The 21st Century Woman
If you are still living and breathing, that alone really is enough, but, for those who may be having difficulty finding something to be thankful for, let me help you.
Each day is a gift. Tomorrow is not promised, and yesterday has already passed.
People are a gift. Relationships are a constant work in progress. No relationship can develop and grow without two main ingredients; love and respect. Love covers all fault, unselfishly gives, and remains faithful. Respect helps your love to grow, and your heart to understand in the most difficult situations and circumstances.
Having a healthy mind, body, and spirit is a gift. When your body is healthy you feel, look and act better. When your mind is clear from stress, frustration, and anxiety, you make better decisions, you speak with wisdom, and you respond with answers and solutions to solve not only your concerns but others. When your spirit is free, you are free to move about and soar.
I realize that the best season of the year is approaching and I find it interesting that the best is always presented last. It's like having a second chance to make a first impression. You can spend time with family members who you have not seen, or meet new people to spend time with. It's a very happy ebullient time of the year.
This has been a wonderful year for me thus far. I have attended a wedding and baby shower of one of my daughters; and I will be having a grand-son really soon. I am very excited! Very busy year for my family and I.
As I begin to prepare for the close of this year, I realize there is always room to grow, expand, learn, and have increase in your life no matter what season you are in. I have been able to adjust, thrive, and move with the currents of life.
As I continue to strive for perfection and set and meet goals and aspirations, I admonish you to do the same. Change is good. Seasons is good. Expansion is good. Growing is good. Learning is good. Take it all in while you push to the limit.
At the end of that season, when you have reached your destination or goal, only then will you realize it was all worth it!
It is so important for women to really take care of their entire being. In order to function properly you must maintain the spirit, soul, body, emotions, mind, and character. It is imperative to make sure these essentials are being cared for because of all the things that you deal with each day.
So many things are competing for your attention. As women, we have a tendency to over-extend ourselves without replenishing what has been utilized to help others, sometimes forgetting to help ourselves. Whether you are married with a family, or working with a family, or just working, you must maintain the proper balance in your life. The longevity of all of the responsibilities can sometimes take a toll on the human body and mind causing you to feel overwhelmed. Re-grouping is always recommended for replenishing.
Having healthy emotions will help control reactions to what others say or do to you. Being in complete control of yourself, your thoughts, and your emotions is a true sign of a person who knows how to replenish. The only person that you can control is yourself. You have complete control over your thoughts, actions, and reactions.
Most people really do not have this revelation. They spend their lives trying to control others when they can’t control themselves. Never give anyone that kind of power over you. It will drain you of your very existence. This is why it is so important to pay attention to whom you allow to come in and influence your life.
If a person is not in your Amen corner, shut them down. Do not allow them to enter into your courts. Keep them on the outer-court with all of their opinions and negativity. Let them watch you grow and prosper by looking afar off. You will feel better, and you will strive.
Replenish and re-group. You will feel better and have more energy to handle the cares of each day.
Whether it's progressive planning, aggressive planning, offensive planning, or defensive planning. Your potential financial security depends on it. Do it today!
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Re-group! Your financial future could depend on it. It is in your hands!
Every woman will
eventually need to make the decision in her life of when she would like to tip
the scale of balance between family and career. Some women have decided to give
70% to career and 30% to family, or 80% to family and 20% to career, or 50% to
either, etc. My point is that as a woman, we are typically in the position of both
primary child care and partner to our spouse. It is near impossible to devote
100% of your energy to both your family and career at the same time. The
balance of energy will tip to favor one side over the other.
I believe that
when I am ready to have a family, it will not diminish completely my
professional aspirations. It may cause me to have new and more important
aspirations. It may cause me to place my family or career above achieving the
next opportunity in that moment. When I make the decision, it should not be
regretful, because it should be what I decided was more important at that stage
in my life. If unexpected circumstances suggest otherwise, then own up to your
choices, dispel any feelings of bitterness, and create new opportunities.
Since people will likely last longer than company titles, and my last business trip was not nearly as fun as my last family vacation, I suspect that should I be forced to decide my predominate balance of energy, I know which way I will tip the scale.
International Women's Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.
1909: The first National Woman's Day was observed in the United States on 28 February. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
1910: The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women's Day, international in character, to honor the movement for women's rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Parliament. No fixed date was selected for the observance.
1911: As a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women's Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded women's rights to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.
Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women's rights and participation in the political and economic arenas. Increasingly, International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
This is a time to celebrate and honor the many accomplishments of women everywhere.
If you are like me you look forward to a new year. You can look back at the previous year and reflect back on your victories, failures, and over-all life choices.
Some things you wish you had not done, some things you wish you had not said, and some opportunities you realized you missed. Whatever the case may be 2013 is another chance to get it right.
I know some people never vow or make resolutions because they try so hard to be different, unique, and unpredictable. Sometimes it's good to let a person know what to expect from you or what you are trying to accomplish. Who knows, maybe they can assist you with your endeavor.
I have some very exciting events that will take place this year so stay tuned.
Enjoy Your Day!
“What do women want?” This is a question that has been asked by many, but, addressed by few. “What do women really want?” Some may even be afraid to answer.
Let me answer this question for you. Women want to be loved, appreciated, accepted, adored, cared for, acknowledged, rewarded, healthy, wealthy, remembered, respected, and paid attention to.
Women need to feel a sense of freedom that allows them to be whom they are as unique individuals. Their thoughts, ideals, suggestions, and input should be considered and heard when shared.
“What do women want?” Economic freedom to live comfortably in a lifestyle that’s suitable for each woman’s individual desire; suitability and comfort all wrap up in a nice stable environment with peace, and harmony, where their finances and self-worth are synchronized together without experiencing a deficit in their natural resources.
“What do women want?” To be remembered on their birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Sweethearts Day, Mother’s Day, Secretary’s Day, Christmas, and every day.
“What do women want?” An apology when you have wronged her, a raise when she has earned it and a promotion when she qualified for it.
“What do women want?” To be respected when you entreat her, and not mishandled when you see her.
“What do women want?” A child that will respect her, a husband that won’t reject her, and a Mother-in-law that won’t neglect her.
“What do women want?” To live in a world that acknowledges her presence, awards her contributions, and celebrates her existence.
Now that we understand each other, let’s help her get what she wants.
What advice can you give to young women when considering a career? What have you learned in your journey that you did not know that maybe would have made you re-direct your course? Are you satisfied with the choices that you have made so far and where you are today? Do you plan to have a family of your own someday?
Not many people are blessed to work in a career that they are truly passionate about because it is hard to turn your passion into a career. When you are choosing what you want to spend the majority of your time doing, you must make sure that it is something that you enjoy because that is exactly what it is, something you will spend a lot of time doing. When you are working a job you enjoy, it will be reflected in your work performance, attitude, and overall appearance.
I do not think there is anything that I have come across while on my journey I would change. I am still pretty young, in a developing stage and forever learning something new, my journey has been too short to tell. That also could be because I am still deciding the exact path I would like to take.
It is hard making the right decision the first time around, and though you are allowed second chances at times, no one can know exactly what will happen after certain decisions are made. There are always areas you can look back and wish you could have done something different. The point is to move forward and do better the next time around.
I would love to have a family of my own someday. Who knows what the future holds but God. I always thought I would be married with my first child at least by the age of 28. I am 23 years old, and I can still obtain that, even though it may take a little longer than I had anticipated. I think most girls like to plan how their 'family life' will turn out at a young age. I wanted to have two boys and two girls, a dog or two and a nice comfortable home. I do want a happy, healthy, family someday.
1. What advice can you give to women who would consider a career in the medical field or in public speaking? What have you learned in your journey that you did not know that maybe would have made you re-direct your course? Are you satisfied with your career choice and where you are today? How do you balance family and career?
For a woman that is considering a career in medicine or in public speaking (or both, as I do) I would say this – neither can be about the money. If you see that a career in healthcare is the right combination of your skills and your passion, then pursue it!
My biggest lesson was this: make sure that your life reflects your priorities. If raising a family is the most important part of your life, spend more hours a week doing that than doing anything else, or at least work towards that. Don’t assume that certain careers can’t be flexible – ask! Find mentors who are living the balance you want and ask how they achieved it.
Pick a life partner who has the same priorities as you. We achieve balance in our family because both my husband and I work flexible jobs. One of us is always home with our kids, and we have an awesome Grandma who is incredibly generous with her time. Many people are not as blessed as we are in that circumstance, so look at your life and figure out who cares enough to be a part of your village. If you can’t find those folks, go looking for a faith community or neighborhood or online support network that can translate in real life.
I love what I do, and a big part of that is having the flexibility to keep fine-tuning my course as I live. My best advice is to figure out what you want to achieve and then gather the people and education around you to have your best shot at making it real. If you don’t see a way there? Ask the people in your life that you respect, that are happy with their lives, for suggestions. You never know where these questions can lead you!