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
My personal unstoppable story revolves around LOVE
It has two parts:
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.
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.
Fedora in Pink Patent $229.95 Ziera Shoes
We all have female role models in our lives that make us proud.
To nominate an unstoppable woman go to:
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
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.