What does it mean to me, to be a successful woman in 2019? One ting I’ve learned is that firstly, success doesn’t happen overnight, secondly that it’s not a destination, its a journey and it certainly isn’t liner. This is an adaptation of an Instagram post that I typed out on the morning of International Women’s Day, but I got so many comments that I wanted to share it here too.
Here is how I am defining what success looks like to me:
It’s to have children and to be able to craft a career, lifestyle and interests that are fulfilling for me.
A career that is full of choices, whereby if something doesn’t work for me, I either change it or I leave.
Raising a little girl means that my priorities are different. I’m focussed on fulfilling my real purpose and not just climbing the corporate ladder.
Having impactful and encouraging conversations with my daughter and other women – to discuss things that I haven’t before and to listen and learn from those around me; conversations that will change communities.
To be able to educate myself on anything I find interesting and to understand what my passion is and to invest in what makes me happy.
Understanding that education isn’t just a degree or a certificate but a real-world education including learning about myself.
Choosing to live my life with conviction and doing it with a smile on my face.
Being the captain of my own ship and to take responsibility for it all.
I want my own brand and my own business, in an industry that is typically dominated by men and to do it really well and to hold my own.
To invest in my future and my daughter’s future, to figure out what’s important to me at any given point in time and to pursue that.
To being in a constant state of growth, and to foster my own spiritual development too.
Knowing when I need to take time out to let my hair down, to understand when is the best time to get the work done, when is the best time to rest, when to plan for the next step and when is best to execute.
To understand when I need to look after myself and being unapologetic in that.
To find out what I like to spend my time doing and to do more of it.
Not to compare myself to anyone, because my journey is not the same has her journey and appreciating what I have and where I am in my life.
Today, I hope that more women continue their journey and define success on their own terms.
You can read the original Instagram post and everyone’s comments here.
International Women’s Day 2019.