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Anjuli

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Meet Anjuli. Born in Australia to two eccentric, musical and artistic parents, Anjuli grew up in Glastonbury, UK with her sister and mother, after her parents separated when she was 3. During her early childhood, they lived in a B&B attic room and attended nearly every festival in the land. Involved in countless community plays, dance performances, alternative events and celebrations for every reason possible, her upbringing was colourful and she had an amazing group of friends. 
Despite this, life was burdened by an unhealthy relationship with her mother, which worsened into her late teens. Feeling emotionally burnt out and unmotivated to do University, Anjuli spent a few years travelling and working, to help find her purpose, and began a relationship with a life long friend. They later married and, after the birth of their daughter, migrated to Australia in 2008. Unfortunately a sense of displacement and depression took hold of her. Eager to shake it off and desperate for a creative outlet, Anjuli would make art, including painting their appliances. In 2013 she finally found and enrolled in an online surface pattern design course which has led to her starting her own business - JeliRAD Designs. Finding the balance between motherhood and designing, Anjuli continues to do what she loves and focuses on one day having her own homewares range, and also joining a design studio! She is a Strong Woman.

Michelle

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Meet Michelle. Originally from Hong Kong but now living in London, this 22 year old is leading a life of inspiration and motivation. Over the years, Michelle has had 15 surgeries, a brain tumour, a punctured intestine, an obstructed bowel, a cyst in her brain and hydrocephalus (a build-up of fluid on the brain). All of these health issues and surgeries have left Michelle with scars all over her body. After spending years being embarrassed and covering her scars, she decided to embrace who she was- body and soul. In 2014 Michelle launched Mindset for Life- a program that teaches women to embrace who they are, banishing insecurities and loving themselves. Now a body confidence coach, Michelle is inspiring women from all over the world to share their stories and be confident in their own skin. She is a Strong Woman.

Patrice

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Meet Patrice. When her father died tragically in a mountain accident when she was young, Patrice was forced to grow up quickly to help her mother raise her younger sister and brother. Always positive, looking at the bright side of life, Patrice always believed that with hard work she could have anything you wanted in life. Patrice’s passion for the performing arts started at the age of six, whereshe immersed herself in all forms of dance until she graduated from high school. Always knowing she wanted to be a school teacher; Patrice often spoke of how her dream would somehow be merged with her passion for dance. After graduating as a teacher (whilst gaining dance teaching experience), she went to London with her now husband, Dion to teach full time and travel. She kept up her dancing at Pineapple where she was lucky enough to train with professional Broadway dancers for two years. After a successful two years of teaching in London, Patrice was offered the position of Director of Performing Arts for an International school in Egypt -- home of the largest school theatre in the Middle East! During her two years there, Patrice wrote, directed and produced nine school musicals with over 300 students. On return to New Zealand, Patrice launched 'Gobsmacked'; a performing arts company specialising in the production of school musicals, providing all original scripts, music, dance choreography, costumes, sets and props. After its first school musical in May 2015 with over 370 students in the cast, Gobsmacked is now completely booked for the remainder of the year. Patrice has an infectious zest for life, inspiring people to better themselves. Her belief in her students is the driving force behind each musical’s success. She is a Strong Woman.