Elle Lynn is my blogging bestie, soul sister and co-founder of The Goddess Sisterhood. As if that's not a big enough job, she absolutely rocks her own biz JuJu Creative Hub. I first met Elle in an intern position and as she told me about her business idea, I remember thinking "I'm going to work for this girl one day". Funnily enough, that business idea turned into JuJu Creative Hub and I've been privileged to walk this path with her. Elle shows me more love and kindness than anyone I have met along my blogging journey and I am continually flabbergasted by her incredible insight and advice. Soak it all up, lady loves!
Describe yourself in one sentence.
I'm a mixture of one-part hippy, one-part nerd and a whole-lotta crazy.
What is your mission or purpose in this life?
To live a life of impact. I believe that every single one of us was put on this earth to facilitate change. To question how things are and why they came to be and to move things forward in a way that generations before us would never have imagined. I'm not yet sure what my impact will be, in fact I hope I impact more than just one thing. Nevertheless, I am determined to create some impact, right now that impact is inspiring and supporting other women in business!
When do you feel the most like yourself?
When I'm laughing - usually at my own stupid nonsense and usually when no-one else is laughing.
Can you share with us a moment that changed your life?
I had a nervous breakdown in November last year, almost twelve months ago. I remember lying on my bed paralysed with anxiety. For someone who always knew the next ten moves ahead, I was literally crippled by the thought of having to consider what the next move might be (and I'm talking, do I start on the excel document or the flyer - not exactly life threatening decision making going on!).
The days after this, I knew there was no way forward but for me to leave my soul-sucking job and forge my own path - even if it was a big fat failure! This broke the cycle for me of having to be everything and know everything, and although it took a while, I was able to come out of this 'funk' and start to create the life I REALLY wanted for myself - not what others thought I should have.
When do you feel the most feminine?
When I'm celebrating other women. Whether it be their birthday, their achievements or the fact that they splurged on a new outfit that made them feel sexy. Seeing other women who are unapologetically being women makes me inspired to celebrate my own femininity.
How do you define success?
Success to me, is accomplishing goals. Not tangible goals, like earn $500k or lose ten kilos. Success is about setting out to achieve something you didn't think you could, or feel a certain way that you currently don't. It's about the shift that takes place along the journey - not the destination.
Define a wild woman.
A wild woman knows what she wants, and strives to get it. She realises that there will be times when she has to fight for it, and times when she needs to show compassion to herself and those around her. A wild woman knows her own strength. She acknowledges her weaknesses by seeking people that support them. A wild woman can be calm and cool, but also fierce. She forges paths for future women and helps them dream bigger.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Really strong coffee! But on a more serious note, I'm stoked to be able to everyday work with gorgeous women who are creating a business that is filled with passion and purpose. I love being able to support these women in becoming liberated through what they do and flame the sparks burning within them, to become roaring flames that speak their truth. Basically I'm passionate about the #girlboss
How do you find balance in your life?
To be completely honest, this is an absolute struggle for me! I can't tell you that I've FOUND balance yet. It does keeps knocking at my door every now and again, reminding me of it's existence, but for so long I trained myself to work long hours and slog it out in order to reap the rewards, that remembering to take time out can be very difficult at times.
That being said, I SEARCH for balance by gardening, trying to book in time away and also switching off at the end of the night. This is my learning curve, that I'm getting better at every time I practice!
If could tell all women just one thing, what would it be?
Be unapologetically you! And I say that to myself also. Let's make a pact, to stop shrinking ourselves down and to stop underestimating ourselves and to start standing up for ourselves and one another. It's about time we came together and celebrated each other for exactly who we are.