Where does the time go? I could hardly believe that when I logged back in to my trusty blog that it had been more than a year since I had written something. What an odd, challenging, emotionally charged year it has been. And not just for me. This year has been one of those years that has me counting down the sleeps to when it will be over. Now, before you all rush to send me hate emails, (if there is anyone still left out there in StyleCrush land) let me start by saying that I am extremely grateful for all that 2017 has blessed us with… a healthy family, a loving home and togetherness. I realise that there are others that haven’t been as fortunate, and that fact is not lost on me. So, 2017, on behalf of those people, and me… you can kiss my a**!
But this blog wasn’t just about letting you all know what 2017 can do with my a** (although that was kind of therapeutic!) No, this blog is about one of the women in my life that has helped make 2017 bearable. In fact, I saw this woman today, not in our usual environment – it was the first time I have ever seen her outside of the Flourish Centre (more on that in just a minute) and it was odd, because after I saw her I received some not-so-happy news about something that we had been working on. First reaction was to cry (which I may or may not have done!) and then I texted her to let her know. And as if she knew that this was just another stepping stone, I could almost see her face and hear her voice when she replied with the kind of reply that meant ‘yes Natalie, so? We get up and we go again. This is not the end.’
Serena Williams has one, Leonardo DiCaprio has one, and Oprah has several. And I also have one. Let me introduce you to Rowena Hateley, life coach and founder of the Flourish Centre Perth. The Flourish Centre is exactly that – A place that helps you to… you guessed it! Flourish. And not just you, also your relationships, your business, your family… Any aspect of your life that needs a little flourishing. It’s a little bit of girl power, a whole lot of self love and a dash of home truths to turn out the perfect recipe for a happier heart. Rowena is my go-to. I found her through a friend of mine and simply put, I can’t live without her. And I don’t want to. On my recent visit with her, she gave me her new cards so that I could take a piece of her home with me. I’ve used them every day since she gave them to me. They are not tarot cards, they are Secret Women’s Business cards – designed to empower Women and their businesses (read also get your bum into gear and stop procrastinating!). Today, after my not-so-great news I decided to go to my cards, shuffle, lay 5 out and read. The tears stopped, the understanding began and the motivation was back. Rowena is about empowering Women, empowering business and empowering yourself. If she has taught me anything it is that you can do anything, be anything and have anything, you just need the right tools to unlock it. She doesn’t promise miracles (she isn’t in the miracle business), there is work involved – a LOT of self work, but if you work and you believe, and you have faith, anything is possible.
So, maybe there is someone out there who needs to flourish, or who needs an ear, or a shoulder to cry on (she has great shoulders for crying on and her tea making skills are ace!). Maybe there is something you’ve always wanted to do, like learn to ice skate, or grow cucumbers or write a book (hypothetically speaking of course) and maybe you feel like you’re too old to ice skate, or too clueless to grow cucumbers, or too filled with self doubt to get that book published (hypothetically… again) but you can learn, you can grow and you can do… sometimes we just need a little bit of something special to get us started… or a someone special.
Rowena, I know you are reading this (you’re my biggest advocate) and I want to thank you. Thank you for… well, everything. It’s not finished and it’s not published… but it is written. And it probably wouldn’t have been without you.
And no, I’m not paid to write this. I just want 2018 to be a little better for all of us.
With much love and gratitude,