The Double Movement's Calli on surrounding yourself with the right people

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Calli

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Lawyer, NRL Podcaster, South Sydney Rabbitohs tragic, football (soccer) fanatic and adventure enthusiast. 

FAVOURITE BAND?

Too many to choose from!  Current favourites are Gang of Youths, DMAs, Angus & Julia Stone, Sticky Fingers. All time favourites, Fleetwood Mac, The Temper Trap, The Cure and INXS.

FAVOURITE SONG?

I’ve had ‘The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows’ by Gang of Youths on rotation since the first time I heard it, so it definitely deserves a mention. As for my all time favourite, it has to be ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ by Simple Minds *fists pumps à la John Bender*.

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

*cheese alert* My talented little sister, Marie Kiara. She taught herself how to play about 5 instruments by ear, has an incredible voice and works on her music so diligently. I cannot wait to see her efforts come to fruition and hope that I can inspire her like she inspires me everyday! 

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

I think one of my best qualities is that I always strive to challenge myself and make the most of every opportunity that comes my way. One of my favourite quotes goes straight to this question: ‘Don’t settle for nice, for pleasant, for familiar. Keep moving until you find something that really moves you, that resonates with your soul.’

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I am extremely fortunate to be in a place in my life where I am surrounded by opportunities to grow every day. Professionally, the most important next step for me is to continue learning, so that I can confidently take on more responsibility when the time comes. Personally, I am very much looking forward to making some incredible memories when I visit my sister in Scandinavia later this year. I am also thrilled to see where the Double Movement podcast journey leads. So much to look forward to!

FORKS IN THE ROAD HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?

Forks in the road can be draining – mentally, emotionally and physically.

Firstly, the most valuable asset in my life is my incredible family and friends. When making decisions, big or small, I know I can always lean on them for support and advice. The best part is that they will always give me the advice I need to hear, rather than feed me what I want to hear.

Secondly, I need to constantly remind myself that not all decisions need to be made abruptly. By allowing myself to take a step back and consider all the options at hand, I am able to see things with greater clarity.

Finally, I have faith in my instincts. Logic doesn’t always prevail when making tough decisions and I think it’s important to recognise that emotions do (and should) play a part in your decision-making. Sometimes you need to go with your gut!

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WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC?

A woman is electric when she exudes confidence and genuine happiness. When she is not afraid to show her true colours, is truly comfortable in her own skin and is proud to stand up for what she believes in, no matter the price or the challenge.

WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GIVE UP? HOW DO YOU BOUNCE BACK?

I am very lucky that most of the obstacles I have faced have come from pressure that I put on myself. I am a ‘yes woman’ and I try to open myself to as many opportunities as I can, to get as much out of every 24 hours as possible.

Often, this means is that I hardly have any downtime. I spread myself too thin and end up both physically and mentally exhausted. Tiredness is not a productive persons friend. At times, this can be so overwhelming and draining that I want to throw in the towel and just stay in bed.

When I am drained, I need to listen to my body and have a night off, sleep in or have a sneaky chocolate binge – whatever it takes to rejuvenate my body. However, when I am mentally drained, it’s not so simple. It’s important in these situations to take a step back and refresh my mindset. What I have learnt is the value of downtime to clear my mind, to put things into perspective and, ultimately, to remind myself that I am very privileged to have so many enriching opportunities at my doorstep.

I think my amazing family and friends deserve another shout out here. Their unwavering support and encouragement gives me the strength to bounce back during tough times.

DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTLE SCRETS TO FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION?

Getting the most out of life is my passion and surrounding myself with the right people is my (not-so-secret) method to achieving this! I am very blessed to have a wonderful close circle who have always supported my passions, whatever they are, or have been over the years. When I have doubted my abilities, and lacked belief in myself, those around me have always picked me back up and reminded me of what I am capable of – an electric spark, if you will ;)

So, keep yourself surrounded by those who will encourage you, who will push you when you need it and who will support you through all the highs and lows. No one will be able to dull your sparkle when you surround yourself with people who truly want to see you shine.

Calli is one half of The Double Movement podcast. Read their EL letter here. Download and listen to The Double Movement on iTunes and follow them onTwitter and Instagram