Getting to know Kaylene...
Kaylene Langford is a young Aussie entrepreneur, passionate coach and mentor; keynote speaker, sunshine-seeker and all-round go getter. She is the founder and editor of Startup Creative, a unique business incubator, professional development and mentoring program helping young start-ups & entrepreneurs to build, grow and succeed in business beyond their wildest dreams.
Kaylene offers stellar advice for entrepreneurs and anyone ready to leap into working for themselves, and she’s a great example of hard work and determination for anyone yearning to reach that business sweet spot.
I had the great pleasure of interviewing the lovely Kaylene and we talked about life, what makes her tick, self-care & what breast wellness means to her.
Where do you call home?
Right now I am currently living in the heart of Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria. I was born in North Queensland and have spent most of my life living less than 200m from the ocean so by the beach feels more like home but right now I am enjoying the city life.
What do you love about living there?
I ride my bike almost everywhere! I am close to the cities best coffee shops, bars, restaurants and last week I discovered a park run down by the Yarra River. Very close and central. Also being in Melbourne is the closest I've lived to my little sister (she lives 4 hours out of Melbourne) in almost 7 years so that makes it feel more like home.
Tell us about your ideal day situation!
I love this question! Wake up naturally with lots of energy, most likely next to my girlfriend! We have a lazy coffee in bed with lots of laughing and kisses before getting up to go for brunch, perhaps a Japanese themed meal with a bloody Mary on the side.
The sun is out and the weather is warm so we swirl through the parks on our bikes, catch up with some friends, perhaps play a game of Finksa in the park with a cider or two.
An afternoon adventure to the beach to swim and watch the sunset, a sexy dinner date and perhaps some Cosmos on Netflix before bed and sex!
I spend a lot of time..... Meditating and working on rewiring my brain. Haha! I have actually been obsessed with it for almost 2 years now, since I read Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr Joe Dispenza. I'm a little obsessive like that, once I really understand a concept and feel connected to wanting to implement it in my life, I find it very hard to not want to be perfect at it. I'm forever trying to find the right foods, documentaries, podcasts and mediations to optimise my brain for success and happiness.
One thing that might surprise people about me is: My favourite pastime is switching off from the world of life and business and getting lost in games, imagination, dancing and silly laughter with my nieces and nephews (I have 7, soon to be 8 of them)
What is your go-to breakfast?
Coffee, my girlfriends scrambled eggs and halloumi cheese
Current favourite podcast / book?
What does self-care mean to you?
Saying no, switching off and knowing when to take myself for a massage or wine break.
How do your breasts form part of your self-care routine, if at all?
I love covering myself in coconut oil and lying out in the sun naked. This often includes a breast massage and getting lots of sun on them. I also don't really enjoy wearing bras and I feel like that's a nice little way I take care of my breasts, by keeping them free ;)
Two words to describe your boobs.
Right now: 'tender' (I'm on day 1 of my period so they always get a bit sensitive), and 'beautiful' - in the last 2 years I've come to LOVE my breasts!
What do you think of when you hear the term breast wellness?
Keeping check on my babies and making sure they are healthy, well and looked after.
How often do you conduct a self-breast check? (Is this something you dedicate time to doing, or is it more a case of a sporadic feel in the shower every now and then)?
I wouldn’t say that I dedicate time to do it but in the last 3 years I have done a lot of dancing, tantric and feminine embodiment work which has reconnected me with my sensuality and love for my body as a woman. As a result I often find myself touching and connecting with my breast throughout the day or if I'm in good company it's not uncommon to find me holding them haha. I feel like I am connecting with them daily and are in tune with their wellness so would be easy for me to pick up on anything out of order. It helps that my girlfriend loves them too and used to be a nurse so I doubt much change would get past her.
If you do check your boobs, do you feel confident that you're doing it right, and know what changes to be aware of?
My aunty had breast cancer a few years back and there was a time when I felt lumps in my breast so I went to the doctor and got it all checked out. Turns out it was the tissue is my breasts which has since changed shape. But as a result I learnt years ago how to check my breast so if for any reason I am worried, I know the technique.
Do you recall being educated about breast wellness / awareness when you were younger? By whom?
No not at all.
Sadly, current statistics show that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Have you ever been indirectly or directly affected by breast cancer, or know someone who has?
Yes, my aunty and my ex-fiancé's mum - both survivors; but a girl I went to school with lost her mum very early which was extremely sad.
The name Nuni is a direct reference to the slang name 'noonies' that our founder, Dayle's family referred to breasts as when she was a little girl. Do you recall using a slang name, or has it always been the anatomically correct term?
Haha I wish I could remember a cool nickname but I'm pretty sure boobs were it.
From our research, young women tend to avoid regularly showing their lady lumps any love, and instead plan to start having breast checks when they're closer to screening age. What do you think can be done to encourage young women to get to know their boobs better?
Certainly more content like this article, it makes it normal for women and girls to be talking about their breasts. Articles, videos, podcasts, workshops on the importance and also the pleasure that comes from being connected with your breasts. Role models in schools and in advertisements I think would certainly make it normal, I like what Serena Williams just did with Berlei Bras.
Thank you KL. Particularly love your ideas around normalising the 'know your boobs' conversation & encouraging young women to know and appreciate their bodies. Oh, and I'm coming over for halloumi. :)
Hope you've enjoyed this Q&A as much as I have.
With love & happy boobs,
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