Joanne, 31

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Name

Joanne Becker

Age

31

What cool things have you been doing lately?

2018 has been the year of doing Brave Cool Things... I quit the business I co-founded because it wasn't a happy environment, went travelling around India and Asia for a few months with only a walking stick for company (I have Muscular Dystrophy and don't walk so well), and set up a coaching business / empowering platform called Be Stubborn.

All rational arguments suggested that I shouldn't do any of those things, but I went ahead because I was stubbornly determined to make myself happy. And I did! Now I want to help others work towards the things that are most important to them, by being stubborn where it counts.

Which girls are doing cool things in your world (please include any relevant links)?

I love everything Laura Jane Williams does, and can't wait to take her writing & pitching course at the start of 2019. And I'm obsessed with the High Low podcast; Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes are smart, funny and always interesting. 

What I love about these three women, and so many more I admire, is how hard they work. Great things are possible, but you have got to put in the effort, and just keep going.

What was the last book you read?

Educated by Tara Westover. It was a fascinating memoir about Westover's difficult unconventional childhood in a fundamentalist Mormon family, her discovery of education and what her determined pursuit of it ultimately cost her.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I don't think I can choose! I have just discovered a song called "Me and the Sky" from the musical Come From Away which is amazing; it tells the story of Beverley Bass, a pioneering airline pilot, and her experiences of 9/11.

Where can people find you online?

Website - www.bestubborn.co.uk
Insta - www.instagram.com/joannebecker_
Twitter - www.twitter.com/joannebecker_