Our Mission

About Spirit of WomanKind

Spirit of WomanKind is a portal of self-care research, resources, products and programs especially designed to inspire, guide and support women to practice self-care so they can prevent burn-out, live true to themselves and flourish in their life.

Studies show that women are suffering from burnout at alarmingly higher rates each year.

 

A large proportion of women feel that they are being carried by the demands of others and not living true to themselves.

 

We’re here to help change that.

 

Spirit of WomanKind is a portal of resources, products and programs especially designed to inspire, guide and support the modern woman to practice self-care (and develop self-leadership) so that she can prevent burn-out, live true to herself and flourish in her own life.

 

Why Self-Care?

 

Because self-care is the proven preventative measure against burn-out and the precursor to designing a life on your own terms and living true to yourself.

 

The Outcome?

 

Women Flourishing. This is our mission…

Our Mission:

To inspire, guide and support women to practice self-care (and develop self-leadership), so they can prevent burn-out, to live true to themselves and flourish in their life.

 

The Science behind Self-Care:

Burnout will bury you faster. It sounds dramatic, morbid even, but the burnout statistics for women are actually this alarming. ⠀

Studies reveal that women experience higher burnout rates than men and they’re often the last person to realise they are suffering from burn-out.⠀

However it doesn’t have to be this way.

 

Many external factors can lead to negative stress, however the factors that lead women to burn-out are largely due to internal factors.

 

External factors may be out of our control, but fortunately internal factors are within our control.

 

That’s where self-care comes in.

Research has shown that lack of self-care is an early clue to burn-out because women close to burn-out often put themselves last on their own list.⠀

 

Self-Care. It’s not fluffy, it’s life changing.

 

Having a daily self-care practice can not only be life-affirming but also life-saving.

 

We believe that self-care is one of the building blocks to living true to yourself and flourishing in life.

 

When women are no longer being carried away simply by the demands of others, but ensuring that they are making themselves a priority in their own life, they not only survive but flourish.

 

How is your self-care?

 

Where are you on your list?

 

Are you even on your list? We hope so….and if you’re not, don’t worry, you’re in the right place because we’re here to help you change that.

Spirit of WomanKind is a platform of research, resources, products and programs especially designed to inspire, guide and support women to practice self-care, so they can prevent burn-out, live true to themselves and flourish in their life.

Our Philosophy

8 Pillars of Flourishing and Fulfilment

Why Flourishing and not Thriving?

 

To thrive is to grow.

To flourish is to grow well or luxuriantly.

 

Our mission is dedicated to women flourishing because when women flourish, we not only grow, we grow well – we grow holistically – which means we don’t do it at the expense of ourselves….

SENSE OF SELF-WORTH

You believe you are undeniably worthy to live a true and fulfilling life. You’re on your side – you’re rooting for you – you’re befriending yourself.

SENSE OF AWARENESS

You’re connected with your inner world – your feelings, your triggers, your gut instincts. You know what lights you up and what drains you – and you trust that.

SENSE OF CAPACITY

You love yourself and respect yourself enough to make time for yourself and ensure you fill your cup. You don’t run on empty.

SENSE OF WISDOM

You lead your life from within and make empowered choices based on your inner compass and values and what you know for sure.

SENSE OF PURPOSE

You’re aware of your unique gifts, strengths and talents – the birthplace to your purpose and fulfilment.

SENSE OF HONOURING

You know how to be of service to others and make a difference, whilst establishing and honouring your boundaries, and respecting those of others.

SENSE OF BEAUTY

You appreciate the little things that make a big difference…you make time to experience more of the things that move you, uplift you, fill you with joy and take your breath away.

SENSE OF BELONGING

You find ways to express yourself authentically – you belong to yourself first – you’re not seeking approval or validation. You have a place in the universe and so does everyone else.

Spirit of WomanKind is a platform of research, resources, products and programs especially designed to inspire, guide and support women to practice self-care, so they can prevent burn-out, live true to themselves and flourish in their life.

Our Founder

Welcome, I’m honoured you’re here…

I’m Özlem, the Founder of Spirit of Womankind. I created this self-care portal for women seeking to prevent burnout, live true to themselves and flourish in their life.

 

I’m dedicated to optimising human potential and have been quietly working with women in the intersection of self-care, self-leadership and spirituality since 2012. My body of work is in service of women who are seeking to design a life that is meaningful and true to their spirit.

 

I spent the first 15 years of my career in the world of Corporate Accounting and Global Transformation Projects, which included secondments to the UK, India and Dubai. While I began my career focused on business levers, I realised over time that the toughest problems, and the game-changing improvements almost always involved shifting how people felt and worked. Thus my focus broadened to include the field of human and organisational behaviour.

 

Having now spent the last 8 years working with a number of specialist consultancies where I have been designing programs and strategies for change management, culture shaping, leadership development, gender equality and individual development – I have found that helping people flourish, especially women, is something I am deeply drawn to, hence this portal is dedicated to women flourishing. I believe that when individuals flourish, the collective (societies, organisations etc) can thrive.

 

My research into self-care strategies and ritual design was initially for myself, however, as I began to explore further, I noticed that many women around me were experiencing similar issues of burn-out. I then had a string of coaching clients crippled with burn-out and patterns of negative stress – it became evident to me that the lack of self-care amongst women has become an epidemic.

 

As a self-care educator and ritual designer, I have worked with smart and ambitious women who want to be at their best and live authentically. These women are finding that the ‘hustle’ culture (being ‘constantly on’) leads to burnout and is no longer serving them – they are looking to design their next chapter with intention so that they can live true to themselves and flourish. In my work, I combine my business acumen with an intuitive and carefully honed skillset in human behavioural change – analytics plus soft skills – to help make a difference.

 

I hold a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). I am an IECL accredited coach and have completed a Certificate IV in Training, Assessment and Facilitation (UTS). I am also certified in several diagnostic tools and holistic modalities designed to empower individuals with self-awareness and emotional intelligence. I am currently completing a Master’s in Positive Psychology (the Science of Wellbeing and Flourishing).

 

I am particularly passionate about self-care because I believe it plays a pivotal role in helping women to make empowered choices in their lives as it relates to self-esteem and self-respect.

 

Self-care may sound fluffy to some – it might conjure images of a nice day at the spa, but self-care is about much more than bath bombs. Self-care is actually about taking care of yourself holistically, and honouring yourself. It doesn’t mean we need to throw away our bath bombs (luckily, as I love skin-care and pampering!) – whilst we can’t become empowered through bath bombs alone, we can become empowered when we prioritise ourselves and step into our self-leadership.

 

Understanding what true self-care means is definitely a helpful first-step but we then need to apply it in order to transform…..and applying it is a journey of practising and building new ways of being and living in the world – and that’s where ritual design comes into play as it helps to shape our lives on a daily basis.

 

As with any change, incorporating rituals into our lives and practising self-care will require us to make different choices – in many ways it will require us to choose ourselves and say ‘no’ to others. This can be very difficult when many of us have been conditioned to say ‘yes’ even when we want to say ‘no’.

 

In our current ‘hustle’ culture, where busy’ness is a badge of honour, it can be a courageously radical act to say ‘no’ and honour our own needs. However the good news is, it’s possible. It is possible to say ‘no’ and not feel guilty.

 

And, by the way, the added beauty of filling our cup is that we give better from a full cup – we are more present, we have more to offer and as a result, we are better able to fully show up and support others. The word ‘self-care’ may look and sound like it is all about our self but it is actually in service of others too. Sound radical? Transformational perhaps? The good news is, transformation is always possible.

 

Transformation starts with making intentional choices. When we allow ourselves to make one intentional choice – an empowered choice – it becomes easier to then make another….our lives are transformed one choice at a time.

 

If you’re ready to make self-care part of your life but don’t know how to start or how to be consistent, don’t worry, you’re in the right place, I’m here to help you change that.

 

Thank you for being here.

 

Official Bio

Özlem is the Founder of Spirit of Womankind – a self-care portal and lifestyle brand especially designed to inspire, guide and support women to prevent burnout, live true to themselves and flourish in the world.

 

She has been working with women in the intersection of self-care, self-leadership, and spirituality since 2012. Her body of work is in service of women who are ready to usher in a period of transformation and live in alignment with their true self.

 

Özlem completed her Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and spent over 15 years in the world of Corporate Accounting and Global Project Management. She led a busy and successful career that allowed her to travel the world, but feeling burnt out and devoid of her true purpose, she paused and pivoted her career to focus on human development and became a certified coach for women.

 

Özlem has completed formal studies in several coaching modalities, and eastern mysticism. She founded Spirit Of Womankind to be in service of empowering women from the inside-out. Her approach infuses timeless spiritual philosophies with modern coaching modalities, positive psychology, design principles and creative strategies. Özlem’s work is a judgement-free zone, it is steeped in compassion, a soft-yet-strong approach.

As an aunty to two adorable girls she is dedicated to supporting women and girls to claim their self-worth and believe in themselves.

 

She is particularly passionate about self-care and truly believes it plays a pivotal role in helping women make empowered choices in their lives as it relates to self-esteem and self-respect.

 

Through Spirit Of Womankind, Özlem shares her research, resources, ritual designs, products and programs to inspire, guide and support women to make self-care part of their life, live true to themselves and flourish in the world.

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    With the lack of self-care being an epidemic amongst women, this portal has been created to help change that.
    In a ‘hustle’ culture, it can be a radical act to slow down, pause and reset. What’s interesting is that doing so actually helps you rise higher. There's no better time than right now to pause and reset. Let's make self-care part of our lives and rise together.
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