Wholehearted Wednesdays with Tyla Howard at She The Roar
Hi Tyla! Please tell us a bit about yourself.
First off, I am so honoured that you guys asked to interview me. Thank you for allowing me to share a bit of myself to your wonderful audience!
I grew up in Zimbabwe, Africa, and moved to Australia when I was young. I now live near the sunny shores of Queensland, as I work on my online business where I offer services in brand styling, social media strategies, web design, and content creation. I’m a coffee, fashion, and adventure lover. I have a big love for animals (particularly dogs, oh and guinea pigs - I used to own 21 of the furry little friends!). I also love to encourage and equip women with purpose.
When I’m not pouring my heart into the She The Roar, you can find me drawing random scribbles, and painting random blobs, spending time with my dear friends and family, volunteering at my amazing Youth Group, in the confectionery aisle of the supermarket or in the local pet shop jaw-dropping over a cute pooch!
What inspired you to start the She The Roar?
I began blogging in 2014 when I finished school. I have always had such a passion to encourage, empower and equip others to become the best they can be, and to recognise how important they actually are. It started as a small space on the internet that I swear my Mum would only read haha! But a few months after creating the blog, a massive dream was dropped in my heart. So I turned the blog into a movement. Now, She The Roar is so much more than a little space on the internet. It is a global community passionate about imparting purpose into people that grows by the 100 each day.
Could you give us a brief behind-the-scenes of what goes on with running She The Roar?
She The Roar is not my full-time gig… yet. ;)
I work on it from home, and so behind-the-scenes looks a lot like 20 trillion cups of tea and comfy sweat pants – not so glamourous haha! It involves a lot of writing, and editing blog posts. It also involves a lot of creative and fun photo shoots, photo editing, graphic-making, painting, and hand lettering! There’s a lot of emailing back and forth at 2 am with collaborators, and some heart to hearts with wonderful woman I’ve met through the wonderful world of technology!
What does community mean to you?
We are all created for community, to share the highs and lows, the pretty and the ugly with others. Community is the smiles, but also the tears. It’s the bouncing inspiration off each other early in the morning, and staying up late to have those therapeutic late night car rides. Community is a group of people who without question believe in each other.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
The most rewarding part of what I do is definitely hearing the amazing testimonials from She The Roar’s readers. It has been absolutely mind blowing! Some have said their daughters have overcome their depression after reading and adopting the practical tips given in the blog posts. Wives have also said that the She The Roar Movement has given them hope to press on as their husbands are fighting cancer. Some have said that they read the blog every morning before they get out of bed to receive their dose of inspiration. It really is such a humbling moment to hear such incredible stories from something I created.
How did you grow your community? Was there a turning point for you?
I grew the She The Roar community by starting off on Facebook. My friends of friends would share posts, and they started to gain a fair bit of traction. I then succumbed to starting an Instagram account, and I am so glad I did! Starting a community on Instagram has been the biggest turning point for the She The Roar. I learnt and applied practical strategies through trial and error that would grow it to where it is today. This is also how I found my passion in helping others grow their social media accounts, and spurred me on to start my business.
What makes you smile? Who inspires you?
Seeing people talking about and pursuing their passions. Seeing the fire ignite in someone’s eyes when their passion has come up in a conversation is the best. This doesn’t just make me smile, it gets my blood pumping, it gets me wide-eyed and bouncing off walls excited! I also get like this when I am encouraging and equipping women to pursue their purpose.
A serious boss lady whom I fan girl over, and inspires me is Lisa Bevere. She unleashes fire in her books and as she speaks, and she is all about women empowerment. I L-O-V-E her!
Do you have any advice or nuggets of wisdom for people who want to pursue their passions, but their fears always seem to be getting in the way?
I would remind them that all of their dreams, all of their desires, all of their utmost joy is on the other side of this fear that they are facing. Don’t be daunted or intimidated by the journey – it’s the most beautiful part!
I would say 1) hold onto that passion, write it down and don’t let go, 2) believe in yourself, and 3) pursue it fiercely!
Thank you so much for letting me interview you, Tyla. One last question before we leave, what does being a woman mean to you?
Again, thank you SO much for interviewing me!
To me, being a woman isn’t just about the ‘eyebrows on fleek’, the ‘sugar and spice and all things nice and cutesy’, or the #PerfectlyContouredCheekbones. Being a woman isn’t about being passive, whiny, or being a second-rate man.
It’s about EMBRACING ourselves.
The male chromosomes are XY.
And when God made women, He pulled out the ‘X’ chromosome and raised it to the second power (XX or x^2 or Xsquared).
Therefore, being a woman is powerful! But when it comes to being women of power, we sometimes get a little confused with how to play that part. Occasionally, we think that to be powerful, as a woman, we have to act manly, so we try to prove ourselves. We try to beat men, destroy them, humiliate them, or displace them to show that we are powerful. We forget that we are called to compliment men, not compete with them.