Kia Ora….my name is Olisha and I have been privileged enough to be involved with The Liberty of Being Me Foundation since its pioneer days. As the foundation has grown, so have I with it, on my own personal journey of self-esteem, acceptance and love.
I am a psychologist by trade, but in my personal life I am a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend. What I have learnt a great many years is that I am more than just a title or a role.
As Maya Angelou once said “I’m a woman, Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me”
and I am liberated to be who I want to be and how I choose to define me without conforming to societal norms that determine how I should live my life. I love that I am learning to navigate my journey through going through life at my own pace and learning to accept that my journey is unique as I am and as you are. There is nothing more liberating than being free to be you and loving you for you.
What drives me to be part of the Liberty of Being Me?
• Sometimes I think in life, people focus more on the problem than the solution; there is a huge deficit-focus when it comes to accessing support. ’’something has to be wrong or it needs to be fixed”.
• What I love about the foundation, is that we focus on empowering woman through learning and understanding and accepting.
• You aren’t a problem that needs to be fixed, you are wonderfully created with a beauty inside that needs to be tapped into harnessed and released.
• Every one of us has so much to give this world, yet I think sometimes the world can overshadow our strengths and the negative rhetoric about us can become us.
• What we need to learn is how do we learn to keep that negative rhetoric from defining us.
What is my vision for the Liberty of Being Me?
My vision for the Liberty of being Me is to be able to share this message with all women in Aotearoa and for all women to feel empowered. To grow and cultivate a community of Women who EMPOWER other women; and for the next generation of young women and leaders to function from core beliefs of strength, resilience and love for themselves and others.
‘’My mission in life is not merely to survive,
but to thrive; and to do so with some passion,
some compassion, some humour, and some style.’’