Supermum on a mission

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The Empower Project creator Lisa Colback with some of her treasured family photographs.
Camera IconThe Empower Project creator Lisa Colback with some of her treasured family photographs. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

As a mother of 13, Lisa Colback knows that being “just a mum” is no easy task.

With more than three decades of parenting behind her, she started to worry she had lost her identity after so many years spent thinking only about her children.

Then she realised she could use her experience to help others, particularly those who might also be feeling lost in motherhood.

Those thoughts led her to launch the The Empower Project last month.

Ms Colback, from Albany, said she felt inspired to share her life experiences to help others discover their full potential.

“As I’ve been a stay-at-home mum for 34 years, I felt the need to give back a little and create a space for other women who may be in the same space that I was, seeking connection, purpose, meaning, passion, and rediscovering their joy and vitality again,” she said.

“I've found that women who have raised a family for years can really lose themselves and their own identity in the process.

“For me, after 34 years of babies, toddlers, tweens, teens and adults, I felt a pull to find my identity alongside being a mum.

“Who was I?

“Being ‘just a mum’ is often overlooked, but is in reality the toughest job and the biggest blessing.” She has gathered a team of women to hold a session each month, with guest speakers to share stories and encouragement.

They held their first meeting this month and they were overwhelmed to have dozens of women jump on board.

She said all women had different struggles and strengths.

“Sharing vulnerability is freeing and powerful,” Ms Colback said. “At some stage in our lives, we’ve all been a victim and then a survivor, but my heart is to show others that you can be conquerors. We are a group of driven and passionate women who are searching for purpose, connection, meaning, identity and community.”

For details, follow The Empower Project on Facebook.

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