Who inspires you? Who do you use as your motivator to get things done or to make valuable changes to your life?
There are thousands of women who stimulate our need for greatness. They appear on our television and movie screens, we listen to them on the radio, or we read their encouraging stories in articles or books. It’s easy to put a celebrity on a pedestal and desire their lifestyle, skillset and strength of character, but we don’t need to turn to the glossy magazines, or the big screen, to find inspirational women who can motivate us to succeed. They live next door, work alongside us, and talk to us at the supermarket.
The Real Women, Real Lives feature highlights the incredible individuals who have succeeded on their chosen path, or turned misfortune into positivity. Ladies who have conquered illness or gone above and beyond to help others, and made a difference. Women who have stepped out of their comfort zone and launched a business, or ventures that have an impact on their environment, or community.
These remarkable women are your friend, co-worker and neighbour and I’m delighted to be able to share their stories with you.
Today, I am delighted to invite Sharon Luca-Chatha to share her story.
Tell us a little about you and your story.
I am now 44 years old. 20 years ago I left my violent ex-husband and 8 years after I met my now husband who has been my rock. Tragically we lost our first child Luca, whom was stillborn at 36 weeks, the first day of my maternity leave. At this point, the darkest time of my life…I didn’t want to live anymore!
We went on to have a second son, ’Ky’ a year later, he gave reason to live again and I started to learn how to live life whilst still grieving for my first son Luca (whose name we later added to our surname, as we promised to keep his name & memory alive).
I started back to continue my career when Ky was 18 months as a successful Project Manager. A year later we started trying to have our 3rd child. However, this took longer as I was getting older & in between I moved to a different company to enhance my career. 2 months into that role, I had a car accident, which left me with awful whiplash, and quite quickly turned into widespread pain. I was later diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (Chronic pain & fatigue syndrome). This lead to me losing my career due to the constant pain & tiredness. I was broken, I now had to find a way to manage my illness and again learn a new way to live again, since I was just getting back on my feet from having lost Luca.
The following year, I set up a charity in memory of Luca, ‘The Luca Foundation’. I am not paid from the charity, any money we raise goes to the cause which you can find on our website www.thelucafoundation.org.uk. However, I soon realised I also needed an income of my own again after the savings I had saved whilst working were fast depleting. I looked at what my passions are; mental health as I suffer with depression, climate change, as I worry about what the world is coming to and want to save it for my son and future generations, clothing, I love a slogan top and finally giving back to charities.
Therefore, I started LK Eco Style (the LK being my 2 sons initials). Eco & Vegan friendly sustainable ethical clothing. It combines all my passions, positivity slogans, giving back to charities and saving our planet through sustainable products. www.lkecostyle.com
I also wrote a book ‘Angel Warrior’, my life over the last 8 years and how exactly I learned to live again twice over, available at LK website. And ‘Why did Grandad Die?’ supporting the mental health of children when explaining bereavement, available to purchase at The Luca Foundation website.
What’s your biggest dream in life? To live the life I love. It’s not about money; rather being happy with your lifestyle.
If you chose a power word for this year what would it be and why? Empowered! This year I have achieved all the above. The lockdown due to Covid-19, empowered me to get on and do the things I wanted to achieve this year. No pandemic was going to stop that. Also helped that my husband was furloughed to support me with home schooling too.
Who inspires you and why?
Princess Diana! She was stunning, but shy, yet achieved so much in her short life. She is a true inspiration to so many & her sons. She did things that can always help others, this has been the ethos I have worked by in all the things I have done since losing my career.
What, in your experience, motivates you best? Can you give an example?
My son’s are the motivation for everything I do. Luca with the charity and keeping his memory alive in that way. Ky in everything I do for his future.
What actions/events/environments would adversely affect your motivation? Can you give an example and how you coped?
My illness is what adversely affects the things I do. I don’t know one day to the next how I will be feeling, only when I wake that morning do I know if I am in a bad way or good…especially in the colder months. I have to go with what my body needs on those days which is most often warmth and rest. I had to consider all this when I decided to do the charity and LK Eco Style. I needed it to be able to fit around my illness, therefore if I am having a bad day, I know I will not be able to pack deliveries on that day for example.
How do you ensure that your personal level of motivation is high on a daily basis?
I think of what I would like the future to be for my son Ky. He is my biggest motivator, without him, I don’t think I would even have the will to live.
To find out more about Sharon Luca-Chatha you can connect with her here:
LK Eco Style: www.lkecostyle.com
The Luca Foundation: www.thelucafoundation.org.uk
Twitter @eco_lk and @foundationluca