My work life blend
Why are you a Business Chicks member?
I love the idea of a group of inspiring, empowering women getting together to support each other, whom also share similar interests. It is something I am really passionate about.
What's been the biggest pinch-me moment of your career?
After years of mental health struggles having my potentials and capabilities recogonised by being offered a Recruitment Consultant position at the age of 17 with no university degree or previous experience was instrumental in helping me to realise my own abilities and regain my self confidence.
How do you deal with setbacks, failures and fear?
Keep going, keep believing, keep trusting and keep putting in the work. I believe that failure is a key to success. Never stop fighting.
What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?
This quote has really resonated with me:
"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default." J.K. Rowling
Which women inspire you and why?
What inspires me most are women who work extremely hard, following their dreams to pursue their career and life aspirations despite the many challenges they face along the way. I have been fortunate enough to meet and of course read about many inspiring women who have come from nothing and have worked immensely hard to achieve their career and life goals, following their heart and never giving up - showing immense courage and determination. There are too many individuals to name, especially after reading Emma Isaacs book - Winging It. However, one lady that does stand out is J.K Rowling, her strength and hard work has always been something I have admired. The amazing traits and qualities from the many inspiring women I have met and the stories I have read are qualities I aim to portray myself.
What's been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did it help shape who you are today?
My struggles with my mental health has definitely been my biggest challenge, but it has given me invaluable life experiences, empathy and understanding. It has given me a greater appreciation for life, my health and it has also given me a lot of strength and determination.
What are you really good at? (We know this one's hard, you guys! As women, we tend to talk about what everyone else is good at. But now it's your turn.)
I believe leaving school at an early age and working enabled me to gain life experience beyond my years. I have the capability to communicate with people of all ages and having experienced my own struggles I am an empathetic, understanding person with the ability to relate to people and a variety of different circumstances. My previous experience in recruitment and retail have also shown me the importance of customer service so I am very customer service focussed and ensure to maintain a very high standard of customer service at all times.
What makes you happy?
Achieving my goals, following my dreams and pushing myself to new limits, always trying to do better and better myself each day. I also love helping others and seeing other people happy and making other people smile that definitely always makes me happy.
What's your definition of success, and how will you know when you've got there? (Go on, aim high!)
My definition of success is to work hard everyday to achieve my goals and follow my dreams, to never give up, to accept and learn from my failures but to always get back up and keep going. To inspire, encourage, support and motivate others along the way. I want to grow my business into a company that creates an everlasting impression that makes people leave with a beaming smile on their faces. As long as I am doing the best I can everyday to better myself, to continue moving forward, getting back up when I fail, ensuring I am always encouraging and supporting others I think thats how I'll know I've got there - this is something I will strive to work at forever.