International Women's Day: In Conversation with Mary

    This International Women's Day we wanted to feature our very own founder, Mary!

    Mary is an inspiration on how to navigate life as a strong woman. She believes women can do anything and everything. Mary grew up as the only girl with five brothers in Central Otago. It shaped her into a strong, resilient individual who learned early on how to assert herself and navigate a world dominated by brothers.

    Having a passion for being creative, Mary trained as a hairdresser and owned her salon by the age of 21 while leading a team of 5 hairdressers. Raising her two children and her nephew by herself while navigating a retail business is undoubtedly a small feat. Mary taught them how to always see the good in people and circumstances, to be kind, and to always think forward. Mary has a get-up and get on with it attitude that we all admire!

    She is a busy lady - anyone who knows her knows she doesn’t like to sit still. Mary is humble but also likes to fly under the radar. However, we managed to pin her down to answer a few questions.

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    1. Why do you think it is important to celebrate International Women’s Day?

    I strongly believe women are capable of doing anything. I love that there is a day that celebrates encouraging women to take control of their lives, make informed choices and pursue opportunities without limitations

    2. Have you faced any barriers in your career due to being a woman? If so, how did you overcome them?

    No, I don't really feel that I have faced any significant barriers. I understand this is not the case for many women in their careers and believe that there is a need for change.

    3. What is the most important piece of advice you have been given?

    Never give up. Learn from your mistakes and move on. Onwards and upwards.

    4. What advice would you give to women wanting to start their own business?

    Choose a business that aligns with your passion. It makes the journey more enjoyable and increases your likelihood of long-term success. When things get tough, doing what you love makes it a lot easier. Have a clear vision and set a clear path to get there.

    5. Tell us about some women who have inspired you.

    My Mother was very modern in her way of thinking. She was strong-willed but also very accepting of all people and not judgemental. She was not a pushover but also very compassionate towards people. My mum talked me into buying my own salon at 21. I was terrified, but she believed in me, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. She taught me that it doesn't matter if you fail, as long as you get back up and keep going.

    6. What advice would you give to working mothers?

    When you come home from work, switch off and drop work, turn your phone off, and spend quality time with kids. Work can always wait till you are asleep. Be present and make the most of the time you have with them.

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