I’d been admiring Katherine Mackenzie-Smith for quite a while when she eagerly said YES to doing a Wild Woman Interview with me. Her work with introverts completely lights me up (as it would any other introvert) and she’s an incredible assistant life coach trainer, writer and speaker too! As a self-confessed quiet achiever and passion-fuelled dream chaser, she’s on a mission to empower extraordinary women to step into their quiet power, discover their energetic secret sauce, and find their own way to shine in life, business, and everything in between.
Describe yourself in one sentence.
Coffee-loving, bookworm, movie nerd, who truly believes in the potential of everybody who wants to make a difference in this world.
What is your mission or purpose in this life?
My mission is to help introverts better understand themselves, connect with other wonderful quiet souls and find their own way to shine in life, business, love and everything in between.
When do you feel the most like yourself?
When I'm curled up on the couch with a good book. When I'm having deep, heartfelt conversations with a close friend or a wonderful client. When I'm being silly and giggling until it hurts with my partner. Basically, any time that I'm out of my head and truly embracing who I am and the moment I'm in.
Can you share with us a moment that changed your life?
Earlier this year, I had a session with a client and I was talking to her about understanding and honouring her introverted energy. We got off the call and it hit me that I often had this conversation with my clients. I was attracting these beautiful introverted souls into my life and it was time to really step up and own this part of myself so that I could help others do the same. It completely transformed my life and my business and was one of those epic lightbulb moments - everything just made sense after that.
When do you feel the most feminine?
Ohhhh I love this question! I'm proud to be a woman when I see other extraordinary women supporting and championing each other. In my childhood, I was exposed to more than my share of girls tearing each other down and, even now, I see so clearly how we are pitted against each other in the media and in society.
It makes me so proud and excited to see women truly supporting and lifting each other, and to have that kind of influence and support in my life. It's powerful and revolutionary. We are being called right now - as a species - to make some serious changes and I think that it all begins with women supporting other women.
How do you define success?
I define success almost as a feeling. A daily checking in, showing up and making sure that I'm aligned with me. We get so caught up with doing, achieving, and competing that it can turn into a vicious spiral of 'not enough'. Embracing little wins and feeling how you want to feel, that's true success. It's an attitude more than a list of accomplishments or a number on a bank statement.
Define a wild woman.
To be honest, the image that pops into my head is a free spirited, gypsy. Living for the moment, embracing her creativity and individuality, loving herself and giving little thought to what others think of her. I think that we all have that free spirit inside of us but we get in our own way. The more that we embrace that inner wild woman, the more powerful, free and connected we become.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Coffee. Seriously. You know the saying, 'Coffee, then the world'? That's about how it goes. I love taking the time to myself to enjoy that part of my morning (usually in silence) and then putting all my energy into my work and living an exceptionally beautiful life. It's not always easy but it's always worth it.
How do you find balance in your life?
Listening. I find it impossible to stick at things, following routines, or doing the same thing every day for months or years on end so instead, I listen to myself. I ask 'What do I need right now?' and do what I can to honour that. Some days (okay, weeks) I will just read and read and read. Other days I will want to be out and about with people. I will go three months journalling and/or meditating every day, and then completely stop, only to start again because I really need to. I don't know if there's such a thing as true balance, but I find that my body (or my soul or my heart, whatever it is that speaks to me) will tell me what I need when I make time to just listen.
If could tell all women just one thing, what would it be?
You are enough. Who you are right now, she is extraordinary. You don't need the perfect guy, or the perfect dress, or the perfect lipstick. You don't need to buy all the self help books or look externally for validation. You don't even need to listen to me. If you can believe in you. Listen to you. Embrace and love the perfectly imperfect you that you are, you have the power to do anything. There is no shame in trying and failing, in misstepping, or in throwing everything away to start again. It means that you're always moving forward and learning what you need to. The only thing stopping you from living the life you deserve and are capable of, is you. Please don't get in your own way and miss out on the opportunity to share your gorgeous self with the world.