Empowering women on brekkie menu
This month’s Women Inspiring Better Business breakfast lived up to its name with an inspiring story from a woman who wears at least six hats at once.
Kirrilee Warr is a farmer and director on a broad farming enterprise, a councillor with the Chapman Valley Shire and the deputy chairwoman of the Mid West Development Commission. But it doesn’t stop there. Ms Warr is also the secretary of the Yuna Farm Improvement Group, a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a mother of two.
Despite the many hats she wears and having had a challenging year in farming, Ms Warr said she found ways to keep going.
“People ask me how I do it and some days I really don’t know but what I say to people is it doesn’t matter if you’re busy — what matters is what you’re busy about,” she said. “You have to love what you do and do what you love.”
Ms Warr offered words of advice on how she kept on top of her busy schedule. “I use calendars . . . lots of calendars, set reminders, but very importantly, I find time to relax every now and then and balance work and play,” she said.
“I’ve started to learn to back myself, accept compliments and stop apologising.
“I ask lots of questions but I still make mistakes. The biggest lessons for me have been my biggest mistakes but I stay determined.”
Ms Warr said coping with this difficult farming season had taken determination.
She told those in the crowd to get in contact with friends and family in farming and make sure they were doing OK.
Kirrilee Warr Picture: Bill Hatto