Helping others heal has seen Bega's Amanda Harris nominated for the 2021 AusMumpreneur Awards.
Ms Harris said she had been able to recover from incredible trauma and now made it a mission to share healing with others, launching Amanda Harris Healing in Bega this year.
The AusMumpreneur Awards celebrate and recognise Australian mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service or digital innovation.
"My biggest sort of inspiration has been my own healing," Ms Harris said. "I lost my sister to suicide when I was eight months' pregnant, that was six years ago."
Ms Harris said they had been incredibly close and her sister left four beautiful children of her own.
"There were times I could not see past the hour I was in," Ms Harris explained.
"I had depression, PTSD and anxiety and there was no support, people just wanted to medicate me.
"And it was only from going within that I began to think 'holy moly I am able to heal from this'," she said.
Earlier in her life, Ms Harris said she found it challenging to fully understand challenges people faced, but that trauma had helped her develop strong empathy for those around her.
"My own experiences of rising from those depths of despair, I now know it's possible for anyone to heal, because I could.
"People need hope and that's the symbol of my business."
Ms Harris is now a Master CTC therapist, empowerment coach and has a range of alternative therapies at her fingertips to help.
A pivotal addition to the business has been women's circles.
"My theme is connection, the only thing that's planned is to give them a guided meditation and then we allow themselves to be heard and supported - it's a release, bringing people together for the purpose of just caring."
The AusMumpreneur Awards also aim to acknowledge the challenges of being a business woman, while raising a family and Ms Harris - who has two young children at home - said vision was critical.
"Be clear on your vision and believe in yourself; be your biggest cheerleader," she said.
"Your success is largely determined by your mindset."
You can read more about Ms Harris and other nominees at www.ausmumpreneur.com. Award winners will be announced online in October.