Featured Blogger | The Workher

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

This week we have the first of our business bloggers, and what an awesome blog full of great stuff for women. Read all about Laura, a kiwi based in Sydney, and The Workher below.

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Blog: THE WORKHER
Blogger: Laura Douglas
Genre: Business

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Tell us a little about your blog.
The Workher is a survival guide for young professional women, which launched in June 2014. We cover career advice, inspiration and issues, along with interviews with leading business womenstylish offices and young women talking about their jobs with the ‘day in the life’ section.

The Workher helps women to feel empowered and equipped to do their jobs and achieve their career goals. It’s a community providing young women – or ‘workhers’ – with a sense of normalcy regarding their job-related challenges (from the teeny tiny questions to the big life changing decisions).

What is the story behind how you came to be a blogger?
I’ve always loved writing and I really enjoy mentoring others in my day job in Public Relations. After working full time for a few years following university, I was soon-becoming frustrated with the lack of support for young women in the workplace overall. Due to a combination of all of this, The Workher was born and I began my blogging adventure.

Where do you go or what do you do to get inspiration for your blog?
People are a huge part of The Workher’s inspiration – I think that’s why I enjoy conducting the ‘Inspiring Women’ interviews so much. This also extends into reading about other people, whether it’s a biography or news article, I find it really inspiring hearing about successful women and how they’ve made it.

Also my readers are a huge driver. I love helping others and delivering value to The Workher’s community. This is made all the more worthwhile when receiving emails from other young women asking for career advice or feedback, which really makes my day!

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What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt and how has it shaped you?
Good question! I think a big one is having confidence. It’s something I think women often struggle with but if we learn to back ourselves and be more confident, we immediately earn trust and respect, and in turn work more effectively. Even on days when I’m feeling a bit shakey on the inside, I do my best to come across as confident as I can.

What one piece of advice would you give to new bloggers?
When you put in the hard work, the results take care of themselves. So my advice would be to keep at it. Blogging really is a gradual journey and there will be ups and downs along the way but if you just stick to it and keep putting in that hard work, you’ll reap the benefits.

Name some of the bloggers that you look up to and why?
Jen Bishop from The Interiors Addict and Jaharn Giles from Mister Weekender. I love what both these women are doing – they are growing really successful blogs (and businesses) that play to their passions. I was lucky to enough to interview both of these bloggers for The Workher’s recent Blog-Preneur series. It was great to get their blog advice!

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About You

What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Everything! From ideas on how to grow The Workher to my weekend plans.

What song is your personal anthem?
Right now I must admit it would have to be Taylor Swift’s Shake it off. When I’m feeling stressed or a bit grumpy it’s a great one to blast.

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
I’m a big cheese lover so there would be a good selection of nibbles and a significant cheese board. Then I would probably have my fiancé serve a roast, followed by my home-made cheesecake for dessert!

In the movie of your life, who would play you?
I’ve always been told Hayden Panettiere and I look alike!

Fun fact – I have actually been in a movie before. I was a wee actress growing up and I was lucky enough to be cast in the NZ feature film River Queen, where I played the main character’s younger sister. It was a fantastic experience for my 13 year old self – I just loved it.

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Where is your happy place, and why?
Ooh I have two! Kuratau at Lake Taupo. It’s where my (now) fiancé proposed and it’s just one of those magical spots in NZ. I love getting away there to go out in the boat, wakeboarding and hanging out with friends and family. And Big Manly in the Whangaparoa Peninsula. I practically grew up here and have very fond memories of the place.

How would you describe your personal style?
Quite eclectic. I have a range of styles in my wardrobe and home – from Blair Waldorf and Kate Middleton inspired attire to beach themes and laid-back looks. I quite like a mixture and depending on how I’m feeling on the day I reflect my personality in my style.

What is the last thing that made you say ‘wow’?
I’m in the process of organising a guest post for The Workher from a great girl, Samantha from DIY Just Cuz. She just emailed me the piece and mentioned she’s having her baby next week. I was ‘wowed’ due to how organised she is and how much she’s juggling giving she is about to give birth!!

What is your wish for the future?
To grow The Workher and take it to the next level. Oh – and for my family and I to be happy and healthy.


Follow Laura here:

Website: www.theworkher.com
Facebook: The Workher
Twitter: @theworkher or @LauraCoyteDoug
Instagram: @theworkher
Pinterest: The Workher

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