Last week Sip and I spent 5 days in Fiji with 160 businesswomen at our inaugural Nurture Her retreat. We usually ‘work’ at our events but this time we had the privilege of ‘attending’. We were so lucky to have the opportunity to share in the real stories told by fascinating women. Sip wanted to thank all the inspiring people we met, so I’ll let her take this one away…
I’m hoping each of you came away from our very first Nurture Her retreat feeling just as I do. Inspired, energised with the realisation I belong to an amazing community of female innovators and business leaders.
Everyone from family, friends and acquaintances tell us how lonely success can be, that as leaders in business we need to accept our lot. I’m calling bull$@#* on this!
Spending time in Fiji gave me what I’ve needed all along – each and every one of you! I have found my tribe – women who are daring, innovative and courageous. I listened to your stories and learned so much about you and myself – realising we were sharing the same story: stepping up to set up our companies, armed with the inner belief maybe this might fly, only to watch it soar.
As the week progressed the importance of sharing our journey became tenfold, understanding the very real and important contribution we make to our communities and that we’re all in this together. However, we have to take care of ourselves and each other to sustain the dream.
Nurture Her showed celebration was more than poppin’ bottles. It’s the re-telling of hard yards made and won, knowledge gained through trial and error and most importantly sharing that knowledge. Our time together in Fiji made me appreciate the enormity of what we each do and that there were so many wonderful reasons to celebrate… and for some, it was the first time you allowed yourself to celebrate. Yasssss!
I’m at my desk, laptop open looking at my schedule with an impossible task list to clear before Christmas. I’m not daunted though, I’m thinking of each and every one of you, knowing you’re doing exactly the same. The image of your faces is all the inspiration I need to get into my day.
Thank you for an incredible week, for allowing me to celebrate your journey and for also celebrating mine. We’ve created something truly special and I can’t wait to do it all again.
See you soon,