5 min with Starting Five’s Co-Founder Mel Lionnet covering her ‘why’, her hope for Starting Five and more.

I am a certified life coach, have a bachelor of business and am currently studying counselling and psychotherapy. I have now dedicated my life to helping people give up alcohol and implement positive daily habits. 


Spend 5 mins getting to know more about Starting Five’s Co-Founder Mel…


What’s your ‘why’ for building Starting Five?

My ‘why’ for Starting Five was to give people access to an easy way of completing habits that could improve their lifestyle and mental health. I personally used Starting Five to help break my addictions and create new habits to have a better mindset. 


What’s your hope for Starting Five? What do you want it to provide to people?

I want to give people the motivation to make small changes in their life and to make them feel rewarded for those actions. I want people to feel supported on their personal growth journeys and make the process as easy as possible. Starting Five gave me purpose again and I want that for other people.


What’s the one thing you’re super excited about people discovering on the app?

I am super excited about giving people the structure to do activities that are going to improve their mental health and wellbeing. I’m excited for them to have a simple checklist to work through which could help break cycles that are making people feel stuck.


What’s your top 5 healthy daily habits?

  1. Drinking water
  2. Making my bed
  3. Breathing exercise
  4. Body movement
  5. Gratitude list

What’s the quote you live by or that has changed your life?

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” 

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


What’s your go-to when you need a pick-me-up?

Finding something to make me laugh or going for a run.


What’s the advice you’d give to your teenage self? In five words…or close enough

The negative feelings will always pass.


What’s your party trick and/or something specific you’re known for?

Doing the splits on the dance floor and pulling out my trombone at a party.


What are you most proud of about yourself?

Doing the splits on the dance floor and pulling out my trombone at a party. You can read more about my journey here.