Friday’s Child Is Loving And Giving: Inspiring Women
March 27 2015

Fashionista style Kali – the Hindu Goddess associated with empowerment

As promised in my first Friday’s Child Is Loving And Giving feature, I am continuing to share with you the blog posts, articles, videos, and quotes that I have discovered over the past month.

During March there was a big emphasis on celebrating women and all their amazing achievements thanks to International Women’s Day on 8th March and Mothering Sunday.

Women are sensory creatures – we use our senses to “make sense” of our world – we see, hear, feel (both consciously and unconsciously), smell and taste our worlds. Yet very often we feel or are made to feel it is a “weakness” to show emotion. In my opinion, we need to take ownership of our feelings and apologetically use them to our advantage. We, as women, need to be authentic in our sentiments for that originality is our power. And as they say “with power comes responsibility” a responsibility to inspire, empower, and shine.

Here are my 5 favorite recent blog posts championing all things feminine:

Now lets get physical. Worried about what people think when you exercise? You’re not alone. Fear of judgement is stopping many women from taking part in physical activity. But it doesn’t have to.

This Girl Can celebrates the women who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get. They’re here to inspire us with this awesome video to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.

My favorite quote that I discovered this month is by Meryl Streep (or not as the case maybe?) It perfectly articulates everything I feel and I think is a very strong, empowering message to all women …

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack  of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience or anyone who does not deserve my patience.”

Last but no means least, I couldn’t write a post promoting girl power without mentioning that Barbie celebrated her 56th birthday on 9th March! Here’s a fun article illustrating nine reasons why Barbie is the hottest 50+ woman on the planet as well as explaining the true philosophy behind Barbie which is to show girls, of all ages, that they can be anything they want to be. Or as Barbie says “If you can dream it, you can be it”!