Miriam Ratu

Hello from the world of Beyond the Pacific! Thanks for dropping in, whether as a returning friend or for the first time.

Before she took another swing at the knee-high weeds with her machete in the highlands of Soa Village in Ra, northern Fiji, my beloved grandmother Adi Arieta Adibuli Ravai looked up at the vast blue Pacific sky and asked, “Look at that plane flying by – if a pilot can learn how to fly that plane, why can’t you?” 

Those simple yet powerful words of encouragement have never left me. They echo in my head every time doubt creeps up on me, especially when I want to realise a dream or achieve a goal.

“Va kaukauwa [be strong]!” are words expressed by my dear mother, Maraia Ratu, née Ravai, which I can never erase from my memory. Mum repeated those two no-nonsense words each time she saw me crumble under pressure or when tears cascaded down my face due to frustration.

Those words still swirl in my mind. They come back to life in my  subconscious whenever I face life’s challenges now as a wife, step-mum, businesswoman and entrepreneur. 

Therefore, I fully believe in the power of words. I believe you can either rise to the occasion or stumble to your feet with someone’s words over your life; yet this is fully dependant on how you receive them.

It’s for the above reason that I fell in love with the art of writing! 

Ratu family

Welcome

I’m not a trained journalist; my content maybe too long or grammar is imperfect but that won’t stop me from putting pen to paper as I create blogs on topics I’m passionate about.

I’m not a trained podcaster; I’m excitable and probably waffle more than I should but I have a voice and will use it to celebrate the amazing Pasifika entrepreneurs in our midst through podcasts.

Pacific Dialogue podcaster

So, I thank you for taking the time to be here on this space for a while. I hope you will have some a-ha moments or be inspired by listening to a podcast; and I have no doubt you may disagree with something shared.

Either way, my only hope is that you’ll leave here better than when you arrived and I would appreciate your feedback or constructive criticism.

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Me in a Nutshell

  • When I’m not writing my life away or easing the nerves before recording podcasts, I get to enjoy the great outdoors with my wonderful hubby, drink endless amounts of tea with my creative step-daughter and cuddle my 2 fluffy Ragdoll cats [Cleo & Patra] when they let me.
  • I graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Business degree and have enjoyed my career as a Business Operations Manager on the Gold Coast. I’m also halfway through a deferred Bachelor of Laws degree and will complete my legal studies in future.
  • When I find that creative mojo again, I will return to my passion for mixing island breeze & cosmopolitan chic in one fabulous unique style through my fashion label House of Ratu.
  • In my purpose-driven time, I serve as Secretary on the non-profit board of directors for ‘The Leniata Legacy‘ and actively contribute to the ‘Pacific Fashion Festival‘ committee. For six years now, I have been advocating against gender-based domestic violence and against abuse on children through the above non-profit organisations. 
  • Being a member of the ‘Pasifika Women’s Alliance‘ provides us the opportunity to be a voice on women’s issues, challenges and strengths to local, state and federal governments for all Pacific Islander women amongst other objectives.

Values | Mission | Vision

VALUE STATEMENT:

Beyond the Pacific is kept aligned by six core values, which embody our culture, spirit and dedication to creating meaningful content that will inspire people to be the best version of themselves.

OUR SIX CORE VALUES:

  • RESPECT: Our culture is driven only by respect, honesty and a spirit of collaboration.
  • CARE: We care about the well-being and success of every person.
  • CELEBRATE: We are obsessed with celebrating the achievements, talents and bravery of others.
  • QUALITY: We favour niche quality interactions as opposed to a mere quantity of associations.
  • IMPACT: We make a positive difference in every community we serve.
  • EXCELLENCE: We pursue excellence in everything we do, each blog we write and every podcast we release.

OUR VISION:

Dedicated to being a smart and savvy space sharing inspirational ideas one blog at a time; whilst celebrating greatness & the entrepreneurial spirit in our Pasifika community.

OUR MISSION:

1. To share smart and uplifting content through blogs, vlogs, poetry and podcasts;

2. To provide a savvy space that is highly informative by sharing knowledge on topics that matter to our South Pacific region and its people; and

3. To provide a platform that celebrates successful Pacific Islander entrepreneurs by discovering their journey to achievement.

Thanks for stopping by. Come join me in going above and Beyond the Pacific! Miri, xx.