• Serina Gill

Why I Do What I Do, And the Women Standing With Me

Updated: Dec 14, 2018

March 8th marks International Women's Day, and as I rant on about being a mum, raising my daughter, working, studying, running a business and setting up a second one - I felt today was the perfect opportunity to talk about why and the women standing by my side as my biggest influencers.


Let's start with my influencers...


My mum Raj...

is the rock of our family - our family moved from the UK to Perth, Australia 28 years ago. We had little family on my dad's side and mum had nobody. It's not like today where we can Whatsapp all day long, Facetime from anywhere we like and send gifts with next day delivery! We talk about self-care and looking after ourselves, but this woman taught herself new skills, studied further, sourced a job which allowed her to stay at home and raise us with my Babaji (Grandad) so we had family influence around us - and I'm certain this is the reason my sisters and I are family-a-holics! If a woman who moves to the other side of the world with no support network, raise 3 successful women and keep our family close isn't an inspiration, then I don't know who is...



My Mother In Law Suky...

Married at 19 with no education, pregnant at 20 and after years of dedicating her life to her family, she decided to take the plunge and study to become a Nurse is now (15 years after graduating) a Sister for the NHS. There are times when I think 'I can't do this, study and 'mum'" but then my crazy mother-in-law reminds me 'Well actually you can...' and stands in front of me, re-focuses my attention on the goal and sets me on the right path (sometimes literally to the study room to sit down and study) - she's nuts and in return, continues to enjoy the benefits of having a 'live-in' makeup artist...


"a good education is a like a savings account - the more you put into it the more you get in return, hard work will always pay off" - author unknown

My Two Sisters...

Have you seen those sayings where "if you mess with me, there's always a younger/older crazier sister who has my back" sort of quotes - that's sort of us. We're fortunate enough to have all been given the opportunity to pursue great careers - funnily enough now we're all bloggers. Two of us run our own businesses and still work part-time/full-time, we've learnt to love and let go in all sort of relationships and put our energy into family, careers and living life in the moment.

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Asian Female Entrepreneur Collective Network

About 6 months ago I joined a networking group for Asian female entrepreneurs and it has been a game changer. Led by Sharn Khaira, it's been a brilliant group to bouncing ideas off each other, discuss common issues as asian business women, ways to overcome challenges and a platform to sign up to masterclasses and continue to learn about how to business! I recently posted an idea I was hesitant to develop and the overwhelming response and advice was a slap in the face as to why I even hesitated! Click here for more info...


And Then Theres Sonny...

Father of INDIAN Daughters...

Yes, it's international Women's day, but this guy has raised 3 women and patiently waited for the day we got married so that he'd finally have some sons in the family to watch football with. He raised us to always make sure we had a backup plan to stand on our own two feet if everything went to pot. He encouraged us to move countries, knowing full well, we'll want to come home one day...He taught us how to deal with people in the real world - I won't quote his words (Because he's my Dad and I'm a bit possessive like that) but they're pretty strong and have stuck by me through both my professional and personal journeys. He's the guy everyone loves and turns to - he's always the 'fair' guy in any situation and he also has an 'ahh bugger it' attitude to life which is probably why he's so carefree and spends time perfecting he culinary skills!


There are a bunch of other women (and men) who deserve a mention such as the women in our family & friends network who have battled through illnesses, women in the community who aren't the type to have thousands of followers and instead work had in the community we live in, the women who aren't given opportunities yet inspire us to make the most of what we've got to name a few!


And now to why...


I'm 28 and hopefully I still have a long life to live, but now with a daughter my reason and passion for doing what I do has shifted.


Naturally, Lyle and I have financial goals for our family to grow and live a comfortable life (extended included!)...Then there are a completely new set of goals, such as setting an example for Reyaana to travel, value and build on her education, value her family network (she has a bloody amazing one!), make friends, lose friends, be kind, take out time every day for her health, know her worth and realise that anything is achievable with hard work and dedication (and also remembering to take my own advice sometimes!) - and its setting an example for her, using the examples i'm growing up with - which keep things going and growing over time.


I want to end with this... let people just be. Be happy. Be healthy. Be however you like as long as you just keep being you

Over and Out....

An Independent Woman Raising an Independent Girl Support By A Bunch Of Crazies!

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