Wednesday 8th March marked this year's International Women's Day and with each Instagram scroll, it was heartwarming to see all of the love filled posts and feel the sense of unified celebration of women globally.
Everyone from mothers, to world leaders, social influencers, to business owners etc. were celebrated for their daily efforts and sheer determination in challenging stereotypes, and pushing the boundaries of a once male dominated world. The sense of genuine sisterhood never felt so globally evident!
For one incredible woman, sisterhood is not something that should surface just once a year, but rather a notion that ought to be galvanised and woven into our everyday lives as females. Setting out to be the advocate and embodiment of sisterhood, Simone Dyer created Soul Share, a monthly event that aims to encourage love, support and genuine friendship amongst females today.
Here's what happened when I caught up with the game changer herself:
1) For those who may not be aware, what is Soul Share?
Soul share is safe space to cultivate sisterhood, a safe place to grow, learn, unlearn, share and heal. It is the coming together of feminine energy in all of its divinity.
We share our magic in truth and love through honest, open conversation and various other creative means. Soul share is a great place to connect through our hearts in a commonality of Womb-an-hood!
2) How did you come up with the concept of Soul Share?
I came up with the concept based on the needs of what I saw around me in female friends, family, associates and also my own needs. Feeling like there was a lack in connection between women in a lot of ways, I just wanted to create a safe space where we could come exactly as we are, without judgment and just share/converse authentically.
I wanted to create a forum where love, support and respect for one another was at the core. I’ve seen so much competition amongst females and it has really grieved my heart. I guess I just want to remind us all that united we are so much stronger, and that there is more than enough room for us all to WIN!!!
3) Who is Soul Share aimed at?
Soul share is currently aimed at all Women. I haven’t wanted to put too much restriction on age because having the variety means we can each learn from the varied amount of experience in the room, ages have ranged from 17 to 50 plus. I also wanted to trust that Soul Share would resonate with those that needed it… Let it go, Let it flow kind of vibe!
I do want to grow soul share as a platform so there will be sessions and workshops that are more age or topic specific in the near future. I have also had enquiries from men about when there will be one for them which is a really positive prospect to work towards.
4) What is your ultimate mission/goal for Soul Share?
My ultimate goal is to build a platform for authentic sharing to take place amongst women no matter the topic being discussed, shared or taught.
My heart’s desire is that Soul Share will be able to reach and welcome women of different backgrounds, ethnicities and age groups into a safe place where LOVE and support are present at the core.
5) Who/What has been your biggest inspiration in the development and growth of Soul Share?
My biggest inspiration for Soul Share has been what I’ve seen in day to day life amongst the women around me. Conversing, watching and listening to the things that they are facing coupled with the things I have faced personally and professionally.
I try to stay connected to the present moment, what’s happening in real life now and take inspiration from there so the topics of discussion and sharing in the sessions are relevant and timely.
6) Have you experienced any hurdles along the way? If so, how have you overcome them?
I would say my biggest hurdle has been ME! Haha. I often spend time over thinking things which can sometimes make me my own worst enemy and critique. I have had to do a lot of inner work on self worth and limiting beliefs. Whilst I know how big the vision inside of me for Soul Share is, sometimes bringing that forth into reality has been challenging.
I have experienced both fear of failure and also fear of success on this journey and I’m learning so much everyday. It’s so easy to get in our own way without even realising. Fear
can be very crippling but thankfully through faith, support from loved ones and leading from a place of love for what I’m doing, I have been blessed to watch my vision come to life very quickly!
7) The concept of Sisterhood is a common theme running throughout Soul Share. What does Sisterhood mean to you and how important do you think it is in today's day and age?
Sisterhood to me means authentic love, honesty and support amongst women. It should be a safe place to come as you are and express yourself freely. I think that sisterhood is VITAL in this day and age. I use the word vital because I feel like having sisterhood is literally a lifeline.
There is a lot of disconnect and competition out there amongst women which is so unhealthy. I feel like it is even more heightened today with the excessive increase of the use of social media. It can leave us constantly comparing ourselves to others, we forget that social media generally only shows the best bits of another person’s life. It can leave us feeling like we are not enough, therefore seeking love and validation outside of ourselves which becomes an unhealthy and destructive pattern that is hard to unlearn. My heart’s desire is that Soul Share will help to cultivate healthy, authentic sisterhood.
8) What legacy would you like Soul Share to leave/ impact to have?
I would love for Soul Share to leave a legacy of Love and authentic sharing for the purpose of growth and healing. I would love for it to be an internationally recognised platform. Ultimately, my hope is that anyone who attends will feel their life has been more enriched.
9) What would be your advice to anyone wanting to start their own business or go independent?
My advice to anyone wanting to start their own business would be JUST DO IT. As human beings we are so good at procrastinating and putting things off until ‘later’. The fact is there is no guarantee there will be a later.
Life is for living and in my opinion, doing your best to create a life you really love and want to wake up to. For me personally life is too short to spend it doing things which do not feed your soul and bring out the best in you.
10) What 3 pieces of advice would you give to your younger self?
The first thing I’d tell my younger self would be don’t rush! I think as a young person I felt like I had to grow up very quickly so that would be number one.
Secondly I’d tell myself that loving me is the most important thing I could do because it will teach others how to love in the future.
Finally id tell my younger self that there is no need to seek validation outside of myself, no need to prove anything to anyone, the only measure is your own happiness.
11) For all our hair and beauty obsessed readers, what beauty/hair products could you not live without?
Honestly I’m not that attached to any single product but my favourites are:
● Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk (Coconut & Hibiscus) - Absolute favourite for having moisturised glossy curls
● Moroccan Oil Hair Spray - Love this hairspray as it provides a good hold without turning your hair to rock haha! It also smells amazing!
● My MaxFactor Masterpiece Mascara - Opens up the eyes and even if I’m wearing no other make up a lick of mascara does wonders for opening up the eyes :-)
12) Finally, how can readers find out more about you/Soul Share dates?
They can visit the Instagram & Twitter pages @soulsharestudio. Information will also be up on up on simonedyer.com by the end of April. The next Soul Share will be on Thursday 27th April, 7:30pm at Coate Studios, Hackney, E2 9AG