International Women’s Day: Celebrating Women Who Inspire Us

In everyday life or work, good times or bad, when women support each other incredible things happen. So, this International Women’s Day, we’re shining the spotlight on inspiring women we’ve chatted to here on the DP blog.

Going strong for well over a century, International Women’s Day is a global celebration of women and all of our social, economic, cultural and political achievements. Two years ago we started a Q&A series called ‘Women Making It Work’ to celebrate women’s success in a variety of different careers and we asked them what the best advice they’ve ever given or been given is. Read on for their pearls of wisdom…

Sophie Kinsella, author

“Don’t rush. Enjoy the moment. I have a tendency to live my life in a total whirl, and I’m always thinking ahead. Sometimes it’s good just to think about what you’re doing right now.”

“I often give a piece of advice to writers which I think applies to life generally: find your voice. And use your voice. Work out who you are and what your take is on life – then be yourself, with confidence and passion.”

Georgie Barrat, TV Presenter and Tech Journalist

“My favourite quote is: “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love” – Marcus Aurelius. I have it on a blackboard in my kitchen and I try and start everyday with a sense of gratitude.”

Sophie, Yoga Teacher

“The most important things in life are health and happiness… Balance is key! Work hard but spend time with the people you love. Stay fit and healthy, but eat that delicious pudding and laze about all day on a Sunday.”

Rahima, Artist and Activist

“Life is a long road. There will be many obstacles. Some are there to make the journey more interesting and others to distract or make it difficult. Always keep your focus on the mountains ahead and know the clouds are above. Stay elevated and continue to aspire and strive. The obstacles will seem small and the road will stay clear. Stay true to your authentic self and don’t worry too much about the noise around you, what people think and how they see you.”

 

Anna, Deputy Head Teacher

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”- these wise words from Roald Dahl have always served me well.”

Lucy, Head of PR for a Roller Derby Team

“You’ll always regret what you didn’t do, rather than what you did. Never say ‘I can’t do it’. Everything takes practice, just because you’re not amazing at something straight away doesn’t mean you won’t get there.”

Stephanie, Management Consultant

“Never stop enjoying yourself in life. When you do, it’s time to make changes – be it in your job, your love life, your family or home life.”

Oonagh, Confectioner

“The best piece of advice is always to listen to others. Don’t think that you have all the answers and don’t always assume that if you change direction or focus that it’s a bad thing.”

 

Holly, Osteopath

“Everything happens for a reason, and if something is upsetting you EMBRACE IT – it will only make you stronger in the end.”

Cherry, Creative Director

“Say yes to everything that interests you and work it out as you go. Never doubt your self-worth. You have to be confident in your abilities and believe that you’re the person who knows what you’re capable of achieving in your role better than anyone else.”

“If I was giving my 18 year old self advice, I’d tell me not to worry so much, that it’s impossible to plan everything and its outcome. I’d also mention that failing at something really isn’t the be all and end all of life, you just pick yourself up and try something different.”

 

Chelsie and Kristelle, Chefs

“A mentor once said to us, ‘Take in everything, listen and learn. Don’t ever make a decision straight away’. We repeat this mantra in our heads daily and it’s definitely helped us.”

“Patience is a virtue. No one ever became a millionaire overnight. Eat the damn cookie!”

Sarah-Ann, Cabin Crew

“‘What’s meant to be won’t pass you by’ is something my mum always told me, when things didn’t go as planned. I always look at life like this.”

“Stop comparing yourself to someone else as everyone is different. We should be celebrating other people’s achievements – especially those willing to take a risk and do what they love.

 

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever given or been given? Leave us a comment to share your thoughts. Feeling inspired by the women we’ve interviewed? You can read more of their stories here.

Feature image by Katy Belcher 

 

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