Happy International Women's Day! 'm so proud to be a woman today and everyday, I'm proud to have a voice and have the ability to be a spokeswoman for women who don't. IWD not only recognises the achievements of women but celebrates the empowerment of them around the world. Empowerment is something that is so incredibly important to me. I love feeling empowered, it fuels me to go out and chase my bigger dreams & purpose in this life. I don't just rely on others to empower me, but I rely on MYSELF to stay empowered. Empowerment is sparked first and foremost within you, and only then when you feel empowered can you empower others. These are tips from different women all around the world (Positive Provocations, Shake Off The Grind and Amy Starr Allen - CHECK THEM OUT)
These are some tips that resonate with me. Doing these things keep me empowered & uplifted on a daily basis;
1) BE GRATEFUL
Being continuously appreciative for EVERYTHING. Even the little things. It’s easy to focus on what’s wrong or what’s not working. And what you resist persists… so focusing on what’s wrong just creates more things that are ‘wrong’. Being appreciative ongoingly will not only keep you in a better mood, but it also miraculously causes the universe to give you more things to be appreciative for.
2) RADIATE CONFIDENCE
The more confident we are, the more empowered we tend to feel. Wear it with pride.
3) TAKE TIME TO MEDITATE
It's really easy for us not to find time for silence in our lives. And this silence is a crucial element that will allow us to stay peaceful, sane and empowered. We actually need to disconnect from the ‘world’ on a regular basis in order to get quiet and connect to ‘source’, the ‘divine’, your ‘higher self’ or whatever name you’d like to give it. This is what grounds us and allows us to hear our voice of inspiration… something we have a really hard time hearing in the midst of all of our daily chaos. So, even if it’s just 15 or 30 minutes a day, making time to be silent will serve you well in all areas of your life.
Often times we actually use the excuse that we just don't feel up to exercising. And it's a 'catch 22' situation because one of the main reasons you may not feel 'up to it' is because you don't tend to give your body the kind of respect and attention it deserves by exercising regularly. The more you exercise, the more you WILL feel up to it! And the more committed you are to exercising regularly, the better you will look and feel every day. And you won't only feel better physically... you'll feel a lot better mentally and emotionally (and spiritually) as well.
5) NUTURE YOURSELF
Our lives are busy--we're working, we have children to take care of, we're socialising,... it's really easy to neglect to take time for ourselves or, more importantly to MAKE time for ourselves. If we simply wait until we have extra time to do something nurturing, it's funny how that time just never really seems to show up, isn't it? By the time we're done taking care of everyone and everything else, there's seldom any time left for us. So we have to MAKE time. It's important to make time... actually SCHEDULE time into your calendar to do some simple things for yourself.
Take this step... start to actually schedule some time for these simple things for yourself and watch what happens. You will start to feel honored and loved, by YOU.
6) NEVER STOP LEARNING
When we are learning, we are growing. And learning new things empowers us. So take the time to do learn about something that interests you. Not only will you feel empowered, but who knows what doors may open up for you because of the new knowledge you possess. Never stop learning. Freeing and expanding your mind is the most imperative step toward empowering yourself, so educate yourself in any way that you can. Even if you don't have a formal education there are still plenty of ways to increase your knowledge on your own. Taking the initiative to teach yourself something new is one of the most empowering things you can do. A smart woman is an empowered woman. No-one dare mess with thee ;)
7) CELEBRATE YOURSELF
Take the time to celebrate you and your successes. So often we finish something & simply move on to the next thing without even taking the time to acknowledge ourselves. So celebrate! Treat yourself to a nice dinner or a glass of champagne, don’t let your victories go unnoticed. Not only will this empower you, but celebrating trains the subconscious mind that victories are good, and you will therefore subconsciously create more victories in your life to celebrate.
8) KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
An empowered woman knows what she wants. This means that she has goals and dreams for her life. They may or may not include marriage, a family, or rising up the career ladder. Regardless of what the goals are, the empowered woman knows what she wants out of life. This enables her to act in ways that will move her closer to these goals. If she has a goal of getting married, then she will date with that goal in mind. If she has a goal of advancing in her career, then she will work with the idea of earning an eventual promotion. No matter what the goals are, having them clearly mentally defined enables the empowered woman to go after what she wants. Are you going after what you want?
9) MAKE CONNECTIONS
An empowered woman makes deep connections, both personal and professional. This means that she knows people, but it goes deeper than that. The empowered woman has a network of people that she has relationships with and can count on. They may be business relationships or personal ones, but she knows that she can count on these people. The business relationships may be people she can count on to help with a project or give honest feedback. The personal relationships may be friends that she can rely on when she needs them. The connections that an empowered woman makes are with people whom she can help and who can inturn help her to become a better person.
10) GIVE BACK
When you help others, you help yourself. Give back to the community in any way you can and you will be rewarded in more ways than one. Try volunteering one day a week for a program you really believe in. Find a charity you want to support. Giving back does not have to be a grand gesture. It’s as simple as saying good morning and holding the door for someone. Open your heart to others and they will open theirs to you.
11) DREAM BIG
Don’t be afraid to go after your dreams. No dream is too big or unattainable. An empowered woman knows that she can accomplish anything she sets out to do, it is simply a matter of perseverance, believing in yourself, and following your heart. If you truly believe in your dreams you can make them happen. But in order to do this you must try. Consider making a vision board to illustrate and remind yourself of all the goals you would like to accomplish. Listen to your heart. It was put there to empower you.
12) EMPOWER OTHERS
An empowered woman empowers others. This is maybe the most difficult but most rewarding of all. An empowered woman can encourage other women to strive for what they want. She doesn’t pull people down but instead helps them to discover their full potential. This enables her to contribute positively to the lives of other women that she knows. "A woman who wants nothing from you but to help you manifest your vision as she's manifesting her own - far & few."
13) KNOW YOURSELF
An empowered woman knows who she is. Many women today feel as though they have lost themselves. Maybe they gave too much in a relationship that didn’t work out. Maybe they put too much time into work and not enough time into themselves. Regardless, many women need to spend some time getting to know themselves. Knowing yourself goes way beyond what you do or who you are. Knowing yourself means understanding your own strengths and weaknesses. Do you work best by yourself or with others? Do you communicate well? Are you organised? Are you a leader? These are questions that the empowered woman knows the answers to, because the empowered woman understands who she is as a person.
14) BE INDEPENDENT
When was the last time you left your house without your phone? Have you ever gone to a restaurant and had dinner all alone with just your amazing self for company? Being comfortable with who you are, and knowing that you are strong enough to face any situation on your own, is an empowering feeling. It doesn’t matter whether you have a partner or not. Enjoying YOU time energizes your spirit in countless ways. Don’t let not having a partner or special someone to share things with stop you from doing everything you want to do. Treat yourself to a movie or a weekend getaway for one. Make it a goal to try something new that you wouldn’t normally do alone. While you’re out there living it up you’ll be building confidence and increasing your chances of knowing yourself better.
Most importantly, the best thing you can do for yourself on a daily basis is to accept yourself for the person you are. You, and all of us, have good points and bad points, strengths and weaknesses… we are human. When you can develop the ability to stand back and look at yourself honestly, and to be able to admit to others as well that you may not be perfect, but you are YOU and that’s all that you can be, you will start to enjoy a greater sense of self-acceptance and self-love… and that’s empowering.
HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY LADIES. xoxo