5 MINUTES WITH HEIDI - FOUNDER, EDITOR, ULTIMATE LADYBOSS
What’s the first thing you did this morning?
Kissed my lovely husband good morning.
What’s your star sign and what three traits of that sign that you feel you align with most?
Pisces - dreamy, creative and sensitive.
What political issue are you most passionate about?
Everything. Equality for all humans, animals and the environment. It’s time people...it’s time.
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
Butter, the ocean and my iPad.
Name one country you’d love to visit?
At the moment I am thinking about Jerusalem - I am quite intrigued by the history and the energy there.
What’s something you’re proud to say you overcame?
Growing up, my role models weren't great. I was conditioned to a certain level of thinking and that never sat well with me - I always thought that there must be something more, or better, or different to this. So as I grew up and walked my own path, I read every book, learnt meditation, retaught myself the way that felt right to me and reframed my thinking to what aligned with my inner self. I no longer measured my self or self worth against what others thought it should be, or their opinions of what or who I was. I walked my own path to discover who I was and how I ticked, and that has made all the difference.
What has been your most memorable TLSE moment?
I have them often and tear up just thinking about them. It's simple moments...like when I hear the girls laugh down stairs, or I look around at our morning meeting and everyone is in the zone doing what they do. Or making each other cups of coffee in the kitchen, standing around nattering about the weekend or boys or something ridiculous. All those little moments of connection are it for me. I'm humbled and proud to have created an awesome team of women who get to be who they are, who are accepted for who they are, and who just warm my heart every day.
What’s a piece of advice you would have given to your past self?
Trust the path you are on, it always leads you to exactly where you are meant to be.
What was the scariest thing about starting a business?
Probably learning who your friends are. You go from working normal work hours, to spending so much time in the zone creating and working and your priorities inevitably change. You don't have so much free time on your hands and every waking moment is about the business or sleeping!
It’s interesting to see who turns up, buys you a coffee and says, “ OK, what do you need?“ and you get to receive in your friendships. Needless to say I have a small but strong group of friends now who are the real deal.
Whats your biggest learning in the last 5 years ?
I feel like the last 5 years have been a journey to stepping into who I really am.
I feel like I have stopped apologising for myself and have really owned me, and found strength and happiness in that.
I’ve learnt to observe and be calm in my decisions and my choices, and to have conviction with them - standing and accepting what works for me and what doesn't. I have learnt to say “no” and that makes a big difference. I have learnt that creating boundaries for my work and home life is not a bad thing - people can choose to make things mean what they want (and they definitely will!) so being clear about my needs, expectations and what works for me is the best thing I can do for my sanity.