08 Mar Romford businesswoman uses International Women’s Day to inspire the females of our future
This International Women’s Day, Denise Mortimer, 54, from Romford, Essex is excited to combine forces with other successful women from across the world, to inspire the females of our future as she shares her story to make an impact on this year’s IWD campaign, #BalanceForBetter.
Calling for her local community to support her, Denise hopes that with local support this book will become a best-seller on International Women’s Day (8th March), as the royalties from the book will provide scholarships through ‘Your Future Self’ – an academy set up to help young people transition into adulthood. The money from book sales will help fund scholarship places for young adults to attend self-development retreats, as part of, Denise’s commitment to empowering the next generation of women.
This collaboration book is launching on International Women’s Day (8th March) for just 99p and all the authors hope as many people as possible will download it within the first few hours, to enable them to reach as wide an audience as possible, raise maximum funds, and achieve best-seller status for all the authors involved.
A Positive Psychologist, Life Coach and a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Denise started her coaching business when she was 50, and was named one of Forbes Female Entrepreneurs to watch in 2018.
In her chapter, Denise shares the lessons has learnt over the years, the ups and downs she has experienced in the hope of imparting wisdom to the next generation of young women. Denise wants to teach young women that mistakes are inevitable, and that life can sometimes be messy, but these setbacks enable you to experience the true joy that life can bring.
From bad hairdos to feelings of jealousy and inadequacy, falling in and out of love, being uncertain of your career direction, and doubting your self-worth, Denise emphasises that all these situations are temporary but that nothing can defeat you unless you allow it to. With each life lesson, Denise offers practical tips to help change the way you are feeling such as practicing gratitude, working on your inner dialogue and ‘borrowing’ confidence. For Denise, it is crucial that you take the lessons from the negative experiences and use them to propel you towards a brilliant future.
Denise’s life lessons include:
- What other people think of you is none of your business
- There is something youare here to do.
- Confidence has nothing to do with what you look like
- Give yourself a break – failure is essential to growth
- Always make your own money
Denise believes that being a teenage girl today is hard and a little support can go a long way, especially when faced with statistics such as these…
- 1 in 4 girls will self-harm before they leave school. There has been a 70% increase in 10-14 year olds attending A&E for self-harm.
- Girls as young as 5 are worrying about their weight. By the age of 10,80% of girls will be on a diet to change their body shape. (APPG Report 2012 and Common Sense Media 21/1/15)
- 47% of girls feel the pressure to look attractive is a disadvantage to being a girl – this figure rises to 76% for 15/16 year olds. (APPG Report 2012)
- Teenage girls are now more likely to suffer partner abuse than any other age group.12.7% of girls aged 16-19 have experienced domestic abuse in the last year alone. (British Crime Survey 2010)
- 33% of girls aged 13-17 have experienced some from of sexual abuse. (NSPCC 2009)
- 68% of female university students experience sexual harassment on campus. (NUS Hidden Marks Survey 2010)
- Girls are now 3x more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than boys and on any give day up to 5% of girls aged 12-17 will be prescribed anti-depressants. (Nuffield Foundations, Social Trends in Adolescent Mental Health 2013)
This passion project was spearheaded by 31 year old Abigail Horne, Founder of Authors&Co which helps women leave a legacy through creating bestselling books. Abi felt compelled to show young women how to be kinder to themselves, love and value themselves and feel empowered to create the futures they desire after recently having a baby girl. Passionate to support her, Denise also wants to make an impact on future generations.
The collaboration book ‘The Woman I’m Becoming’ (available on Amazon) is a celebration of both World Book Day and International Women’s Day in one. It brings together female entrepreneurs from across the globe, all of whom are experts in their field, to share their stories, reflections, advice and guidance on subjects from money, health, and relationships to self-worth, wellbeing and authenticity.
Abigail hopes to make this year one to remember for Denise, to showcase her as a best selling author and to also leave a legacy for future generations.
This year’s theme for IWD is #BalanceForBetter, with the aim of building a gender-balanced world through collaboration – and that is exactly whatAuthors&Co publishers have done: collaborated to try and achieve balance.
Denise Mortimer said: “I am delighted to be involved in this incredible collaboration book for International Women’s Day – uniting with other women from around the globe to help empower 14-18 year olds. I am here as their ‘wise elder’ to share with them the wisdom of my years, and the joys of every mistake I ever made. I remain full of excitement and anticipation for the mistakes still to come in my life because I am not done making them yet; I am just warming up!“
Denise is the founder of The Fabulous Finder and specialises in helping aspiring 6-figure female coaches ditch the struggle. Denise is on a mission to enable female entrepreneurs to take the fastest route to business success, joyful living and reaching their potential.