The introduction of Woman Rising magazine has given me the chance to collaborate with a range of savvy and passionate business women. None more so than Amy Mackenzie, the International award-winning Life Coach and Founder of Designing Her Life.
Amy’s article 5 Truths To Designing A Business You Love has received beautiful feedback, but today we’re here to learn more about this powerhouse girl boss and solopreneur helping women change their world for the better.
Please introduce yourself and let us know a little about you.
Hi I’m Amy Mackenzie, Founder of Designing her Life + Solopreneur Society. I’m currently in the last year of my twenties, head over heels in love with my husband, mama to two fur babies and getting ready to make an interstate move to Melbourne. I’m a heart-on-my-sleeve kinda gal, coffee lover and soul conversation junkie. I also live with chronic pain syndrome and mental illness and am not afraid to get real + vulnerable with it. I believe in the universe, love gazing at the moon + the stars and am on a mission to help all my fellow big dreamers, girl bosses + heart centred women in business design a life + business that they love.
Why did you start your business and what was your mission when it started?
Designing her Life began as an inspirational outlet on social media in 2014, a space to share quotes, stories + simply inspire others along the way. Quite quickly I decided to turn it into a blog, which lead me down the path of building a website + starting to imagine what was possible. Even before I became a coach + turned DHL into a business, it always came back to one thing… I wanted to use everything that had happened to me in my own life to help others live their very best life.
I wanted to help women design a life they love.
How have you personally evolved since those early days?
I’ve realised that it’s not about me getting to a certain point within my own life or business and then being able to teach others, but rather a continual evolution of growth + learning for me and sharing it along the way so that we can all blaze our paths together. As my own business evolved so did my mission, it became clearer to me that the women I am here to serve are the ones who are creating change, starting with themselves and flowing through to the work that they are doing in the world, whether that is building a heart centred business or getting support with a passion project. I’ve become so much clearer in my vision + confident in my skills which is something that only time + experience can give you.
What did you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I knew the emotional rollercoaster ride I was signing up for. In those early stages when you’re dreaming + scheming it is easy to get caught up thinking about all the positives to starting your own business (I am all for positive thinking). You’re hearing all the success stories however what you’re not hearing much about is the hard work, challenges + emotions you will be faced with too. That going after your dreams can get dirty. This is why I am so passionate about supporting women in this area + don’t shy away from talking about all the ‘stuff’ that comes with becoming a boss + building your own business.
What is one piece of advice you’d like other women rising (aka working women) to know?
There is only one you in the entire world, you don’t need someone else’s smarts, skills or circumstances to be able to bring your dreams to life, you truly do just need to be you + do it your way. Comparing yourself to anyone else will only ever take away from both you and them + keep you playing small.
What are you working on now? What’s coming up we can look out for?
I am super excited to currently be creating some beautiful resources for soulful leaders, change makers + women in business called ‘Designing her Biz bundles’ easy-to-digest, fun + inspiring digital packages.
From business basics to building your empire there will be a bundle for the various stages of biz + each one will include:
1 x related guidebook.
1 x related visualisation from my (in creation) Sounds of Success visualisations album.
1 x related coaching video.
Over the last (almost) 2 years through both the DHL + Society communities, in person events, online media + coaching I have been able to support, connect + collaborate with hundreds of female startups, fellow coaches + entrepreneurs. I am now so excited to be able to bring all of that experience + insights into these amazing business bundles.