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Finding Community and Clarity Through Books

Finding Community and Clarity Through Books

Confidence, Story
Today's post comes from the lovely Donna, who just about personifies what it means to be a Wildfire Woman. If you're a fellow self-dev book junkie, we think you and Donna will get along like jelly and ice cream... I’ll always remember my very first ‘self-help’ book. As a naïve 12year old on her first holiday to the USA I selected ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul from the shelves of Walmart’. That sounds pretty interesting, I thought. Not about actual Chicken Soup I later realised but a collection of essays about love and loss, life and death. It was a world away from my packed bookshelf of fiction at home. Then, through a series of unfortunate events in my mid-twenties I was gifted my second ‘self-help’ book. A book that…
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How To Make The Most of Wildfire Women

Mindset
We've all been to events, talks, conferences, retreats that we were anticipating for weeks... and then when it came to the big day? We felt a tad... overwhelmed. We'd love you to have the best possible time over the Wildfire Women weekend, so we have a few tips to make the most of it:   Set an intention Setting an intention is a surefire way to create the best experience you can have at an event like this. Taking the time in advance to ask yourself why you are attending and what you wish to achieve brings focus and clarity. At the same time, allowing ourselves to be flexible and spontaneous creates a pathway for unexpected magic. Feel free to share your intentions for the weekend on our Wildfire Women…
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How To Give Your Story A Voice

How To Give Your Story A Voice

Mindset, Story
“But I don’t have a story!" she says, defiantly. Another waste-of-time workshop, masquerading as a fix-all for the broken business woman. Stories are reserved for those with racy pasts, romantic tragedies; the comeback kids. She was just a middle-of-the-road, (wannabe) middle-class, miserable girl who was trying to ‘make it’ - whatever that meant. That night she had a dream. She was taken back to the first week of university, when she met on intense character who would quickly become her closest friend, mentor, confidant - and fellow mischief maker. Her friend had a story. Oh boy did she have a story. One that our middle-of-the-road protagonist had no way of relating to - she had led such a bland existence in comparison. Unsure of what to say after hearing her…
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In Conversation With Elloa + Nige Atkinson

Conversation
Today we have a Wildfire DUO - authors of 'Odd Man Out: Breaking the Vow of Male Silence' talking to us about the consequences we face when we aren't encouraged to step into our power and connect on a deeper level. Tell us what you do - and more importantly, why you do it? We write, speak, teach workshops and offer coaching to support men to break the vow of male silence and voice their emotional truth about what it means to be a man in the world today. We do what we do because we see men quietly struggling under a vow of silence that prohibits them from talking and connecting with themselves and each other, and the consequences can be heartbreaking. We want to do what we can…
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In Conversation With Alice Reeves

In Conversation With Alice Reeves

Career, Confidence
Today we chat to superstar Wildfire Woman, Alice Reeves! She talks to us about community, collaboration, conversation and the magic that happens when you learn to trust, ask, and take. Tell us what you do - and more importantly, why you do it? I'm a social media and content marketing consultant, and my business is called The Joyful Web. I believe marketing your business should be fun, creative, and an opportunity for self-expression – the most successful marketing has a purpose beyond simply selling what you offer, and that's what I aim to create and get my clients excited about. I'm also a children's author and in partnership with illustrator Phoebe Kirk (another awesome Wildfire Woman!) we have self-published four children's books for ages 5-8 under the name Truth &…
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The Power Of The Truth—Thea’s BIG truth.

The Power Of The Truth—Thea’s BIG truth.

Confidence, Mindset
“How To Earn six figures.” This topic has been trending for a few years now. There are a tonne of business coaches & ‘I’m-a-stay-at-home-Mom-&-I-had-one idea-about-a-green-health-shake-that-I-turned-into-my-dream-life-here-are-my-shiny-photos-to-make-you jealous’ gurus out there (constantly on my Facebook feed it seems). Let’s cut the giant BS. We’ve been having the same refreshing conversation again & again with our Wildfire Women speakers. They want to tell the truth, from the heart. They want to talk about the highs, lows & what keeps them going when there are obstacles in the way. What truly matters. And yes, it’s possible to make money from your business dream (&/or get to whatever your personal goal is) but there’s no need for anyone to need to feel so terribly inadequate in comparison along the way. It’s time to tell the…
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In Conversation With Ali Williams

In Conversation With Ali Williams

Conversation
Today we're in conversation with Ali Williams - Wildfire Women speaker and aficionado of all things chick lit (and Italian food...) Tell us what you do - and more importantly, why you do it? By day I work within academic services in higher education (essentially, I'm a timetabling queen), but by night I'm an editor for an online romance magazine, a line editor for romance novels and an academic. What's the biggest misconception people have about you (or your industry)? Romance as a genre and an industry gets put down by pretty much everyone with comments such as "the books are all the same", "they're one big cliche" and "they're misogynistic". My academic research argues that these books are worthy of scholarly scrutiny, and my work with PHS magazine revels…
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What’s Your Purpose? Answer These 3 Questions To Find Out

What’s Your Purpose? Answer These 3 Questions To Find Out

Mindset
Today we have Wildfire Women founder Thea Anderson tackling one of the biggest questions many of us choose to face in our lifetimes... What's your purpose? You have a purpose. You were born for a reason… Your life purpose defines you. It helps you know who you truly are. For most of us there is a gap between the life we are leading and who we truly are… The bigger the gap, the greater the stress. ~ Action For Happiness (Neil Crofts) There are many reasons that people seek to work with a life coach but one of the biggest is not feeling that they know the answer to this question, ‘What is my purpose?’ Some people are happy to coast along in a career that just pays the bills…
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How becoming my own boss has changed my life

How becoming my own boss has changed my life

Career
Today's story comes from Wildfire Woman and Brighton Girl herself, Pippa Moyle. We love Pippa's insightful look into the behind-the-scenes (and behind the Instagram filters) snapshot into life when you're your own boss. It's not all 6-figure overnight successes, that's for sure ;) Take it away Pippa! Six months ago to the day, I was wracked with a mess of emotions. My savings account was empty, my current account was completely avoided, the temperature was stubbornly plummeting below zero and having the heating on became an increasingly stressful luxury. This is a pretty normal description of a January for most adults. Hidden beneath the 'New Year's Resolutions' is the harsh reality that we spent far more than we should have in December and should probably detox before we do our…
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That Bitch, Comparison

That Bitch, Comparison

Fear, Mindset
I recently interviewed a heroine of mine, Jasmine Star - photographer and branding expert - a woman made from moxie, beauty, grit and what I can only imagine is fairy dust. She admitted to struggling with what I would call, comparisonitis. That she had been afraid there’s not enough room for herself and her fellow sisters. Someone has to get out of the elevator. But we know that the truth is; the only thing there is no room for is comparison itself. Her words stuck with me (may be because of the baked goods association): “It isn’t that there’s just enough of the pie to go around. There’s a whole freakin’ BAKERY of pies to go around!” So let’s talk about this. If someone as wildly successful as Jasmine can…
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