Mikki Auld \\ International Women's Week Series I
We caught up with our girl boss and very own wonder woman, Mikki. Here Mikki shares her best advice for women wanting to leave their ‘9 to 5’ and pave their own path, how she empowers herself and the women around her as well as the daily rituals that keep her grounded.
How do you empower yourself and the women around you?
Sisterhood is so special and it’s important that we stand together and lift one another up. Celebrating women, feminine energy and female form will only strengthen our community and encourage positivity for all of us to enjoy. Support your local girl gang, get outside of your comfort zone and attend female networking event’s, panel discussions and women’s circles.
Beyond the curated world of social media, do you have any rituals that help you to remain authentic and true to yourself?
My schedule is busy and as my business grows it’s becoming increasingly difficult to fit in all of the little things and take time out. Creating rituals and good daily habits has been a god sent for me. Having always been (not so much of) a morning person, I’ve trained myself to wake up early to make the most of the day. I make an effort to move my body daily, eat nourishing meals and have made a sanctuary of my space so that when I’m home, I’m relaxed, comfortable and present. My family and friends are super important to me and I make time to enjoy their company by minimising my workload over weekends.
“Celebrating women, feminine energy and female form will only strengthen our community and encourage positivity for all of us to enjoy.”
If you could give one piece of advice to young women contemplating leaving their 9 to 5 and going after their dreams, what would it be?
Self-management is important. It really needs to be your primary focus before (and even during) running your own business venture. You need to put your health and wellbeing first and do what’s right for you. It’s integral that you know what risks to take and when to take them, in order to make the transition as smooth as possible. Challenging yourself will always pay off and nothing is as rewarding as having your own venture and seeing it thrive. I believe that if you can master yourself, you’ll master your business.
What are you reading at the moment?
I have just finished “Just Kids” by Patti Smith, which was hauntingly beautiful and have just picked up “Anna Karenina.” (I’m late to the party) Generally, I’ll go between books written on business or leadership and old-time classics but some of my favorites are; “Women Who Run With Wolves”, “A Moveable Feast” and “The Wind Up Bird Chronicle.” Haruki Murakami is a genius.
What do you use as a creative outlet?
I enjoy writing and sadly, don’t do much of it at the moment. I’ve always enjoyed poetry and feel journaling is important. Cooking is also a form of meditation for me. My grandmother taught me to cook when I was really quite young and I’ve always found so much pleasure in creating that way and enjoy bringing people together. It really is what lights me up most.
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