INSPIRING WOMEN ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Happy International Women’s Day! We are so delighted to be celebrating this important day at all our Barre Body studios (hello, female-created fabulous playlists), and through our regular contributions to both One Girl and UN Women. (Both of whom we donate $15,000 to annually.)
Today we wanted to delve a little deeper into some serious inspiration. We tapped into our network of accomplished, inspiring, wonderful women to find out what they’re proud of, what they’re hoping for, and what being a woman means to them today. Get ready to be inspired.
Lisa Messenger of The Collective Hub tells us “I am most proud of having the tenacity, guts and determination to start a magazine (which has now become a rather large and ever growing global media movement) at a time that I had three staff under the age of 25 (they are all still with me) and none of us had ever worked for a magazine.
We were entering an industry that people said was “dead or dying”. But I had a burning desire to help ignite human potential and tell extraordinary stories of individuals and brands.
Every day we see how many people are impacted by Collective Hub and I could not feel more humbled, grateful or proud.”
One of our favourite inspiring women, Melissa Ambrosini, told us:
- She loves working with a team of strong women because, “They are hard working and so much fun to be around.”
- She is most proud of “everything, to be honest. I am proud I continue to master my inner Mean Girl every single day and show up fully in my work and life. Even when obstacles appear on my path, I still show up.”
- If she could change one thing for women in 2017, it would be, “that we all learn to love ourselves unconditionally.”
- If she were to impart one lesson on a daughter, it would be, “to love herself unconditionally and wholeheartedly, no matter what. Also, that she has to be her own best friend. I think when you cultivate a loving relationship with yourself you are so much more resilient and empowered because you’ve got your own back.”
- And on being a woman in 2017, Melissa says, “to be a woman in 2017 is pretty epic. I love being a woman and feel so grateful to have the freedom and opportunities I have today.
- And this year, she’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day by having lunch with her besties!
The incredible Aimee Marks – the mastermind behind TOM Organic – also had some pearls of wisdom to share:
- What she is most proud of is “that my values don’t switch off when I leave the house in the morning, that everything is integrated from my upbringing to my home life to the workplace. It’s seamless.”
- An important lesson for girls: “I’ve got twin girls and they bring the most joy to me each day. They were the inspiration behind the Tooshies brand. I’m all about allowing my children to grow up in a healthy playground. One of my favourite quotes is, ‘We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children’ (Aintone St Exupery).”
- What it means to be a woman in 2017? “My mantra for 2017 is to exceed expectations, lead with purpose and by example, and to share and celebrate new ideas.”
- And finally, we asked how she will be celebrating International Women’s Day this year – “IWD is THE day for us to celebrate here at TOM Organic. Our products are made for women by women. This year for international womens day we’ll be gifting 500 roses and tampons to commuting women in the city on their way to work. Keep an eye out on social media! Throughout the month of March we’ll be focusing on women’s health and women’s empowerment across our social platforms. And what better reason to celebrate girl power!”
Noa Ries, the CEO and Founder of Vie Active (hello, amazing activewear) told us that she and her team are going to be celebrating International Women’s Day by hosting a local dinner in America for fearless and flawsome females (how wonderful does that sound?!) She also had so many gems to share, including:
- What she loves most about working with a strong group of women: “I am immensely proud of the team I have around me. I love the fact that as women we support each other and help each other to be great every day. We have fun together and we empower each other to be the best versions of ourselves. I think women have an unbelievable ability to toggle between strength and vulnerability at any given point in time and this allows us to be empathetic in a very powerful way.”
- What she is most proud of when it comes to her work: ” I am incredibly proud of the fact that I have built a culture by design. It is a place I want to come to work each and every day.”
- If she could change one thing for women in 2017, “it’s a bit of a lofty goal and perhaps not really one that is possible for this year given the political climate but would I would LOVE more than anything to see in my children’s life (I have two young daughters) is that they grow up not conscious of any difference between men and women in terms of capabilities and respect.”
- Speaking of her children, what advice would she give them? “I want my daughters to always be kind and treat people the way they want to be treated.”
- And her final thoughts on what it means to be a woman in 2017 – “now more than ever, I think it’s vitally important that we stand up for ourselves and stand loud and proud for the fact that we are women. I think it’s hugely important to invest in ourselves because it’s so clear how much rests on our own shoulders. We are so much more capable of giving and serving others when we invest in ourselves first.”
Carla Oates, the gorgeous founder of The Beauty Chef, told us first what she loves about working with a strong team of women. “I work with a fantastic team of women who are smart, supportive and collaborative. Our team have a strong, ‘can do’ attitude that inspires me everyday and are all passionate about spreading the good word of ‘beauty from within’, as well as supporting and communicating healthy ideologies around beauty that are supportive of all women.”
She also shared what she is most proud of when it comes to her work, saying, “I am really proud of creating a brand that helps people with their gut health, their skin health and their overall wellbeing – so they can be the best, healthiest versions of themselves. Also, I think The Beauty Chef has been a part of the paradigm shift in the beauty industry with our ‘beauty begins in the belly philosophy’. I am passionate about helping to challenge and change antiquated ideals in the beauty industry of what is beautiful as well as support brands and ideologies that support clean and green – and espouse the importance of healthy living for glowing skin and wellbeing. I truly believe that being healthy and happy on the inside gives the skin a radiance that no amount of cosmetics can replicate. I am also so proud of The Beauty Chef team; we now have a big team of women who are very inspiring to work with and are incredibly passionate about the brand, as well as being so delightful to work with.”
Finally, some parting words from our founder, Emma Seibold about the lessons she hopes to leave her daughter Isla with: “Be brave and strong and take chances. Don’t waste time worrying about what other people think of you; they are likely worrying the same about themselves. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good and support you and don’t give people who don’t make you feel good, your energy. Be a kind and loving human. Give to charity. Look after the planet. Have babies (if you choose and are so blessed) and love them well. Love yourself.”
She also says that she loves working with a strong team of women, because, “The nurturing environment we’ve created in our beautiful Barre Body family is nothing short of magical. Even the boys (our Digital and Art Director, Chris & Managing Director, Matt) embrace their softer sides to communicate lovingly and supportively.”
“Aside from the incredible culture and team we have cultivated, it is the fact that Barre Body is a company that supports women to have babies and raise children and still work in any capacity they choose. Mothers decide how and when they want to work and how much and I facilitate this. I have to work this way myself with two little cherubs at home who I want to consciously raise, so I give the same choices and opportunities to the mothers of Barre Body.”.
When we asked Emma what she is most proud of, she shared “aside from the incredible culture and team we have cultivated, it is the fact that Barre Body is a company that supports women to have babies and raise children and still work in any capacity they choose. Mothers decide how and when they want to work and how much and I facilitate this. I have to work this way myself with two little cherubs at home who I want to consciously raise, so I give the same choices and opportunities to the mothers of Barre Body.”
If she could change one thing for women in 2017, it would be “that we love our bodies (women of all ages) and stop comparing ourselves to other women.”
And finally, on being a woman in 2017: “I love being both strong and soft. These two qualities are not mutually exclusive, and being able to integrate them as a woman, makes me powerful (and more effective!) in life and business.”
At Barre Body, for International Women’s Day this year, we will be honouring all the women of the world and feeling very proud that we support women in a meaningful, tangible way, by donating $15,000 a year to UN women and another $15,000 a year to One Girl (sending 50 girls to school each year in Sierra Leone). Now that is something to celebrate!