A big part of the Okay Lady philosophy is centred around creating a community of like-minded women.
This isn't just about Puzzles, it's about encouraging women to look after themselves and showing them that they aren't the only one with an excessive mental load and a sense of guilt for wanting say "I really just want to stay home". That it's Okay for them to call "time" when they need to step away from life's responsibilities.
This message is important and it's also the role of our Social Media Manager, Anthea, to communicate.
Sure, when she tells people she does "Instagram" for a job, she can often be met with a sceptical eye roll, but she knows that she's helping Head Lady Kristy, build a movement.
We asked Lady Anthea to share with us some of her self-care tips and tell us her fave and most inspirational Ladies...
What does self-care look like to you?
It's about knowing my limits and setting boundaries around not exceeding them.
A lot of the time it's setting them with myself! I have a huge tendency to over-commit #peoplepleaser and then I end up in an exhausted heap because of it, so as I've aged, I've gotten better at saying "no", whether it's to an invite to something or to a client who is going to stretch my mental resource.
If people are going to be offended by that, that's on them.
What does mindfulness mean to you?
It means being present and also being perceptive. Tuning in to those around me, being intuitive to the needs of others, as well a my own.
When I am doing something, I want to give it my full attention and be completely in that space - whether it's listening to my four year old's bonkers version of the world or digging my toes into sand or savouring the taste of something delicious.
How do you "switch off”?
In the daytime I walk around Albert Park Lake and listen to a podcast to decompress and in the evenings I crochet; I find craft really meditative.
Why did you want to get involved with Okay Lady?
I was introduced to Kristy through my friend Maria (who has designed all of Okay Lady's packaging and branding).
From the minute we met I was coming up with ideas for content and I was just really into Kristy's enthusiasm and determination to get these Puzzles out into the world. Her business ethos of "for women, by women" is something really important to me and I'm exceptionally proud to be part of this powerhouse team of chicks!
Kristy has placed so much trust in me from the get-go and I don't take that for granted - being allowed to create fun, interesting and edgy socials is what I live for, so OL really is the dream client.
Who are you fave Lady...
Podcasters - Deborah Francis-White's The Guilty Feminist
Writers - Sah many, but Jane Harper, Caitlin Moran, Siri Hustvedt and Jane Caro immediately spring to mind
Artists - Neryl Walker, her work is unapologetically sexy and rock'n'roll and I have the pleasure of knowing her personally and she's as funny and cheeky as all get out, so that's a bonus!
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