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A Movie Night Supporting the Growth of a Community Garden!

We sat down with Mel Jefcott to talk about the heartfelt work she does to support women in Melbourne, Australia!

Tell us about you and how you came up with this idea!

Hi! My name is Mel Jefcott. I am a life coach for women on the other side of forty looking to reconnect with their purpose, passion, and joy for life. I also regularly run women’s circles and wellbeing workshops (for women and for tween girls) and I am A Celebration Day for Girl’s facilitator: a mother/daughter workshop focussing on a positive and enriching start to womanhood.

I live in Bayside Melbourne, Australia, and I am a wife and mother to 3 children ranging in age from 9 to 15. I spend my time enjoying life with my family (and acting as a taxi driver for my kids!) as well as working on my business, seeing clients, and running events. I also love the beautiful area in which I live, and enjoy getting down to the beach regularly for a nature fix. 

One of the things I am most passionate about is connecting women together in real life. I think women in general have become quite disconnected from each other, as we have lost that sense of community over the years. Women need other women (as you well know!) and I really love bringing like minded women together and watching the magic happen! 

I went to a screening of The Goddess Project in a beautiful hall in the country, and came away feeling incredibly inspired and uplifted. I decided I wanted to bring this amazing film to my local community, so I set about making it happen! 

I decided to run The Goddess Project film night as a fundraiser for the RAW (Resilient Aspiring Women) Community Garden, which is a wonderful local space for connection, storytelling and women coming together. An amazing woman called Mariam Issa created the garden in her backyard, and the money we raised is going toward perspex panels to make the undercover space all weather friendly. Meaning more events connecting women together can be held there all year round, which can only be a good thing! 

We had gorgeous warm weather, around 30 women in attendance, and the energy was really beautiful. We had a discussion afterwards, and everyone really enjoyed the film, there were some great comments and feedback.

The Goddess Project made me feel hopeful that despite the best attempts of the mainstream media to prove otherwise, there really is a groundswell of women across the world working to support, uplift and inspire each other. I loved the fact that there were many women featured of all ages, cultures and stages: we are all so different, yet we are all the same as well.

What advice would you give to women and girls?

My advice is get to know yourself and trust in yourself, so as you can be yourself. We have so many messages bombarding us as women and girls telling us we are not enough, we need to be thinner, hotter, look younger etc. however once you come to a place of self acceptance and love, it becomes easier to walk your own path in the world with confidence, kindness and compassion.

Learn more about Melissa

Instagram: @meljeffcott

Facebook @theothersideofforty & @celebratinggirls



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