Love the Space You Are in

By Roselyn Poon

Right now, you are a very fortunate woman; you live in the 21st century. Gone are the days when the only women who ran companies, competed in professional sports, travelled the world for business, sat on the board of global and local charities, studied for doctorates and initiated world class inventions were single, career-focused women. Women who had no husband, children or pets, but made great aunties. I should know, because I am one of them.

That was last century and, with the 21st century, we have a new world where technology and social change has blown open the box and even cracked the glass ceiling. We no longer have the great divide between the professional woman and the homemaker. Thanks to technology and social media, every woman has an opportunity to have a career and a family on her terms. You can be a “Super Woman” of your own making.

Using her own computer at home, our super woman can start and run her own business, attend university, research and support charities, socialize with other like-minded women, home-school her children, attend a rock concert, create her own events, sell her artwork and cookies, locate investors for her ideas, and even find a husband. The list of what she can do from her home is endless.

Prior to the 21st century, life for women who, for whatever reasons, stayed at home lived an isolated and lonely existence. I imagine that they would have felt a little left out and out of touch with the world beyond their front door. It was difficult for them to meet like-minded people and find people who might be able to help with fleshing out their ideas. There was no Google or YouTube. People had to go to the local library and seek out community groups. Even with these issues, women still tried to get lift off, but it was extremely difficult.

The 21st century super woman has everything at her fingertips. Today, we have online universities, venture capital companies created by women for women, entire directories of home employment specifically for women. Hundreds of websites, blogs, groups, Facebook pages created by women in order to provide support and help for other women. Talk about a global movement. You can research and ask as many questions about whatever interests you in the comfort of your home and with anonymity. You do not have to worry about looking silly or uneducated. You have no excuse for not loving the life you have right now.

Just in case you need a little more encouragement to feel great about the space you are in, look at these statistics from the 2018 Guidant Financial Group survey of 2,700 women.

> Four of every 10 U.S. businesses are owned by women
> Female-led businesses have grown a spectacular 58% from 2007 to 2018
> Businesses owned by women generate $3.1 trillion in revenue

Pew Research recently found that more women are staying home with their kids now than in recent history: 29% of mothers now stay home with children, a sharp increase from 23% in 1999. This is by choice because they can stay connected with the outside world.

It is a great time to be where you are; whether you want to be a captain of industry looking at the world from your glass walled corner office on Wall Street, or the next world applauded glass artisan, or the winner of the Mother of the Year Award, or the CEO of your consulting business based in your spare room at home. All of us have access to an infinite source of information, help, support, ideas, training, like-minded groups and inspiration.

Take advantage of what is in front of you – it just takes time and your willingness to have a go. This is your time to shine. No one is stopping you.

Las Vegas is a small community by national standards; however, we are a wonderful melting pot of people from all over the world. Spices add flavor to our food and as such our multicultural neighbors and visitors add flavor and excitement to our community. I mention this because I believe it is the combination of our multicultural community along with technology that has allowed us to be so incredibly global. Women find it natural to speak to other women, and therefore, we have so many female entrepreneurs in Las Vegas who have truly exciting ideas and projects.

I migrated from Australia to Las Vegas over a decade ago and I am proud to say that I have met more amazing, innovative, hardworking and heartfelt women here than anywhere else in the world.