Spice up your Girl Power!!
Almost exactly a year ago Alisha was in Edinburgh on the most amazing 48 hour whirlwind trip to - see the Spice Girls live. While that’s a story for another day, the thing she kept singing around the office for weeks thereafter was “We’re the spice girls yes indeed. Just girl power is all we need. We know how we got this far. Strength and courage and a wonderbra.”
That little memory came flooding back to me when we were discussing this new channel on instagram called The Girls Club. Its a platform that is dedicated to connect women to share stories and inspire other women. Haha - what can we say - great minds think alike?
The thing is that it’s more important now than ever before that we as women support one another to be the best versions of ourselves!
Looking at our story alone, who knew that 2 women like Alisha and I could get this far in our lives, two successful business ventures and love for fashion and our homes. We have learnt so much from each other and couldn't have gotten to this point without the other. Strangers sometimes look at us and ask if we are sisters or even twins which we have a little giggle about but I think it shows just how connected we really are. The thing that underpins our relationship is our support for one another. We understand each other strengths and have full trust in each other to do what we know we are best at doing.
We have always wanted to encourage other women to have the courage to achieve what they dream to achieve so we caught up with Bianca Koyabe as the founder of The Girls Club for her thoughts on "girl power", women supporting women and of course - The Girls Club.
1. What do you see are the two major challenges that females face today?
I have only one thing that I think is a major challenge and it would have to be, in some industries, women not being paid as much as men for doing the same job - we see this in sports and in entertainment. This is frustrating because it’s like fighting a losing battle and that’s why I’m so hell-bent on creating my own lane.
2. What do you do to keep yourself motivated?
I meditate a lot, I listen to a lot of podcasts like Impact Theory by Tom Bilyeu, Pretty Big Deal by Ashley Graham and The Health Code by Sarah’s Day. I also listen to a lot of motivational speakers like Jim Rohn, Les Brown and Eckhart Tolle.
3. Who inspires you? And why?
Lupita Nyong’o - she has a quote that says “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid” - and this is a driving force for me because growing up feeling like I never really fit in anywhere it gives me hope that I can achieve my dreams without having to change who I am.
4. What do you want to achieve with The girls club?
The Girls’ Club is essentially a community I am building. It’s a TV Show where I sit down with strong women doing well in their fields and we speak about real-life stuff. And as a whole it’s a platform for females around the world to feel like they have a space where they are accepted, where they can improve on what they have going on and where they can reach their full potential. I want to eventually have workshops, panel discussions and mentorship programmes.
5. What are your top 3 tips for girls to keep on keeping on?
Keep positive, keep persistent and keep patient.
There is always something to smile about at the end of the day, whatever it is you’re trying to achieve - break it up and start small.
With that I would like to end with a quote from amazing Oprah Winfrey, who in our minds do-ith no wrong, "Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it!"
What are some of the challenges that you have faced as a women in business? We would love to hear from you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org