Rewind seven years and Chantelle Baxter was locked in a passionless nine-to-five grind. She felt stuck on repeat: slogging through her working week and hanging out for the weekend, only to lose her days off to a blur of partying and booze. Life, she says, began to feel empty and meaningless.
Then Chantelle went to Sierra Leone — and what she saw there changed everything.
Sierra Leone is one of the worst places in the world to be born a woman. Shockingly, girls born in the poverty-stricken West African country are more likely to be raped than to go to high school.
After returning home to Melbourne, Chantelle jumped into action. She dramatically changed her life, quitting her job and dumping her old party-girl persona, before co-launching One Girl, one of Australia’s fastest growing non-profit organisations.
Chantelle has now set One Girl the astonishingly ambitious target of educating 1 million African girls by 2020 — and with big names like Oprah behind the cause, she looks on track to make it happen.
If you’ve ever felt like your dreams are too crazy-huge to become a reality, you absolutely cannot miss this podcast. Chantelle shares a bunch of really practical tried-and-tested strategies for working through the inevitable challenges and she’s also just an incredibly inspiring example of how to truly live large.
In this interview Chantelle shares:
+ How her expensive party girl lifestyle began to feel “empty and shallow” after an eye-opening trip to Africa in 2008.
+ How she hit the life reset button and dramatically changed her life — leaving her business, boyfriend, friends and apartment — within two insane weeks.
+ How she financially supported herself while launching a non-profit with very little money saved, right in the middle of the global financial crisis.
+ The emotional breakdown that forced her to prioritise her own self-care.
+ Dealing with the fear of stepping into the unknown.
+ How to “fail your way to success” or embrace mistakes as a crucial part of the journey to success.
+ The clever strategy that’s making her crazy-huge goal to educate 1 million African girls by 2020 totally achievable.
+ And a whole bunch more.
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My favourite quote from Chantelle’s interview is:
Resources Chantelle mentions in this interview:
+ Landmark Forum leadership courses in Melbourne, which was a catalyst for Chantelle changing her life’s direction.
+ Rock Your Purpose Life (RYPL) with Aussies Leah and Naz, who help everyday people take small steps to live a meaningful life.
+ Live Your Legend with Scott Dinsmore — career and connection tools, a community of more than 100,000 members and free monthly meetup groups in more than 206 cities across 57 countries.
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