Woman Wednesday: Melanie


Q and A with Melanie, Cape Town, South Africa

“Given the time and the right circumstance, it will be uncovered.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: My name is Melanie Rutgers, and I am from Cape Town, South Africa. I love creating things as well as opportunities and experiences that influence and effect change for whomever that change is for at that moment hoping that it will have a lasting impact.

The current space I am in is women transitioning into menopause and midlife, creating platforms and events where they become empowered with information to go through the transition a lot easier and safer based on several factors.

I am very passionate about the work that I am currently busy with because I had a horrible experience during my transition and struggled to understand and manage it as I discovered that there was very little information about women going through this phase of their lives. Among other things, I am an educational and training development practitioner, which simply means that I am qualified to facilitate information for educational purposes.

Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I am college educated and have post-grad studies in business strategy and organizational development. I had a good middle-class upbringing and always got into trouble for asking way too many questions! I found that I had a passion to create from very early in my life and that I could use my voice to make a difference. I was always creating opportunities and experiences and events in our neighborhood and community and had a large variety of friends, much to my parent’s distress at times. [She laughs.]

The biggest lesson that I have learned about my story so far is that in one’s pursuit of finding more whatever that more is, not always make impulsive decisions as you get older; some things need careful thought and planning because they can have severe consequences on those closest to you. Always be teachable.

Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: Let me just say that it costs you if you become anything close to what is now coined as a solopreneur. You have to believe that what you are doing is your life’s work! So, we are currently fundraising to televise an event where we can take information to women who don’t have access to quality health care in our country, on a much larger scale than we have been doing so they can also be well and a lot more informed but most importantly, to know that they are not alone.

Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A:
Let me start by saying kudos to every woman who has ever fought for women’s rights and even went as far as changing legislation so that our voices could be heard; however, as far as feminism goes, in my opinion, it does not always need to be a fight to prove that we are worthy and capable in any one particular way or another because there is nothing to compete against. Women possess uniqueness, power, class, and strength that is unprecedented. Firstly, it is divine and very well-thought-out because we can create, influence, and maintain excellent multitasking power that no other creature on this planet has been blessed with! And those who seem not to possess what I am talking about, know that it exists, it’s there beneath what appears as brokenness; given the time and the right circumstance, it will be uncovered.

PS-I forgot to mention that I have recently just completed my first season as a talk show host and producer. This is me in the center with my two guests and two of the crew.

Thank you for reading!

Woman Wednesday: Karen W.


Q and A with Karen, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

“We all have so much knowledge, wisdom, and our own personal story, so why wouldn’t you want to use your learning to change the lives of others?”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I’m passionate about business and books. I started out in business in 2006 and haven’t looked back. It’s been a rollercoaster ride and I found my passion in 2014 when I started supporting business owners to write their bestselling and business building books. I wrote my first book in 2009 and have just published my ninth (currently available as a digital book only–paperback to follow)! It was my success that drove others to seek my support in this area. And I love it when a client says to me “this is what I wrote!” when they have their book in their hands for the first time. And it’s great to see all the success that can come off the back of having a book when you do it well. You can find out more about my new book at www.the7shifts.com.

Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I was a shy child, introverted and–probably not surprisingly, looking back–I loved books. I had a pretty normal childhood, an only child with two loving parents, and my life has been impacted more by my adult years. My dad died nine years ago and, around the same time, I decided to embrace every opportunity in life, which led me to becoming a firewalk instructor, doing a parachute jump and taking up skiing in my late thirties.

Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: I initially trained to be a coach in 2006 and then did my NLP qualifications to master practitioner level. Naively, I wanted to change the world but soon realised I could only do this one person at a time. Now as The Book Mentor, I can change the world of thousands of people by supporting my authors to get their books out of their head and into the hands of those who need to read them. We all have so much knowledge, wisdom and our own personal story, so why wouldn’t you want to use your learning to change the lives of others? Especially when you can help them to avoid pain or give them short cuts to success.

Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A:
I’m not a feminist and I love working with all my clients—men and women. However, more often or not, the people who get in their own way are the ladies I work with. So, it’s wonderful when they realise the power of what they know and they are propelled to step up and make a bigger difference.

MORE ABOUT KAREN: I’m from Portsmouth in the UK, although I work with coaches, business experts, and thought leaders all around the world. I love to travel with my husband, value new experiences, and appreciate the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences with others. Check out my website at www.librotas.com.

Thank you for reading!

Woman Wednesday: Julia


Q and A with Julia from Stockholm, Sweden, now settled in San Francisco, CA

“It’s okay to take a rest sometimes! It makes you more productive.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: Passion is what drives me! I am super passionate about bringing spiritual awakening to people in a quick and easily digestible way. I found that by going through my awakening myself, especially my Saturn Return where I left everything in Sweden for the unknown in the U.S. I followed my heart and took a huge risk to come to the states. And once I got settled and started building my career in gaming, I realized something was missing. And that something was a consistent connection to my spirituality, but on my terms, in my time. I needed something fast to help me stay grounded and inspired. I started tinkering with a daily app filled with spiritual goodies and a daily ritual. This need to fill a hole in my own life gave birth to Saged!

Now, Saged is so much more than a daily app for spiritual expansion. We are building an entire universe to help people connect with and develop their spirituality. With physical goods, digital experiences, and the magic in the app, we are supporting people where they’re at and helping them get to where they want to be.

Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I was born and raised in Sweden, and until recently, I never realized the type of entrepreneurial spirit I was surrounded by in my family. I saw my family members work hard to make their dreams happen, however unconventional. This made a huge impact on me that I brought with me when I decided to move to the states to explore something bigger. It was during my Saturn Return that everything fell apart in Sweden and I left for the United States for an adventure and never came back. At the time, this made perfect sense and I was so driven to make a life for myself. Looking back, I am so proud of how brave I was to just pick up and move halfway across the world! I settled in San Francisco, got my MBA, and started a career as an executive in gaming. I did this for 20 years until Saged was born and everything changed again. Now, I am running the company of my dreams and helping people discover their power!

Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: As a woman who worked in a high-powered position as an executive in the male-dominated gaming industry, the intuitive feminine perspective is so valuable. I recognized that I don’t work like my male counterparts who are expected to continuously be productive and creative. I work in creative bursts; it’s not something that is “on” all the time. I realized that I follow the cycles of the moon and work in a circular vs linear pattern. I am always inputting, but I am not always outputting. In our society, we are expected to always be working, always be producing, and always be creative. But when I gave myself permission to push back on that, even before I started my own company, I realized that I was in much more flow. The push, push, push that our culture and society values are not only exhausting, but it’s also unsustainable. It’s okay to take a rest sometimes! It makes you more productive.

Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A:
Being born in a feminist country, Sweden, feminism wasn’t something I ever had to fight for. It was an inherent right that I received at birth and saw in action as I grew up. I see feminism as equal rights for men and women. It’s that simple. In Sweden, feminism is less of a loaded word and it’s more like pro-rights, it’s our birthright. Witnessing the pursuit for women to have the same rights as men in everything in the states has made me realize that feminism transcends male and female, it’s just about the human right to equal access and equal opportunity.

MORE ABOUT JULIA: I always love a good adventure. As devoted as I am to my family and my company, I prioritize my well-being by taking time to fill my cup with spiritual adventures. I recently went on a 2-week trip to hike in Peru and unplug. I also take a huge step back during the summer to spend time with family and friends in Sweden and abroad. I love to travel and I have realized that when I make time for it, I am happier, more creative, have better boundaries, and have much less stress and anxiety. We are told in this society that rest and taking time off aren’t productive. But I see it as the exact opposite.

Thank you for reading!

Sage: Sagedshop.com

INSTA: instagram.com/sagedapp

Feature: https://techround.co.uk/tech/saged-rolls-out-rebrand-and-major-redesign/

Woman Wednesday: Rozzi


Q and A with Rozzi, Oxford, United Kingdom

“Instead of complaining about what you don’t like, ask yourself: What do I want? What does that look like?”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I am very passionate about helping women shift away from the dieting world and empowering them to start working with their mind and body to create health and happiness in their lives and live in a body they love.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the human mind and how everything in our lives seems to be the result of our thoughts. What we think shapes our feelings and actions and, inevitably, the results and experiences we have. So, why not harness that inner power and learn to use it to support and propel us towards our goals?

One of my biggest joys is traveling and exploring new places. My backpacking dreams came true when my husband and I spent 5 months exploring Asia in our twenties. My favourite place in the world is Pokhara Lake in Nepal; it has lovely, genuine people and breathtaking views. One day I would love to take my children on a worldwide travel adventure. 

I’m also a big fan of playing a little-known sport called pickleball (check it out; it’s so much fun!). I adore dogs, and I’d happily admit to being a board game geek! Oh, and recently something possessed me to sign up for a 100km 24-hour walking challenge, so most weekends I’m off on long hikes training for that!

Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I grew up in a seaside city called Varna in Bulgaria until I turned 13 when my family and I moved to live in the UK. Overall, I had a wonderful, carefree childhood in Bulgaria, filled with memories of playing with my friends on the streets outside and being free to ride my bike or play wherever we wanted. I still cherish the freedom that I had back then, which seems nearly impossible to replicate with my own children, as times have changed now. 

Even as a young child, I always had an entrepreneurial streak bubbling under the surface, and I remember selling my grandparents’ watermelons in the summertime and making friendship bracelets and selling them to visiting tourists. From a young age, I loved the idea of doing my own thing, having my own business, and making my own way in the world. And running my own business now as a hypnotherapist and coach feels like a perfect blend of freedom, adventure, and the joy of helping others, all rolled into one! 

Moving to the UK was a very formative experience for me, especially as I didn’t speak a word of English in the beginning. Learning to adapt to a new life here, something that seemed to be an insurmountable challenge at the time, has taught me to keep going and keep taking small steps in the right direction. Who could have guessed that the shy teenage me, who spent a year carrying a dictionary around at school, would now love writing in English?

Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: Your mind truly holds the key to what you want in life. If you can just let go of the stories you keep telling yourself and practice keeping your focus on and moving in the direction of what you want, your life will change quicker than you can imagine. 

For example, what if you stopped trying to lose weight and instead focused on creating health and wellness in your body? You would feel so different about the whole thing, and you’d naturally start taking different actions. You can do this with anything in your life. 

Instead of complaining about what you don’t like, ask yourself: What do I want? What does that look like? How will I know I’ve achieved this? How would I feel? Who would I need to be, to have this? Just by asking yourself these questions, you’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll start getting ideas of what to do next to start moving you towards your goal. The key is in shifting your focus to what you WANT.

Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A:
To me, feminism means respect and freedom. Respect for women as equals, recognizing and valuing our individual strengths and what we can bring to the table, regardless of our gender. And freedom to express ourselves as women, be who we choose to be, and have the opportunities to do what we want to do without arbitrary limits, restrictions, or expectations based on our gender.

MORE FROM ROZZI: I would love to invite you to watch my free video series on unlocking lasting diet-free weight loss with your mind, where I show you how you can release weight and keep it off, by working with your mind & body. https://series.weightreset.co.uk/signup 

You can also follow me on Instagram at @resetrozzi I’d love to connect with you there! https://www.instagram.com/resetrozzi/

Thank you for reading!

Link for Rozzi’s video series

Rozzi’s Instagram