Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Seek Your Own Version of Success

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Seek Your Own Version of Success

Article excerpt

NO MATTER how you define your success, whether it be your career, family, health or wardrobe space the size of Texas, women make choices that allow them to create a life they love and be fearless in the pursuit of what sets their soul on fire.

Women who have it all got it all because they worked for it all. Successful women don't have it all by accident.

As a young girl, I had dreams of being a motor mechanic. Yes, back in my day young women were expected to stick to typical roles such as hairdressing or office work.

Not me, I had different ideas. While my girlfriends were excited over different shades of fingernail polish I was reading the latest tool catalogue.

All I wanted for my 21st birthday was a 3/8th drive wobble headed Snap On ratchet. It's not every girl's dream, but it was my dream. (Just for the record, I ended up with a Janome sewing machine with six free lessons at the Janome School of Sewing).

Despite the sewing machine gesture, I completed my trade as a qualified motor mechanic and spent many years swinging spanners while advocating for women in trades until I took up employment as a mechanical fitter in the mining industry, which led me to starting my own business. …

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