Pictured: Mandy with her husband Allan- who she stresses is largely part of the reason she can lead the life she loves.
Mandy Wilding has been a loyal customer of Easy Living Footwear for as long as she can remember. Her love for shoes and all things fashion plays a strong role in her life and character.
But her love for shoes and fashion pales in comparison to the passion and dedication she puts into her volunteer work. Five years ago, the Daffodil Cottage Wig Library began in a small space in Daffodil Cottage. For people undergoing treatment from cancer or who suffer from alopecia or severe stress, the wig library is a safe haven, offering high-quality and comfortable wigs for those who need them most. The magic of the library is largely due to the amazing work of Mandy and her co-founder and friend Heather.
The idea began when a fellow volunteer at Meals on Wheels invited Mandy to start volunteering at the Daffodil Cottage as well. After working there for a few years, she was approached about an opportunity around opening up a wig library for the local area. Mandy’s background was in hairdressing; though had limited knowledge of wigs, she decided to seize the opportunity and give it her best shot.
“And what do you know! We’ve been going strong since 2014 and getting busier and busier every day. We are now helping ladies all across Bathurst, Lithgow and Mudgee. I love my job more every day,” Mandy says.
Pictured: The Wig Library supplies wigs to women suffering hair loss-usually from Cancer, Alopecia or Stress.
A typical week for Mandy also includes working in her husband Allan’s business, being on call for the library, and being on call for the grandkids! She just manages to squeeze in a walk, swim or pilates class with her girlfriends if she’s lucky. And of course - precious time spent with shoes!
Pictured: Mandy with her gorgeous daughter.
We were deeply inspired by Mandy’s work. We asked her how she found the drive and passion to live the life she leads.
Pictured: Mandy with her grandchildren- who she often looks after in her busy week!
Her answer comes straight out of a fairytale… Cinderella, to be exact!
“I live by a simple motto. Be kind, have courage, and always believe in a little bit of magic. You must be kind to others - for you never know what they are going through. Of course my work can be confronting - but you must have the courage to not get upset through others’ struggles. You must be strong for them,” she says confidently.
“There is a little bit of magic everywhere. I believe every day a little bit of this magic happens in the Wig Library. I rarely have to show ladies who come to visit more than one or two wigs because usually the first wig is the pick.”
“Sometimes all you need to do is look up to find the magic. If you look at the world with a sense of drive to find all the beautiful things, you will find you can be passionate about anything and everything.”
And of course, Mandy is very passionate about shoes. She lights up when asked her about her style and preferences.
“I think I’m a real classic dresser - I love white. Most normal people fit their shoes to their outfit - I’m the opposite! I revolve my outfit and everything else around my shoes - they are the feature! But no matter what, I go for comfort first and foremost. Frankie4 are such a comfortable brand with such gorgeous styles. I normally pair them with some pants with an elastic waist - perfect for after a big lunch!” she says, laughing.
Pictured: Not many people can rock a pair of bright purple Go-Go boots- but Mandy can!
Mandy’s energy and zest for life is contagious and her commitment to helping others is deeply inspiring. So naturally we asked her to share her best advice to our readers on how we can all live a much more #easy life.
“Life is short. Eat the chocolate and enjoy the precious moments.”
“Likewise, the easiest thing to do in the world is to smile at someone. So, smile at everyone - most of the time they smile back. It doesn’t cost a thing.”
“Another thing - surround yourself with beautiful women who motivate you. I feel so honoured and blessed that I get to help these strong women. Surround yourself with strength and your life becomes easier.”
“Oh and one more thing - buy the bloody shoes!” she laughs.
Daffodil Wig Library runs solely on public donations. Head to their Facebook page and personally message them to find out how you can donate.
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