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TGtS Meets...Tracy Dixon - International Women's Day Special

Business owner, Mother and Wife Tracy Dixon juggles her duties at Run Swindon with spending quality time with her daughter Evie and husband Liam. We grilled her about her achievements in honour of International Women's Day Special on March 8th.

Which woman would you compare yourself to? 

I try not to compare myself to anyone. I’m relatively happy in my own skin and thankful for everything I
have.
 
What would you say is your most valuable skill and why? 
 
Organisation for sure. I love lists, I run my life on lists even visual ones. I thrive on being busy and everything being just so.
 
Why do you think it's important to have an International Women's Day?
 
I think it’s important for women to be recognised for their acheivements. We work hard while running a home and taking care of our families. Even for those women that choose not to work but stay at home, each day is still a challenge.
 
Do you have family (and/or children)? How do you maintain a work/life balance?
 
Yes our beautiful daughter Evie who’s nine. I’m extremley lucky in the fact that most of my work can be done from home. The shop is closed on Mondays so Liam and I try to meet with suppliers etc while Evie is at school. It's hard to keep the balance right with access to email and social network sites available 24/7. You're never really free from the business but we are getting better at it. We have a sign in our kitchen that says ‘Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life’.
 
Have you ever had to give up or miss out on anything in order to pursue your career? 
 
No I don’t think so. I was never really that career driven. I knew I wanted to start my own business and be my own boss. Our customers are the people we answer to now, but we make the rules and I like the flexibilty that comes with that. We're extremley lucky to be doing something that we love. I have had many jobs along the way that were not so enjoyable.
 
Do you ever experience any discrimination in the work place because of your gender?
 
Not that I’ve noticed. I would like to think that people are treated the same regardless of who they are.
 
If you could have dinner with 5 inspirational women dead or alive, who would they be? 
 
  • Jackie O
  • Marylyn Monroe
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Princess Diana
  • Belle Gibson 
Belle is a young lady living with terminal malignant brain cancer who created the worlds first health and wellness lifestyle app ‘The Whole Pantry’. I'm humbled how Belle turned something truly tragic into something quite amazing. She is totally inspiring.
 
As a successful female, where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
 
Healthy and living my life with my family in whatever way that is.
 
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