Start the momentum. Fight inertia. Fight resistance.

Start the momentum. Fight inertia. Fight resistance.

Start the momentum. Fight inertia. Fight resistance.

Something that keeps arising for me in my mind is that the starting point in discovering how you want to live your life is always to think about what makes your soul soar, what makes your heart leap for joy, what makes your pulse quicken, what puts a big smile on your face…

 

So many people do not fulfil their potential or take advantage of their incredible talents because they have a heavy sense of responsibility and feel that it is just a pipe dream. I know that we are meant to lead remarkable lives. We are meant to fulfil our dreams. We are meant to live with joy and love in our hearts not feel downtrodden, exploited and trapped.

 

So how do we go about changing our lives to reflect that?

Step by tiny step. You adjust the way you live each day. Gently leaning into the kind of lifestyle that suits your individual nature and the ways you want to spend your time. Maybe just a few minutes a day but it is progress. Set aside an hour a week to move towards that. Start the momentum.  Fight inertia. Fight resistance. Fight those voices in your head and the cynics around you who say you can’t do it, you haven’t got what it takes, it is too difficult.

 

There is something I want to invite you to:

Next week, Claire and my secret little club, Secret Women’s Business, begins.
Yes, I’ve partnered up with Claire again, to bring you something so potent, powerful & important.

 

Being in leadership, being a good leader is not about being perfect. It’s about being honest. It’s about pushing the boundaries of a limited reality. It’s about being willing to dream for more for something bigger, for the world to be a happier, kinder, more peaceful place.

It’s being willing to share that dream with others. And doing something about it.

Because more important than any external validation of your worth and ability to be a leader is the simple fact that you are connected to life. You are life. A physical representation of nature’s intelligence in human form.

 

How incredibly rare and special does this make you?

Are you really going to spend it watching Netflix, worrying about what your neighbour did, or filling up that empty void with food or clothes or scrolling?

I hope the answer to that is NO. I hope that you are ready to step into your sovereignty. I hope that you will answer the calling to lead us into the future with your heart and vision guiding the way.

 

Because we need you.

We have 11 courageous women in, and a few spaces remaining in Secret Women’s Business.

A 3-month immersion to access your own inner feminine oracle and everything she brings (love, beauty, sensuality, intuition, abundance, expansion, connection) to play a role in your work, your business and your art. Your inner oracle can’t be plotted out in a business plan, or a template. You will find Your Path and Your Answers in your body, in the present, in your fluid movement, in trusting your heart, in your expansion and discomfort, in your ease and fullness.

 

To fully step into your role, your purpose, the heart of why you are here in the world.

Join us for Secret Women’s Business, here.
We begin in 1 week.

 

how to untether & reclaim my life

how to untether & reclaim my life

how to untether & reclaim my life

 

When I was 28 I quit the western way of life and booked an open flight to India. After 4 years at university, 5 years working at music festivals, and 1 year working behind a desk in a London dance company restoring my body to health after the years of festival-frenzied drug-taking (yes, a trauma response but that’s a conversation for another time) I dropped my expectations. I packed a bag and flew to Delhi and then onward to Goa. It was 2007.

 

Facebook had just become a worldwide phenomenon and I refused to start an account despite my boyfriend’s insistence. A week before I flew out he asked me to marry him, my second proposal up to then. There have been 3 more since. A proposal that I knew in my body came from the fear of losing me. I said “yes” but didn’t mean it, didn’t have the integrity nor the voice to speak my truth. I was leaving anyway. I thought it didn’t matter.

 

It took me 3 weeks to acclimatise. My days melted from one into another. I would wake up late, eat fruit and yoghurt at one of the beach shacks, swim in the Arabian Sea and lay in the sun, flirt with newcomers and go on daily adventures with new friends. I’d go to markets, ride motorbikes, eat rice and dahl with locals, smile and chat with the ladies in their saris, and learn about this new world I found myself in. I ignored messages from my boyfriend and called him as little as possible. I wanted to be devoid of any obligations.

 

A month in I took a bus 16 hours south into Kerala and did my first Vipassana retreat. 10 days of silence. I left with a small group of fellow meditators, all of us high on the sensual delights of life after being completely cut off for so long. I forgot my phone on the stairs of the meditation centre and my boyfriend couldn’t call me anymore. I decided I didn’t want a phone anyway. We travelled through Tamil Nadu and then I went off alone until I joined up with another girl I met on the way and we explored more of Kerala and Karnataka together.

 

I did this for 6 months all over the country. There was a continuous natural weaving of people, experiences, places, guiding me forward. All I had to do was exist. All I had to remember was to breathe, to eat, to be. Everything I needed: books, yoga, opportunities, friends, would magically reveal themselves to me like breadcrumbs on a path. At some point I left most of my belongings with friends of a friend in Delhi, carrying only a school rucksack with my favourite 5 outfits, some coconut oil, a few toiletries, my journal, a sheet and a cashmere blanket. I did not need or want more. Life felt so full and every moment so fleeting.

 

These details, while true, are not important. What is at the forefront of my mind, what I am yearning for so strongly right now, is this luscious freedom, the slowness, the feeling of fullness, the simple life where the only things we think of day to day are where we will sleep and when we will eat and where we will go next. I want to untether and reclaim my life. I want to take back my time. I want to choose a life that is the truest extension of who I am: free-spirited, intuitive, guided by the unseen, a true wanderess. And I want to do it my way.

 

Perhaps not entirely as boundless as I did then. I have changed. The world has changed. What stopped me from travelling was my desire to have a project to sink my teeth into. Floating through life became tiresome and I was ready to contribute. I wanted to give back. This time, I have the project. It’s work that I love and cherish immeasurably. I am exploring how to loosely hold space for both parts of me: the responsible, deeply caring, observational and intuitive businesswoman and the unfettered freedom-seeking spiritual nomad.

 

To do so I spend a lot of time sitting with and resolving any subconscious conditioning around my desire to live a fluid life where the act of living is prioritised before working, productivity and output. Something I am working really intentionally at is reprogramming the way I live my life and spend my time. I know that my internal belief systems state the external experience I have. Through massive clearing and cleaning out of what no longer aligns to my becoming, my true self, I am pioneering a new path, a new paradigm.

 

If you want to join me on this journey, I invite you to join us for Boundaried next week. A 2-hour workshop on Zoom exploring what it means to have radical self-responsibility and be integral with our actions and words. Specifically, with the way, we spend our time. So that it is no longer wasted. To reclaim our lives. For myself, and for you.

 

For the curious ones: at some point, my boyfriend came to see me in India and I ended our relationship in a very calm and centred way and broke his heart. And a year later got back together and then broke his heart again. Yes, I had a lot of learning and growing to do when it came to relationships. I still do.

So much of life is optional, not mandatory.

So much of life is optional, not mandatory.

So much of life is optional, not mandatory.

 

So much of life is optional, not mandatory.

 

But we forget that, don’t we? We inflate ourselves with a grandiose succession of ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’ and find ourselves slipping beneath the surface of why we came to Earth in the first place. I am absolutely certain that we are here to have a profoundly enjoyable experience. To sip on the ecstasy that is a life fully lived. And yet…

 

The past few weeks I keep bumping up against the fact that my entire system is currently rewiring itself. Every time I think I’m done, every time I impatiently try to move on, life puts me back into my place, into the present moment and makes me feel every emotion until I am fully purged. I’ve been in a season of doing the slow, incremental, unglamorous work of questioning one belief system at a time.

 

Redefining my life, my work, the way I use my time, my existence piece by piece. Remembering anything is possible when I work through patterns and conditioning like an archaeological soul excavation. I’ve had to let go of so much and questioned myself so deeply and had to teach my nervous system that it’s safe through it all one breath at a time.

 

I keep surrendering to these waves of needing to be still and rest as new information settles into my bones. All these initiations of deeper understanding and wisdom, a continuous cycle of death and rebirth, as old ideas and paradigms are dying in the face of new ones blooming. I find myself incapable of doing anything productive in these moments that sometimes last for days and I keep having to remember to surrender to it. To not fight or resist it.

 

There’s a rewiring on fundamental topics happening:

    • How I nourish myself and what that means in the face of a wellness industry that thrives off convincing me to follow trends
    • The intersection of worth, value, output and income and how we have been fed the idea that they are conditional
    • How nature, the feminine and creativity are one and the same and require uncompromising protection right now
    • That how and where we invest our time is where we invest our lives…

 

This is why I am excited to present to you: BOUNDARIEDA 2-hour Zoom workshop with me and my spellbinding friend

Claire where we teach you to have the audacity to map out your own hours and the self-authority to do something different to the cultural norm.

EVENT INFO

Full Moon — Wednesday, February 16th
9am LA / 12pm NYC / 5pm London / 6pm Barcelona / 4am Sydney
2-hour Zoom Workshop
£35

 

Everything is changing. Everything is changing.
And it feels… terrifying. But also, so good.

 

We are all biologically and intrinsically motivated by the desire for more. More of the good stuff: more ease, joy, love, pleasure, abundance, time, presence, connection… Because by nature we are pleasure-seeking beings. It’s an urgent need for satisfaction. An inbuilt reaching for our own evolution.

 

Just like all of you my life and work are ever-evolving, shifting, growing. I am currently in the process of scaling my business and it is stretching me in ways that I haven’t been stretched before. I paid the biggest tax bill ever in December and the VM business became an LTD company because it outgrew my little sole trader setup. I hired a new accountant and set up payroll, and then went ahead and soft-launched two mentoring programs for 2022 to my ‘Her Way’ peeps… And then days later, after a few conversations with people I respect whom I shared my niggling feeling that something wasn’t right with, cancelled those programs, refunded my students and went back to the drawing board.

 

It was both exhilarating and frightening. Birthing something from inside you that is bigger than you, is no small feat. I’m leaning into some really new terrain and going all-in but my nervous system is saying “are you sure this is safe?” so there’s that inner struggle and the work of soothing and supporting my body so it can hold space for the expanse of what I am calling in.

And it reminds me that there are always two things at play in our evolution:

1. The conscious, surface desire for more. To expand, to grow, to evolve.
2. The subconscious, interior desire to feel safe. To stay with the confines of what it knows.

 

Every time we learn and grow we face an inner struggle that comes with the discomfort of stretching and growing pains. The unravelling and deconditioning of beliefs, systems and structures, while holding ourselves in a foreign no-man’s land to leap forward into the unknown more-ness of our desires.

 

I’m so enthusiastic and also, so so so confronted by the largeness of what I want to offer the world, an extension of the insight, healing and growth I have myself moved through the past two years, and I won’t pretend that I don’t feel some impatience and frustration with myself and the non-linear path this journey is taking me on as I wait for the nudges that move me forward. I have to let go and trust.

 

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BOUNDARIED: Mapping Your Best Work Week: 2-hour Workshop

BOUNDARIED: Mapping Your Best Work Week — 2-hour Workshop

Take your life back by taking your time back. Take your life back by taking your days back.  Take your life back by taking your energy back. Take your life back by defining your work schedule. Creating your own timeline. On your terms. 

 

Our, (Claire & Vienda), first conversation this year began with a mutual desire to redefine how we spend our time. Exclaiming in unison on a WhatsApp call words tumbled out of our mouths — yearning to create more space, more time, more joy, more play, more living — forming a new and boundaried approach to work.

 

In a world that celebrates overwork and overwhelm, where everyone is so exhausted but addicted to the cycle of depletion, we want to map out a framework to step out of this paradigm. 

 

We know that, as sovereign women, we have to own and honour the most precious thing we have: TIME.

 

The pragmatic practice of mapping out your week in such a way that actually serves you is a portal into strengthening self-trust and CEO Sovereignty. While this is such a simple process, it requires awareness of one’s unique energetic waves throughout the day and commitment to staying curious and attuned to what actually best serves you, your creativity and your business. 

 

We invite you to join us for a 2-hour Zoom workshop to have the audacity to map out your own hours and the self-authority to do something different to the cultural norm.

 

We will take you on a journey that includes a mix of video, audio, music, journaling, movement, breaks, the practice of mapping work week, and sharing:

  • Why we live in a world that is focused on and rewards all work & little play.
  • A journaling practice to uncover the ways we pay tribute to and enable these systems of overwork and overwhelm that we don’t actually want to be a part of and how we change that.
  • An embodied movement break, to drop out of our minds and into the wisdom of our hearts.
  • Stories on how we map out our working weeks focusing on rest, creativity, joy and play and how we aspire to work 15-16 hours per week.
  • A practical system to map out your own working week in a way that honours you where you are at and nudges you closer to the freedom you desire.
  • Opportunities to share and ask questions as we move through each part of the practices.

 

EVENT INFO

Monday, February 21st
9am LA / 12pm NYC / 5pm London / 6pm Barcelona / 4am Sydney
2-hour Zoom Workshop

 

 

Click on the button above to purchase your ticket. You will be redirected to Podia to complete your purchase. Make sure you tick ✔ ‘subscribe’ with your email address when you register to receive the confirmation email with the Zoom login details. 

The recording will be sent out to you via email after the event for replay.

9 ‘Her Way’ Success Stories

9 ‘Her Way’ Success Stories

G’day – I’m Mel Lathouras, a singer, songwriter, coach, and founder of Fearless Singer. I help innately musical and creative people redefine their fear of singing, connect to their authentic voices, and make music.

This year, I reached a turning point prompted by health concerns and a growing disdain for the mainstream education system and realized that I needed help to make Fearless Singer and my performing career full-time. Enter Her Way – the Women’s Business Training has been life-changing, it is no exaggeration. I have:

  • doubled my business income by restructuring my coaching packages and pricing (and fully realizing my value)
  • increased my email list with engaged subscribers by creating the Daily Singing Practice Routine opt-in. And this was just repurposing content I already had to solve the pain points around practising.
  • started building my first online course – the Fearless Singer Jazz Club, which will teach aspiring jazz singers repertoire, style, and performance confidence.

On a personal level, however, Vienda’s nurturing, wise and practical coaching style has given me more confidence as a female entrepreneur and performer. I’ve obliterated the word ‘hustle’ from my vocabulary. I know in my bones that I don’t need to run myself into the ground to create my dream career.

 

My name is Marta Gèpe, and I am a motivational coach, illustrator and published author who supports people that feel there is a creative force clashing with an analytical side which ‘knows best how to do things.’ People who are confused and annoyed for having to decide what to do when there are so many things they would love to do! People who have trouble finding the ‘right way’.

My way started with Her Way, in March 2021. Back then, the how’s, what’s and when’s were utterly confusing. Her Way gave me the guidance I needed to empower myself and my brand identity. Everything evolved majorly when I tapped into my female intuition for my business and my life: not only did I redefine my message, but also embodied the best qualities I could give to my clients, and aligned my prices to the services in a comfortable and intuitive way. My words, my business and my own self have become a confident, robust team, heading in the same direction.

As a coach, I know how I can best support my clients. As an artist, I’m currently working on my first solo exhibition, and as a writer, I aligned my message to the soul of my brand.

 

When Her Way started, I had so many ideas swirling but wasn’t sure how to execute on them, or which ones to even bother with executing in the first place. Vienda’s approach to business that prioritizes ease and fun gave me permission to take action with more confidence. It brought me back to my whole self and then gave me the tools to share from that whole place.

I believe that music can be a form of therapy and even self-hypnosis. Thoughtful words can help us understand ourselves anew. I consciously use the power of song to elevate you, with your permission, up the emotional ladder, by teaching you how to write your own self-help song and writing and recording songs that offer an insight into the process of self-healing from day-to-day challenges as well as significant traumas.

Her Way helped me do that. Vienda is such a gentle but firm guide in the ways of creating a feminine, lucrative, and impactful business- you will feel totally empowered. she taught me that You have all the answers within you already and It’s insane how much value I’ve gotten from each aspect of the course. I’m so grateful.

The support and feedback from the Her Way community in this process has been just crucial for me in taking these massive steps. To be surrounded with like-minded women who are all newly equipped with the tools for self-actualisation feels SO empowering and has added (and continues to add) massively to my momentum.

 

As an ex-corporate, multi-passionate creative, I’ve worked a lot with structure and since HER WAY, I’ve allowed myself to be much more flexible and intuitive with how I approach my time. Things might take a little longer, but I feel more and more that my business is evolving to meet me where I’m at, instead of trying to force myself into an idea of what it should be.

I’m a menstrual cycle coach and a focus on helping people find the hidden power in their PMS and discover a more blissful side to periods. I joined HER WAY right as I finished both my coaching qualification and a novel. I honestly felt a little burned out and overwhelmed at which direction to go forward in. Since the training, I’ve created two offerings alongside my 1:1 coaching: Love Your Flow, an online course for people who struggle with their period and want to experience the magic of it instead, and more recently the Premenstrual Power Up, a 6-hour 1:1 intensive for people who’s businesses and jobs are being affected by their inner critic and are struggling with overwhelm.

I’ve been super resilient since childhood, a bit of a risk-taker and always play the devil’s advocate. Giving these parts of myself space made building my business much more fun because they’re a part of me.

 

In March 2021 when Her Way began, I was incubating my business and what I wanted to grow and birth. I was also still writing my book: ‘Life after sexual abuse: A Practical Healing Toolkit to Reconnect Mind, Body & Soul‘ which has since been published.

I am an intuitive coach, guide and writer. I advocate for survivors of sexual trauma as a fellow survivor myself. I offered distance reiki to fellow Her Way souls and as a result, I now confidently offer sessions that are empowering and nurturing for the soul.

As a result of Her Way, I now fully believe in my creative energy and allow the universe to work through me – we are all here to birth creations in our own authentic way. The biggest thing that came from doing Her Way was the confidence to put myself out there – to take up space and to fully trust my intuition.

Along with my Reiki offering, I am now birthing a coaching container for survivors of sexual trauma and women’s circles – I am passionate that women are able to reconnect to themselves and fully step into their feminine wisdom.

I describe Her Way as the gift that keeps giving. I made some of the most beautiful connections with beautiful souls that I continue to connect and grow with. The women of Her Way held me in that place and trusted me with their sacred energy – what has unfolded has been stepping into my full intuitive and feminine power.

 

I’m Elisa Bozzolini, and I’m the Italian Founder & Designer of @sunvibespalma, a slow fashion boho brand based on Mallorca island. At Sunvibes, I hand design soulful fabrics and gorgeous, feminine, flowy dresses, kimonos and skirts for the free-spirited woman.

I also design and make Dream Dresses – unique garments made of a fabric that I co-create with my clients, to portray a special moment in their life or embody and manifest a dream they have in their hearts. My craft is a way for me to honour and celebrate our inner wild woman. Many years ago I was working a corporate job, and wearing office clothes every day. It was not until I moved to Mallorca that I started connecting with my truer, more authentic style and I felt an emerging desire for freedom. I started creating the clothes that my new self was craving to wear. I remember how uncomfortable and vulnerable I felt at the beginning but my soul was wanting to be truly heard and seen!

The Her Way community was very supportive and encouraging. It helped me face old paradigms and unsolicited advice on how I should run my business, organize my days and spend my time to be as productive as I could. If you feel like you want to be part of this change, and are looking for your tribe, Her Way is for you.

 

When starting Her Way, I had a gut feeling whispering to combine my background in psychology with my love for aesthetics. During her way, this whisper was met with open hearts of a gorgeous community without judgment, and with pure enthusiasm and belief… and somehow I felt the “permission” to just do it.

Hey, I’m Nida. I specialize in wellness, personal and space styling. I want to start by sharing my own story because deconditioning my own perception of aesthetics is what inspired my business. During the past years, I experienced a shift from having fashion role models I really wanted to style alike to looking inside and being trusting that what I feel drawn to is beautiful. As my connection to my authentic self deepened, my love for environmental beauty transformed. This internal shift allowed me to connect to interior and personal style on a deeper level. I realize that who I am authentically is expressed in environmental beauty.

I’ve always been utterly aware of how short our existence is. I want to make the most out of life. When something doesn’t feel right, I change it, which is why I believe in the power of transformations and reinventing ourselves, again, and again. I work with women at the intersection of their biggest, and often most painful, transformations helping them express themselves fully in their clothes and lives so that they can blossom and thrive in this world. Through my programs and private sessions, I take women on a journey into their imagination, inner wisdom, and inspiration to rediscover the essence of their soul expressed through their style and home.

Since Her Way, I ran my first trial coaching sessions with fellow women (and now friends) of the Her Way course. I’ve built my offering and just released my website — a space of sharing self-discovery, beauty, transformation, fashion, interior and adventure

 

Since doing Her Way I have continued on my journey of self-discovery and understanding how I want to run my business online with my values. I didn’t really have a business plan when I joined but the course gave me exactly what I needed to start my journey in discovering it and the information I needed to create the business that I want to run ‘my way’.

Sage and Quartz was born just over a year ago. I found great comfort and grounding in using crystals and the addition of affirmations to my self-care routines during the past few years. By pairing the two I created beautiful bracelets that are a constant reminder of your affirmations with the added benefits and energies from crystals that support your particular chosen word. Throughout my life I have struggled with my confidence and breaking through limiting beliefs, affirmations have really changed the way I think about myself and my abilities. They have allowed me to find the path I want to walk and find my voice again. My wish is for these bracelets to guide and support you too through a blockage, a life change or to serve as a reminder. I see them as a powerful positive wellbeing tool to hold your hand or loved one through any given situation or emotion.

Vienda is such a beautiful soul to learn from, her wisdom and insights are really something to behold. I am still being supported by many of the women I met on this course which have been integral to the growth of me and my business.

 

Business, for me, has always been a wild ride. Countless nights of doubt, feeling like I am just not made for this online business world. Dear friends giving advice, trying to help me navigate through it all and suggesting possible paths for me. I tried a lot and failed a lot, and every new failure made me believe – I am not good enough.

Until I booked Vienda – first as a private mentor and then joined her course Her Way this year. The learnings and the new connections I made were invaluable and I finally realised, I can create my own work and build a business that feels good to me. It’s possible and I am enough!

My whole way of approaching business and how I feel about it changed ever since. I put myself and life first now without feeling guilty – it almost feels like my business self has been reborn and is now ready to grow. (And I am seriously considering joining again, only because I feel I am now readier (is it a word?) than before.)

Just recently I faced a challenge that, in the past, would have made me stop with everything and doubt myself again. Not now. I went back reading through my Her Way notes, journaled a lot on the topic and my feelings and found a solution – not only that, by accepting the new challenges and trusting the process, I was able to redirect myself business-wise and life-wise.

 

13 series & films to inspire the HER WAY woman inside you

13 series & films to inspire the HER WAY woman inside you

13 series & films to inspire the HER WAY woman inside you

 

I find art, films and pop culture incredible at lighting the fire of my own desires within me. And what an indulgent way to motivate us to create change through our own inner compass and the work that we do in the world. If you are thinking about joining me for HER WAY, here in chronological order from the most recent all the way to the ’40s, 13 series & films to inspire the HER WAY woman inside you

 

1. Self Made (2020), Madam C.J. Walker

Equal parts an entertaining account of the first woman millionaire, and a sharp critique of the margins along which Black people endure in a long history of systemic racism and gender-based oppression. The first to be born free of her six siblings, Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, withstood the blows of familial betrayal and rancour competition to revolutionize Black haircare. Walker’s story is one of devotion, shifty ingenuity and absolute mettle against the backdrop of post-slavery racial and gender oppression.

 

2. Girlboss (2017), Sophia Amoruso

Inspired by Sophia Amoruso’s best-selling book, this series follows the rise of Amoruso’s multi-million dollar fashion empire, Nasty Gal. Britt Robertson plays the starring role of Sophia, a rebellious, broke anarchist who decides to start selling vintage clothing online. As her passion — and retail fashion empire — begins to grow, Sophia unexpectedly becomes a businesswoman, who starts to realise the value (and difficulties) of being the boss of her own life. Alongside the likes of Charlize Theron and Kay Cannon, Sophia Amoruso serves as an executive producer.

 

3. Joy (2015), Joy Mangano

If you love rags-to-riches tales, this one’s for you: delve into the makings of Joy Mangano’s million-dollar household industry empire that’s also based on a true story.  Ms Mangano, played by the illustrious Jennifer Lawrence (who has signed on to play disgraced biotech entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes in the upcoming movie, Bad Blood), starts as a single mother who scrapes by as an airline booking agent. After her breakthrough invention — a self-wringing mop — Ms Mangano navigates tricky business terrain in which betrayals abound, and allies become adversaries. But in the end, the woman this movie revolves around is the one true heroine we admire.

 

4. The Intern (2015), Jules Ostin

How the tables have turned. Anne Hathaway, who played Miranda Priestly’s fashion-unsavvy assistant, plays Jules Ostin, an enthusiastic CEO and founder of About The Fit, a Brooklyn-based e-commerce fashion startup. In the span of eighteen months, she builds her startup from her own kitchen to a full-fledged company with more than 200 employees. Pair her with an old-school Robert DeNiro playing Ms Ostin’s senior intern and you have a blossoming friendship packed with plenty of career advice. And if that doesn’t make you break out the popcorn, the movie portrays her husband, Matt, as a stay-at-home dad who gave up his career to take care of their daughter. Well done, Hollywood.

 

5. The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Miranda Priestly

Though she isn’t really an entrepreneur, she’s one of the most powerful and iconic bosses in recent movie history: the queen of all queens, Miranda Priestly. Played by a scathing Meryl Streep, Ms Priestly is the editor-in-chief of the fictional fashion magazine, Runway — it’s widely speculated that her character was based on Anna Wintour, the real-life editor of Vogue. When she’s not striking fear into all of her employees’ hearts, she’s juggling fashion shows, meeting with designers, and building one of the most cutthroat but powerful companies in movie history.

 

6. Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Melanie Smooter

Reese Witherspoon plays Melanie Smooter, a successful fashion designer in New York who has reinvented herself to hide her small-town Southern roots. Though the movie’s more interested in her love life than entrepreneurial ventures, there’s something in Ms Smooter’s character that we don’t see enough in romantic comedies. She refuses to sacrifice her work for love (why should she be expected to, anyway?) and embodies the talent and ambition of a self-driven woman relentlessly following her dreams. Who cares about the drawling countrymen of the South and the McDreamies of New York? Melanie Smooter is the only character we should care about, and the only one we need in our life.

 

7. Chocolat (2000), Vianne Rocher

Forget Johnny Depp — Juliette Binoche is the real star of this delectable movie as Vianne Rocher, an expert chocolatier who opens her own chocolate shop in a small orthodox French town. Part-time single mother part-time business owner, she does much more than sell chocolate, though. Over the course of the movie, her shop helps bring together families and empower individual women despite conservative challenges, and we can see the long-lasting effects of her business as Ms Rocher uses her artisan craft to transform the town’s community for the sweeter. Tradition meets revolution: Ms Rocher mixes together a dash of sumptuous romance, a sprinkle of entrepreneurial magic, and tops it off with everybody’s favourite chocolate chips.

 

8. You’ve Got Mail (1998), Kathleen Kelly

Kathleen Kelly, the proud owner of the NYC-based bookstore, The Shop Around The Corner. Ms Kelly, played by Meg Ryan, struggles to keep her family business afloat after a mega bookstore chain, Fox Books, moves into the neighbourhood Though the movie takes a Shakespearean turn with the owners of the rival bookstores soon falling in love, Ms Kelly’s fearless determination to overcome financial challenges, not to mention her incredible passion and dedication to her job, is one of the top-selling points of this movie. Whether you find Ms Kelly’s online relationship with a stranger heartwarming or alarming, watch this movie for her character alone. (Tom Hanks as a capitalist isn’t bad either.)

 

9. The Associate (1996), Laurel Ayres

If you set the movie Tootsie on Wall Street and switched Dustin Hoffman for Whoopi Goldberg, you would have the basic premise of The Associate. Goldberg plays financial analyst Laurel Ayres who is determined to break into the male-dominated world of investment banking. After getting passed for a promotion, Ms Ayres decides to start her own firm — as a white man. She dreams up the impossibly well-connected fictional persona of Robert S. Cutty as the face of the business, and with her own financial expertise as well the help of a complicit secretary, Ms Ayres proves to be a successful independent stockbroker behind the man. If for nothing else, watch this to see Goldberg in a heavy pound bodysuit and how good her make-up job will be.

 

10. Steel Magnolias (1989), Truvy Jones

In one of the earliest movies that put Julia Roberts on the map, she and the other four female main characters share the spotlight in this touching movie about a close-knit group of women getting through tough times. Truvy Jones, played by Dolly Parton, owns a hair salon in a small Louisiana suburb — it’s at the salon where the women meet by coincidence and the rest of the plot follows. In a movie where none of the men really matter, Truvy’s boss character marks a positive portrayal of women in business, and her leadership and responsibility in the group reminds us that, sometimes, we all need someone to lean on.

 

11. Baby Boom (1987), J.C. Wiatt

Watch this if you love babies — a radiant Diane Keaton plays J.C. Wiatt, a work-obsessed management consultant in Manhattan whose world gets turned upside down after inheriting a toddler. As she raises the baby on her own, she tries to climb the male-dominated corporate ladder and is faced with both the hardships of single motherhood and gender discrimination. Will she accept demotion after demotion, or will she venture out to new business prospects? Without spoiling the end, there may or may not be baby applesauce involved. Whatever she decides to do, though, Ms Wiatt represents the struggle of balancing personal and work lives and reminds us to thank our mothers more often.

 

12. Mildred Pierce (1945), Mildred Pierce

When your husband leaves you for another woman, what do you do? If you’re Mildred Pierce, you raise two daughters on your own and independently finance yourself through selling baked goods, waiting tables, and finally opening your own restaurant. Even if black-and-white films aren’t your thing, this crime drama will leave you on the edge of your seat quietly cheering for Ms Pierce, played by a stunning Joan Crawford. As her life takes a turn for worse at every corner, Ms Pierce remains a strong-willed and empathetic character who wants the best for her children – as a former wife, current mother, and successful entrepreneur, she gives hope to working women everywhere.

 

13. Lucy Gallant (1955), Lucy Gallant

Don’t let Hollywood’s 1950s chauvinist themes stop you from watching this gem: follow jilted-at-the-altar New Yorker Lucy Gallant, played by Jane Wyman, set up shop in a fictional Texas boomtown and straddle the conflict between pursuing career and love. She runs her dress store out of a brothel, relies on loans from shady bankers, and is continually courted by a romantic interest, but Ms Gallant’s journey from humiliated bride to fashion designer is, for lack of a better word, quite “gallant” indeed. If you know how old movies usually end, this one will be no surprise, but Ms Gallant’s self-made path to success feels very true to life and inspires the entrepreneur within us all.

 

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