I've never quite fit inside the square.
I have always run a little left of centre, so much so that I even have a tattoo on my body that reads “she flies with her own wings”. I never purposely set out to be different, I just seemed to see the world a little differently to most.
Consequently my work and my life in general resemble the same; I listen intuitively to my inner world and gravitate towards people a bit skewiff ( you know who you are ). So when it came time to fill our digital pages with “Movers + Shakers “ for our April Issue, I had no problem compiling a list of my favourite fabulous women to share with you.
Running alongside International Women's Day it seemed like a natural fit.
[TOP: YASSMIN ABDEL-M MIDDLE: VASHTI WHITFIELD. AGIED B-L: LISA MESSENGER, B-R: PRU CHAPMAN]
On reading the answers to the questions as they rolled in one by one, I felt I’d found my kindred spirits. My Tribe. It was like I was reading my own story. Each one another version of the other, and for each story and moment that I read and connected to I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as I realised we are all speaking the same language.
This extraordinary group of women who we have gathered, some I know, some I know much better now, all have wonderful stories to share, each unique and motivating in their own right, yet they all have a common thread. They all followed their inner stirrings, they acknowledge that “A-ha moment, they listened to their own intuition, they followed their instincts, learnt from their mistakes and got out of their own way.
These women are our peers, these women hustle, every day for the greater good of themselves, their businesses, their staff and their family. They are not stopped by “NO”. These women are brave, powerful, strong, feminine and adaptable. These women are absolutely bloody awesome. And if you don’t have your hustle on by the end of reading this edition then go back to the beginning and read it again and again until you do.
What I know now is that we can’t be the person we need to be without the backing, support and the positive voices of other women around us. Humanity still has a way to go, but I hear the voices of women louder than ever before and the more we stand together, with acceptance and evolve in our thinking, the faster the change and recalibration will come about.
Go forth and hustle with pride my ladies. It is an extraordinary time to be a woman.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom “ Anais Nin
Love + Courage,
READ THEIR STORIES, THEIR INSPIRATION, THEIR TRIUMPHS.
THE APRIL ISSUE, CELEBRATING WOMEN - MOVERS AND SHAKERS IN THEIR OWN RIGHTS.
Find it on www.thelifestyleedit.com.au.
All images supplied by interviewees.