Friday, 2 November 2012

Thank you so much to the beautiful and inspirational Seema Seraphina Reynolds and Rachel Mills for nominating me to be a part of 100 Inspirational women on the coast. Such an honour and thankyou for your beautiful words that capture the very essence of me and what A Girl In The World is all about :-) Here's to love and creativity and their expression in all that we are and do.
100 Inspirational Women
Melanie Lee, Submitted by Seema Seraphina Reynolds

My name is Seema Seraphina Reynolds, and I would like to nominate my good friend, mentor and someone who can best be described as my very own fairy godmother, Melan
ie Lee, as one of the Central Coast’s 100 Inspiring Women.

I met Melanie Lee last year at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, where we bought sought to make our ideas on how to better the world come to life. Melanie’s journey led to A Girl in the World, a series of environmentally friendly children’s books that aim to help children understand the reality of existence and the beauty of both joy and sorrow. Melanie released her first story in this series just a few months ago, and watching her bring this very important character to life has been awe-inspiring.

Melanie has used the pain from her own childhood trauma as ignition to create a space where children can connect to the spiritual, creative and emotional dimension that is all too often missing in this modern world. Melanie’s quest for social change spans the hearts and souls of everyone, which is why A Girl in the World raises awareness for Orphund and uses 100% sustainable printing. She has a big vision for A Girl in the World to leap off the page and into the lives of children throughout the world, and I have no doubt that it will.

As a long-time foster carer, a mother of two and a mentor to many, Melanie has already achieved a life of purpose. She is an inherent nurturer and giver, and she represents the very best that women offer to this world.

I have had a very difficult few months, and I do not know how I would have gotten through them without Melanie. I am incredibly lucky to have her in my life, and she inspires me every day.

Melanie Lee was also nominated by Rachel Mills

Melanie’s calm, caring and creative nature is inspiring. She is a recent graduate of The School for Social Entrepreneurs and the talented author and illustrator of A Girl In The World, a children’s book with a purpose. She created it to encourage children and adults to share thoughts and feelings, nurture philosophical communication and foster emotional connection.

Each book is Australian made with full environmental considerations and certifications so that it may sit in the hands of children and adults not having cost the earth. Through this project, she also raises awareness for Orphfund, a life-saving and life changing organization that champions children’s wellbeing and welfare throughout the world.

I find Mel inspiring as she is a true example of being the change she wants to see in the world.

You can pick up a copy of Melanie’s book at Rockpool Retreat and find out more at

You can also check out Melanie’s wise words at

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