We’re all about the stunning rosettes this month! Inspired by the superhuman Suffragettes from years gone by. So excited, we collaborated with dear @emma_giacalone_textiles to make these very special badge of honour, where we try and tackle the Imposter Syndrome. That horrible feeling that (us ladies mostly) carry around with us.
Why am I choosing this issue above the many other women face? As you know, in life and business, being a woman can sometimes be incredibly difficult. We often have to work harder and speak louder, to get our voices truly heard. I’m sure you will share in my shock when I learned that a staggering 70% of women suffer with imposter syndrome; the ceaseless cycle of self-doubt we find ourselves trapped in.
It’s that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, the negative voice in the back of your mind. Telling you you’re not good enough, that you’re going to fail. I’ve had my own crippling experiences with this demon throughout my life. Whenever I was doing well, it would pipe up and whisper that I was going to get ‘found out’. It made me feel disconnected from myself, and made me feel unsure of my abilities – as a boss, mother, partner, entrepreneur, sister, daughter, friend. And you know what? I’ve had enough of it.
I’m now learning to turn my imposter syndrome into a strength; it’s become the superpower I love to hate. It makes me check things over and over, it forces me to give things 110%. This nagging self-doubt makes me push myself to the limit, and because I call it out, it gives me permission to be wrong. In fact, my imposter syndrome makes me the best version of myself, the good and bad bits.
This year, I’m on a mission to call out this imposter in our lives; to help people name it and talk about it openly. My hope is that, by being honest about our own experiences with it, imposter syndrome loses its hold on us, and stops being a force that holds so many women back; rather, it begins to launch us forward.
A female blocker, this one condition can starve you from what is rightfully yours. Be it in your career, your dreams or vision of yourself. We are with you, in our fight to rid ‘The Imposter Syndrome’. Are you with us?