Alllllll the way back in November I had the pleasure to chat with my lovely aussie pal Tyla Howard. She shared so much encouragement and wisdom!
Well, Tyla has been working hard on some new exciting projects so I thought I’d do an updated interview. She’s got some fresh inspo to pass your way, enjoy!
You’re the founder of an online movement called She The Roar, can you tell me a bit about the heart behind it and what it’s key aims are?
Yes! She The Roar is a global movement of everyday women who, 1) love fiercely, 2) roar against injustice, and 3) champion the God-given purpose on their life. It’s heartbeat is to rally women together from all over the world to collectively glorify God and uplift each other
She The Roar has a growing Facebook community, can you share a little bit about that?
I began exploring the different avenues for creating a more close-knit community online. So I created a closed Facebook Group that is exclusively for women within the She The Roar community. This Facebook Group is a platform specifically created for women to bounce inspiration off each other, bring heaven down in each other’s situations, and to connect with each other. It’s incredible to hear the stories from some women within the community.
One of the incredible stories is of a lady who has been born and married into a strict religion, which she has practiced for 30 years. After her Dad got diagnosed with cancer, she prayed to her god but still did not have peace. She believed there was more, and so she started searching the bible. This is where she found truth, peace, and joy that she had never experienced before. Now, she is the only Christian she knows and follows Jesus! However, she is not allowed to own a bible or speak about Jesus. BUT, she has our incredible community of women supporting her, praying for her, and loving her through her journey.
This is why I do what I do. I’m teary-eyed as I write this. God is so good.
Blogging isn’t the only thing keeping you busy right now, what other projects have you got going on right now?
Yes! In fact I actually haven’t blogged all that much in the past couple of months (yikes). I’ve been juggling She The Roar, as well as serving in my amazing youth ministry. I’ve also been in the long and kind of agonising process of launching my online creative business, where I help others build their empires using my services in branding, social media strategies, web design, and content creation. There’s a couple of other projects in the works, but they’re in their infancy… so you’ll have to stay tuned 😉
You balance a lot, how do you stay organised?
Organised? What even is “organised”?! 😉 Haha! Keeping organised is definitely a constant struggle for me. But looong to-do lists that present tasks in levels of priority really help me. I also have my family, and boyfriend, who know what my important projects are and keep me accountable with meeting their deadlines. My dad is also personal trainer, so starting my days with his 40 minute workouts have given me more structure and productivity. But as I said, my organisation skills are definitely a work in progress!
She The Roar and your business mean that you spend a lot of time online, what do you love most about social media?
Social media sometimes gets a bad rep, and fair enough so. But I think that when your perspective shifts from numbers, to impact, or from followers and likes, to positively influencing souls, greatness can happen.
I love that I can create a platform that can positively influence and impact people from all spheres of life. And I love that I can reach them through the very thing they carry around in their pockets all day: their phones. It honestly just blows my mind that we can all connect on fun little apps like Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. When social media is used for good, it has the power to change the world.
You took a trip to the Philippines recently, what was a highlight? Why do you think giving yourself a proper break is important?
Oh my gooooooodness, it was such an incredible time away. While I was there I didn’t have a choice but to literally unplug from everything – we were living on island time, where there was no wifi, and hardly any air-con (yikes).
I loved jumping from 15 metre cliffs, parasailing above rickety boats, swimming along-side the tropical fish, sipping about 10 coconuts a day, island hopping, the crazy bargains, swimming with whale sharks, having super uncomfortable but kinda nice massages from the locals, and the people. Oh the people! They were incredible kind, and so hospitable. It was truly an amazing experience!
There’s a quote by Anne Lammot that says “almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a while, including you.” This became so real to me over my time away. I realised the importance and power of unplugging to rest, and that it is not only a physical thing, but a biblical thing! Jesus actually commands us to rest in Matthew 11:28-30 — “Are you tired? Worn out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Over my time away, it was really humbling to realise I actually cannot do it all, especially if I don’t rest. So if you’re reading this, and you feel uncomfortable with your progress, or stagnant in your productivity… it’s a sure sign you need to unplug and get away with Jesus for a minute… or a month!
Ever feel discouraged? How do you motivate yourself when things are feeling overwhelming?
Of course! I think discouragement is an accessory with almost anything you do, especially if it’s a little more public – like on Instagram! I’ve had to position myself face to face with discouragement and command it to get lost a thousand times.
In those moments of having no drive and being crippled by defeat, I have to remind myself why I do what I do. It’s “going back to the basics 101” – going back to the very heart of my purpose on this earth. Back to my secret place where everything seems simple, and the calling is clear. It’s in my secret place where Jesus fills me with the courage to stand back up, and keep going.
What are you most excited about in the next couple of months?
Oh gosh! There’s just so much! I’m excited about the things to come for She The Roar… did someone say resources?! Yes! There’ll be some fun and practical resources coming for the women within the She The Roar community. Yipeeeeeee!
I’m also super excited to see where God takes my online business, and the clients He’ll bring along my path.
As mentioned earlier, I’ve got some other baby projects in the works… and holy WOW I’m excited for them to unfold!
Where do you look for creative inspiration?
I used to go straight to my Pinterest feed for creative inspiration, until I realised that I was getting inspiration from what others had already done. I got the revelation that I didn’t want to just regurgitate creative content that others have seen before. I want to create content that no one has seen before. I realised that if I was using other people as my main source of inspiration, then I wasn’t listening to God. I was just listening to other people who were listening to God.
And so now, Jesus is my main source of creative inspiration. I believe that heaven has a tonne of songs that are yet to be sung, blog posts that are yet to be written, and artworks that are yet to be painted, if we will but seek it first.
For me, getting my inspiration from Jesus isn’t as pretty as it sounds haha! If I’m being honest, it sometimes looks like me throwing tantrums toward heaven, demanding creative inspiration now. HAHA! And then being gently humbled by Jesus, and reminded that His timing is perfect.
I’ve learnt that I can’t twist Jesus’ arm to give creative inspiration when it suits me. He often reveals it in the almost insignificant moments, like when I walk my dog, or when I’m driving, or on airplane where I have to use a vomit bag to write all of it down (true story haha!).
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a similar movement to She The Roar?
Seek Jesus. Reflect yourself and your quirks through all that you do. Don’t try and fit into the “bloggers” mould.
In my first year of blogging, I tried really hard to make my blog fit the mould. It was all pink and cutesy, and butterflies and rainbows. And don’t get me wrong, that’s all awesome! But it’s not me. I’m more of a green, jungle, grit, kick-butt and roar kinda gal. So eventually, I realised that I was supressing myself just to fit in, and that’s how She The Roar was birthed.
So, sister, be you. PLEASE. I truly believe that if you create a movement/blog/platform that reflects you and your uniqueness, you will reach greatness, and that’s when Jesus will move.
Thank-you Tyla for sharing about your heart!
Were you guys were all inspired by everything Tyla shared? Let me know in the comments 🙂