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Annah Stretton encourages women to ditch the doubt and start living a life they love.
Annah Stretton has just launched her latest book titled Flourish. While better known as one of New Zealand’s most enduring fashion designers, manufacturers and retailers, Annah is no stranger to the role of author and publisher. Flourish will take Annah’s book tally up to six on top of the steady stream of blogposts that she publishes via her Unlimited website.
Part coffee table book and part ‘how to’ guide, Flourish is a carefully curated collection of beautiful images, quotes and pearls of wisdom from a league of extraordinary women - high profile women at the top of their fields alongside Everyday New Zealanders who have reinvented their lives and ended up in a space where they are living a life they love!
The launch of Flourish creates another milestone in what has become a familiar theme in Annah’s life – that of lighting the way for women to begin living a life they truly love, and towards making a contribution that they truly feel proud of. When asked about the motivating factor for writing Flourish here’s what Annah had to say
“Over the last 25 years I have made thousands of connections with all sorts of women from all sorts of demographics. Some have been employees, some have been women I have mentored, and others have simply been women I’ve shared a conversation with. Yet despite their diversity, many seemed to have one thing in common - living lives that didn’t quite make them feel alive or fulfilled. My work with RAW has enabled me to gain a newfound understanding of other’s daily ‘normals.’ Until making this connection I pretty much assumed that most people had the opportunities and the mind-set that I enjoy each day, it was simply how we all chose to use them. I now know through RAW, this is not the case - it is these insights that I have drawn upon and share in Flourish. If I can encourage even one woman to begin moving towards a life that she truly loves then it will have been worth it!”
Michele A’Court, one of New Zealand’s best-known comedians, who features in CHAPTER 8, The F Word, had this to say about Flourish.
“I’ve known Annah for nearly 20 years now – I came for the frocks, and stayed for the wisdom, and heart, and sheer bloody-minded ‘getting things done’ attitude. In these pages, Annah reveals how that works for her. And she has also gathered together a truly great bunch of women – some you’ve heard of, some who will be new to you – to tell their stories about creating the life they want. Real stories from real people who are finding a way to flourish.”