The first time Milaana featured Sophie on the blog was for her 2014 Hero Profile when she was creating our social media and content. In my role as chief editor for Milaana in 2015 I have been supported and encouraged by Sophie. At the beginning when I got that niggling feeling of self-doubt, she brushed it off, “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine!”. Such encouragements make for a great mentor. It makes a great friend. Sophie believes in herself and she believes in others.
She is a Milaana Success Story.
Foreword by Milaana founder Hollie Gordon:
“Sophie Wood epitomises everything that Milaana hopes to achieve. She came to Milaana as a passionate and talented, but shy, student who couldn’t yet see what she was capable of. She joined at a crazy time where on a Monday she met the rest of the newly formed team and then on Tuesday, I flew down to Sydney to start our first growth pilot! With some basic structure but endless room to grow, she took the reigns and thrived! Not only did she and Laura (an amazing volunteer expert in Social media) create an kick-arse social media strategy, she was producing great articles like there was no tomorrow. Strategy and articles were the project brief but she didn’t stop there. Realising the limits of one writer and having a vision for Milaana’s online presence, she embarked on recruiting like-minded students and proving support and process for a whole editorial team! Sophie proved not only to be a talented writer and thinker, but a real visionary that has created a core component of our structure today. Whats more, is she inspires and supports our team today as a mentor and as the founder of her own organisation!!”
Name: Sophie Wood
What do you study:
Marketing and Journalism at Griffith University Gold Coast
Position at Milaana:
Social Media Mentor (Previously Milaana Editor/Chief Story teller)
Why did you join Milaana:
I joined Milaana because I strongly believe that young people can make a difference. Milaana is proof.
What inspires you to engage with your community?
I am in an incredible position where I am surrounded by so many creative, passionate and innovative people that I think it would be a waste if I didn’t take full advantage of my position and engage with the community. I have been so blessed to meet so many incredible people and I can only show my gratitude by joining this community in their pursuits.
What did you hope to achieve during your internship with Milaana?
When I first started with Milaana, I was looking for knowledge and skills. A few months, and a wild ride, later I am now lucky enough to pass on some knowledge and skills to the team that comes after me.
What were the highlights of your experience and what were the challenges?
The highlights of my experience include the unconditional support and confidence that the team provided for me. Whether it was Milaana-related, or not, the team were so supportive and encouraging of me. I have no doubt that I would not be where I am now if it wasn’t for Milaana. The people I have met and the experiences I have had are a truly once-in-a-lifetime and I am so grateful.
The challenges of my experience include a lack of confidence and a lot of stress when I had no idea what I was doing. Tasks that I could do quite easily now, took up a lot of time as I wrapped my head around it. I was really lucky to have a lot of support and space to grow in my role as their were certainly challenging times.
What’s your best remedy for stress?
My best remedy for stress would definitely be a walk on the beach. I love to wriggle my toes in the sand and really ground myself into the present moment. I also love to read for half an hour before bed and have some quiet time to myself.
What did you learn from your experience at Milaana and what skills did you develop?
I don’t even know where to start… I learnt almost everything I could possibly know about marketing, social media and blogging. I also learnt a lot about the operational and strategy side of a start-up as I got to be a part of the executive team. More than that, I learnt to believe in myself and my capabilities. I believe this is the most valuable skill that any internship can give you.
What social issue is bugging you at the moment and what do you see as a possible solution?
Gender equality has been a hot topic in my life for quite some time. In particular, empowering women to stand up and live wholesome and abundant lives. Like many social issues, gender equality is a hugely complex issue with no easy solution. However, I know that change has to start at home. I’ve always been really interested in spiritual practices and have just started a blog (www.facebook.com/sophiezenblog) which will use these practices to empower, support and connect women who want more from life. I believe that these seemingly small actions can make big impact.
What does it take to be a social changer?
There are many things that make a person a social changer but one thing that really stands out is the ability to see problems as opportunities. This is something I remind myself regularly.
Advice you give yourself and other university students?
Follow your bliss. If you don’t know what your bliss is, follow your curiosities. What interests you? What do you want to know more about? What kind of books do you read? What do you Google when you are bored?
Will you integrate your ‘social’ interest into your career, or pursue it on the side?
I recently had a conversation with someone who was saying that perhaps we are putting too much pressure on the next generation to live their passion. The argument goes – “Why can’t our passion just be a hobby? Why does it have to be a career too?”. Personally, I don’t think I could have a career that I wasn’t passionate about and coincidentally, my passions are very socially-oriented. I also think that people can take a ‘social’ mindset into any and every profession. Little changes can make big impact.
Where would you like to be, how would you like to feel, in five years’ time?
Abundant, awakened, empowered, goddess, alive and gentle.
What does success mean to you?
My ultimate measure of success is whether or not I am waking up in the morning excited for what the day will hold.
What does it mean to you to be part of a tribe of social leaders?
Support, inspiration, love, family and purpose
Favourite TED talk or sources of inspiration?
Elizabeth Gilbert – Your elusive creative genius
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