When I started to draft this specific blog post, I had two items on my calendar that would be in the form of women empowerment. One was going to see Michelle Obama speak on her book tour! Unfortunately this hasn’t worked out (I had to realistically look at where my life is right now and know that March is about to get crazy-more on that later), so I passed my tickets onto another person who can fully enjoy the event! I did receive Michelle Obama’s new book for Christmas, so I will be hopefully finishing that in the near future.
Women empowerment wasn’t something that was high on my radar. I always believed that women can do anything a man can do, but hadn’t gotten involved in any type of women’s movement. It’s never been my thing to be out in the spotlight or doing things that might be considered controversial!
As I’ve gotten older I do feel more compelled to be amongst other like-minded women to try to make a difference in this world. There are still a lot of areas in life and the workplace where women are valued less than men. Both with pay status and job titles. However, I do feel there is a positive shift in that, and that’s exciting to see and be a part of.
So this year I call this the year of empowerment. I hope it transpires into a year of learning new things and trying new things that will add a lot of value to my life as well as those around me.
In June I am thrilled to be heading to Minneapolis to attend the Rise Conference that author and motivational speaker, THE Rachel Hollis, puts on. Getting a ticket was similar to that of Charlie Bucket getting that golden ticket to see Willy Wonka. It is a two-day conference that will have many other speakers to guide us through exercises, talks, etc. And on Saturday night, the last night of the conference, it ends with a dance party. Need I say more? Anyway, if you haven’t heard of it or can’t make it, Rachel Hollis’ documentary “Made for More” is now available on Amazon Prime Videos (free if you have Prime)!!! This follows her on the road to her first Rise conference. It gives you a glimpse into her mission and what it took to get her to that point! I just started streaming this in the background and man, game changer to my day already! I promise, carve out 2 hours to watch it, and you will see why this woman is helping other woman find their potential and truly live their best life.
My involvement in my Boss Ladies Who Brunch community is also a large part of my journey of women empowerment and self empowerment. The idea of Boss Ladies Who Brunch came to me when I was thinking about creating a community that any woman could be a part of that would provide them with positivity and support. As a woman I think it can be very challenging to find the right group of people who provide you support that you need at different stages of life. Yes, we may all have our groups of friends and our family, but there are no doubt times in life where sometimes the views of those close to us, don’t always align with our beliefs or hopes and dreams. It can feel isolating feeling misunderstood and that your thoughts aren’t realistic.
The Boss Lady community is all about just that: community. It doesn’t matter to me what your profession is. You can be a stay at home mom, a recent retiree, or a CEO of a business. To me, when it comes down to it, we are all women, who have dreams and goals, and to get to them, we all have to work for them but also have the proper support and positive energy. I believe that finding and being part of a community that fits your needs can be so beneficial to your life & your life goals.
For me, I hope that 2019 continues to inspire me and lead me to great things and to great people. Connecting to others who are similar to me and inspire me to do more and be more, is one of the best feelings!
Are you part of an organization or group that has helped change your life? That has inspired you to do more? What do you look for when joining an organization? Let me know if the comments below!
Be empowered. Be inspired.