Author’s drive to help women
SUBIACO author, businesswoman and mother Kelly Exeter will speak at the Western Suburbs Business Association Business Women’s Lunch today, on how to achieve what you want in life, without constant stress.
The blogger of A Life Less Frantic and author of Practical Perfection said she suffered a breakdown after the birth of her first child, while trying to juggle her graphic design business and maintain control over her life.
Mrs Exeter said highly driven women had a habit of putting everything and everyone before themselves and hoped she could help women to prioritise what was important.
“I’m a highly productive person. I aim to get more out of every second of the day, but a few years ago I started to create inefficiencies in the day, so I could move slower,” she said.
“I would find myself in a state of constant stress and overwhelm and being worn out, so I came up with a framework, to stop myself earlier, when I fell into that pattern.”
Mrs Exeter said one thing women struggled with was disappointing people and learning how to say no.
“Most women are people-pleasers. By letting other people set the agenda to our lives, you’re setting yourself up to disappoint people anyway,” she said.
“Everyone always says learn how to say no, and despite that advice, no one does. The default response I came up with was “let me get back to you” to help avoid that kneejerk yes and over-committing yourself or feeling bad when you can’t make it.”
Mrs Exeter said she was looking forward to the lunch and hoped to help women in a similar situation.
“I’d love to help women look at their lives and identify immediate changes to reduce the amount of rushing in their day and to avoid that overwhelmed and burnt-out feeling,” she said.
Mrs Exeter said the one thing she hoped women would take away from her presentation was to stop comparing themselves to a “highlight reel” and scheduling every minute of the day.
“Don’t compare someone’s highlight reel on social media to your everyday life. You are not seeing them knee deep in laundry or dishes, but only seeing the best parts of their lives,” she said.
The luch is at Chez Pierre Restaurant from noon-2pm today.