Name: SOPHIE BELL (PEPPA HART)
CITY: Gold Coast
CREATOR OF PEPPA HART and HARTLAND + CO , ALSO WORKING AS A FREELANCE STYLIST/CREATIVE DIRECTOR
MOTTO OR MANTRA YOU LIVE OR WORK BY:
Be happy, be kind + you are the only one that can make your dreams a reality.
Sybil Steele – I was lucky enough to interview Sybil in the early days of my blog and find her to be so fascinating. Talented in a million ways and a loving mother and wife. Sybil balances family and her career – it’s definitely where I want to be. Sybil has been extremely kind to me over the past few years, something I will never forget.
Sarah-Jane Clarke – All kinds of awesome, created an empire with her best friend from scratch. Values family, health and has the most insane style you have ever laid eyes on.
I could honestly go on and on but I draw inspiration from a million women, all strong and successful in their own right.
What is your proudest achievement?
This year has been big for me, I have recently launched my second business HARTLAND + CO, an online clothing store which has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember, to see that come to fruition is a pretty amazing feeling.
It still cannot believe that I get to make a living from doing things that I use to do for free for my family and friends. I really feel like the last few months have been a big shift in my career and I could not be more excited for what the future holds.
What makes you the most proud to be a woman?
Our compassion and the love women are capable of is incredible. I love that we get to have children, it still blows my mind that we can grow a human in our stomach!
Why do you think it’s so important for women to unite as a sisterhood and empower each other?
There is so much hate, anger and jealousy in our world, especially when it comes to women and the life they portray on social media. Women need to be supporting and uplifting each other not picking apart every tiny detail. We criticise not just others but ourselves, we need to embrace self love and confidence, when your headspace is negative about yourself or parts of your life it projects out onto everything in your path. I am a huge believer in what you put out there can become reality, by simply being kind and thoughtful and treating everyone you meet the way you would love to be treated it will come back to you ten fold. Love + happiness is contagious.
What are some examples of some small ways we can empower the women around us in our day to day life?
Encouragement, sometimes we need the smallest push to make our dreams come true. It’s the encouragement and love from women we love that can help us achieve anything. Sometimes all it needs to be is a simple compliment or reinforcement that we are doing the right thing.
Don’t sweat the small stuff, I know everyone says that but it’s so true.
And as I mentioned earlier love and happiness is contagious, spread it like crazy not only will it make you feel good but it will change someones day.
What or who keeps you passionate or inspired?
My darling husband, without him I could not of left my corporate gig to chase down my own business. He is the constant support and pushes me beyond what I think I can do, no matter what I think he backs me. I could not be more grateful for his support of all my wild ideas. He still looks at me like I am magic every single day.
I am also so lucky that my mother and mother in law are involved in my businesses, without them I would be lost.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with the Lorna Jane Sisterhood?
Don’t wait for things to happen in your life, you are wasting time. As cliche as it sounds, you only live once – don’t wait for something better to come along, don’t waste your life working in an average job you don’t like or waiting to go on your dream holiday, do the necessary things to make those dreams happen. You are responsible for your own happiness and success.
What words of wisdom would you like to share with women of the world?
- Be kind to yourself, you really are capable of anything you put your mind to
- Love and cherish those closest to you, without their love it would be a very lonely existence
- Don’t wait for the “future”, make it happen now…. Make it happen today