What rules, if any do you live by?
To take action on my goals and dreams. If I have an idea or say I want to do something then I usually go for it.
I love the saying “You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step.”
What is your most epic failure?
Not believing in myself. In the past I have let other peoples opinions of me hold me back and stop me from growing.
What do you do that’s all about you?
Spa time. Recently introduced into my routine a day every week where I just go de-tox and de-stress at the sauna.
What is your most satisfying object?
My vision board. Helps me to focus on what I want to achieve for my family and I this year.
What does it mean to reinvent yourself?
To make changes so that you are on the road to living the life you want to live.
What would you do if you weren’t doing what you do?
I would like to think travelling and experiencing different cultures for months at a time.
I have quite a young family so it’s not feasible at the moment but I aim to do so once they are grown up.
When are you happiest?
When I’m being silly with the kids.
What’s your recipe for success?
Create your own opportunities. You can’t wait for things to happen or for doors to open, sometimes you have to just take action and go knocking on doors.
It is amazing what you can achieve when you do that. I always say it doesn’t hurt to try, the worst somebody can say to you is NO.
You may experience 100’s of no’s but the 1 yes you do get will be empowering and lead to greater and bigger things.
What’s the most important thing you have learned about yourself?
That I’m a fighter. I may get knocked down but I don’t stay down for long.
What makes you angry?
People who try to insult my intelligence.
What makes you laugh?
The things children say or do. They are funny without even trying.
What traits do you deplore in others?
Negativity. People who just look for or only see the bad in others or in situations.
What traits do you love in others?
Compassion. There are so many people out there who are selfless and are genuinely motivated to help others.
If you had a groundhog day (like in the film) what would you most want to be doing?
Having a celebration, enjoying good food, good music with good people.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My attention span, I’m so easily distracted.
What do you think the world will be like in 2060?
Hard to say really, would like to think it would be better.
Who would you most like to be stuck to be stuck in a lift with?
Another very hard question but I would say someone like Oprah Winfrey as I know I would learn so much from her in even a short space of time.
Books or radio on a desert island?
Radio. Music to reminisce and dance to. The news and talk show radio to hear whats going on in the world.
If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
Are you a morning person?
Yes, before the family wake up is when I get a majority of my work done.
What are you working on now?
An event called Ladies Day which is a *free event where women run businesses, particularly creative businesses such as artists, fashion designers etc will exhibit their products and services. It is the ultimate one-stop shop with a shopping arena, a range of personal, business and lifestyle development workshops, a business clinic, a pamper corner, free NHS health checks, live entertainment and a children’s fashion show.
What is your BIG why for doing what you do?
To support women in enterprise and to assist them to enhance their socio-economic outcomes by providing them with innovative ways to promote their business.
I also do it to empower and inspire young people to work hard and to live their best life.
When was the last time you cried?
Yesterday, it was my son’s birthday and just got a real choked up thinking about him.
When was the last time you danced with abandon?
On an evening out with friends last week but I do it often in my living room with my little kids.
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Hazel Chawapiwa was born in the UK in the mid-70s but originates from Zimbabwe. She is a passionate business woman who started her first business in 1999 whilst studying at University. Hazel often says the financial strains of being a young single mother and a student was the motivation for her to start her own business. A redundancy and the need to raise a deposit to get on the property ladder led to her becoming involved in a number of business ventures one of them being an events company which she started with an old time friend. It was a successful venture and it was during this period that she realised that working full-time was suppressing her entrepreneurial spirit.
The 2inspire network was launched in May of 2012, “Empowering individuals and helping them to realise their potential is something that I am passionate about. I believe that women should work together and support each other on their journeys, this belief is the foundation of the network, an organisation that provides forums and platforms that help to empower, promote and inspire women” says founder Hazel Chawapiwa. In 2013 Hazel also launched the social enterprise The 2Inspire Academy; a personal development and life-skills programme for young people aged 16-21. The 2Inspire academy has been established to help young people focus on what’s important for them now and in the future, to learn the mindset and life-skills for success, and to help them set and achieve personal targets.