I am excited from afar for Viti Simmons in the Pilbara region of Western Australia who is launching her first book on 8 March 2013, International Women’s Day, speaking on stage with a member of UN Women.
Viti began her book as she participated in my first Book Coaching Webinar program which I kicked off in July 2012. She attributes the completion of the book to her methodical persistence.
Career changing work, indeed!
During Viti’s recent project she has collated a decade of pro bono fieldwork activity to produce her self-published resource book, A tree needs water to bear fruit: Enterising women creating reservoirs for povertyalleviation.
BACK COVER BOOK BLURB:
In 1973, a young woman arrived in a remote Western Australian mining town. While brimful with ambition and hope, her mind set on buying a hair salon, she needed the faith of a family member to back her financially as banks wouldn’t even consider her for a loan. So it was that Viti Simmons became a woman of enterprise. Nearly forty years later, and a world away in Nepal, Viti realised the parallels between her past situation and that of women in developing countries: and the difference microcredit could make.
A tree needs water to bear fruit taps into the commonalties of women in small business globally. As Viti observes, the primary pillars of her life – family, culture, enterprise, community and the environment – ring true with many, regardless of circumstance. In drawing together first-hand experiences from fieldwork expeditions in Australasia and Nepal, journal readings, concepts, images and ideas, Viti presents the groundwork for a new wave of philanthropy – one that shifts the ability to make an extraordinary difference within grasp of those who may not be ‘ultra high net worth’ individuals.
There we were, 23 women in red, mostly novice sailors, average age 40-plus, erupting in cheers in a crowded auditorium in Gladstone as we were announced winners of the Cruising Division of the 59th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, one of Australia’s major sailing events, second only to the infamous Sydney to Hobart.
It was Easter Sunday, 2007, and we were victorious in oh so many ways, having just crewed and helmed South Passage, a 30-metre gaff-rigged schooner, for 36 hours over 300 nautical miles, through rough seas, tough winds and heavy rain, at times reaching record speeds.
Our collective and individual journeys of a lifetime had begun nearly two years prior, when the idea was given wings during the planning of my new magazine publishing business, Honestly Woman.
My business mentor then, a sailor at heart, came up with a low-budget, brilliant way to spread the word about this new magazine for gutsy women and help others at the same time: a boat with a crew of gutsy women sailing in a man’s world – a major yacht race – and raising money for charity.
When presented with the idea my immediate reaction was, ’No! I have no idea how to do that!’ I then saw the idea of joining the yacht race as a parallel with life and business: I had to grab hold of the opportunity by the scruff of the neck and find out HOW, instead of standing paralysed by fear.
With that change of attitude, the heavens seemed to open. I met Diane Halden, a woman with skills and contacts. As co-founders, we gathered a group of women and formed a not-for-profit group called ‘WomenRace4…” and raced for Redkite, a charity that assists families of children with cancer. We worked out the ‘how’ as we went, found sponsors, and over the next 12 months our progress was covered in the media and in pages of Honestly Woman magazine, of course.
‘I am the Principal of a travel company that offers 7-day small group wellness holidays in Ubud, Bali. My business, Bali Recharge, started just 12 months ago.
I had been nurturing the idea for three years, and each time I traveled to Bali while I was employed, the idea grew and developed. Continue reading →
In 2001 while I was Team Leader establishing the Ipswich office of The Smith Family Learning for Life Program (located at Goodna, Queensland), I was privileged to share a short yet profound conversation with a wonderful woman who still inspires me today, even though she passed away in 2002. Continue reading →
Patt Gregory is a vivacious petite woman who loves her world of work – teaching woodworking to women in Mullumbimby, northern New South Wales, one of the prettiest and artiest communities in Australia! I point out her petiteness purely because she is a fully qualified carpenter, proving that determination beats stature every day.
Patt has recently published her book, ‘Woodwork for Women‘, which fits beautifully within her business, and she says the book is working well for her – a real career changer which is leading to opportunities to speak and present, to write regularly for publications, and more. Pat tells us here how she found her perfect career in a one-line ad!
Kate Knapp (above and below, with Ruby Red Shoes, her book, and me) made a career change and gave up the 9 to 5 life in Brisbane so that her gorgeous Twigseeds characters could come to life: they now roam the world freely on beautiful creations because Kate, now in her early40s, licenses others internationally to use her artwork on homewares, children’s toys and items, stationery and more. Continue reading →