The Other 364
International women's day for 2019 has officially flown by. A day to recognise the wonderful women we are surrounded by daily, those that inspire & empower us and cherish the hard work each of them do daily. BUT, what about the other 364 days?
I was lucky enough to celebrate my international women's day with Lululemon. Lululemon gathered 20 of us in New Farm park to celebrate people who work daily towards equality & empower us with their actions, so we can help move towards a more equal future.
We started with an incredible grazing table, feeding our souls with healthy & fresh salads. Nibbling on fruits & cheeses, until we couldn't fit anymore in (but still had room for some cannoli's). After we ate, we went around the table to introduce ourselves & discuss what we are currently doing in our line of work, and what we would like to see change in the future towards equality.
This conversation was incredible. I was surrounded by such inspiring souls. From politics, to paralympian's, gym owners, trainers, nutritionist's and many more. Each sharing what they currently notice as the major issues towards equality within their lives. Some discussing it should be taught and addressed better to young kids at school, especially in female or male only schools. Others discussing the way our parents teach us and the impact that has on us in later life. We discussed certain work forces being male-dominant, and how women feel they have to hide their own emotions to be successful.
Walking away, I felt truly inspired by the men and women I met. I knew what I could do to help my community work towards equality. I am surrounded daily by such amazing women. Some chase their dreams, but others hang back in the shadows, fearing that if they shine too bright, it will not be a positive outcome.
Due to being an introvert, I live in the shadows daily. I let others lead the conversation, I let others pick what we will do for the day, what food we should order, what movie we should watch... you name it. In saying this, sometimes it is good to challenge that inner confidence and let it shine every once in a while. Since becoming a cycle instructor with InspireCycle, my confidence has grown dramatically. I now lead the room, with all eyes on me, and yet I don't run for cover. I am forever grateful that this was my moment.
Quote Of The Day
"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid" - Audre Lorde
Key tips I took away:
- MALES ARE GREAT! We arent a cult of feminist's who believe the world would be a better place without men! We appreciate them with our entire hearts. Finding the right ones in your life that allow you to purse your dreams, back your decisions and allow you to have your own light.
- Surround yourself with like-minded, powerful people. You are exactly like the 5 people you hang around with the most. Make sure that group is uplifting, inspirational and help you achieve your goals. This also goes for your work place as well.
- Do not be afraid to speak up. Never hide in the shadows of someone else, or what you believe society would accept. You are in full control of your own life & actions. Live the best and most full-filled version of yourself, each and every day.
Here’s a challenge for you.
A father and his son are involved in a horrific car crash and the man died at the scene. But when the child arrived at the hospital and was rushed into the operating theatre, the surgeon pulled away and said: “I can’t operate on this boy, he’s my son”.
... Have you worked it out yet? Are you still confused? Well, what sex do you think the surgeon is? This is the sneaky nature of unconscious bias, we are not aware that we have them and this in itself makes it harder to identify such biases and then to do something about them.
MAKE A CHANGE. BE THE CHANGE. #THEOTHER364