Leigh Van Der Horst


What do you do?

I am the Author of a book called ‘Without My Mum’ and I am the Founder of a site for women called ‘Her Sisterhood’. (www.hersisterhood.com)

Where did you grow up and where are you based now?

I grew up in Bayswater and now live in Mount Martha.

What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’? 

I wanted to be an Entertainer! Then when I actually understood life, I wanted to be a Nurse, now I am! 

What’s your why? 

Because women need to know they have the courage and strength to be whomever they want to be. I want women to be Empowered to dream and chase their dreams… 

I also want women to know they are supported, hence why I created my book. To connect and help other Motherless Women.

What do you love about what you do?

I LOVE when I help others. In my job as a Nurse, in my role as content curator of ‘Her Sisterhood’, from the response of my book. I get so much joy helping others. I also love being inspired by other women who are making a difference in this world.

What are your greatest achievements to date?

My boys, my marriage, definitely my book!

What are some of the lessons you’ve learned along the way?

To be firm in my beliefs, to not let others walk all over me, that kindness goes a long way, that what goes around comes around and that Social Media can be the most staged online arena and we should NEVER believe all that we see!

What advice would you give someone wanting to start their own business or change jobs to an industry/role that they’d love?

You DO only live once and you really should chase the dreams you dream. If you are happy in your day job then life feels so much better!

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?

I am super humble! I love having the internet available to me to share about my book etc but find praise so hard to take, especially in person!

What does your ideal day look like?

CHAOS!!! It’s all about the kids. Especially as my youngest boy is at Kinder. So I run around doing what mums do, making sure all is well in the hood and try really hard to squeeze my emails, requests and deadlines into the chaos!  I also work 3-4 times a fortnight.

What’s one of your favourite quotes?

‘Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans’ – John Lennon

Who or what inspires you?

So many things. The weather, the beach, my friends, my husband, my boys, my job, the women I meet through my book and private online site for Motherless Women,  stories of courage, women who help others… Too many things!