Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Morning Motivator - Stand Out Of The Crowd!

Remember the days of just wanting to be a part of the "in-crowd"?  Maybe you were always a part of it but felt lost in the requirements of  membership and the sameness.  How wonderful it is Woman Enough, that you can stand alone, beautiful, strong and amazing - where you are, how you are, and who you are right now.  You DAZZLE today!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Curves - The Loveliest Lines

Curve: The loveliest distance between two points. ~Mae West

Mae West was a vixen, a vamp, and a visionary.  She was a woman before her time in actions, in words, and determination.  The world tried but could not tell her who to be.  Society did not chain her into a role.  Censors couldn't hold her back.  She refused to walk the straight line that social convention had laid in front of her.  Instead, she barreled down the path, taking the curves at full speed. We knew her as the silver screen lovely that mesmerized the gentlemen.  She knew herself as a woman with a plan to succeed in a time and place in history that railed against it.

Mae West was a Woman Enough.  She knew who she was. Inner strengths drove her.  Outer strengths defied social expectations of her day.  She embraced her feminine power. Though labeled a seductress by her peers, she knew she was lovely, powerful, capable and strong - curves and all.

We are often judged for our curves - be they actual or metaphorical.  We are told to change to conform. 

Enlarge this curve and shrink that one.  
Toughen up if you're going to play in the big leagues. 
Base your decisions on logic, not emotion.
It's just business.
Cover this but show that.  

It doesn't really matter where the messages come from; they come from everywhere, including each other (and yes... Women Enough, we need to stop that...). What matters is that each one of these messages is trying to pull us from both ends and straighten out the twists, turns and curves of the landscape of who we are. 

But, our femininity is an unstoppable force.

We exist in a world that is complicated, competitive, and requires a certain amount of moxie to navigate. But as women, we have a built in tool that makes us shine. It makes us unique. It contains all we need to simply get the job done, PLUS amazing things that make the job shine. It is a mighty strength. It is a synonym for determination, shine, power, empathy, sympathy, love, fierceness, courage, relationship, emotion, wisdom, gentleness, passion, understanding, and tenacity.  It is the feminine greatness that propels us and our world forward.  It is that power that keeps our world simply from existing in an endless number of seconds ticking on the clock, to a vibrant living experience. The curves of femininity breath beautiful life into the harsh, straight lined world.

In a given amount of space between two points, a curved line covers far more distance, and is a much more interesting route that the straight shot.  The curved line takes the trip from a mere task of movement to a journey. It is the loveliest distance between two points. 

Woman Enough, we were created the lovelier and curvier creature. Embrace the curves of who you are. Own them today. A curve truly is the loveliest distance between two points.  What "curves" will you embrace today?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Resiliency: That Stretchy Super Hero Ain't Got Nothing On Us!

The resiliency of women is unparalleled. Regardless of what we face, we find a way to carry on... because we must. It's in our make up; it's who we are - amazing, beautifully and wonderfully made beings.

It would be wonderful if every day could be full of hearts and flowers and happiness. But we all know that is not reality. The reality is we face challenges - every day in some way. Some are bigger than others, but challenges none the less.  This is not a warm, fuzzy, hearts and flowers filled piece of encouragement - the kind that we would like to see in a perfect world. Instead it is straight forward truth and empowerment - the things that as Women Enough we live out everyday. 

It is a reminder that we are the definition of resilient. 

There is never an argument that men aren't pulled and stressed in life... they are. However, as women we are called upon by nature, by society, and by our own conscience to be continually giving. There is a constant sacrifice of body, mind, and emotion that creates stressors, pressures, and stretching that are seemingly unending. Through it all, we keep going. Knots, kinks, pulls, pushes, compressions, morphing, twisting - we come back from it. It is a testament to our resiliency.  Remember that stretchy super hero guy? We put him to shame.    

We are called upon by nature  to be the bearers and vessels that bring fourth new life.  It is noble and blessed that we have been privileged with the ability for this. However, we literally give of our bodies so that another human can have life and breath.  Our bodies change and and are stressed through the process, but in the miracle of womanness, we return with a vengeance and strength. 

Even if our biological path does not include bearing life, as women our hearts bear  the give, the responsibility and love as we live for others on a daily basis.  Whether children, spouses, friends, community members, women's hearts extend and wrap around those we care for. Our hearts and emotions are special as they are the driving force in how we are in the world.  Often we give far beyond what our hearts can take, but still, even in their breaking, we find the a place to pull even more from.  No matter how much is given or how empty it may feel at times, it returns to the place that is was before - and we carry on. 

We stand up to social expectations and are thrown down again and again. We are hurt, battered and bruised. Still we stand up again. History is full of women who, regardless of persecution and judgment, moved on and carried on.  And even though we may not each be named as a part of a recorded historical moment, in small ways, everyday, we each do the same as we stand up for a friend, a loved one or even ourselves. Our world would not be the same if it weren't for the resiliency of women. 

In the face of illness, we move on and care for. In the stresses of jobs and finance, we move forward and do what we need to do to get the job done. In the expectations of society - having to do it all, having to be it all, and doing it all with some level of perfection, we still maintain a loving heart. The challenges, changes and pressures we face we can probably each identify, but collectively are far too great to name or number. Even in their vastness, they are not stronger than our ability to bounce back.  Pressures and forces have tested us through time. They do not ever win. It is not an easy battle, but we get up. That makes us truly amazing. 

Woman Enough - We still stand. We do it because we have too. It's who we are. Respect, embrace and expect your resilience.