Inspiring Women: Ivy from Travelling in Twos
Travelling in two’s is not normally something I can do with two little ones but it’s my wedding anniversary in March and we are planning to go away and leave the kids with their grandparents (YAH!!)
So I headed over to Ivy’s website “Travel in two’s” for some inspiration. I have never been to Hamilton Island and was very tempted after reading about: ” The water here is crystal clear and the blue of your dreams. Summer is traditionally stinger season so best be aware of that though we’ve never had a problem. Water sports reign: Boating, snorkelling, Hobie catting, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, scuba diving, kitesurfing, jet-skiing, even fishing. Hikes are plentiful and varied, from the easy to the more difficult and there is always a jogger to be spotted on the smoothly paved roads. You’ll stay entertained even if you never leave the island, but there are also excursions galore, which run the gamut in price and time commitment.”
I have known Ivy for a few years and it’s been great to see her journey, excuse the pun, into the world of a freelance writer.
She is a southern gal i.e. ” Hi Y’All” is a common greeting.
Why did you start it?
Well, my last career left me spent, empty really, and I knew it was time to recapture my moxie. I’ve a fortunate opportunity as a dual citizen to share some of what is the best of both of my countries- as well as others I’ve been lucky enough to visit. Because of that, I’m often asked for advice on travel and I thought, well damn- why not just write it down…put it out there? Having always been a hoarder of information, and a lover of words and their power, it was a scary prospect— would I be good enough? Did people really care what I had to say? Ultimately, I did it for me. It’s been an absolute riot, though quite a learning curve, so growth and new skills and discomfort are a part of every single day. (Seriously y’all, learning to embrace the discomfort is something that cannot be overemphasised). I’m thrilled that this venture has lead to other opportunities that feed my soul; freelancing for content agencies, feature articles, editing and copywriting.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Embarking on ‘Ivy 2.0’ has allowed me to better balance my life. I go to Pilates religiously, I meet friends for lunch, I pop by the library to pick up books on hold. It also means I’m not at a 9-5 job, and there are ramifications for that too — last night I was pitching articles to an editor at 10:30. It’s a trade-off that works for me.
What’s one piece of advise you’d give to other women in business?
While I can’t help but notice the references to fortune and luck, it’s also important, so very very important, that we as women recognise the WORK we have put into our successes. We aren’t simply lucky, we aren’t merely plucked from the abyss by some gods of fortuity, what we achieve is a result of our effort — luck simply won’t cover it.