Meet The Women In My Life – Part 7 – Lynne

Womens Month 2019 - Lynne Ashley

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with my cousin Lynne…

Shout out to all the men, the role models respecting women. Stepping up, being dads. Thank you.

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Womens Month 2019 - Lynne Ashley

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Lynne Ashley

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Lynne Ashley - 39 - Early Childhood Teacher
Lynne Ashley – 39 – Early Childhood Teacher

Hiya cuz, what makes you a woman?

Basically I’d say motherhood, my boldness, self respect, strength, love and passion.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

My gran and my mom. My gran is amazing to have raised six mixed-race children in the era that she raised them. To be able to look at what amazing children they are today and how much they’ve achieved.

My mom being the eldest of them. All the struggles she’s gone through. Then my aunts, all my mom’s sisters. I look up to them. I can’t even begin to imagine what they had to go through, living in the time and growing up in the time that they did.

Family vibes in Harare
Family vibes in Harare. My Gran with some of her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like, as compared to
now?

Wow, I think my life would be completely different if I were a man right now. It would be a lot easier. We live in a world of male dominance and male privilege, so it’s harder to achieve success being a woman. So I feel like I would be a lot more successful if I was a male. But in as much as I’ve said that, I would not change anything regarding what I’ve gone through. If I had to pick, I would always choose to be a woman any day of the week.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

I would say I struggle with fake people. You are surrounded by so many superficial people that it’s just a constant struggle trying to figure out who is being absolutely genuine with you. It’s a daily struggle.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I love being a woman. I love motherhood. I love travelling and love reading.

Some of the very simple things like sunsets, the sun on my face, the wind in my hair, hugs, a warm smile. Genuine, warm smiles touch my soul. Those are the small pleasures that you don’t get to encounter all the time.

Lynne Ashley
Lynne Ashley

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

Wow, I don’t think I could actually say one thing…

Um, you’re amazing as a woman. There are going to be good days. There are going to be bad days, but keep your crown on. We’re all queens trying to make the most of our situations. Just be the most authentic possible you, you can be. Be kind to yourself. Be an inspiration to other women.

Be fearless. Respect other women. Don’t tear other women down. That’s one thing that is really frustrating about women, we seem to tear each other down. If we could just aggressively support each other and not compete. Trust God and know your worth. Set boundaries. Set standards and dare to dream.

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Shout out to all the men, the role models respecting women. Stepping up, being dads. Thank you.

For the men that aren’t doing that. It’s sad, but there’s still room to be a better version of yourself. To the present dads, hats off to you. To all the absent fathers, you have no idea what you’re missing out on. You can’t even begin to imagine what you’re missing out on and how much damage you’re doing to your children, so please step up.

Lynne with her daughter, niece and cousin Taz
Lynne with her daughter, niece and cousin Taz

What is your dream?

Definitely to leave my daughter and my grandchildren a legacy. I might have more children so maybe my ‘children’.

Um, I’m such a yoga enthusiast. I would love to have a yoga studio at some point. I’d love to teach yoga. I would love to travel.

I would love to have a little bistro cafe, drive diner type thing and a school. I’d love to open a school.

Lynne Ashley
Lynne Ashley

Anything else you would like to add?

Knowledge is power. Be kind. Live life to the fullest. Love fearlessly and keep trusting God. I would also like to see a world with more tolerance and less hatred.

Thanks Lynne xo

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