Career Woman

One is the loneliest number, but 1000 will be strong

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Sometimes, life has a funny way of working out.

I’m sure that when you look back at your life and career, you’ll be able to pinpoint instances in which the universe has pushed and pulled you towards a certain direction.

Often, you’ll find that the ‘aaahhh’ moment as to why things had to happen that way comes after great struggle and when you’re almost ready to give up. When that dark hole you’ve fallen into seems to have no end.

And then a moment comes along that changes everything.

Career-wise, I’ve been blessed – Not only because I’ve had the opportunity to make a living out of doing what I love but because of the women I’ve had the chance to work with.

Women who have really had an impact on me and helped me to become who I am today, both personally and professionally.

Of course, I still remember my first boss (it hasn’t been that long) – She was tough, she was hard and the odd ball of crunched-up paper would sail through the air towards my head every now and again but hey, that’s life as a writer.

Most importantly, she was strong and she taught me to be tough.

Life goes on and eventually, I found myself at a point where everything I had known for more than half a decade, was gone.

The women I had surrounded myself with, laughed with, received constant support from… I had left that behind. Life had moved on and all that was left was me.

This led to what I call ‘my limbo period’ where I pretty much floated around, day-in, day-out, doing what had to be done but feeling pretty empty.

For a writer, feeling empty is the worst feeling in the world. It’s soul crushing.

And then one day, I stumbled across Erica King and although I didn’t know it at the time, this inspirational woman would eventually lead me on a journey to rediscovering my ‘spark’ (aka, believing you’re heading in the right direction).

Erica, the Founder of Running Divas Australia, sent me a video where she was speaking on the Today Show. There she was, chatting away with the one and only Lisa Wilkinson about the ambitious goal she’d set for herself after turning 50: To run 12 marathons in 12 months.

I was instantly thirsty to learn more about Erica and I did but it wasn’t until a few months later that something went off in my head, telling me to get in touch with Erica again.

And so I followed my gut instinct and dropped her an email and the rest is history.

Now in 2015, I’ve been blessed with the fantastic opportunity to help Erica in her bid to see 1,000 Aussie women complete either their first half or full marathon by the end of the year.

Best of all, $10 from every membership will be donated to The Butterfly Foundation, Australia’s largest charitable foundation supporting those with eating disorders and negative body image.

So what’s the moral of the story?

Find someone you connect with and make an effort to learn more about their story. Because by learning about their story, you’re likely to find your own.

Remember, one really is the loneliest number.

To end, I thought I’d ask Erica for 3 tips that have never failed her throughout life and her career.  So, here we go:

#1: Understand your strengths and work to these.

#2: Network with other businesswomen.

#3: When communicating, master the art of both open and closed questions.

You can learn more about Project 1,000 here.

 

About Sarah Cannata

Sarah is a freelance writer based in Melbourne, Australia. She has recently launched her own website (www.sarahcannata.com.au - original, huh?) with the aim of connecting with a variety of people (feel free to take a squiz, she’d love to hear what you think). Sarah has written for a number of websites and magazines and in her downtime, enjoys travelling and listening to music. Journey into the land of ‘make-believe’, Sarah sees herself writing in Medina in Malta which is referred to as the silent city (aka, a writer’s dream).

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