“Leap and the net will appear” has always been one of my favourite mantras. It’s also a philosophy almost every power woman I admire seems to live by, both personally and professionally. The simple but powerful thinking behind it? That on the other side of every bold move and brave decision lies something truly great, and the kind of unlimited potential we can only unlock when we have the courage to really test and challenge ourselves.
Uncannily, it seems to be a recurring theme around the world in 2021, as a growing number of trailblazers – from health and wellness seekers to business leaders and entrepreneurs – rewrite the rules of what’s possible, in genuinely exciting and innovative ways.
It’s also something I’ve found to be true time and time again. I’ve been lucky enough to lead and grow Women’s Health Australia since the end of 2016, and to say it’s been the most rewarding job I’ve had during the 28 years I’ve been working in media would be a serious understatement. I’ve had the chance to collaborate with some of the most talented content creators in the game. Craft unforgettable shoots, tell incredibly powerful stories and enjoy days in the office that were so much fun it was almost criminal to call them work.
Just a few of countless standout moments? Launching Celeb Sweats, Secret Sweats, our podcast series, Uninterrupted, and WH Talks – where we turned the foyer of the Sydney Opera House into our own private yoga studio – all in the space of six months. (Yep, 2018 was one wild year.) Having the chance to work up a sweat with 600 of you at Fit Night Out, three times! Flying to Byron Bay with much-loved brother brand Men’s Health to shoot Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth for a global exclusive that ran on the cover of our March 2019 issue, and in 22 countries around the world. And there’s no doubt I’ll forever be proud of making television history for our game-changing female athletes when the Women’s Health Women in Sport Awards was beamed into lounge rooms across the country in October 2018.
It’s been an honour and a privilege to lead this powerhouse brand. But with Women’s Health now successfully relaunched onto Aussie newsstands, now feels like the right time to make my own metaphorical leap, explore new opportunities and pass the baton, literally! And I’m thrilled to say it’s hurtling into the hands of one of the best women I know – writer, editor, podcaster, boxer and all-round legend, Lizza Gebilagin. There’s no-one I’d rather be passing the torch on to, and I know this amazing community of women couldn’t be in safer hands.
Most importantly of all, thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single person who’s been a part of this journey over the past five years. I couldn’t be more grateful for it and will be cheering madly from the sidelines as Women’s Health Oz starts its next exciting chapter.
In the meantime, take that risk. Back yourself. Dream big. Because when you do, as I’ve learnt from experience, anything really is possible. And isn’t that what life’s all about?