Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome Last weekend, I sat around my living room with two of my oldest female friends. One of them, a highly skilled, qualified, and confident personal trainer who works in the heart of London helping people feel more confident about themselves and their bodies and get their nutrition on track. Another, a great artist in every sense of the word who has done both illustration, graphic design, and website design for Workshops for Women and several other companies and individuals. These are women I look up to, women I see as confident, women who command respect (and my gosh, deserve it). I opened up to them that I had succumbed to ‘imposter syndrome’ lately and I knew it was the only thing stopping me from pushing my business forward. They both nodded knowingly. Imposter syndrome, for those who are not familiar, is, according to the all-knowing Wikipedia:  “a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.” And one little fun fact Wikipedia doesn’t tell you is that amongst women it has pretty much infected everyone. I mean literally everyone. I have met women…

Why We Need to Stop Calling Women ‘Girls’

  I have considered myself a feminist since I was a small girl refusing to put a Tshirt on to sunbathe because my brother didn’t have to and, when told that my behaviour “wasn’t lady-like”, responding with a firm “Well, then I don’t want to be a lady!” I’ve been a feminist since before I knew what a feminist was, and gradually, over the years, I have learnt more and more about what it means to be a feminist and, in some cases, what it doesn’t. A few years ago a woman at work called me up on something: I had called a woman we had been working with a girl in a sweeping statement like “the girl from ____ took the paperwork”. She said “Don’t you think it’s odd how society refers to women as girls, but rarely men as boys?” I honestly, in all my years as a Tshirt rejecting feminist had never, ever thought about this. I was stunned- how had I been going around all these years infantilising women, calling them girls, and not even giving it a second thought? Like most of language it had seeped in unnoticed, unfiltered, until I had stopped to analyse…

Leading Lady January 2017: Ayesha Hazarika

Leading Lady January 2017: Ayesha Hazarika Each month at Workshops for Women, we aim to bring you a ‘Leading Lady’: someone who we find inspiring who is doing things a little differently. Every month there will be a different person under the spotlight from a different industry or circle and we will be asking them how they got to where they are, how being a woman affected their journey, and what advice they’d give someone just starting out. After a quiet December, we are kicking off 2017 with the fabulous and funky Ayesha Hazarika, who I had the honour of hearing speak at the recent Spirit of Women Changemakers Conference run by the Fawcett Society and Spirit 2012. Ayesha is an enchanting and charismatic speaker, communicating passionately about what she believes in with a very open presence. Ayesha carries with her an impressive CV, including her former role as Chief of Staff to Harriet Harman, and will be touring her comedy show this year- The State of the Nation. For dates go to  www.rbmcomedy.com In our interview, Ayesha tells us about her journey to getting where she is today and why we need to fall in love with failure… Could you explain,…

Leading Lady November 2016: Lisa Bardell

Leading Lady November 2016: Lisa Bardell  Each month at Workshops for Women, we aim to bring you a ‘Leading Lady’: someone that we find inspiring who is doing things a little differently. Every month there will be a different person under the spotlight from a different industry or circle and we will be asking them how they got to where they are, how being a woman affected their journey, and what advice they’d give someone just starting out. After a brief disappearance in October (Sorry, we were busy with this) we are back and kicking off November with the wonderful Lisa Bardell: Integrative Therapist, Executive Coach, and Life Coach. After meeting Lisa at a Damsels in Success meeting earlier in the year, I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. Lisa holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in NLP, Coaching & Clinical Hypnotherapy AND (as if that wasn’t enough) is an accredited NLP Master Coach and Advanced EFT Therapist. Oh, and she also has a book coming out in 2017 called ‘Shine Brighter’, make sure to look out for it! In our interview, Lisa tells us how she went from fashion to coaching, and why it’s…

Leading Lady September 2016: Polina Bakh

Leading Lady September 2016: Polina Bakh  Each month at Workshops for Women, we aim to bring you a ‘Leading Lady’: someone that we find inspiring who is doing things a little differently. Every month there will be a different person under the spotlight from a different industry or circle and we will be asking them how they got to where they are, how being a woman affected their journey, and what advice they’d give someone just starting out. This month’s leading lady is Polina Bakh. You may recognise her work because she did WFW’s illustrations for BOSS NOT B*TCHL: An Introduction to Assertiveness. Having known her since school, I am not only a great fan of her work, but also a great fan of her as a person! Aside from outstanding artistic ability, she is a headstrong woman and an inspiration to me. Learn more about Polina in her interview with Workshops for Women: Could you explain, in a few words, what you do? I am a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, and occasionally dabble in photography. What was your journey in getting to where you are today? The journey that led me to freelance was long and convoluted, with a detour…

Leading Lady August 2016: Lauren Fern Slater, Clean Slate Wellbeing

Leading Lady August 2016: Lauren Fern Slater, Clean Slate Wellbeing Each month at Workshops for Women, we aim to bring you a ‘Leading Lady’: someone that we find inspiring who is doing things a little differently. Every month there will be a different person under the spotlight from a different industry or circle and we will be asking them how they got to where they are, how being a woman affected their journey, and what advice they’d give someone just starting out. This month’s leading lady is Lauren Fern Slater, someone I have had the pleasure of knowing for over a decade now. She has been on an incredible journey of self-healing and self-discovery and is now an extremely successful personal trainer in Hammersmith, London. She’s rocking an industry in which women are a minority and she’s a powerful businessperson to boot. Learn more about Lauren in her interview with Workshops for Women: Could you explain, in a few words, what you do? I am a self-employed personal trainer, functional nutritionist and lifestyle coach. What was your journey in getting to where you are today? I spent my teenage years fluctuating between being underweight and overweight. I had an appalling relationship…