It has been one year since Nick and I came up with the idea of putting together a website to carry on the incredible conversation generated whilst writing my book ‘Confessions of a Menopausal Woman’. The book itself only came about because TEN THOUSAND women got in touch with me when I mentioned on TV that I would be taking time off work to recover from a full hysterectomy – all of them wanting information and support.
Since its launch, our site has grown into something much, much more and so has the diversity of our community. We realised that whilst some women were coming to us for information on the menopause, we had women of all ages visiting us because they were feeling lost after having children, in their career, their relationships and their health, and were looking for ways to regenerate that internal fire which had gone out. We started looking for contributors who could give information in our TGIOF voice; which we believe is friendly, informed and aspirational.
Creating and running TGIOF is a labour of love – We work together, at home, late into the night after finishing our ‘day jobs’ creating the best possible content for you. We want to help women move on from just existing to happily and healthily thriving!
Earlier this year we realised we needed to sit back and take a long, hard look at the site. We were growing as individuals through our own personal development, focusing on being the best in every aspect of our lives – health, lifestyle, career and our relationships. So we decided to make the site much more dynamic, incorporating all the information that we had on how to lead a fulfilled life.
These thoughts were crystallised in a conversation with a friend who told me that one of her life’s biggest regrets was never running the London Marathon. I told her she could if she set her mind to it! I walked away thinking “How many other women feel like this? That their life is over just because they have reached a certain age?” I may be half way through, but I am not halfway done! I decided to challenge myself to say yes to every opportunity that came my way and frightened me, that pushed me out of my comfort zone or deep down I didn’t think I could do it. That shift in attitude was a game changer for me. I don’t want to waste a single day thinking “If only…” or having a regret about something that was perfectly within my grasp if I put my mind and body to it. Whilst it may be hard work, I believe if you want something badly enough, you can find a way to achieve it.
So, one year on, This Girl Is On Fire has grown to reflect that. Don’t live your life thinking “If only I had given it a go, if only I was healthier, if I had a happier relationship…” all of these things are within your control! We are here to give all of you the inspiration, tools and knowledge you need to be the best version of yourself, to live an outstanding life no matter where you are on your journey. We lead by example and give you access to others who do so too.
We genuinely believe that all women are capable of incredible things, and through daily personal growth are unstoppable. One year on, we are so excited to help you even more than we did on the day of our launch. As we have grown, so has our experience and contacts with experts who can help yougrow too. We can’t wait to offer you even more outstanding content, which we have broken down into sections: Health, Lifestyle, Hustle and Best You. Health will include everything you need to keep your body in its best shape on the inside and out. Lifestyle will continue with everything you want in fashion, travel, beauty and culture. Hustle is our way of energising you in your work life, in whatever form that takes, managing your finances and your time. And Best You has everything you need to improve your mindset, shake up your relationships and celebrate every small win along the way. We are going to be bringing you exciting events with fantastic speakers, This Girl Is On Fire retreats and to get things started we will soon be launching our very own podcast, where you can hear incredible women talking about what lit their fire; from celebrities, business women and sporting heroines their stories will inspire you. I will also be sharing my thoughts on everything from finding happiness and overcoming adversities to staying true to yourself no matter what.
We love all of you in our This Girl Is On Fire community, and are committed to giving each of you the very best tools so that you can lead your best life in whatever shape or form that means to you.
Here’s to another fantastic year!
Andrea and Nick. xx