Women empowerment. Courage. Inspiration. This new blog series is all about it. Every week, an inspiring, great woman will answer one single question:
What is my greatest strength, my “superpower”?
Why did I start this series? Women, I think, have come to a completely new solidarity in this social change that we are experiencing. We become involved, motivate and support each other. And that is so important.
I hope that the answers will empower you and make you realize that we are all vulnerable, that we all undergo hard times, but that every one of us has a strength, a superpower inside us that gets us through the fears, tears and bad times. And above all, that you are not alone.
Simone Hawlisch, an amazing freelance photographer, will break the first ground. We just “know” each other via Instagram, but her wonderful photos are a constant inspiration to me, they radiate a sense of calm and strength and reveal such an attentive and loving look onto the world that always affects me deeply.
So tell me please, Simone, what´s your greatest strength?
“There is no easy answer to that question about the only one, the biggest strength. Especially when it comes to us human beings it´s a mixture of many influences and what we have experienced has also great impact on how we see our world and are seen by others. There is something like a point in the middle that creates vibrations. These vibrations effect everything around me and have an impact on my interaction with others like customers, friends and family.
This point is my emotional intelligence, which comes with all its facets. I have learned to trust myself and listen to my gut feeling, not trying to talk myself into something, trying to make something fit that will not fit, which allows me to remain authentic.
This trust in myself has the impact of calmness on others, my customers know me as someone “who knows what she´s doing”, friends see me as a coach, carer and good networker. Many people also tell me that I have a positive charisma, fill the room with my presence and that they like to be close to me. Of course this is something which is difficult to judge for me.
I think all of this has to do with attitude. Either I let my life be determined by others or I take my life into my own hands, taking responsibility for myself and my actions.
This strength and optimism also guide me through my fears, which of course I have every now and then, especially working as a freelance photographer. I have learned not to worry about it too much and to give my best at any time, trusting the universe. Everything is in flux, everything changes, even if I make plans for the next year, it all can look completely different by tomorrow, thinks never turn out the way you expect.
Fears are good and relevant, they want to protect us and then again sometimes they also can be troublesome. I decided for my fears not to get into the driver seat with me, but to let them take the passenger seat.
Sometimes it also helps to put things back into perspective and to ask myself what is the worst thing that can happen?”
Portraitphoto of Simone Hawlisch by Monika Walecka.