Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing the incredible Annalise Braakensiek, Australian model, TV personality, actress, designer, eco-warrior, vegetarian cook, animal rights activist and creator of Love Lunch, just to name a few things this amazing woman is up to right now! It’s a good thing the title of my book is This Girl Is On Fire!
Annalise has so much to share on the subject of living her legacy on fire and I can’t wait to share all this with you when the book is released later this year. In the meantime I can let you in on a couple of little secrets that will be revealed in the chapter about the ‘power of role models’.
As a rising woman who is committed to becoming all I’ve come here to be, I deeply value the importance of having empowering role models who are living or have lived lives that are inspiring and courageous. These trail blazers give us the confidence to show up in ways that we most admire and respect. They exemplify qualities and values that we yearn to live by and refine in our own lives. They are the light bringers who shine the way when we feel lost and confused. When I asked Annalise about her greatest role model, without a second thought she immediately revealed that her greatest inspiration is her nanna. Her maternal grandmother, born in Prague before the second world war.
Annalise’s nanna immigrated from Europe after the war in 1957 with her only surviving child, Annalise’s mother. Her nanna lost most of her family in the war and if that wasn’t devastating enough she later lost her son to leukemia and the love of her life, her husband, to an early heart attack. She finally made the choice to immigrate to Australia by ship with her 10-year-old daughter and the will to start over in a new world.
Despite surviving the horrors of the war, Annalise describes her nanna as one of the most positive women you could ever meet. Her love for Annalise was like no other. She would travel hours to bring Annalise food when she was sick and fill her up with attention, kindness and intelligent conversation.
Today, more than 20 years after he nanna’s passing, Annalise still strives to be the best she can be in honor of her grandmother and all that she stood for. By the end this story, both Annalise and I were in tears. I was amazed at how deeply touched I was by Annalise’s love and respect for her nanna. A woman of valor and as Annalise describes her, a true “mench” which is the Yiddish word for “a good person”. Our tears turned to laughter as we giggled over our shared Jewish heritage and mutual understanding for all things we love and adore about our culture.
For many rising women today, a powerful role model is essential for igniting their full self expression and highest flourishing. In my work as a coach and facilitator, I have discovered an interesting phenomenon. As a client elevates their personal values, they in turn elevate their choice in role models. When I was a teenager I valued fame, talent, attractiveness and luxury. My roles models reflected those values. Today I value courage, vulnerability, empowered truth-telling and self actualisation. My role models include Immaculee Ilibagiza, Brene Brown, Oprah, Claire Zammit and Maya Angelou to name a few.
I would love it if you would take the time to share who your role models are and what impact they have had on your life and how you show up?
Who are you a role model for? There is always someone watching and paying attention to you even if you don’t know it.
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Here’s what Renee had to say after our first conversation:
Anna, I want you to know that our conversation took me light years ahead. Please do not take this statement lightly. It inspired me to change a part of the empire I am building. closed down one idea and revamped it as a company entitled Kindred Awakening Media and Review House Publishing.”
Renee, Spiritual Coach
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With So Much Love,