What changes do you want to see for women this year?
There are so many things I’d like to see change. I cannot believe in 2017 Women are still having to justify their choices, I cannot believe that Men feel they are qualified to make decisions for us, about us. I would really like to see a change in the way Women are represented in the press. Magazines (yes I do buy the occasional one) really wind me up. Women are either too big, too small, too pretty, not pretty enough, too successful not successful enough – who measures this crap? Have a family, work full time = you are a bad mum ! Have a family, stay at home = drain on the economy! Your damned if you do & damned if you don’t. Women cannot win on so many levels. It hurts me that in some cultures & countries Women are seen as second class citizens & have little or no rights, if anything changed in my day to day I’d consider politics & put myself right in the centre of all this rubbish (in my head I am actually using very different language as rubbish simply isn’t a strong enough word)
“There have been moments of panic when my mind has run away with itself saying I should have achieved more, I am not where I wanted to be, I haven’t met the stupid & unrealistic targets I set myself in my twenty’s BUT the reality is I have never been happier than the age I am now & the woman I have grown into.”
What kind of woman are you/do you want to be?
It’s always difficult to describe who you are so I did cheat a little & get a second opinion. I’d normally start with a negative because it comes more naturally but here goes. I am strong, resilient, dependable, driven & extremely funny 🙂 even if I do say so myself ! I am loyal, passionate about EVERYTHING & dynamic. My mum says I am a warrior princess. I’ll take that. I am pretty loud & love to be the centre of attention. Where there is a party I will be in the middle of it even if it’s nothing to do with me. I am not ashamed to be heard. I think on first impressions I can come across as aggressive but I’m not, I am kind & I care very deeply for those close to me & my employees. I want everyone to be ok all the time & if they aren’t I want to find a solution for that. I am a carer, it’s in my nature to nurture, encourage, support & lead. I want my fellow gals to know I am there for them.
I am forty this year & there have been moments of panic when my mind has run away with itself saying I should have achieved more, I am not where I wanted to be, I haven’t met the stupid & unrealistic targets I set myself in my twenty’s BUT the reality is I have never been happier than the age I am now & the woman I have grown into. I cannot wait to embrace 40. I am successful in my career, I love my job, the challenges I face & the pleasure I feel in getting stuff done. I have a wonderful teenage Daughter who is in her own right a force & I hope that I remain a positive role model to her as she is to me. At this moment in my life I wouldn’t change a thing, you can over analyse until you are blue in the face but sometimes things just are. I just am.
What is important to you?
Choice, Integrity, Love, Laughter, a large glass of shiraz & a bloody good eye cream ! My family & friends of course. I want to be the best I can be for them & of course myself.I want to be a good Daughter, a good Sister & a good Mother. It is important to me that I live my life by my rules & that I make no apology for that.
What do you want other women to see?
I am not sure what this means, what other Women see in me ? Or what I want Women to see in general ? If it’s the latter I would want Women to see that anything is possible, you can have it all & never give up!
Who inspires you?
My Gran, my Mum, my Sisters, my Daughter, my female friends. I am blessed to have fantastic role models. Women I learn from everyday, Women I am able to share with everyday, Women whom I love with every fibre of me & who love me unconditionally back & make me feel that anything is possible. I get a lot of strength from the women in my life.
I am also incredibly lucky to work with fantastic women (& of course Men but today is not about them :)) My job allows me to meet amazing inspirational people that I may never have been lucky enough to cross paths with had it not been for the industry I work in. My female work force make me extremely proud with what they achieve with their lives & being able to watch them grow is something I don’t take for granted. I meet inspirational female customers everyday & get to work with outside organisations fronted by power house females some of whom have become firm friends.
Any other thoughts?
Happy International Women’s Day!