Reflections: love, support and other things

I don’t know about you, but this year has been an absolute whilrwind!  I’ve been reflecting on how my life has changed considerably over the last 12 months.  I’m now a single mom after 14 years of marriage and the bread winner for a family of three.  Not everything I wanted to accomplish this year got done, but I did accomplish so incredibly much!

I feel incredibly lucky to look back on 2016 and realize that I’ve been absolutely surrounded by some totally amazing amounts of love and support.  Relying on other people has never come easily to me, but I also realize that I am not an island. The support of good friends really does make a huge difference in our successes.  I am blessed to have that support from a lot of different people over the last year.

My biggest accomplishment this year was writing my book “The Business of Confidence” and it’s companion journal “The Act of Confidence.”  Both were definitely a labor of love, and they both took considerable hours away from other things I hoped to accomplish, but they were certainly worth it.  I’m so thrilled to be reaching a far bigger audience with my message of self-love than my small studio could ever reach alone.  In the end, that is what this is all about for me.  Accepting myself and my own worth, and helping others to accept theirs.  I couldn’t have done it without the amazing people who surround me everyday.

What have you accomplished this year?  No matter how big or small, I truly believe that you have to celebrate those accomplishments to better celebrate yourself.

I challenge you to reflect on your year.  Where do you find your biggest source of support?  What forms of love have you been blessed with this year?  How will you use that love and support to spread more into this world?

reflection and support

Women supporting women

As you may know, March is Women’s History month.  And let’s face it, there are a LOT of amazing women throughout history.  As a sex, we’ve done some pretty some amazing things, despite being second class citizens for the majority of our time on this earth.  And those of us here in the United States have it very good, because there are many places in the world were women are not nearly as lucky.

The one thing that I find unfortunate about our current society is that we spend so much time judging one another, and so little time supporting each other.  We judge other women for their clothing choices, their lifestyle choices, their mates, their jobs, etc.  I choose to be different.

I choose to support and uplift my female counterparts.  We are all capable of amazing things, but we need to be reminded that we are capable of them.  Sometimes our worst critics are the voices inside our heads.  We can overcome those voices, but a little outside encouragement sure helps to drown them out.

We need to cheer each other on, celebrate each other’s achievements, and help each other to rise above.  That is how we make history.