A bit about Wilhelmina Ford.

I became a single mum almost 3 years ago after leaving a toxic, controlling and verbally abusive relationship. I left when my daughter was 3 months old and my son was 2 years old. It was a confusing, scary and totally exhausting process. I felt like I was just getting the hang of motherhood and who I was as a mother to only change it all and be like wow two kids under two and all by myself. How do I do this!? After a few weeks of sadness and confusion I started to get it together and build a life for myself and my kids.

The building of this life has been in another state of Australia, has been with little to no support and been full of personal growth and development as a mother, woman and within business. I created a platform that connects single parents with one another for the purpose of sharing a home so they can reduce their rent and expenses and benefit from the practical and emotional support of the other single parent. It's a way for them to have an easier and more enjoyable journey on many different levels and it also changes the way these children experience their single parent mum or dad journey too.

It's focused on the whole idea of sustainable living and sharing the load which is so very important in todays society with environmental degradation, politics, government rules and just everyone doing it for themselves. It's about creating the solution to enable them to empower their lives and show their kids they got this and build within their kids that mindset of resilience, sustainable living and strength.

Plus, the obvious is that is easier to stay in a private home if the rent is less expensive and the support is there. The platform is at you can also connect with us through Facebook and Instagram, if you wanted to check it out.

An interview with Wilhemina from ShareAbode

Why did you take the role or start the business that you are in now?

I started the business purely from my own experiences and challenges as a single mother without much support, financial stability or confidence in how to do it all.

What inspires you and gets you out of bed in the morning?

My business,ShareAbode does and my children. Life is really as good or bad as you choose to see it and I choose to see it as good so getting out of bed is easy because I know it will be a good day and even if it isn't, Ill find a way to put a perspective on it that is.

What's been the biggest lesson you've learned in business or you career so far?

Persistence is the key with a good foundation of self belief and worth. Without believing in yourself you won't resistant and if you feel you're not worthy of whatever your dreaming or building then you will almost self sabotage it all.

What does the future look like for you?

Global growth with my business, speaking about the importance of what my business ideology and mission is so I can inspire and motivate anyone listening to empower themselves in the best way possible. I'd like to be able to give my children a chance to travel with me and experience different culture, gain life skills and think globally instead of be just localised and narrow thinking. I was given this experience when I was young and it was one of the catalysts for me being so bold, able to handle chance and thinking deeper.

AN interview with Wilhemina from ShareAbode - ARNA women leaders


What has been your boldest move to date?

Making the choice to become a single mum without any real foundations in place and then pursuing a business that didn't set out to make money in the beginning but instead just make a difference.

What's one piece of advice you'd give other women in business or in their careers?

If you're afraid or fearful of doing something or saying something or striving for something then that is the EXACT reason you should do it! Fear is an amazing catalyst for creating a deeper growth within you and pushing you to be more, do more and become more not just for yourself, but for your business, for the people you serve in your business, your children and your loved ones. To make this easier, fear really is just the bodies natural reaction to something that it hasn't done before and our headspace/mind is designed with one thing in mind: to keep us alive. And if it is unknown it goes "OMG we might die", its fight or flight and in this day and age, we are not cave people fending off lions - we rarely need this fight or flight survival reaction. That's all fear is.

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