Find your own voice

Sheryl Haitana

Shelly Davies – give less f***s.

Giving less f***ks and being true to yourself are keys to better inner wellness, according to Shelly Davies.

Shelly will be a keynote speaker at the 2020 Dairy Women’s Conference in Hamilton in May.

Shelly wants women to feel more powerful in their own worlds and to find their own voice to be successful in what they do.

Shelly has had plenty of turbulence in her life starting when her first husband drowned. She then married a farmer and moved to Northland where she admits she ‘lost herself’ for a while.

‘I want women to feel powerful in their own universe. That looks different for each of us. The power to choose, the power to be you, the power to find joy, the power to find your voice and the power to use it.’

“For farming women, it’s hard to juggle work and home, and being isolated out on the farm.

“I’ve dealt with a dead husband, depression, weight loss surgery and a divorce.

“I think what I’ve realised through all of that is the more authentic we are and the less we worry about what people think, the healthier, stronger and more successful we are.”

Women are notorious of trying to please other people and worrying about what other people think, she says.

Shelly, 45, studied for a Masters degree in creative writing and taught English at high schools and universities. She then created her own business teaching business writing skills and is now based in Hamilton.

After doing a Tedx Tauranga talk three years ago she has created a niche for herself doing public speaking.

“My storytelling candidly brings together the deep wisdom of hard-earned personal truths and my irrepressible humour (and plenty of profanity) that’ll make you laugh and challenge you to think about how you choose to show up to life.”

At the DWN conference she plans to challenge the audience to take charge of their power.

“I want women to feel powerful in their own universe. That looks different for each of us. The power to choose, the power to be you, the power to find joy, the power to find your voice and the power to use it.”

The 2020 DWN Conference is being held at Claudelands, Hamilton, on May 6-7.

Watch out for a ‘flash sale’ in November to get discounted tickets. Visit www.dwn.co.nz for more information.