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3 Women To Watch Who Are Making A Difference

Raise your hand if you celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th. We did and we’re still feeling on top of the world and empowered, which is why we are excited to share three incredible women who are doing great things not only for other women, but for others around the world.

EMMA WATSON

We’ve known her for years as J. K. Rowling’s fictional character, Hermione, in Harry Potter, but did you know that actress Emma Watson is not only a talented British actress but also an ethical fashion pioneer, activist for women’s equality and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador? It’s true!

Over the last few years, one of the many issues Emma has gotten people to think more about is where and how clothes are made. For years, she’s had a love for fashion, which then turned into a passion for supporting ethical and sustainable fashion. It was during her press tour for Beauty and the Beast in 2017 that she documented the lovely outfits she was wearing and also explained how each look was sourced and made. While each outfit may not have necessarily been practical for everyday life, she simply made a difference by bringing attention to problems in the fashion world and making people think before they shop.

A super cool moment (we still have on the brain) was when Emma attended the Met Gala in 2016 and turned heads when she wore a gown made from recycled plastic bottles. Yes, you read that right…recycled plastic bottles! She shared the vision behind the gown on her Facebook page: “Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the Met Gala proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together.”

Thanks to Emma for shining the light on an issue and topic we should certainly think and learn more about! Want more about her recycled gown? We thought you did, so click here!

LARAYIA GASTON

Helping the homeless might not be what you would picture this beautiful woman having a passion for, but she does! In fact, Larayia Gaston has a non-profit organization called Lunch On Me, which has a sole mission to ending starvation all while focusing on the mind, body and spirit of the homeless in LA.

Reaching nearly 10,000 people a month, Larayia’s organization feeds the homeless on Skid Row. And it’s not just one meal a week, it’s six organic meals a week. Why organic? Larayia has said that she herself eats organic and when this idea came to her, she decided that these people deserve the same quality, nutritious food she was eating. It was then that she partnered with local businesses and restaurants to redistribute organic food that would ultimately be wasted.

Being a firm believer that healing includes self-love, Larayia, along with volunteers, sits, talks, listens and builds relationships with people. She has also helped to organize things like yoga classes and healing gatherings to further meet the needs of others and heal their minds, bodies and souls. She said, “We are revolutionizing unity and empowerment for those who are broken and in search for hope. We are using our light to shine on the often invisible.”

Talk about a being selfless…wow! If you want to learn more about Larayia’s mission, organization and even donate to Lunch On Me, you can do that by clicking here.

ASHLEY GRAHAM

Super model, judge from America’s Next Top Model, TV host and author are just a few of the accomplishments and projects Ashley Graham has taken part in over the years, but her true mission…advocating for self and body acceptance.

Over the years, Ashley has not been shy about showing her own body. In fact, she has used it as a tool to open the door and discuss subjects many women are self-conscious about such as weight, cellulite, clothing sizes and more. In interviews, Ashley has expressed that she does not like the term “plus size” because when that term is used, it instantly puts women in a category and assumption that they are not healthy, they eat poorly, they don’t exercise and don’t care as much about their bodies.

Even though she has graced the covers of magazines like Vogue, Elle and Glamour (to name a few), Ashley has not and will not allow herself and other women to be put in a category. At one point in her modeling career, she considered giving up her profession due to the insecurities and self-conscious feelings she had about her own body. Thanks to her mother, who told her that her body could change lives and help other women, she kept going and didn’t give up.

Since then she’s been paving the way for body positivity by embracing her own body and doing so with confidence. She also has not been afraid to take on the fashion industry and be a voice for real women, helping to redefine the global image of beauty. One of Ashley’s most inspiring speeches to date was when she made a moving TED Talk in 2015. Click here to see what she said, hear more about her story and how she became her very own role model.

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We hope you found something inspiring about one, if not all three of these incredible women who are not afraid to take a stand and who are striving to make a change. As the saying goes, “Empowered women, empower women” and we certainly feel empowered after learning more about Emma, Larayia and Ashley!

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6 Ways to Find Self-Love and Be Empowered

From doing what truly makes you happy, to letting go of what’s dragging you down, finding even the simplest ways to love yourself will empower you and lead you to do great things. So, take note and try applying even just one of these 6 things to your life today!

GIFT YOURSELF HAPPINESS

We all feel good when we’re happy. When we take the time to do the things that make us happy, that positivity trickles into all other areas of our lives. A happy person feels empowered and motivated to do more; that can make a HUGE difference at work, at home and with friends and family.

So, find time to do what makes you happy, girl! Even if it’s as simple as indulging in your favorite coffee drink or buying that pair of fab shoes you’ve been eyeing for weeks. You’re worth it!

FORGIVE YOUR FAILURES

There’s no avoiding it: Failure is a part of life. We all experience it and, oftentimes, it’s our failures that lead us to something even better. Don’t tear yourself down when you fail; instead, build yourself up! Get back up and try, try, try again! When you face failure, embrace it. Learn from it. Grow!

EMBRACE YOUR STYLE

Those with a great amount of self-love often ROCK and OWN their personal style, whether it’s low-key, all about comfort or dressing to the nines. You may love to wear sneakers all day every day (you may even have the same pair in 20 different colors!) while your BFF wouldn’t dare be caught without heels. You both feel 100% when you wear what your heart desires, no matter the current trend or what others may think. This, ladies, is the definition of self-love. When we embrace who we are and our personal style, there’s only one way to feel…EMPOWERED!

(We bet you all those knock-’em-dead style days all include lashes though, are we right? 😉 )

DON’T SETTLE

Of course, every aspect of our lives can’t \go exactly how we’d like it to, but we can always strive for more; we don’t have to settle! Even the small steps make a difference. Think about your job, your relationship, your health—decide what it is you want to improve, then embrace the journey. First, find the drive and motivation to reach your goals, then set out to achieve them. That can-do attitude in itself is empowering!

Self-love means not settling. Self-love is knowing you’re capable and deserving of more!

LET GO

Whether it’s a friend, relationship or habit that is bringing you down…let it go. It can be easier said than done but finding true self-love means having the courage to let go of the people or things that we know are not good for us. Love yourself enough to let go and see how free you feel when you do!

BE SELFISH

As women, we are always putting others before ourselves. We feel like it’s our job to make sure everyone’s needs are met before even thinking about our own. But how about we let you in on a little secret? It’s OKAY to be selfish sometimes! That’s right, we said it! It’s okay to be selfish.

If you need to cancel your dinner plans just to stay at home on the couch with your dog, in your PJs and in front of your favorite chick-flick, do it! If you need to say no to the tenth birthday party your child has been invited to this month, do it! If you need to let your husband handle the kids for half a day while you go to the spa, get your lashes done or simply go shopping ALONE, do it!

Instead of always taking one for the team, let the team give you one every now and then. It’s good for the soul, for your relationships and your sanity. Love yourself enough to be selfish from time to time and see what a difference it can make!

Is there something you do when it comes to self-love that makes you feel empowered and gives your soul a boost? We’d love to know! Please comment and share your self-love tip below!

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10 Ways to Empower YOURSELF

As we are making our way through the new year, one goal we should all have  should not only be working to empower others, but also ourselves! See below for 10 ways you can empower yourself and start NOW!

1. Find your passion

Whether it’s art, academia, writing, tech, fashion, charity, animals, food, reading, etc find something that you love and care about. It may not happen overnight but vision boards and Pinterest are great tools to help you. When you find something you love you will be more committed and focused to giving your time to it accordingly. (via medium.com)

2. Don’t wait around…Take action

The surefire way to tell the difference between a regular team member and an empowered one is to see how they handle work. Empowered people don’t wait around for someone else to walk them through a challenge, they come up with an action plan to accomplish the task at hand. Own your job! (via jonschultz.com)

3. Kindness

Be consciously kinder to you. The more you do for you, the better you’ll feel. Each kindness will make you want more. It helps you focus on you and believe that you deserve good. Give yourself a break when you’re tired. Take a bath. Buy the lotion or coffee that costs a few dollars more than the cheap brand. Self-kindness can blossom into self-love from which self-empowerment can grow. (via beliefnet.com)

4. Tidy up

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin

Steve Jobs began leading Apple in 1997 and then began one of the largest-scale cleanups in history. Within a year, Jobs had cancelled 70 percent of Apple’s products and turned a $1 billion loss into a $700 million profit. What soon followed was a series of ground-breaking and now-ubiquitous products: the iPod, iMac, iPhone, and iPad. You don’t have to re-make a multimillion-dollar company to start making improvements in your professional life. Begin with your office or home work space. Remember, there would be no iPhone without a clear space for its development. So clear out the clutter to make room for new ideas and innovations. (via cnbc.com)

5. Set the right kind of goals

The mother of one of my friends has the mantra: “small successes, not big failures.” While there’s nothing wrong with having big, lofty goals … be sure you’re setting reasonable goals that you can accomplish. Short-term measurements of success can help build your confidence (and empower you) with each achievement. Whereas, if your measure of success is this big, lofty goal you’ve set that may take years to achieve, your confidence won’t grow as quickly. Long term goals stretch out the path to success —build your confidence and empower yourself every day. (via jonschultz.com)

6. Raise up others

As Maya Angelou said: “When you know better you do better.” None of us can be successful without the help of others and vice versa. Take time to mentor or be a mentee. Attend speaking engagements or conferences. Be a supportive friend. Showing up can take on many forms, but the key is to be present and have empathy for your sisters. (via medium.com)

7. Let go

Let go of negative people. We absorb other people’s negativity. That’s why it’s good to avoid the negative or toxic ones who bring you down and make you feel like you’re not capable. If you want to keep one in your life, limit time spent with that person. And ask that they not make the negative comments. If they do, leave. Love yourself enough to not allow negative people to hurt you. (via beliefnet.com)

8. Have a self care day

Even Superwoman can use a spa day. Take one day of the week (or at least a few hours) to binge that Netflix series you’ve been eyeing, catch up on some sleep, take a bath with some tea, or have a spa day with a girlfriend. Feeling rejuvenated and relaxed will make you more productive the rest of the week. (via medium.com)

9. Take action to seize opportunity

Business owner, investor, and philanthropist Richard Branson is known worldwide for his many successful ventures. His net worth totals over $5 billion dollars. Less known is the story of how his airline, Virgin Airways, came into being.

Branson was in his late 20s, waiting for a flight to the Virgin Islands, when he found out that his flight was being cancelled. Not having any other options, he took the initiative, writing “Virgin Airlines $29” on a blackboard and walking around the airport. Using the money to finance it, he chartered a plane then and there and took himself and his happy passengers to their destination. When you encounter a problem, consider a direct solution, even if you haven’t worked out all the details. You may be surprised at what you are capable of.(via cnbc.com)

10. Adopt a Positive Mindset

Never underestimate the power of a positive mindset. The mind is a very powerful entity that controls everything within our inner being. Thinking positively through all situations gives women a sense of calm, a peace of mind, happiness, productivity and a full feeling of self-worth. There is nothing a woman cannot do with a positive mindset. Maintaining the daily habit of being aware of what and how the mind is thinking allows women to pick and choose their thoughts by being in control of their mental state. Thinking positively helps women confidently solve problems and face life’s daily challenges with a smile, knowing that everything will work out to their benefit and the benefit of others. (via lifehack.org)

Want more? Check out this post: 4 Ways Women Can Truly Empower Women

 

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4 Ways Women Can Truly Empower Women

The saying is true, “When women empower women, incredible things happen!” There are so many ways we can empower, uplift, embrace and motivate each other, which is why today we’re sharing 4 Ways Women Can Truly Empower Women. Take note and if you have an inspiring story or tip for other women, please leave us a comment below and share!

Be A Mentor

Mentoring has become a great tool in imparting knowledge, skills and expertise to others. Apart from paying it forward, female mentors can also receive the rewarding experience from helping someone to be the best version of themselves.

Mentors will get a front-row seat in guiding someone else’s journey and watching their progress grows. Imagine seeing your female mentee rise to the top thanks to your encouragement, advice and support. Isn’t that inspiring? Remember, every contribution matters in transforming aspiring women into successful leader themselves. (via thefemalehustlers.com)


Share Your Story

We feel isolated and imperfect when comparing ourselves to other women because of the facades we all are guilty of putting up. We can demonstrate unrealistic presentations of ourselves, our lives, our careers, our families and anything that we may be fearful or unwilling to show vulnerability about. We don’t ever want to find ourselves at the other end of that nasty girl-gossip I mentioned earlier.

The truth is, we’re all tremendously imperfect, and in a way that’s the perfect remedy to all of the complexities of human life. We aren’t alone. Sharing your stories for other women to cry with you, rejoice with you and feel comfort in their own struggles and short-comings is a surprisingly simple way to make a real impact. You can do this for a mass audience, like writing for a blog or just in your daily life. Be who you are, and by doing so you’ll make other women feel like they can be who they are too. (via huffingtonpost.com)


Celebrate Other Women’s Achievements

If another woman impresses you, say so. If you think she’s doing a great job, tell her, and if possible, tell her boss, too. If a woman you work with has a great idea in a meeting, thank her for sharing it, and make sure nobody else tries to take credit for it. (via likeabossgirl.com)


Show That You Care

Empowering women starts right in our families, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Write a note of thanks to that teacher who encouraged you years ago, pick up coffee for that new mom in your office who’s struggling to balance it all, or tell your own sister, daughter, or mother how much you appreciate them. (via worldvision.org)