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Women of Balance: Khara Williams and the pursuit of purpose

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Khara Williams always had an innate desire to help others. More specifically, she wanted to help others find their true life’s purpose. In order to do just that, Khara recently launched Purpose Hub, a community that inspires, mentors and celebrates purpose-driven women. Backed by self-leadership programs and events, the Hub gives women everywhere the chance to connect and support each other in their search for a happier, more fulfilling life.

We recently caught up with Khara to find out a bit more about her program, and how she came to be where she is today.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your current job?

I am a wife to Scott and a mother to two boys – Jed’s 4 and Tom is 16 months. I grew up on the banks of the River Murray, where my roots were nourished with firm values and a passion for changing the world around me for the better.

My current role is Relationship Director Premium Banking. I lead a team of senior bankers that manage highly-affluent customers and am very proud to say my team is one of the top three in Australia.

What is your goal/what are you passionate about?

My goal is to be the best wife and mother, and to create a community that women everywhere can turn to for guidance, support, nourishment and inspiration. I want us to lift each other up, celebrate one another and ultimately be happier as a result, and I want it to create a ripple effect throughout the world.

What are the most challenging things about your life?

Between my professional career, study, a growing business, and of course my beloved role of wife and mother, the juggle is seriously real. But Scott and I are a good team – we sat down, analysed our lives, broke it all down piece by piece and wrote down our non-negotiables. We even created a pie chart to help us identify our ‘why’, and what we needed to balance the career/family juggle.

What are the most rewarding things and what achievement/goal are you most proud of achieving to date?

I would say that becoming a mother is by far the best achievement of my life. My boys are my everything. Professionally, leading a team who are some of the country’s top performers and are genuinely motivated makes me incredibly proud.

Both achievements are the result of a lot of hard work, determination and passion – which of course makes the reward all the more sweet.

How do you find balance?

I always say that if it’s not in the circle of influence, I don’t give it time. I go to the gym and we do lots of fun activities on the weekends with our boys. Eating well is also essential in our household and I plan things in advance as much as possible.

Do you have any mentors or people who inspired you to follow your dream?

Suzi Hullick has been an ongoing inspiration to me since we first started working together at Westpac in Darwin back in 2010. Her passion, drive and determination to not only lead, but help, others has had a huge impact on who I am today. Of course, my Mum and sisters are a constant inspiration to me too.

What is inspiring you at the moment (reading/watching/learning)?

I am currently reading Risk and Resilience by Lisa Messenger – it is bursting with so much interesting information. I’m also studying nutrition, so every day I’m learning something new, which gives me a real buzz. Did you know there are more than 101 dietary theories? Seriously, who knew?!

Do you have a message for women over 40?

You have one life. If you are yet to create the one you would like to live, there is still so much time.

What does the future hold for you?

The big picture? A global community and the creation of the Khara Williams foundation. On the day-to-day, a simple, loving, present life at home with my three boys.  

 

Balance Team

This article was written by the brains trust of Balance . We are a talented team of writers and contributors with real life experience and a passion for finding balance.

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