Posts tagged #empowerment

Self-Love September

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September is the beginning of a new school year for many people, and I encourage you to consider taking this month and making it a new chance to grow and learn by making it a month of self-love - the first semester in the School of You if you like :)

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The idea is that every day - all 30 of them - for the month,  you write down one reason why you love yourself. A positive attribute you possess that brings you pride, or should. You can write this down in your daytimer or journal,  calendar, or just on a piece of paper but I encourage you to write it down and not just input your self-love reasons on a cell phone because you will want to be able to access this page for a long time. From past experience, cellphones don't last as long as books do and this exercise is one that you should keep for as long as possible and refer to often. You could of course use technology however I still suggest printing the final product as a keepsake. 

By the end of the month you will have a list that should instill a sense of confidence and appreciation for yourself that perhaps was not there before, or not as strong. 

To help you here are some suggestions for qualities that you may possess and wish to add to your list of lovable characteristics:

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I offer these words because I would encourage you to think along the lines of who you are, what you stand for, how you move through your life as opposed to how long your hair is or how perky your derriere. As Antoine de Saint-Exupery said "what is essential is invisible to the eye." 

Never forget that who you are on in the inside is far more important that what you look like. When you realize that, you will experience a great sense of #empowerment.

 

Posted on September 1, 2018 .

5 Must Read Books

There is nothing quite as empowering as reading

and there is nothing quite as enjoyable as curling up with a good book, one that introduces you to unique and compelling characters who struggle with circumstances you can never imagine, or perhaps can imagine only too well as something similar happened to you. Hopefully by the end of the story you have made a new or two. Studies show that reading novels builds empathy, as we learn about the conflicts other people (either real or imagined) have survived and we learn a little about humanity and feel part of something bigger than our own little lives.   

Below are some books I've recently read and enjoyed thoroughly and hope you may as well. The heroines of the novels are all young and sassy and their voices ring authentic and heartfelt and spending time with them was a real treat. 

These books are not necessarily recent releases, just ones I've recently read so the pleasure of their company is fresh in my mind and I wanted to share.     

 

Happy reading beautiful people! 

I hope April is good for you. 

 

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Celebrating Anaïs Nin

On this day in 1903, Anaïs Nin was  born. She was a writer of erotic fiction back in an age (the 1930's) when this was defiantly not the norm, and indeed, her books were so ahead of their time and risqué that they didn't see the light of publication until decades after she wrote them.

When Anaïs was a young woman in Paris, she met fellow writer Henry Miller and they enjoyed a tumultuous and passionate love affair which triggered an intellectual and sensual awakening in Anaïs, which in turn acted as a catalyst for her to write. 

I first stumbled upon her work when I was in college and I had never read anything quite like her books 'Little Birds' or 'Delta of Venus' and they prompted an awakening in myself. They shocked me, they delighted me, they showed me that a woman can live a full and sensuous life if only she has the courage to do so. To me, that is a form of empowerment. 

I'd like to pay tribute to her here with a dozen of her most beautiful and empowering quotes.  

Posted on February 21, 2017 .