Here at Sandy Swim, we're all about female empowerment, celebrating confidence, and promoting positivity in all aspects of life. Today, March 8, marks an historic, global day: International Women's Day.
International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. One of the main themes this year is balance. How can we make the world a more balanced place?
As an all-girl boss team, we love to see women supporting other women, building them up, and fighting against gender-inequality. Together, we really can make waves and pave the way for future female generations.
In honour of International Women's Day, we'd like to feature an amazing Sandy Swim Brand Ambassador who kicks serious butt in life. Meet Shania Nicholls! She is a 16-year old student from Perth, Western Australia.
You can follow her adventures here:@shania_1603
We asked Shania some questions and hope you find her answers as inspiring as we do!
Who is the biggest female influence in your life and why?
The most influential female in my life is my Mum. We live together just the two of us and our bond is so strong. I believe the more you have been through together the stronger your bond grows. We have learnt to rely on each other and only each other and to know that each and everyday day is the best day because it's one more day that we spend together hand in hand. I aspire to be like her and to be a mother to my future children, raising them with the same foundation and relationship that we have now. She will always be apart of me and my life no matter what I am doing and where I am. I love you Mum more than words will ever be able to describe. Always learn to love, forgive and forget because you never know how long or short life will be so enjoy the journey
You’re on a road trip with your girlfriends. What empowering, uplifting female song do you blast and sing at the top of your lungs?
I would be blasting 'Wannabe' by the Spice Girls as I believe it is ultimately just a fun, uplifting and positive song that always puts you in a great mode and obviously the perfect song to sing along to with your besties.
What’s one personal goal you hope to crush in 2019?
This is hard one because there is always so much I aspire to achieve this year though I hope to go zero waste and vegetarian, we need to strive to protect this beautiful land we live in! I also hope to complete my course. But my main goal is to become active in the marine community, volunteering, researching and hopefully getting into a marine biology course for 2020 so that I can achieve my real goals and aspirations in life as well as living out my greatest passion.
You get to have lunch with 2 strong female characters from any movie or book. Who do you choose and why?
If I had lunch with any 2 strong female characters I would have to choose Angelina Jolie who stares in SALT as Evelyn Salt among many other roles as she is such a strong, intelligent and independent woman who achieves anything she puts her mind to and never lets anything get in the way of her achieving that. I believe she is the ultimate female role model and would be honored to meet her as she is such an incredible person off and on screen. The second character/ actor I would love to have lunch with would be Black Widow/ Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) who stars in the film Marvel Cinematic Universe films in films such as Iron Man 2 and Captain America Civil War. Scarlett Johansson portrays such a strong character in these films which I absolutely love! Her attitude and strength...really, every element about her represents International Women’s Day and with her strong and independent flare, what’s not to love?
What’s something you wish you could tell your younger self?
To never give up on myself or lose hope as in the end everything will work out how you want it. Stick to your goals and beliefs as you will achieve them. Stay committed to school because it is important and paths the way for your future success. And most of all have fun, enjoy being a kid and cherish every moment you have because they are special and you are special.
Finish the sentence: The world would be a better place if_______
Women were more confident in themselves.
Thanks for such inspiring and uplifting answers, Shania! From all of us at Sandy Swim, we'd like to wish you and all the other women out there a Happy International Women's Day!
No matter where the tide takes you, we hope you always know your worth, stand up for yourself, and fight for what you believe in. Together, we truly can create #balanceforbetter.
Love you to the beach and back,
The Sandy Swim Team