Hi there matey! I’m Brooke Ciccozzi – founder and chief bottle washer here at List and Assist. My obsession with list making has led me to create ‘List & Assist’ – a companion app for all South Australians to help you get organised and plan key events with ease. More on that later.
So who is this bird?? I’m a crazy busy mum of 2 girls, a FIFO wife and a self-confessed list nerd with a penchant for eating cakes and muffins straight out of the freezer (try it – it’s AWESOME!).
I am just like you, a regular Jo(sephine) desperately trying to fit it all in – family, work and fun. I got tired of starting from scratch each time there was some event to organise whether it be a birthday, baby shower or wine tour. There are dozens of list makers out there and plenty of poorly maintained supplier directories but nothing that could tell me the order in which to approach each task and some insightful narrative on whether I really need ‘X’ in the first place. Similarly, I was still spending hours researching and doing umpteen Google searches trying to find responsive suppliers who wanted (and deserved) my money. List and Assist brings all these needs together – the tasks, useful curated content and supplier recommendations.
I will walk you through the planning of an event step by step and sweeten the deal by offering up my own insights to help you save time, money and to avoid some of my own epic fails. But wait, there’s more! I will connect you to a wonderful network of suppliers who are eager to provide the goods and services for your events. I am all about SA and what better way to showcase our great state than by highlighting some of our most talented, creative and professional business providers.
I haven’t always been known for being a list and organisational guru. In my ‘white collar’ life, I was an award-winning Procurement expert delivering innovative solutions for the big corporates. However, after 15 years I no longer wanted my professional legacy to be about ‘going for the kill’ as deep down I’m a collaborative soul who really does believe in mutually beneficial relationships.
But List and Assist isn’t about me, it’s about YOU. In a nutshell, I’m here to help. With each new release of lists, I want to take something off your plate so you have more time to do what you love. In addition to all these life changing lists, I’ll be dazzling you with my series of totally addictive blog posts and a few cracking resources for good measure. Beyond that, who knows what the future might hold (wink).
When I’m not making lists, writing about lists and talking to suppliers about supporting my lists, you can usually find me hanging out in my local coffee shops, scoping out homeware stores looking for items to deck out my ‘good room’ and attending sci-fi conventions here in Radelaide, interstate and overseas (I am a massive sci-fi geek and fan girl). Don’t worry, I don’t dress up, mainly because I’m too much of a chicken to get into Cosplay. If that’s not embarrassing enough, here are some other random facts about me that might give you a giggle. If we can’t laugh at ourselves….
• I’m in my mid 30’s and I still can’t ride a bike (or drive a manual for that matter)
• I was in unexpected labour with daughter #2 (driving home from the OB’s) and called my beauty salon to see if I could book in for a quick Brazilian before the birth. I was put on hold but realised I was barking mad and hung up. I gave birth a couple of hours later so there could have been some messy clean up at the salon had I got an appointment (eeeewwww!)
• Early in our relationship my boyfriend (now husband) took me on a holiday to the Gold Coast. The week before departing, he told me that we’d need to go to the currency exchange to get some ‘Queensland Money’….and I believed him that half a second too long for me to save face. Almost 2 decades later, this still gets laughs at family BBQ’s.
If these awkward tid bits aren’t enough to get you to love me then nothing will 🙂
So that’s me (Queensland Money and all)! I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.
List and Assist.