“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.” – MOHAMMED ALI
Natalie shares her story and experiences and how she dealt with the challenges and changes of transitioning her career. When you have family and children as part of the transition plan, there are many emotions surrounding this experience, for yourself, your family and for those around you. Natalie has had an amazing journey from being an Area Manager, to then leave the security of that role to take time out and discover her passions, to finally move into a new career phase with passion, commitment and dedication.
We interviewed Natalie to share some insights on what we will learn from her at our event on 30 June.
Q: Share your expertise – describe what you offer to people attending on the day and why you are good at what you do?
A: What I offer is my journey in the hopes that it will inspire others to have the confidence to follow their own dreams. My career transitions are part of that journey and it is this broad range of expertise that I draw from to allow me to run a successful business. From being an Advertising Manager in the media sector, to being a state manager for Avon that required self-motivation, to retraining my skills-set and following my passions to become a successful entrepreneur, my message is always about finding the balance – what you do to earn a living, has to match your life goals. I have learnt something very important at each of my roles and it has shaped my life for what it is today. Making the conscious decision to follow my passions has changed the focus of my career. I am now a successful entrepreneur and I want to inspire others, and encourage them to follow their passions and find a fulfilling career.
Q: How will you be able to help women – what skills will they learn from you? (in the workshop)
A: “Planning – Planning – Planning”. I am a SUPER organised person so I will be sharing some of my timetabling tips and tricks. It is about being kind to yourself, making sure you have those special moments total with kids, and being adaptable to timetabling adjustments that may need to be made.
To manage a big change in your life you really need to focus on being organised, be very strict on your time, plan everything out, and keeping a focus on finding the right balance.
Communication is key and making sure that everyone is on the same page and understands what is happening and why.
My secret weapon is the 3 part timetable: Work time, Mum time and Me time – women seem to say this far too often when it comes to themselves – “I’ll catch up on that later”. Do that exercise later, look after myself later. You are just as important as all the other priorities and it is the “me” time that will make a difference to the overall flow of your life.
Q: Share a personal story – how your journey can inspire others
A: I had a lot of negative talk in my family circles when I decided to go back to study. “How could you be so selfish?” “What about the kids”. The transition phase was already challenging enough as I was so committed to becoming a Pastry chef I was travelling 18 hours per week to study in Joondalup (from Bunbury), working two jobs, living off about three hours sleep a night, and then to have this emotional layer to cope with really added to the pressure.
To deal with that conversation, I just had to let people say what they needed to say. The turmoil was within myself to justify to that I was doing the right thing at the right time.
To help cope with all the emotions, I made sure I was doing lots of self-motivation and good things for me, checking in with myself and making sure that I was ok
To deal with the guilt, I had to learn to let it be ok, that not everyone was going to agree with me, everyone is going to have their opinion.
I knew what I was doing was the right thing for me.
My message to everyone else out there, is that you can have it all. You can be a wonderful Mum, you can find a career that you love, and you can find time for yourself. You just need to make a plan and be strict in managing your time.
Q: What led you to share these are your top 5 tips?
A: If I think about the journey I have had, these 5 key tips are the things that I valued most in my transition phase:
Top 5 Tips:
- Having a plan – a focus on the outcome (what you will gain out of the industry)
- Set goals, and measure goals in a reasonable timeframe – realistic expectations
- Have a balance – and don’t feel you have to justify the balance you have created to others (no guilt)
- Celebrate the little things – the milestones (even the smallest of things, the achievements,
- Even if there are setbacks, learn from it and realign with your goals and move forward
Q: What inspires you? And why do you want to be involved in this event?
A: I am motivated to be the best I can possibly be at anything that I do. With this focus, I know that it will bring opportunities for me personally and also for my family.
Being able to support other women in their journey is something that I truly value, and this event has provided that platform to reach out and offer support to others.
I have far exceeded any expectations that I ever had for myself or what my life was going to be like. As a woman, it is ok to want more than just the family, 2.2 kids, car and a home. I would like to inspire other women with my story so that they know that they can achieve anything they want to – if they put their minds to it.
- An interview with Natalie Moremon (prepared by Ruth O’Dwyer)
- Guardians of Happiness
- Speaker at our project: Re-energising Women to Re-enter the Workforce
- Presentation Topic: Transitioning your career
- Event: 30 June 2016 @ Bunbury CCI, 15 Stirling Street, Bunbury, Western Australia
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