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#THISLITTLEGIRLISME – Amie Gara

She was born and raised in Bristol with her father, mother, and older sister. She had a wonderful upbringing with her father being an Inspector in the Police Force and mother working around fathers shifts in the hospital. She never wanted for anything and was privileged to have a lovely childhood.

She made friends at school easily and was bubbly and outgoing. Teachers said she talked too much 😊

She wasn’t the most academic but tried her best and took extra tuition from her teacher in Maths. This was the subject she wanted to improve.

She was very athletic and took up Irish dancing from the age of 4 – 16 she had a great career gaining multiple titles with her team at the world championships & got to travel the world.

At 16 her working life started in retail at 48 hours a week – long days, working weekends and bank holidays.

At 25 she decided enough was enough. Retail life isn’t for her and went back to college to study AAT. Got a part time job at a small family run business as their financial controller and never looked back. That company sadly went into liquidation, so she embarked on the start of her finance career in recruitment.

She desperately wanted a family of her own, 3 years of trying followed, doctor appointments, 2 miscarriages 👼👼.

Being diagnosed with polycystic ovaries and chances to conceive very slim, she came to terms with adopting.

At the age of 30 she had a little bit of a melt down that she hadn’t started a family 👨‍👩‍👦

2018 Her miracle boy was born completely naturally! 👶 This little girl learnt that sometimes great things happen when you relax.

2018 her dad took a turn for the worst with his health and it seemed that he had a stroke and everyone was very worried that we could lose him – turned out to be sepsis and he was extremely ill.

Her father has thankfully recovered.

2018 affected her in a big way – she was diagnosed with post-natal depression. The once bubbly outgoing girl now struggled with anxiety, not feeling good enough and struggled with her own emotions.

Mental health still affects her 3 years on.

People asked her:

“when she will have another baby? – before she gets too old!”

“Ohhh won’t your son be lonely”

“You are a part time mum as you work full time”

“You can’t have a good career with flexibility of being a mother”

2021 After being made redundant (without a redundancy package) earlier this year, things looked like they would take a downward spiral. I knew a lot of people were losing their jobs due to the Corona Virus pandemic.

How wrong ‘this little girl’ was…

She is now the Finance Manager of a very successful recruitment agency SR2 | Socially Responsible Recruitment | Certified B Corporation™ which has phenomenal growth and goals for next year alone.

People say things happen for a reason and she certainly does believe this.

This little girl is:

A working mother

A career woman

A warrior

A survivor

A Never give up-er

#Thislittlegirlisme 

Why am I telling you this?

Because 70% of girls feel more confident about their futures after hearing from women role models. I’m happy to be part of the #thislittlegirlisme campaign for female empowerment initiated by Miriam Gonzalez Durantez of Inspiring Girls International to mark International Day of the Girl 2021.

A voice for diversity in Tech & Engineering ❤️

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