This week's inspirational Biz Gal is a woman who was instrumental in my decision to take the leap from the corporate world back into the world of small business last year.
Her infectious zest for life and focus on empowering women encouraged me to take her on as my coach. She guided me, asked the questions I needed to be asked, offered me the tools I needed and held me accountable each fortnight to make whatever small changes I felt comfortable in making to take my life in a healthier and more fulfilling direction.
She offered me clarity and has helped so many other women like me with her wisdom, support, care, concern, belief and understanding.
It is truly an honour to feature Kemi as part of this series.
Biz Gals: What is your greatest achievement?
Kemi: Following what I believe is the best thing for me, even when everyone around me tells me to do otherwise. I was raised to believe that this was a form of arrogance, but I call it backing yourself. Taking in my inner circle's concerns and ideas is important, but ultimately, I have to choose how my life goes. I am responsible.
Biz Gals: What is the greatest lesson you have learnt?
Kemi: So many, but the ones that come to mind are:
True learning happens after you have left school. That a few friends that you can be 100% yourself with are a true gift. That birthing your own offering into the world, takes focus, commitment and consistent growth and action. That nature heals and energises. That women have to step up, and those that do step up, have to support those who can’t.
Biz Gals: What is the best bit of advice you have been given?
Kemi: I have been given some great advice in my lifetime, but the nugget that comes to mind is the most recent. “Don’t go to the butcher for bread” Translated this means we all have certain strengths and weaknesses and we can only give what we have to give.
Biz Gals: What or who inspires you?
Kemi: Women inspire me. We have for centuries been told we have no worth and we have no voice. And those that have had a voice have paid. As women around the world, from different backgrounds are saying “enough is enough”. There are so many injustices being called out at the same time and that creates power for change I believe that some of our female strength has come from being told ‘no’ in so many ways for way to long. Globally women are saying ‘yes’ to themselves. That inspires and moves me deeply.
Biz Gals: What is your biggest hope for women in the future?
Kemi: That we keep saying yes to ourselves and, to each other.