Em­pow­er­ing women on brekkie menu

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Zoe Keenan

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

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