This International Women's Day I want to celebrate the strong and the powerful women that have come forward to speak their mind, stand up against adversity and have shaped the way that us women live our lives. Being a woman can be confusing, tough and surprisingly overwhelming; however there are so many other women feeling the exact same way that it is so reassuring to know that we can lean on them physically if they are present in our lives or mentally through their written words. I wanted to share four of my absolute favourite quotes that I feel have resonated with me; and that may in fact help to support and encourage you as you make your way along your journey to being an absolute bad ass of a woman.
1. “No matter where you are in life, you'll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.” ― Sophia Amoruso
I used to care so much what other people thought of me, to the point that I was changing the way I was, to suit others. I then realised that was not productive to my journey of discovering who I was, nor was it productive through my journey as a woman. By caring what others think you are stopping your progress and not giving the world your authenticity; all you are doing is adding to the already fake, competition led world that many people live in. The minute I realised that I was going to be unapologetically myself, share my true and real opinions and progress through life the way I wanted too; was the minute that I truly became a boss.
2. “Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that you career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga
While the support of men in incredible and without which I wouldn't be stood where I am today; there can also be a hindrance to a woman when there is a man in their life. Never choose to follow a man, choose to stand beside them. You should be able to be your own independent woman and still have a man in your life without having to sacrifice who and what you stand for. I have previously lost my way, haltered my progress and changed myself because of a man; and the second I decided I would never do that again was the best step forward in my life that I could ever have taken!
3. “Strong women don't play victim, don't make themselves look pitiful, & don't point fingers. They stand & they deal.” ― Mandy Hale
I strongly believe that we are all victim of something; whether that is bullying, domestic abuse, trolling or a bad childhood... the list can go on. Unfortunately as women we can often find ourselves in quite frankly shitty situations, whether that is because of an idiot man, or equally because of an idiot fellow woman. Being a victim doesn't mean that we have to play up to that; it means we can share our experiences and use what has happened to us as a force to drive us forward. We must find a way to use the situation to find some form of change or positive outcome that will teach us a lesson for the future; rather than dwell on it. Get rid of the blame, get rid of the hate and resentment and absolutely own everything that has happened to you. It will make you the strongest woman in any room.
4. “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” ― Coco Chanel
Have you ever felt like you don't belong in an environment, or that you were not good enough at something... because you are a woman? SNAP! I am here to tell you that regardless of your gender you can do anything! I have felt under qualified, looked down upon, silly, out of place, objectified, not good enough and scared to do something simply because of the way I have been made to feel by someone of the opposite sex. Guess what; all of those feelings and thoughts are all utter crap - we can literally be whoever the hell we want to be. Want to be the only woman in a male team at work; go for it babe. Want to start your own business in male grooming; you do you hun. I work all day in a 'male dominated' industry and as a female market leader I am here to tell you that you are ENOUGH. Have the confidence to be exactly who you as a person choose to be and live your life doing exactly what you want; regardless of anyone else's opinion!
So there we have it; 4 influential quotes from 4 powerful women to live your life by! Always remember that as women we are strong, powerful and a force to be reckoned with!
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