A Springfield mother who battled innumerable challenges throughout her life has gone on an inspiring journey to reach the finals of a national competition.
Clare May made the final five in her division of the AusMumpreneur 2015 St George Bank People’s Choice Award earlier this year.
The award recognised women around the country who have battled hardships and inspired others through their independent business ventures.
“At first I was blown away but then I realised it was a great honour to be nominated for this award,” Ms May said.
A few years ago, Ms May broke her back and later, stepped out of her wheelchair and walked across Iceland.
She has also had two tumours removed, lost 60kg and is now a single mother of twins.
Through these challenges, Ms May started two independent companies, Shoe Wonderland and Handbag Wonderland.
After posting her story on social media, Ms May was inundated with support from the public saying how much her story had inspired and helped them.
Shoe Wonderland and Handbag Wonderland are run similarly to Tupperware parties where hosts visit customer’s houses to host parties.
Ms May said it was not just about the shoes, it was about inspiring women and giving them the tools to further their careers.
Whilst she did not win the award for her division, she said simply making the final five was a massive achievement considering the other nominees were from large companies.
Ms May likened the whole experience to winning the lottery and can’t think of words to describe the level of support from others.
“It is outstanding that people around me believe in me as much as I believe in myself,” she said.
Ms May said that anyone can be inspiring but they first need to realise they all have the capacity to help others.
“You need to understand you have the resources in you to achieve anything,” she said.