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February 7, 2019

#91 | Strength in Surrender: Building a Business that Feeds Your Femininity and Releasing Control with Anna Wickham

About This Episode

Anna Wickham is a life and career coach that has built her business by helping others find self-fulfillment, happiness, and joy. From working as a digital nomad in Vietnam to starting her own marketing business to finally building a career as a coach, Anna’s work has changed drastically over the past four years. It is impossible to separate Anna’s professional transformation from her journey into understanding her own femininity. In this episode, Anna opens up to Girlskill listeners to tell her story in a way she has never told it before, honoring the beautiful, tangled relationship of career and femininity.

“I spent my whole life achieving, and gaining my self-worth from that, without realizing that my self-worth comes innately from who I am.”

Join us for an inspiring talk about surrendering the power you always thought you needed, the strength that comes from taking the extra time to put on some lipstick, and the joy that can be found in doing work that feeds your feminine soul.

“Feminity is surrender and trust and just being, more than doing.”

Anna’s journey begins in Vietnam. While working as a digital nomad, Anna met two Vietnamese women who exuded femininity in a way that Anna didn’t think was possible. They looked great, felt great, and attracted men without even trying. Over the next few months, Anna learned the power of taking care of herself, putting time into her appearance and believing that she was worth the effort. When she returned to the U.S. and built a marketing business, she realized that the work she was doing was not feeding her feminine soul. She then created her coaching business and never looked back.

In this episode, Anna shares what she learned about femininity and self-worth from Vietnamese women during her time in Asia, her journey from building a business that she didn’t give a shit about to creating a business that lets her express her intuitive, creative, feminine self, and how surrendering control has helped her to find balance in work and in her relationship.

“I am successful because if I died today, I would have lived a more full life than some people who are 90 years old. I have no regrets.”


Anna Wickham

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  • Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis – As the founder of the lifestyle website and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.
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