Thank you! In my heart, I felt like I would, but I definitely had my moments of doubt. I'm really proud I got right to the end because the only person that was getting in the way was me – sometimes my overthinking and anxiety were so high. But being myself got me through. When I started comparing myself to other people, I'd remind myself, "Stay in your own lane, Vanessa. Don't look at anyone else."
I just about rolled off my seat! There was so much emotion. I felt so proud and powerful. This win means everything to me. I feel like I won not just for me, but for every woman out there like me – every boss mum, every dropout and everyone with a business dream who's not good at money.
Well, firstly, I'm about to have a new workmate – Mike Pero! While we were shooting, we'd see him in the boardroom, but there was no chat afterwards, so I can't wait to pick his brain. As for the $50k, I'm putting it back into the business. I launched my new website OMGNess.co.nz on the night of the finale and my DIY balloon garland boxes started selling right away! My challenge is going to be not taking on too much. There's so much I want to do.
My Apprentice castmate Kennedy [Anderson] and I hosted the bougiest finale screening party for 150 people. Everyone played games like laser tag and go-karts, then we watched the finale together. We had balloon garlands, gourmet food platters and a dessert table with little cookies shaped like Chanel handbags! All my family and castmates were there, and we did a tasting of Stephen's coffee brand. It was a vibe! Now it's all over, I'm taking my family to Queenstown for a well-deserved break.
My partner and I just cried, and my daughter Mila ran up and gave me a big hug. After the finale, she went to the drive-through and was like, "I'm the Apprentice Aotearoa's daughter!" She's already started name-dropping me! My girls learned a lot from the show – now they want to start their own business! Mila's already working on drawing her logo.
I had a meltdown when we were working on the two-in-one haircare bar. I didn't listen to my anxiety signs – I just kept pushing and it all came out when I was under pressure. I cried so much in front of the cameras, but I'm so glad all my real emotion got captured. It was about my kids and my family, and I know a lot of people can relate to that.
There were lots of emotions. While we were shooting, we were together 24/7, so when we were under stress, of course we were going to take it out on each other. I wasn't offended by anything anyone said about me on screen, but there were definitely some comments I didn't see coming – shout-out to Tony Collins! But seriously, even though it was a competition, we all supported each other. I got crazy-close with everyone and Erna [Basson] really saved my life in the finale.
I love getting eyelash extensions and lips are definitely my thing – my secret is a long-lasting lipstick, overlining with lipliner. Oh, and filler! I was inspired by Kylie Jenner about three years ago to start getting lip injections. I loved how it looked, so I kept on going back every four months to the point where one day I tried booking and they turned me away! They said, "You don't need any more, Vanessa." I just love the lips lifestyle! I've also had a bit of Botox, which is a lifesaver. I don't think I'd consider getting anything more drastic done, though. I'm loving the look of Miss Vanessa Goodson: The Apprentice Aotearoa! I look so boss and that's no Instagram filter – that's all me!