COntent creator and curator
From Paris, France
What’s on your mind right now?
I’m writing about online content curation at the moment, so I’ve been thinking a lot about having a better more ‘mindful’ web experience, breaking through the clutter and discovering all the beauty and creativity at our fingertips. I’m trying to upgrade my online life, simple things like for example using Soundcloud to its full and massive potential. All these resources are available to us but like anything in life silly habits can mean we don’t really extend our reach and take advantage.
Describe yourself in one sentence?
Ambitious, over sensitive, determined and instinctual, a control freak and a bit of a hippy: basically a contradiction.
How would you describe the glass ceiling you had?
I hit a glass ceiling made of negative expectations: As a single mother and a foreigner I found an unfair amount of emphasis is put on the ‘personal’ rather than merits. It meant that there was an expectation that I would trip up in my professional life as I already had the excuses for when I did. It made me wonder if as a woman people seem to seek the background story, the ‘personal’ more so than with men.
How did it affect you? How did you feel at the time?
Of course this only made me work harder and but it was pretty unnecessarily stressful. It made me feel like I had something to prove and something I should hide. All that’s past history now, but it was definitely a life learning experience. It helped me grow and rise up as a person and taught me a lot about empathy and judgment, so no regrets.
How did you break this glass ceiling?
I stayed positive. I’m a great believer in creating you own reality and being empowered by positive thinking. Using affirmations, subliminals, guided meditation, coaching or whatever tools are out there to boost one up. In this case I actually went to home to New Zealand and had a bit of a reality check moment and was able to come back to France with a new attitude, revised standards, goals and motivation.
How do you feel about where you are today, after breaking your glass ceiling?
Light, positive, motivated and curious.
What advice would you give to someone going through this glass ceiling?
Persevere! Breaking the glass celling is a majestic courageous battle. Seek support, examples and keep your fun, light, dare I say feminine side alive. Remember it’s a game. A game to be taken seriously yes, but maybe not personally, that’s the difference where I think lots of women get burnt out in a way men don’t.
What are your upcoming projects?
Working with Bsharp.io an online mentoring solution -a really inspirational startup with an interesting vision. Refining my aesthetic project beautyedtions.com -rethinking what I can offer people on this more personal platform. Enjoying my domestic life: being mum, cooking, drawing, reading the New Yorker in the bath.
Tell us about something, like a quote that inspires you?
I overheard a French artist say ‘merci d'avoir fait confiance à la fragilité’ I thought that was beautiful and relevant, it’s always stayed with me.