Maria Antwan's Answers to Thriving Interview

Updated: Apr 26, 2020

Answers to Thriving with Maria Antwan
Answers to Thriving with Maria Antwan

Director - NWD Design and Build, Writer and Blogger

Two years ago Maria sold her beauty business and started a construction company. Maria is now an ambassador for Australia’s largest meeting of women in construction at the Sydney Build Expo.

Transitioning from the most female-dominated industry to one of the most male-dominated, Maria gives us her answers to thriving.


The ‘Answers to Thriving' is an interview series that takes a look at the women who have created a life of self-success. We uncover key moments, lessons and habits that have influenced the life they lead today.


You can’t start the day without:

A quick 5 minute meditation, followed by a cup of coffee.

A favourite quote is:

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit (Will Durant).

One wellness ritual you do regularly:

Yoga - It is something I do at least 6 times a week, often twice a day. It keeps me grounded, focused and mentally strong.

The last podcast that inspired you?

Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations with John Mackey: Conscious Capitalism. An inspiring story of when you follow your heart and bliss, rather than what society, family, friends think you should do, you can create something wonderful and meaningful.

A recommended read for personal growth:

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It's an oldie but a goodie, reminding us that mindset is the key to success.

How do you go about self development?

Forming positive habits and making sure I schedule time in to read, listen to podcasts, meditate and go to yoga class. I see myself as a student of life, always learning and continually pushing myself to grow and be better than I was yesterday.

Which business or person inspires you right now and why?