This weeks post is a little different to previous weeks. It's not about calendars or Christmas stock, it's more to do with Girl Power.
On a week where we've experienced amazing and inspirational scenes of men, women and children peacefully protesting women's rights all around the world, it's hard to believe that the following day saw a group of white men standing around the President while he signs away a woman's right to choose what happens to her own body. Like so many of you, I find it shocking and upsetting that we seem to be taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back. It shouldn't be about empowering one person more than another, it should be about equality for everyone, regardless of gender, race, religious, sexuality or anything else.
I try not to get too political on here, I know and love that we all have different beliefs, I also know that this isn't the forum for political debates. What this is, is my little space on the internet and for today, I choose for it to be a celebration of Girl Power. Why? Because when we aren't painting our nails and gossiping, very occasionally us ladies do something that's worth a blog post. (...passive aggressive sarcasm over and done with now, I promise)
I am so lucky to be surrounded by strong, independent, kind and inspirational women in my life and I feel completely honoured to be able to watch them grow and learn from them. I wanted to share just a few of them with you today, so these are some ladies I know who kick ass on a daily basis, they make me want to sing Beyonce's 'Who Runs the World?' whenever I think about them....
Helen from the Creative Business Network recently took the leap to make a career change and now advises and mentors all sorts of creative small businesses, not only is she wonderfully supportive but she's full of great ideas and sets a brilliant example to just bloody go for it!
Martha from Love Give Ink started her business selling beautiful bespoke stationary and gifts 3 years ago from her spare bedroom and now has premises, permanent staff and has nailed over 50,000 orders on Notonthehighstreet alone. She's a total force in pink (her brand colour) and she's flipping' lovely too!
Rachael from Grace and Favour Home is the closest thing to superwoman I have ever met. How she keeps it together running her business and being Mummy to 2 young boys is beyond me, then you add in all the other shit that life throws at you, frankly it amazes me that she has the energy to keep going most days, let alone designing new ranges and making all the stock!
Danielle from Ellie Ellie is another hard working, brilliantly fun and gorgeously thoughtful lady. The creator of many hilarious products (such as 'Gym? I thought you said Gin' accessories) she too employees a whole host of creative people in their HQ in Hove.
Julie Dumbarton the unbelievably talented Fine Art Painter is not only the bravest woman I know but one of the most generous too.... she's not terrible with a paintbrush either. Julie faces life with the most incredible attitude and grace, she's colourful, fierce and fabulous, giving so much to the people around her and not even a tiny bit braggy about how awesome she is!
And last but definitely not least, my mum. Without even realising it she taught me from a young age that you can be whoever you want to be in life and that actually, it's great to be a little bit crazy (but don't expect my 14 year old self to understand that) Seeing her run her own business meant that I never questioned the fact that I could do it too, she's unknowingly embedded in me a solid work ethic and that a woman's place doesn't need to be in the kitchen if she doesn't want it to be (which is safer for everyone when it comes to my cooking)
Each of these women are inspirational in their own amazing way and each completely embodies Girl Power to me, but of course we can't forget the amazing men we each know, they're definitely not all bad! For me, I'd be lost without Alex, not because he makes any decisions on my behalf but because we're a team, 2 equal humans who care for and support one another and the decisions we each make ...and isn't that what it's all about?
So let's hear it for the girls... and for the boys that support them on a daily basis.