They say a picture paints a thousand words.
A garden full of inspiring women, beautiful flowers, autumnal sunshine, and inspiration by the bucket load.
There were many more than a thousand words spoken. More than a thousand looks from a sisterhood that had only met an hour or so before.
The energy was palpable, the laughter was spontaneous and the smiles were vibrant. A collective of 23 women all with one thing in common.
They have all made a change in their life from maybe nurse to burlesque, make-up artist to coach, city worker to property developer, teacher to copywriter, HR consultant to Yogi. They all have an inspiring story.
It is an inspiring story of growth, awakening and truth.
So, what made us meet in a beautiful garden one Wednesday afternoon – to join together to take a powerful inspiring message forward?
The story starts in the beautiful grounds of the offices of Vivienne Neal of VKN digital, and her desire to help creative people make the shift from the shackles of employment into a world of freelance and business ownership.
She was writing a book Create Work Earn. To help people make this shift.
I know lots of people who have made that shift myself and many I have likewise helped on their journey as a coach, it is something I am passionate about people living their life and claiming it as theirs.
I suggested getting people together who had done this already and let them tell their story.
Some of these stories are used as case studies in the book Create Work Earn. Others will be used as blog posts in this series, all convey the message of change, growth and the development of independent earning.
Lights Camera Action!
The late summer sun was shining as the leaves were beginning to turn into those vibrant hues of amber, red and orange. The last flowers of the season were vibrant in the walled garden.
The criteria for the photo shoot was that we had all changed our lives to be working our passion and following our life path.
We had to wear black and we had to wear red lipstick.
The reason for the “uniform”? So we had an identity but could still celebrate our individuality. There were trousers and jackets, cocktail dresses and corsets, with everything else in-between.
The results were stunning. A visual cross section of the strength of woman and the support that they have for each other and more.
There is a story behind each person, a story behind each smile, it is a story of realisation and strength.
These stories will follow.