Smashing the myths on women

Kylie Patchett, Jill Chivers and Karen Clarke will speak at a workshop for busy Sunshine Coast women.
Kylie Patchett, Jill Chivers and Karen Clarke will speak at a workshop for busy Sunshine Coast women. Contributed

IT IS time to bust the superwoman myth.

For a generation, women have been fed the story that they need to strive for corporate success and then balance a family life above a glass ceiling.

But one neo-feminist says it is not as simple as smashing through a window pane and having the world at your feet.

In a one-day workshop for busy women, Kylie Patchett wants to abolish the "superwoman myth".

"I think that we need to stop dealing with ideology and start taking control of what we actually want ourselves," she said.

"If it suits (a woman) to be a crazy-busy corporate woman than that's fantastic - but if it's not, it's ok not to be."

Ms Patchett will speak at the Hurry Up and Slow Down workshop in Maroochydore today, donating her time for a charity.

The Tall Poppy Project founder gives tips to busy women about how to balance a busy life and happiness.

She moved into holistic health a year ago when she finally learned "we all have the power to change everything in our life".

"I don't think there is such a thing as being able to do it all," she said.

The Tall Poppy Project is about "standing tall and staking a claim on how you want your life to look", Ms Patchett said.

She said her talk today would be about small strategies to make a big difference for busy women.

"Sometimes you just need to sit down and have a cup of tea without checking emails," she said.

Ms Patchett will be joined by two others who will speak at the workshop.

Jill Chivers of Shop Your Wardrobe will talk about "the busy woman's guide to looking great and buying less" and Karen Clarke from Powerful Positive People will give a presentation about "creating a conscious mindset: how to cultivate inside calm amidst outside chaos".

The Hurry Up and Slow Down workshop is from 8.30am-4.30pm today at Maroochydore Surf Club. Tickets are $8 and all proceeds go to the SunnyKids charity.

Topics:  women

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