My Inspiration

The success of every woman should be the inspiration of another.
– Serena Williams

I’ve been inspired by other women my whole life.

As a child, I remember stories of my dad’s mum, Mari, being a crane operator during WWII and receiving equal pay to the men. It was unheard of at the time but her male colleagues risked their own jobs and came out on strike for her, such was the strength of feeling in fairness.

Later, I remember gymnast Nadia Comaneci receiving 10s across the board, Floella Benjamin on children’s TV, Angela Rippon on the news and then, unforgettably, on Morecambe and Wise plus cosmonaut, Helen Sharman, who become the first British woman in space. All these women had done something no other women had until that point and their achievements stuck in my mind.

More recently, in 2016, I was inspired by four middle-aged women from York, the Yorkshire Rows, who became the oldest female team to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic unassisted in the World’s Toughest Row. My thought at the time was, ‘If they can do that, so can I – I know I can do that.’ 

I have always been a bit of an adventurer and showed very early signs when I surprised my grandmother by turning up on her doorstep one day. I’d walked there by myself about a mile or so from where I lived. I was three years old!  

Since then, I’ve travelled near and far. I lived in Spain and Argentina for 8 years and spent six months training to be a Transformative Coach in California.

After my mother passed away in late 2017, I started a small business making and selling beeswax wraps. It was something I just did and I love it as I feel I’m making a difference. I am being creative, I travel, hopefully inspire people to make a small change that can have a huge impact – something I’m very passionate about. And, although I have other people supporting me, I make each beeswax wrap myself.

Taking all of this into account, being the first woman to row an ocean unassisted at 59 to inspire menopausal women to go beyond what they believe to be possible for them makes sense to me.

*Large banner photo by Wolfshead Photography