Why We're Supporting the #SheInspiresMe Campaign

Image: Marie Milligan, Marrakech, November 2015

Image: Marie Milligan, Marrakech, November 2015

Last night I was alone in the boat in Little Venice, candles on, cat cuddling beside me, and I couldn't settle. Something was pulling me to take action. Without knowing why, I suddenly opened up all the women charity websites I've been following and supporting in 2015, to see how I could help.

It hadn't been on my mind earlier that day, or even that early evening, but the thought just popped into my head (as all good ideas do!), that I had to DO something more in 2016.

Of all the ones I opened, Women for Women International (WWI) pulled me back in, like it did in 2011. That year, I had the pleasure of attending Dr Samantha Collin's first Aspire Women's Leadership conference as her guest and got to know the work that both Aspire and the WWI do. It left an imprint on my heart. 

At the time, I'd just resigned from a really exhilerating but equally exhausting creative entrepreneurship coaching and teaching job across 6 colleges of the University of the Arts London.

I was also licking my wounds from a toxic relationship with an Italian man who broke my heart, as oft passion-fuelled loves seem to do.

I'd escaped to a country house in Chantilly-Gouvieux, near Paris to heal all the cracks in my heart that needed to be healed and sealed.

The event brought me back to London and I'm so glad I went. I remember coming away from those 2-days in awe of all the women who got up to speak about their stories and impact in the world.

Women like Caroline Casey who's Looking Past Limits talk had us all crying, laughing and feeling inspired deep down in our bones.

I sat utterly transfixed by the work Sam was doing with Aspire and their Women for Women International campaign and their mission to "empower 1 million girls....". Now, they've upped the number, because they know they can reach more.

I didn't know that I wanted to work with women specifically at the time, but I've no doubt that this transformational experience was the spark of inspiration that took me on this path to set up Wild Women Do.

Fast forward to last night, as I looked at the WWI site, I saw that they have a #SheInspiresMe campaign that's about to launch. I knew it was the right organisation to reach out to, as this campaign resonates with our own mission to inspire women across the globe.

So, late last night, without sitting writing a formal proposal, I just emailed them without even thinking about it. It doesn't take courage to say, "how can I help?" you just get out of your own way and into action.

Today, I woke to a really positive reply to say, "thank you, and what a great initiative we have", and they'd be delighted of our support! More details to come.

Global sisterhood, women in connection, women in support of each other, helping each other have sustainability, independence and influence in their lives no matter their circumstance, is a major theme that has emerged strongly through the challenges in 2015.

I sense this movement will continue and serve to strengthen all of us in 2016.

I'll keep you posted on what that support of the #sheinspiresme campaign looks like when they contact us early 2016. I'm sure there'll be many in our community who want to contribute through your creativity and your business platform.

Marie Milligan

Marie Milligan, Painted Lady Canalboat, Blomfield Road Moorings, Little Venice, London, UK

I'm the Founder of Wild Women Do, a coaching network and movement for creative, entrepreneurial women needing support to create and launch something inspirational. A Holistic Business Coach, Entrepreneurship Educator and Writer, I love nothing better than helping you release your creative spirit, and get your ideas expressed and done.