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To mark International Women’s Day 2018 and Queensland Women’s Week, we asked Queensland women to share their lessons on financial wellbeing and how to enjoy a life well lived. Women of the World Festival 2018 executive producer Cathy Hunt says she would go back and tell herself that that the key to your personal plan is knowing yourself.
Cathy Hunt said knowing yourself was vital to your plan for every stage of your life.
She said she had to work hard to be herself, and sometimes wondered what would have happened if she had pursued the post-graduate degree in drama she desired.
Opting instead to move into the business of the arts, she said her choice had taught her a valuable lesson: take what you’re passionate about and find a way to make an income from it.
Cathy is co-director of Positive Solutions, a consulting firm for the non-profit sector. She is also a director of a non-profit company that develops and supports cultural activities around pressing social issues, called Of One Mind. Its first major project is the development of the Women of the World (WOW) festivals in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
She said she believed cultural events and activities could create positive change for individuals and in communities. WOW celebrates the achievements of women and girls and tackles the obstacles that hold them back.
I did not start thinking about finances until in my late 30s, and I wish I’d started earlier. There’s that wonderful old saying that, “A man is not a financial plan,” and while having been through an amicable separation from my partner, it did give me insight into how so many women end up in financial difficulty, or even homeless, late in life. You really need to know about financial and legal issues and how they relate to relationships.
As the first in my family to go to university and as someone whose peers did not typically pursue an arts education, I had to work to be myself, but I wish I’d worked even harder at pursuing what felt right for me. After getting my degree in theatre and drama, I wanted to get a post-graduate degree in drama but instead went into the business side of the arts partly due to societal pressure and the need to get a job. I still wonder what would have happened if I had taken a different path.
I would have focused earlier on overall health and wellbeing. I spent most of my 20s and 30s doing very little exercise, and we know so much now about the link between body and mind, health and wellbeing. About 15 years ago, I took up swimming and Pilates, and I feel better when I stick to those routines.
Maintaining strong relationships with family and friends contributes to your wellbeing and theirs. I have to work on staying connected to the people I love, some of them scattered all over the world, but I’ve learned a lot from my son about its importance. Technology has helped. My son texted me in the middle of an earthquake in Mexico to let me know he was safe!
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