The Happiness Hunter Story

A word from our Founder, Fiona Redding:
Fiona Redding - Founder of The Happiness Hunter

One day in 2012, I woke up. I was 37. I was at home with two tiny kids, drinking everyday, overweight, unfit and unhealthy. We had a lot issues with our finances and I was unable to get to work. I felt deeply disconnected and very, very alone. I saw myself staring down the barrel of a future life that I just could not imagine living.    

I woke up with one burning question that I could no longer escape: “How has this become my life?”

I was so deeply unhappy, and I just knew that something needed to change.

Somehow I knew that it was time to look inside of myself to find out how I had gotten here. That I was where I was because of ME. And I was experiencing life as I was, because of ME. There was no-one I could point the finger at and blame.

And if you are reading this, then maybe you are starting to understand this too.

If I wanted my life to change, then I had to own it, to take responsibility for where I was, and if I wanted things to change, then it was me that had to change.

I decided to focus on one thing: Happiness.

I just wanted happiness for my life.

The seed of The Happiness Hunter was planted. I started my own coaching, consulting and speaking business (which was to become The Happiness Hunter). I started meditating, stopped drinking, started walking every day and left what had become for both my partner and I, a very unhappy relationship.  

I set a grand vision for my life.  

I became crystal clear on the person I wanted to be, how I wanted to be living and the direction I wanted my life to take.

I decided to get out of my own way and I want to help you get out of yours.

Since then, my life has completely transformed in every single area and through The Happiness Hunter, I now teach and share everything that I have learned over that time.

My Vision:

Creating a world where everyone understands that happiness is their birthright.

My Mission:

To show you how.

Essentially, it boils down to this: if you can learn how to change your mind about things, then you can literally change your life.

Today, I work with business owners and business leaders who are seeking more balance, greater connection, deeper purpose, improved relationships and financial freedom.


I’ll help you navigate life and transform your approach to business.


We focus on three specific areas:

Enhancing mindset

Prioritising wellbeing

Creating connection and building community

The Happiness Hunter  - Seven Elements

Life Integration versus Work Life Balance

Everything you do is part of your life, even work!

At The Happiness Hunter. we want to scrap the idea of work-life balance and focus instead on Life Integration. Seeking balance across all areas of your life.

When you recognise that everything that you do and experience is inextricably linked, you can begin to understand that when one or two (or three or four…) are out of whack, it is going to have an impact on the other areas, and therefore the quality of your life.

The Seven Elements is about giving you permission to get clear on what a happy, healthy, connected, abundant, successful, loving life means for you and giving you permission to truly start living that life today. Successful Life Integration can be achieved when you:

  • Have a clear vision for what a successful life means for you;
  • Have a clearly defined decision making framework;
  • Have clarity on your goals;
  • Understand your priorities and what is important;
  • Take complete responsibility for your life and your mind-set;
  • Know when things are out of balance within any element of your life or across the seven elements; ~ Give yourself permission to do what is important to maintain and regain balance; and
  • Accept that you are the only person who can change things

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“After relocating my family and business back to Melbourne I was looking for a strategist/business coach who could help me map out my 90 plan to re-establish my business in Melbourne. After meeting several ‘suitable’ coaches I chose Fiona for her inspired view on the world, her questions she asked that stretched me and challenged my thinking, and her take no prisoner but bring the village with you attitude. Boy, did she totally challenge me in ways I was really unprepared for but really needed. I left not with a 90 day business plan, but a whole new way to live my life in an integrated way, one that worked for every component of my world. No more winning in business at the expense of the family, this plan actually went deep and whole. Can I just say for someone who was looking for a ‘business plan’ on a page, I got so much more … and 3 months on haven’t been happier (oh, and the business is going great, with 10 times less energy!) Thanks Fiona… you rock my world!"

– Melitta Hardenberg, Seek

“I first worked with Fiona through setting up the strategic planning for the Not For Profit I am secretary for – Support For Mums & their Families. I was very impressed at not only the level of skill and ability to see the big picture, but how it all connected to help us make the day to day decisions that were right for SFM’s and the overall vision. I immediately asked Fiona to work her magic in my own business – mishfit franchise pty ltd. Since then we have devised mishfit biz club – where we help the mishfit franchisees take their business to the next level. None of this would have been possible, if I had not met Fiona, and seen her passion, vision and positivity at work. I can not recommend her skills highly enough.”

– Michelle Wright, Founder & CEO, mishfit franchising pty ltd

“I went to see Fiona Redding from The Happiness Hunter for a strategy session after months of intense frustration with myself. I was anxious and concerned that I might not get the breakthrough and insight I needed as I had been stalled right on the edge of launching a product and I could not work out why. Not only did Fiona break this down so I could put it on hold peacefully but she gave me the momentum and ideas for another whole raft of products that felt completely right and with the potential for me to make a much greater impact for far more people. I left feeling more energetic, excited and committed to my business than ever before. You are not investing in a strategy session you are investing in a breakthrough for you. I highly recommend seeing Fiona if you have stalled in your business momentum."

– Dr Linda Wilson, Author, Stress Made Easy & Dr Linda Wilson

“I have known Fiona for many, many years. We went to the same school, travelled and lived overseas at the same time. Although our paths have differed to the outside world, we have both struggled and overcome some similar adversities. It kept us in contact but not as close as we once were. Over the past number years, I have watched from a distance her transformation into the Happiness Hunter and, if I am honest, I was a little wary, a little unsure and most probably a little in awe as she morphed into this business mentor, public speaker and inspirational leader helping people and bringing a community of Happiness Hunters together. Nevertheless, it was later this year when I started to struggle with my own responsibilities, my busy work life, my beautiful and complicated family, when I reached out to Fi, just for a walk and a talk. However, it quickly became so much more. She listened, she guided and she gave me plans to follow. It helped, my family, work colleagues and my friends saw and heard a difference in me. I felt calmer, I felt more in control, I felt...happier. I want to recommend Fiona as a Happiness Hunter. I now have a path I want to follow, I have successes I want to achieve. I see them clearly and I know I can reach them. That's powerful stuff! Fiona is helping me on that path, she keeps it real, she knows and calls out my "bullshit", she sees me and she is helping me. Thank you my dear friend, I am very pleased to have you back in my life but most importantly, that you are helping me on my own Happiness Hunter journey".

– Vicki Woodcock – Principal Consultant, Marshall McAdam

“Fiona has been instrumental in growing my business, offering sound advice that is delivered with integrity and compassion. Trustworthy and astute, Fiona has a knack of getting to the heart of the issue and bringing clarity to business decisions. I would highly recommend Fiona as a business coach/consultant who delivers consistent results in a friendly, practical way.”

Business with Vivacity and Adore Yoga featured in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age online 8th July 2013

– Nik Ellis, Director, Adore Yoga

“Fiona facilitated an initial strategic planning session with the stakeholders within our business Hire for Baby. The process she undertook included a review of existing documents and any relevant information. During this process she facilitated a process to ensure Hire for Baby had clarity (and agreement!) on the following: – mid, long term high level and holistic vision for Hire for Baby; map out all of the goals and activities to be done over the next 2 years; prioiritise, cost and determine internal or external delivery (to determine a rough implementation plan and budget); change management approach for the new system. Since our session with the stakeholders we have been able to commit to our goals and implement changes required. This has had a positive impact on our business in both commercial and strategic thinking perspective. Highly recommended and will continue to engage her services.”

– Marianna Barba, Hire for Baby

“Thanks Fiona for all your help and support with my new business. There were a lot of challenges, changes and frustrations and you helped me get through them by offering sound advice, strategies and process recommendations. The initial 2 hour meeting was very valuable to ensure we were well suited and to formulate a good plan of attack. I would have no hesitation in continuing to work with you, and appreciate you taking a genuine interest in me, my business and doing so in such an approachable but professional manner.”

– Paul Friedman, Founder, Max Entertainment Pty Ltd

“We were delighted to have Fiona work with us to fine tune our processes and be guided by her expertise in assisting us to move forward. Fiona never lost sight of our not for profit community focus and guided us accordingly with new directions and ideas to ensure we remain competitive and sustainable. We would not hesitate to recommend Fiona to any prospective clients and will certainly use her services again in the future.”

– Jude Rangitaawa, House Co-ordinator, Moongala Neighbourhood House

“I have attended Fiona’s Life & Business Strategy Workshop. That was an amazing day of picking apart my business and life to gain clarity around the best way forward for me personally. Fiona has continued to support me in that journey since that event. I believe so strongly in Fiona and the work she is doing to create a paradigm shift for business that we have now started collaborating together on other projects. I can’t wait to see where those opportunities take us in the future.”

– Loren Bartley, Impactiv8

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