How our “bloggers choose to challenge” for International Women’s Day and beyond

We have a very inspiring selection of blog posts this year, all written for our annual International Women’s Day blogging challenge which is now in its 5th year. As we slowly approach the end of our third lockdown in the UK, we want to share with you how our bloggers “choose to challenge”, the theme of IWD21.

The posts below are all written by women with something important to say. Some run their own business helping others, some write books, and a few do both!

So here are their personal reflections and thought provoking observations from the pandemic and we hope you will feel inspired.

We have included:

  • A look at the pandemic through the eyes of a professional photographer
  • What it’s like to be a writer in lockdown and how isolation can affect creativity
  • Why mothers have shouldered the brunt of the pandemic and yet we treat ourselves so badly
  • Change – and how one woman adapted to the pandemic after leaving her corporate life
  • Different types of challenges some women in the public eye have faced
  • How our mother’s life influences our own path
  • The story of one woman who helps other women let go of trauma
  • How support and creativity can make all the difference in difficult times
  • And what to do when lockdowns make us turn to social media for support only to experience negative feelings online

We hope you will enjoy the read and want to join “bloggers choose to challenge” in our next blogging challenge.

Photography as Therapy 

Author: Photographer Jo Scott

How does a writer survive lockdown? 

Author: Gill Buchanan

The importance of seeing ourselves as valuable 

Author: Shalagh Hogan

Surviving change and adapting to new realities

Author: Life Coach Valerie Lewis

Following in other women’s footsteps

Author: Counsellor Shirley Anstis

Taking inspiration from our mothers

Author: Sue Williams

Holding hands in the storm 

Author: Traumaqueen Dr. Rosanna Massey

How friends and creativity help in difficult times 

Author: Marketing/ Blogging Coach Jean Wolfe

How social media has impacted women in the pandemic

Author: Business / Blogging Coach Ute Wieczorek-King


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Ute Wieczorek-King

Ute Wieczorek-King is an experienced Entrepreneur, Coach & Mentor with a passion for helping women to find their unique voice, overcome obstacles to writing and get known liked and trusted online (especially when feeling a little shy). She ran her own women's network for 15 years, was the first to offer government funded social media courses in the South East and has since partnered with Corporates, Charities, Start-up Academies, and hundreds of independent women in business. Currently she is co-writing a guide to help solopreneurs, creatives and authors build an authentic online presence with their blog.

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