This week, we have the pleasure of introducing you to two more of our authors, who'll each be writing a chapter about their experiences in In Her Own Way. Introducing Kate Elizabeth, and Sandra Phinbow.
I’m Kate and I hope that my writing can help re-define success, as well as ideas of what an ambitious woman ought to look like and do. I read English Literature and Language at St Hilda’s College, Oxford and I went on to attain an MA in Medieval Studies. You can see from this that by most standards my academic background is very strong. However, some people find it mysterious that on attaining these degrees, I became a National Trust volunteer, before retraining in Horticulture, and running my own gardening and floristry business for a couple of years. For me, two things can sum up success: being kind to every living thing, and loving the world and every tiny aspect of beauty within it. If you do those things, then you will appreciate the gift that life is, you will be yourself in every authentic detail, and you will probably notice things that not everyone does. My writing is in many ways a lyrical reflection of this.
I think I see life in quite a different way to some of my peers, who came from similar backgrounds, because my experiences have been unique. Inspired by a cousin I lost, and the life that he lived, and by my own fascination for mountains and wild places, I decided that one day I was going to climb Mount Everest. I haven’t got there yet, but I have finally found the confidence to work as an entry level outdoors instructor, a career I hope to take further. There is an immense value in bringing the sense of scale and aliveness that experiencing the hills can bring, to others who perhaps need that. Everest is still my target, but I recognise that the journey will be the axle of my life and that its value does not lie only in the summit, but in the people I interact with, and the things I see, along the way.
Sandra is a Chartered specialist biomedical scientist, a decorated military veteran and was the first female firefighter for Kent, UK, in 1989. She runs her own science communication consultancy, and is the Medical Science Liaison working with Melanoma UK.
She is married with two sons.
We cannot wait to introduce you to more authors next week, so watch this space!
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