I have a thought, an idea, for International Women’s Day:
Support at least one woman in your life today.
Sure, you probably do this on a daily basis, but maybe today you can stretch yourself to touch someone you haven’t touched in a while and give them some love, some hope, some faith, some gratitude, some help, and maybe even some inspiration.  If you can reach out to multiple women today, even better!
It seems so silly, but this idea came to me after, what I’m calling, my Sunshine Drunk-Dial.  This morning was the perfect pre-spring “Spring” day of sunshine and warm breeze and it made me feel a little high.  I swear, “high on sunshine” is a real thing!  And it is one of the purest and healthiest states of bliss you can consume.   I didn’t even have to sit in the sunshine – I enjoyed this anecdotal drug driving to and from errands – so I guess it was more of like a contact high.
Consequently, I was looking through my phone for someone in particular when I started scrolling through my list of contacts and noticed there sure were a lot of names of friends (most of them women) who I hadn’t reached out to in forever.  Granted, I had a long stretch of personal challenges which ended with the biggest blessing of a gift – my son – and I had been in a fog for what seemed like forever.  It’s normal to disappear for awhile when you have a lot going on, and it is par for the course to disappear when you have just had a baby.
But something inside me today told me to look through that list and just call a few of those women I admired for various reasons just to do a simple thing: to say hi and let them know I was thinking of them.
So what do you think?  Do you want to celebrate and support a woman in your life today?
Here are a few ideas how: 
  1. Call a friend and tell her you are thinking of her. Even better, tell her how much she means to you and that you are grateful for her.
  2. Purchase something from a fellow female business owner, whether she has a brick-and-mortar shop or at at-home/online business.
  3. Send her a referral who might have interest in her business or product.
  4. Tell your female leader or boss how much you appreciate her leadership and the opportunity to work with her.
  5. Praise a co-worker for doing something right.
  6. Look to your employees and give them some inspiring words.
  7. Share an opportunity with a friend who might be looking for change.
  8. Tell a fellow mom that she is doing a great job raising her kids and being there for her family.
  9. Donate to a charitable cause supporting women, whether it is someone you know personally or even on a grander scale.  Here is one that my company is sponsoring with a company match –> Stronger Together/buildOn.  {It’s a cause supporting women through education.}
  10. If she is the best candidate out there in your eyes, vote for a woman who is running in an election.  And then share with your community what you see in her so they might see in her what you see in her.
  11. If you have a daughter or a granddaughter, or a niece or a daughter of a friend, do or share something with her that lets her know that she can do or be anything that she wants to be with hard work, faith, and determination.
  12. Share a story of a phenomenal, history-making female with someone in a generation younger than you.
  13. Pay a fellow female a compliment.  Whether it is her shoes, her courage, or the way she loves on her children, I promise you, this will make her day!
Again, if you can, do more than one of the above and/or for more than one woman in your life.  Don’t just think of the ones who are most important to you either.  Think outside of the box and work to be a blessing to someone very unexpectedly.
Do you have any other ideas on how to support women today?  Please share below!  And feel free to share how you encouraged or helped a woman today.
“A woman is human. She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man.  Likewise, she is never less.”  ~Vera Nezarian 
“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.” — Virginia Woolf

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4 Ideas for Making the Most of Leap Day

by Michelle on February 29, 2016

A lot can happen in 4 years.  Think about it.  Where were you last Leap Day?  And what has changed in your life since then?  I sit back and think on my past 4 years and see not just the challenges I faced, but what I have overcome and what new blessings have appeared, and all because of choices I had made.  I made decisions – big decisions – which would alter my future, for better.
So Leap Day.  What is it, exactly?  I read that it catches us up with the Gregorian calendar.  Ok.  Cool.  So there is your technical answer.  But this year’s Leap Day does not have to be “just another day,” or even more depressing, “Just another Monday.”  Instead, it is another opportunity.  It is a gift.  Each day is a new beginning, so Leap Day is another start.  It is an extra day that is an extra reminder to DO SOMETHING with our lives.
So what can you DO to celebrate Leap Day today ?  Here are a few quick ideas:
  1. Reach your Goals – Listen. For those of you who had February goals, today is the greatest gift to you!  Typically today would be March 1st, the day you might find yourself sulking because you didn’t hit your goals.  Any other common year today would be March 1st!  But it’s not!  It’s still February, friends!  Get out there and hit those goals!  You have a WHOLE DAY to get crackin’, so let’s go!
  2. Stretch Yourself and Surpass Your Goals – Because why not?  If you had anything you were working toward, why sit out today?  You can celebrate and relax tomorrow.  Finishing out your month strong is only way to finish out a month.  It’s a win-win: you either do even better this month, so that next month, you will stretch yourself even further (because you are sitting here proving you can do even more than you ever thought you could), OR, it doesn’t develop into anything more than you what already reached…except for the fact that it gets you closer to your next month’s goal proactively.  Who doesn’t love a jump start?
  3. Start Something New – Because by your “First” anniversary, 4 years will have passed.  Can you imagine what you could be celebrating by then?  And how far you have come?  Why not turn today into Leap Of Faith Day?  Why not consider something you have never done before, maybe even something you never, ever thought you’d do, and see what happens?  Do you truly have one good reason not to, or are you excusing you out of your own greatness?  Remember, in 4 years, a lot can happen.  No one is expecting you to be an overnight success.  Remember, with every ending lies a new beginning.  Instead of seeing today as the last day of the month, as something that can fall by the way side, see today as a way to close one door and enter into another one. Say yes to a unique opportunity and watch your own greatness reveal itself over the next 4 years.
  4. RESTART Something – For all of the same reasons of #3.  Perhaps as you reflect on the past 4 years, you see value in something that you didn’t quite give your all.  Or maybe life happened (it did to me).  Maybe you had other priorities for awhile.  It’s ok, that doesn’t mean you have to say good-bye forever.  Life DOES happen; it can throw us off our game and maybe even put us on the sideline for awhile.  But it’s still there – it’s still a great opportunity or gift in your life just sitting there waiting for you to breathe life back into it.  Put those game shoes back on and DO IT.  And do it today.
Not quite ready to leap?  At least commit yourself to taking a small step.  Progress is progress.  But don’t do that until tomorrow.  Tomorrow can be “Small Step Day.”  Because TODAY – today is LEAP DAY.
“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.”  ~Marilyn Ferguson 

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How to Pay a Compliment

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How to Dream Again: Top 4 Ways

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