Unstoppable Women

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Do you know an unstoppable woman?

A woman who continually blows your mind in some way?

Someone you have total admiration for?

It can be through achieving greatness in her chosen profession, navigating her way out of hardship or health issues, reaching personal goals or simply striving for a better future.

New Zealand based Ziera shoes want to recognise the unstoppable women in YOUR life.

A few words from Ziera’s Nicky Dunn on the campaign…

“Helping women is part of Ziera’s DNA. We want to start conversations, encourage nominations, support empowerment and really celebrate women”

What I love most about this campaign is the opportunity to acknowledge the amazingness of all women.

Every single one of us knows at least one, unstoppable woman.

One that rocks.

One that shows true grit and determination, when it comes to achieving and kicking goals.

One that inspires YOU

Unstoppable Women

My personal unstoppable story revolves around LOVE

It has two parts:

Part One:

Born at 28 weeks, 25 years ago and weighing in under a kilo, Beckie is my only surviving child out of 6. Although my back story is filled with pain and heartache, it is also filled with joy and determination – I never gave up hope.

From as far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a Mumma. But a rough medical history that started when I was a very young girl, meant that my path to motherhood was not destined to run smoothly.

There were times when I felt like giving up the fight – I could cope with the physical pain, but the heart ache I felt for the babies that didn’t survive, nearly broke me.

But, I don’t want to focus on the sadness, only the JOY.

From the first moment I laid eyes on Beckie, I just knew that no matter what happened in my life, her happiness and growth were at the top of my agenda. Looking back, I’m not too sure how she survived those first few weeks in ICU. Infections attacked her frail little body…but slowly she began to fight, slowly she became stronger.

The day she came home from hospital was one of the most incredible and frightening moments of my life.

Her health and well-being were my sole responsibility…(I did also have the loan of a fabulous heart monitor). That little piece of kit alerted us when Beckie forgot to breath in the middle of the night.

It also saved her life.

Part Two:

When we first discussed the prospect of emigrating to Australia – Beckie could not think of anything worse. Why would she want to leave her family and friends to jet off into the ‘unknown’. Her whole world was at the end of her fingertips.

Even though I knew in my heart Australia was perfect for her growth –  I would never have forced her to go.

Fast forward 3 years (which included a few holidays to Australia). Jonny and I had a very successful business in England and Beckie was getting ready to head off to University. In one last-ditch attempt, we encouraged Beckie to head back to Australia with a friend, to see how she liked it without us. If moving to the other side of the world was going to work for our little family, then Beckie needed to find her own feet.

When she came back from her trip (she had a ball by the way 😉 ) her application to the University of Queensland was already submitted yep, she decided to leap out of her comfort zone and give it a go. That’s my girl – I knew she could do it!

Beckie and I arrived in Brisbane in January 2011 (the year of the floods). I left her (alone in Brisbane) in March to fly home to the UK.

From the moment Jonny and I boarded the plane back to England, we knew the decision as to where we called ‘home’  for the rest of our lives was solely left in Beckie’s hands. If she settled, we would follow.

Being a parent for me is understanding when to push and when to hold back, sometimes you need to wait and listen.

Hallelujah – she decided to stay!

All systems GO.

I didn’t want to put our new life in Australia on hold for even a second, while having to wait (impatiently) for the business to sell. Instead, we sold our home, slowly closed the business and did everything in our power to get to Beckie asap – it took seven months.

Yes it was stressful at times. But the positives far outweighed the negatives.

On the 14th October 2011 we were reunited with Beckie in Brisbane – it was such an incredible moment.

Packing up and starting again at 48 years of age is not easy – except of course, if it’s for LOVE.

My life has changed so much.

Plus who would have thought I could become a fashion blogger at my age!

I know – I still pinch myself at how blessed I am.

NEVER let fear of the unknown hold you back beauties – life it too darn short.

Unstoppable Women

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We all have female role models in our lives that make us proud.

To nominate an unstoppable woman go to:

zierashoes.com/unstoppable

There are 5 main prizes up for grabs each worth $2500 plus 5 pairs of Ziera shoes.

You can nominate as many women as you like. Each time you nominate, you will also go into a draw to win one of 100 pairs of shoes – one for yourself and one for the person you nominate.

Share your nomination to your social channel and included the hashtag #beunstoppable

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a pair of @zierashoes as part of their #beunstoppable campaign?

It doesn’t have to be the ones I’m wearing – you get to choose!

Simply let me know in the comments below

‘what does it mean to be an unstoppable woman?’

Giveaway open to Australian and New Zealand residents only.

The winner will be chosen by me on Sunday 26th March 2017.

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Bev,

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  • Ever since we shared our stories over champagne I have truly felt in awe of you as a human being, you my lovely friend are the most unstoppable woman I have ever met. And you rock blush like no other x

  • Suzie

    To me being an unstoppable woman means setting the example to treat everyone with respect and as equals. We are lucky to live in these times and this country where most women have good prospects but we have to make sure that we support each other and speak up for those who can’t do it for themselves.

  • Being unstoppable means finding the inner strength and the right people to help you make your dreams become reality. It means keeping your vision in mind and keeping on making small steps towards your goal despite setbacks, no matter how silly you feel or what other people may think.

    Having never been sporty as a child – I was always unco-ordinated, picked last for every team and associated sweating and getting out of breath with pain and shame – I only started exercising in my forties because I want to lead a full, active life into old age.

    I started very slowly (I’m still not keen on sweating or getting out of breath!) and finally took up running two years ago. Now I’m training for a triathlon and hoping to complete one when I’m 50, even though I can’t swim freestyle and have only just laid my hands on a bike. I fell off that bike on my ride this morning (classic beginner’s mistake – I forgot to unclip my bike shoes when I stopped!) – but I still feel unstoppable. Once you gain momentum and learn to believe in yourself you learn to keep going despite setbacks. You become unstoppable.

    Thank you to everyone for sharing your inspiring, courageous stories and for reading mine.

    Here’s to all you amazing, unstoppable women!

    x Annabel

    PS. I’m fortunate I already feel unstoppable but I’m hoping a pair of Ziera Riley boots will make me look unstoppable too ?

  • shelly

    An unstoppable woman is one who keeps going, through the tough times, through those days weeks and months that don’t go to plan. It’s not always about achieving; I think it’s about persistence. Unstoppable is keeping on keeping in and trying. Sometimes it’s just getting out of bed each day!

  • I absolutely adore those shoes! To me, an unstoppable woman is one who, although she might have a cry when she hits an obstacle, she then gets back up, brushes herself off, and gets back on with things. I probs sound like I’m a Billy Big Noter (don’t mean to be)! But like Kelly I also experienced an abusive childhood; more recently I was made redundant unexpectedly 4 years ago; but here I am with a happy marriage, wonderful family and a business I love. I sometimes wish I could bottle whatever my resilience factor is and give it to others!!! I’m not sure where it’s come from but darn glad I’ve got it!

  • Kelly Hibbs

    Being unstoppable to me means never, never, never giving up on your hopes and your dreams. I’ve overcome an abusive childhood and have continued to strive for my dreams. To become a better person and to be an inspiration to my son. I’ve studied as an adult to gain my business degree and struggled with infertility but been rewarded in the best possible way. Being unstoppable is reminding yourself to always look forward and never backwards. xxx

    • Kelly thank you for sharing your story of hope and determination with me.
      Never look backwards, you’re not going that way – has always been a statement I have lived by. We can only change today and tomorrow; yesterday is already history.
      Well done for being awesome and good luck xxx

      • Kelly Hibbs

        Thanks Bev! I have my graduation ceremony in May and I am so excited to celebrate this milestone with my wee family right there with me. xx