This was me on International Women’s Day on Friday at my local branch of The Body Shop in Middlesbrough. I was given some Body Shop goodies and some beautiful flowers by the girls.
What Was it All About?
It started when Clare got in touch with me on Instagram. I knew that Clare followed me and watched my stories but at that point that was as much as I knew about her. She told me that she was the store manager of The Body Shop in Middlesbrough and that her and her team had picked me as their local, inspirational woman for #IWD2019.
I’ve got to be honest that at this point I was checking out her profile and wondering ‘has she got the right person?’ Turns out they had and when could I call in as they had something for me.
I happened to be not too far away for a client meeting on Friday so I arranged to pop in afterwards. I actually thought there might be more than me there but no it was just me. I was pretty overwhelmed I’ve got to say.
It turns out it was an initiative from their HQ to be able to choose someone locally that they thought represented the spirit of International Women’s Day.
I had a lovely chinwag with Clare, Sam, Betty and Steph. Super, super girls. I loved every minute of it. We all got quite emotional, especially Sam!! Turns out she cries at everything, bless her.
When I asked Clare ‘why me?’ I literally filled up. My Instastories later were full of happy tears. I couldn’t have been happier.
Clare tagged me in some photos on social media that popped up in my notifications later that afternoon;
“To celebrate #iwd2019 We have chosen @bestbeforeenddate as our local hero, for the work she does to inspire women of all ages and the time she gives in this community empowering women to be what ever they want to be! It was so lovely to meet a positive force! Thankyou Sharon!”
That started me off all over again. How lovely?
Here’s My Goodies And Flowers In Situ Back At Home
The Body Shop has been a massive part of my beauty regime ever since I can remember. I was a teenager when it hit our high streets and I’ve dipped in and out of it over the years. It’s been actively campaigning for a cruelty-free beauty industry for decades now. Their Shea Butter range is their first ever Community Trade ingredient. It’s giving purpose and salaries to the women from Northern Ghana who handcraft the shea.
Me writing this was totally off my own back. When I asked Clare what did she need from me in return. Her reply was “absolutely nothing, Sharon … just enjoy”
Those girls have no idea how much their act of kindness meant to me. If you live local to me and haven’t been in for a while get yourself to see them. What a fabulous bunch of empowering women they are.
See You Soon!