Centre Court Shopping Centre asked Lady Wimbledon who motivates & inspires her as part of their ‘Wise Words from Wonderful Women of Wimbledon’ campaign.
International Women’s Day has inspired us to talk to women in Wimbledon who continue to inspire others living and working around our town.
We asked what motivates columnist, blogger, influencer, mum of three and the woman who everyone turns to when they want to know what’s happening in and around Wimbledon: Lady Wimbledon. Here’s what she said…
Why do you love Wimbledon?
At the young age of just 17 I left my family home and moved to Wimbledon. Back then I was more interested in it being a stones throw away from London clubs rather than its leafy scenery.
As soon as I embarked on my first career in PR for Sony Entertainment in Golden Square, I really appreciated escaping from the hectic week, and at 19 bought a tiny cottage in Wimbledon.
This was before mobile phones and crazy house prices. I’ve seen a lot of changes in Wimbledon over the last 20 years, but the best parts have stayed the same. My oldest friends still live here and walks on the common are now with my children rather than a stagger home from the vibrant bars which used to be all over the village.
Who inspires you?
When I created my blog site LadyWimbledon.com and launched my first Wimbledon Village shop called Igloo, the first woman I met was Karine Torr; Editor of Darling Magazine. It was soon obvious we shared the same passion for all fun events happening in Wimbledon and have really enjoyed attending them together and promoting them on social.
My second inspirational woman I met was Gina Conway. Her salons have always provided me with the sanctuary needed after a few gruelling weeks. Even the scent of their hair treatments takes all my stress away and helps me rebalance. Exciting plans lay in store in Wimbledon for her salon experience.
The woman I love seeing in my calendar is Lisa Lamberti, founder of The Pilates Clinic, Wimbledon. She helps me stretch and put my body first with a simple 1:1 session on a Monday morning in her studio.
Not only does the Rose & Crown hold the best mid weekend tennis party, but also Nikki always makes me smile when I hold casual meetings in her pub and settle by the fire in the winter with a cappuccino or two, and the sunny beer garden during the warmer months. She is a woman who genuinely cares and when asks how I am, really means it.
With hair, fitness, food and drink covered by the beautiful women of Wimbledon, I also hold high regard for Karin Flower, Founder of Celeb FC who works tirelessly fundraising with an eclectic mix of celebrities who play football to raise money for different charities in the area.
My backbone is my Marketing Director Flora Firth, she is the one who helps me turn ideas into reality and does all the behind the scenes graft to make the fun parties happen. When I am unsure of things, she gives me the reassurance I need to breathe, smile and carry on.
“Behind every great woman is another great woman, a hairdresser, councillor, PT and pub Landlady who makes great coffee”
I am lucky to have carved a career around my three children. I get so excited by all the adventures of Lady Wimbledon; but taking my kids to school at 9am and picking them up 3.15pm, keeps me grounded. Now they are 6, 8 and 10, they appreciate my cooking and we love nothing more than family meals together and always have the Beatles or some 60’s throwback playing in the house whilst we eat and clear up after dinner.
What motivates me most is the opportunity to meet, greet and support the charities, businesses and residents who want to network and meet similar locals. Some want their brand or event to be promoted, others wish to be featured on our blog, and mostly our guest list of 2,000 Wimbledon people love nothing more than a #LadyWEvent.
We have so many planned for this year and with the next one being at 601 Queen’s Rd above Centre Court Shopping Centre, there really isn’t any reason to not join the fun of mixing business with pleasure.
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