Meet Leanne McMahon, mum to Troy (25) and Jake (23). She’s also got to be one of the coolest mums around as she’s the sole director of Epic Skate Rink.
Tell us about your business/current role?
Epic Skate Rink is the only roller skating rink on the Tweed/Gold Coast. We love that we can entertain the whole family for such an affordable price.
Where did the concept for this come from?
My kids played inline hockey at Coolangatta and when it closed down, it left them nowhere on the coast to play. Epic was five years in the planning and was built with a lot of help from family, friends and the Brisbane hockey community.
What’s your business background?
My background was actually in jewellery, managing stores then creating ‘Harmony Jewellery’, a party-plan style business with real gold, diamonds and silver jewellery which is still operating on the Gold Coast today.
Who were your mentors along the way?
Leela Cosgrove and Gulliver Giles form Strategic Anarchy agency. They have helped along the way plus all the reading and attending many seminars that I do on anything related to business, personal growth, products etc.
What time does a typical day start for you?
Anywhere from 9-11am but my finishes can be as late as 11 pm.
Who does the cooking and cleaning at your house?
Me – but my youngest son is starting to cook and does a great job!
If you have 10 minutes to yourself, what do you like to do?
I head to the beach for a skate and swim with my dog.
What do you do for childcare?
My kids are grown now but with the skating rink, I was lucky that my kids could be at work with me.
What sort of one-on-one activities do you do with your child?
My youngest and I still play on the same A-grade inline hockey team. But when they were younger we would all play together.
What do you do for fun as a family?
We head out in the boat and go wakeboarding.
What is your favourite thing to do for date night with your friends?
We head up to the drive-in at Yatala with our drinks and nibbles or hit the newest food place on the coast.
What is your favourite local place to visit?
Greenmount beach in summer and winter.
How about favourite place to eat out as a family?
Black Sheep café at Coolangatta is my go to coffee/breaky/meeting friends place. The coffee and food is delish!
Where do you head to when you get time for a girls’ night out?
The casino, Broadbeach or down to Byron for the bands.
What is your best beauty tip for mums?
Drink lots of water, get enough sleep and try to do some exercise!
Favourite place to shop (locally and online)?
Online, it’s QuiQui and they are at the markets too. I love their boho dresses. The Strand has some cool little dress shops.
Must-have parenting tip or tool?
Just do your best. It’s not easy. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Can you share any tips on finding the right work/life balance?
I’m still trying to work this one out but you do need you time to keep your sanity – even if it’s just two hourts sitting in a café or on the beach reading your favourite book. Work and family will benefit from it.