Co-Founder of The Possibility Project
Roles in life and work
If there is one word to best describe the roles I play in both life and work, it is ‘bridge’, I truly enjoy bridging things together. My most valuable and treasured role is Mumma to four beautiful teenagers aged 19, 17, 16 and 14. The way I see our life together is that I am not responsible for their choices but I can help create a pathway or bridge to healthy choices. The most powerful way for me to do this is simply to role model what I perceive as valuable. I’m big on being a role model for the power of kindness, I carry this energy into my other favourite role and that is as co-founder of the social enterprise – The Possibility Project – I try and centre my roles in kindness as much as humanly possible.
What are you juggling right now in your life?
I’m juggling the biggest heartache I have ever had to face in my life right now. After 30 years of friendship my husband has left our family for a different life. And yes this is a huge test of my kindness barometer!. One thing that I am most grateful for is that for 20 years, I chose to be at home with our children as we built a life as ex-patriates. If ever I needed proof of the value in having a loving, open and close relationship with your children in the home, it has been in the last 8 weeks. There is so much to juggle, from working out financials, to responding to ones grief and the grief of others, but my home is a beautiful one, there is space to breathe, be yourself and know you are loved. This goes for all of us, but it is also a testimony to what I have help build over the last 20 years as a Mumma, and I can say wholeheartedly, if I didn’t have this level of love, the juggle would be too much I think.
How do you value your time?
I have practised for many years being present as much as I can, I have a daily meditative practise, it has never been about being still and silent and chanting, it’s really more about removing fear from my thoughts. I am valuing my time the most when I choose love over fear. The Possibility Project has been created by myself and my best friend Kath, our intention was to help faciliate mindset of restorative justice particularly through the fashion industry, and see what can be created by bringing more love, and of course kindness, to our daily choices. We can waste so much time with fear based thinking, thinking the worst, fearing change, worrying about things out of our control, creating problems for every solution, so I would say I truly do value so much of my time by removing these fears. One of the best things I did many years ago was to try and remove guilt from my thinking, it’s wonderful how this choice can free up time to do great things.
How do you manage your time effectively?
I had the privilege of being an economics high school teacher for many years, I think I have an intrinsic ability to manage time, plus I love being punctual. I also manage time by truly making the choice to do things that I love and enjoy, I don’t do things or sign up for things that I don’t believe in or enjoy. There are plenty of jobs we all have to do that we might not particularly like. I will be honest and say my kids sport… I’ve never loved that actually, but I really don’t add to jobs I dislike just to be a good person, if you know what I mean.
How do you separate work and personal time?
This is quite related to my former answers – I am very conscious of doing things that I love, it is true, if you love the work that you do, then it’s not work. Our social enterprise has a focus of doing projects in schools. The beginnings of our project was actually within my children’s school in Singapore, so there has always been a healthy overlap with what I do for work and my personal space. I’m also fortunate that my kids are quite interested in the fashion industry, so its fantastsic to be able to have creative conversations about work within the home.
What does your support network look like?
Bigger in the last 8 weeks than I ever imagined! I have an incredible support team, Kath of course is an angel and a hugely talented business partner. My children are really a blessing to be with. Every aspect of our work has been built around collaboration, so the pressure is off to be responsible for everything. And I have a deep connection to energetic practises to keep well. I am truly supported by some of the best healers in Sydney. I ask for support mainly on one thing, to help strengthen my intuition, my knowing that I’m doing what I am meant to do, I think its the support you ask for that is vital and I’m really blessed with the supportive answers that flow my way.
What kind of conversations do you have with your inner voice?
This really depends if I’m being kind to myself or not! When you’re hit with something as huge as the end of a marriage, it is natural and important to ask yourself all sorts of questions. I have a really strong personality, I grew up in a competitive and highly accomplished family, we were working class kids and wanted to prove to the world that we were ‘worth it’. I have been asking myself about my ego, my shadows, my weaknesses but overwhelmingly I have also been having many great conversations with myself about the meaning of love and personal value and purpose. These have provided some important insight too. But I’ve got to say, I’d much prefer to have a coffee and conversation about life with Kath anytime!
Do you have any time saving tips for the One P community?
Yes, Love Yourself. It is that easy (and that difficult), but it’s also always your choice to do so! It might not save you time but it will certainly make whatever time you have really valuable.
A little more about the Possibility Project
The Possibility Project is a Sydney based social enterprise, co-founded by Kath Davis and Kim Pearce. Started seven years ago with a simple intention to support a vocational training project with street youths in Jaipur, India. The Possibility Project has grown to help address some of the most complex issues related to the fashion industry. The focus of the work is to help shift people into a mindset of greater possibility when it comes to responding to social and environmental problems. Advocating for a much slower and more conscious fashion industry, Kath and Kim facilitate workshops, mending events, and public engagements that bring a sense or personal empowerment to help create a kinder fashion industry.
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