Looking for a healthy hit of inspiration? The following six women are sure to do the trick.
Sometimes you don't realise just how many brilliant women surround you. But it's International Women's Day so what better time to shed a light on all the awesome female movers, shakers and change-makers out there?
Recently I put the feelers out there to find out just how many inspiring people are in my circle of friends (and their circle of friends) and I had to scrape my jaw off the floor. Prepare to be blown away, these impressive women are doing all sorts of cool stuff.
Whether it be innovative entrepreneurs solving everyday problems or creatives with a wild sense of imagination, these women are changing the landscape and challenging the workplace status quo. Scroll on for six of the best.
Lauren Silvers, Founder and CEO of Glamazon App
Are you a beauty addict that loves to get glam? If the answer is yes, Glamazon is an app you need to download right now, granting you instant access to the diaries of the poshest salons Australia-wide.
Basically, it's beauty convenience in your pocket for women on the go. The founder behind Glamazon, Lauren Silvers, is a seriously cool chick. The Bondi-based babe set out to mix up the beauty industry for the better and bring beauty to everyone in the form of an easy to use booking app.
So what's her secret to launching a killer app? "Start with an original idea that aims at solving a problem or benefiting people's lives. The market is too saturated and competitive. You need to stand out in a crowded online and technological environment. Not in an earnest way, it’s just got to be something that people need or really desire."
Irene Tobin, Founder of Mister Woof
Originally from the sunshine state, Irene Tobin is a creative lady that started Mister Woof from a simple quest to find comfy stuff for her beloved pooch, Harper. Turning her love of animals and the struggle to find the right products into a site stocking trend-driven doggy clothes and cosy bedding, the designer doggy-wear label is proudly produced out of Australia.
"The Mister Woof Instagram has been an outlet where I have let my personality come to life. I love having fun with the quirky quotes and giving each dog featured a little personality and voice." - IT
Jasmine Dowling, Typographer
Take one look at her aesthetically-pleasing Instagram feed currently clocking in at 175k followers, and you'll be swept away by her inky brushstrokes. Yet another Brissy girl with oodles of talent, Jasmine is the definition of a true millennial slashie.
A style blogger, one hellovah typographer (or as she prefers, letterer) and general creative wizard, she's self-taught and has a great eye for flatlay, fashion stuff and pretty things. In her words "it was love at first stroke!".
Jasmine Garnsworthy, The Dream Job
Currently living in New York, this trendy ex-Sydneysider works as an editor and writer by day, juggles an insane calendar of fashionable events and enviable work trips (most recently: Vegas and Tulum) around the clock, and runs her own side project by night: The Dream Job.
The site's dedicated to giving career advice for millennials, and is full of interviews with her successful industry friends, peeks inside Australia’s best companies, and career tips from professionals.
If you're looking for a daily dose of inspiration to keep you motivated in achieving your goals or you're on the hunt for nifty advice to put towards your next interview, get the career advice goodness delivered to your inbox on the reg [here].
CJ Hendry, Australian Artist
If you're from Brisbane, it's pretty darn likely you already know of CJ (Catherine Jenna) Hendry. A hugely successful artist putting pen to paper day in and day out, Hendry spends around 12-15 hours every day drawing large-scale pieces that will blow.your.mind.
"There is not one word or sentence that can describe the overwhelming feeling I have when I draw. It's just what I was put on this earth to do." - CJH
For this talented young lady, now living the dream in the big apple, Instagram changed her life. Literally. Discovered by Bill Tokis (The Cool Hunter) on the photo sharing app, Hendry's life went from 0-100 real quick. Highlights include her participation in "The Art Hunter" exhibition, selling a drawing of Kanye on a $100 bill to Kanye West himself, and most recently a series for The Trophy Room.
If you're looking for something to take your breath away, check out her Instagram here and prepare to be seriously wow-ed.
Sarah Regan, Co-Founder of Little Flowers
Sick and tired of her 9-5 office life, Sarah had a simple (read: genius) idea and ran with it: making the gesture of flower-giving accessible and affordable for everyone. Taking out the notion that the gift of flowers are saved only for occasions and making it a just because thing, she swapped her fancy career in advertising for 5am trips to the flower market.
It's simple – everyday there's one style of bunch available to be delivered for $30 that's advertised across the brands social media platforms. Once they're sold out, that's it!
"Back yourself and surround yourself with people who can do what you can’t. And celebrate every little success, no matter how big or small. Chase your dreams and the universe will definitely help you out. Its been very kind to me." - SR.