2017 was a great year for We are all Wonder Women - we launched our website, started our blog and connected with lots of other Wonder Women at different stages of their career journeys. Outside of this, we both hold down full-time jobs in nature conservation as well as taking care of our young families and balancing it all with enough time to keep ourselves energised and motivated to deal with the day-to-day dramas. How do we maintain all this? And stay sane?!
A key issue in nature conservation is the low wages that we are paid. But (and this is a big ‘but’) - how can we expect others to value us if we don’t value ourselves? We often moan about how poor conservationists are paid or how difficult it is to fundraise for nature conservation. What if we valued ourselves highly first? Valued our work and our impact to the actual value that it has?
So you’ve landed the job. Congratulations! This is an exciting time for you and for your new employer. You have got the job that you wanted and they have the candidate that they wanted. The next hurdle is to negotiate the terms of the job offer.
Do you find it hard to make the space for yourself? Do you struggle to say ‘no’? Are you passionate about looking after the planet and other people, but forget to look after yourself?
Nature is incredible. It is our passion. But sometimes we get caught up in the daily grind. And we can lose touch with our inner motivation. At times like these, it’s important to step back and gain perspective on why we work in nature conservation. What changes do you want to see in the world? How can you build on the work of others while truly creating your own impact? We’ve brought together our favourite Ted Talks that provide us with inspiration in those moments of uncertainty.
We love this quote from Marianne Williamson so much that we’re reproducing it in full here. Who are you not to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? You go, Wonder Woman
In this world of busyness, and targets, and goals, and key performance indicators, we can lose our sense of ourselves, our true north, and our own voice. We can forget why we choose this career path in the first place. It wasn’t to keep the hamster wheel turning, to ensure the survival of our organisations, or to move with the crowd. It was to make a difference in the world.
We Are All Wonder Women is an international movement for female conservation professionals to be inspired, connected, and empowered to create an authentic, fulfilling and happy career.