, the millions of other things she does including a podcast about the Royals too…and shares the best of her recipes (and good reality checks too) on her blog! Welcome Beth!



What have you faced in your life where you have had to be courageous?

Leaving a long term relationship/engagement

Having children

Being online and in social media every day – putting yourself out there, pitching work to clients etc

Starting my own business


How did this change you in any way? Please outline further if this has been the case.

The growth and learning (both good and bad) can only help you grow and change as a person, each new step and challenge in life starts a new layer of armour and sheds an old layer of who we used to be



Is there something you learned from this that you could recommend to help others who need courage?

Only to ever listen to your gut and instinct: it knows ALL, you already know ALL your mind will try and trick you into thinking otherwise, but deep down you already know the answer – try to be quiet and listen to it


Do you think you are able to be more courageous now if the life situation calls for it? Why is that?

Age, wisdom and experience helps. Learning from your mistakes and knowing if you even get it wrong it will be OK. Being courageous is about having the belief in yourself to get it done, backing yourself and like anything, the more you flex this muscle, the stronger it gets!


Is there any message you would give to others facing a situation where courage could be needed?

Just to dig deep, trust yourself and don’t compare yourself or your experience to anyone else. You’ve got this, you REALLY do.


You do too Beth!

Thank you so much for sharing.




Twitter: @BabyMacBeth

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This is the on-line business mentioned in the introduction by me. I can highly recommend their attention to customer service and details. And the website itself is so pretty…and interesting..oh look for yourself; it’s HERE! Add To Cart. 




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  1. I really like this bit ‘ the more you flex this muscle, the stronger it gets!’ Such an insight.

  2. “If you even get it wrong it will be okay” wise, wise words of experience right there! 🙂 Xx

  3. I’m always so inspired with people who have taken this blogging thing to a whole new level and thrived in the process. It shows real courage to step into the unknown and to try new things and risk failure. Lovely to see that it’s worked so well for you Beth.
    Denyse, hanks for linking this up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM

    • Beth is up there with those Australian Blogging pioneers I began following from 2010 and met, most of them, at the first Aussie Bloggers Conference in Sydney in 2011. Woogsworld, Styling You, Edenland and many more along with Baby Mac were/are big names. Styling You, Nikki Parkinson, has her own clothing business label now and supports women in many ways. All lovely women.

      I do really enjoy reading those people’s blogs I have followed for a long time as it’s like, when they share, seeing what a good friend has been up to!


    • Thanks so much Leanne!

  4. Hi Denyse and Beth, thanks for that message Beth, I’m not feeling like ‘I’ve got this’ just at the moment so your words helped me smile. I will definitely pop over to meet Beth on her site and value your introduction Denyse. I don’t know how you manage to be involved in online life and social media every day, it must get wearing but I think you’re very brave. #mlstl

    • Oh Beth’s blog will give you quite a bit of on-line reading and it’s great. A family-diary in many ways, along with recipes and other interests.

      So glad I have introduced Beth to you!

      Living in the Southern Highlands, they too have been fire-affected although thankfully their place is OK. Beth’s a ‘tell it as it is blogger’ and that makes her words even more real to us too ‘in real life’.


    • Hope you enjoy Debbie – life is VERY busy for me but I always take the time on social media as that is essentially the core of my business – building engagement and trust which means I can in turn things into a business. It’s FULL on but so effective!

  5. I have been following Beth on social media since Niki from styling you featured her. I find Beth an amazing strong woman and thank you for sharing a bit more about her. #MLSTL

    • That is so cool Bree. I am in that group too. Following these pioneering bloggers for that time…and for me also getting to meet them at events.

      They are wonderful women and friends with each other too.

      Makes a lovely connection I think.


  6. Beth is right, you do know ALL, it’s just that your mind tries to second guess that. Thanks, Denyse, for bringing us another great story. #MLSTL

    • It mucks us around that mind thing.

      That’s been part of my week, but fortunately my “live-in” counsellor (aka Hub) gave me a strategy when my thoughts of ‘overwhelm’ were like a tsunami. He has me now treating each day or whatever was the challenge as one small wave, I can paddle in and see it roll to shore. It is working!


    • I always forget this though too – trust yourself!

  7. The point about your gut is so true. Why we think we shouldn’t listen to our instincts is an interesting topic – does it get socalised out of us, I wonder?

    • Interesting point.

      I think, maybe, we stopped trusting it because we became confused about options.

      Maybe there are too many. And maybe we worry ‘what will people think’ or ‘what if I am wrong’ and it stops us from listening to ourselves.

      I am getting better at sensing what is right for me.


    • I think it gets crowded out with noise and other peoples thoughts and opinions – it’s why meditation is so important as it centres you and forces you to listen to yourself – you always know the right answer! AN important and never ending lesson for me too!

  8. Great advice Beth and yes I left a marriage which really took some courage so I can understand how you felt. I also agree about listening to our instincts but I don’t always do that. I’m wanting to start a business but fear and self doubt are stopping me. Thanks Beth for your advice and also Denyse thank you for sharing another Women of Courage with us at #MLSTL. Enjoy your week ladies. xx

    • I am glad Beth’s post was of interest and relevance.

      That wanting to do something then being held back by our thoughts is so hard.

      Maybe, just as you did for your running…you just do it…step by step.

      You can, I am sure!! Mind you, I know when I have these doubts, I hear a certain person’s voice in my head telling me off. I have learned to turn the volume down to nothing!


  9. Age, knowledge and wisdom. I love my age, knowledge and wisdom.
    Great interview.
    Lovely to meet you!

  10. Lovely to read about another courageous woman. Who says the man has to do the proposing? Weird how we know when Mr Funny Right comes along. Many a frog has to be endured before the prince comes along.

    I am starting to refocus my blogging attention on folk from downunder. Grand that I have come across another to read and follow.