My name is Catherine Spencer and I am the founder of Inspiring Women. During my sporting career and since starting Inspiring Women, I have met and dealt with some truly incredible people. Sometimes the messages and stories of our IW Speakers are, although incredibly inspiring, difficult to relate to – at first. When we talk to an audience about winning an Olympic gold medal, leading our country to a World Cup final, scaling Everest or traversing Greenland, completing an Ironman or rowing an ocean, our audience cannot always recognise themselves in the story straightaway. These incredible achievements seem beyond comprehension and outside the realm of our everyday lives.
I retired from international sport nearly five years ago but since then I have learnt to love standing on a stage and speaking. I have come to understand that there is a need to provide a platform for women to share their stories because there is a desire to hear them. We have a value and worth and people want to listen to what we have to say. Five years on from retirement, as my everyday life becomes more familiar, my own past achievements and life sometimes seem as unrecognisable to me as to the people who listen to my story.
However, I’ve also learnt that there is room for the remarkable, the incredible, the awe-inspiring in our everyday working, personal and social lives – and that’s what Inspiring Women aims to uncover.
The new IW Weekly blog charts my 2016 as I aim to become re-inspired and achieve my everyday New Year’s Resolutions. For no other reason other than that my playing shirt number was 8, here are my 8 resolutions for this year.
- Become a dress size 14
- Do a chin up (!!)
- Row 2000 metres in under 7 minutes 30 seconds
- Complete a swimming challenge
- Remember my godson’s birthday and send him a card and present!
- Write my book
- Launch ‘IW Wear’
- Be happy with my everyday
By documenting my life through ‘IW Weekly’ I am making a promise to you – but more importantly, I am making a promise to myself that I will achieve these goals. In this big sporting year I won’t be anywhere near Rio but I am looking to achieve my own personal Olympic Gold; I won’t be heading to the Himalayas but in my everyday life I will be aiming to reach the peak of my Everest.
I hope you’ll join me on my journey and I’d love to hear about how you aim to achieve your own personal best in 2016.
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