Knowing your value is important in our professional and personal lives. Having the courage to demand what we are worth is not easy and takes a lot of courage. If we don’t take the position to stand up for our worth and what value we bring then we are settling for less and cheating ourselves of being valued for who we are and what we have to offer. Whether it’s in a relationship or career if we don’t stand up diminish our worth.
Having the courage to stand up for our value may be easy for some and for others it’s difficult. Taking little steps towards being courageous in highlighting your value and asking for recognition, placing yourself in a position to be considered for a position or to be treated better in a relationship is ongoing. It’s not expected to happen immediately but we have to be committed to standing up and being bold enough to stand up for what we are worth and not settle.
All the best until next time!
Women’s History Month – Celebrating Our Unique Perfection!
There are days where explicitly or implicitly as women we were expected to be perfect in every way. What I have come to realize is that on those days even though we may see ourselves as perfect in our attire, external appearance, knowledge, have a high level of confidence and exemplary in our performance, there will always be someone who still say we don’t measure up to their level of perfection and what we have done is still not enough.
That sense of fabricated perfection imposed on us by others is a way of keeping us controlled and can place unwanted anxiety and pressure that is just simply mean spirited. Some of that comes from someone feeling inadequate or threatened by our talents and what we have to offer. We have to be confident in ourselves because the world is not going to give us the benefit of the doubt and be confident in us as we are in ourselves.
One of the most stark example of explicit and implicit perfection expectations has been how some media outlets, tennis analysts and spectators have treated Serena Williams. Serena has been targeted for how she looks, her physique, how she dresses and what everyone else expects of her based on their theory or view of what they envision as perfection. What seems to have been continuously overlooked has been her ability to rise above the distractions around her all while become one of the greatest tennis players in history. What’s painfully clear is that even with all of her accomplishments and accolades there will always be people who don’t see pass their view of what she should be and miss out on seeing her true ability and greatness.
Our truth is that we are perfect in every way. Our creator made us all uniquely perfect and that is sufficient. I have learned to embrace my perfection on my terms and work everyday to be a better person and not by someone else’s expectations or opinion.
Take gratification in your perfection and wear that armor proudly even when the blades start to fly your way. I see all women as perfect in every way.
Until next time, all the best and be well.
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 2018:
12 QUOTES FROM INSPIRING WOMEN
Women’s History Month, which honors empowering females’ efforts in creating change worldwide, starts March 1. Here, Michelle Obama is pictured at the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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The month of March means the start of spring, tricky weather, St. Patrick’s Day and daylight savings time. It also kicks off Women’s History Month, an annual month-long celebration of the contributions of women to society that begins on Thursday.
In honor of those contributions, a list of quotes from some of the world’s most inspiring women, past and present:
- “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” ―Rosa Parks
- “There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” ―Michelle Obama
- “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” ―Patricia Arquette
- “I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.” ―Susan B. Anthony
- “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” ―Marilyn Monroe
- “You’ve got to love yourself first. You’ve got to be OK on your own before you’re OK with someone else. You’ve got to value yourself and know that you’re worth everything.” ―Jennifer Lopez
- “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ―Oprah Winfrey
- “That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me.” ―Amy Poehler
- “There are two kinds of women, those who want power in the world and those who want power in bed.” ―Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
- “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” ―Malala Yousafzai
- “We are not free until all of us are free. So love your neighbor, please treat her kindly. Ask her story and then shut up and listen…Be a voice for all those who have prisoner tongues.” ―Halsey
Quotes were pulled from Brainy Quote, Good Reads, and filmed speeches or interviews.
I read this article today and wanted to share with everyone. As women we are so often compared against each other in so many ways that demean and stereotype each other. We are empowered to break that cycle by standing up and being strong on our own terms in supporting each other. We should not loose our sense of self awareness and forget to celebrate each other and through that celebration we can also achieve greatness as we become an example for young women who look to us for inspiration. This crosses racial. cultural and economic lines and wills strengthen us individually and as a group.
Until Next Time.