“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.”

W.E.B. Dubois

Women’s day:

August should be a month of introspection for all women.

Look at yourself, look at your life.

Are you who you want to be, are you where you want to be?

Contemplate the thought.

If you feel stuck, then this quote is for you:

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.”

Ayn Rand

“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Insisting on this story was a form of mind control, but for the most part, it worked.

Hello, fear. Thank you for being here. You’re my indication that I’m doing what I need to do.”

― Cheryl Strayed

I am a big believer in being strong, in taking charge of your own life.

I live by the words of  Diana Krall: “I pick myself up, dust myself off, start all over again.” 

I believe that your mind is powerful, the story you keep telling yourself can either hold you down or take you forward.

“It’s okay if you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise as the whole damn fire.”

Colette Werden

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

― Marianne Williamson

So sit down, have a cup of tea, and decide:

“Nobody’s going to do your life for you.

You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things befall you.

Self-pity is a dead-end road.

You make the choice to drive down it.

It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.”
― Cheryl Strayed

Having said that, the reality is that a lot of women are going through tough times.

Stay strong: the sun will always shine again.

And after a while, see that you will be able to look back and say:  “I am proud of the woman I am today because I went through one hell of a time to become her.” –Unknown

May you have a little sunshine in your day, a strong heart, a beautiful soul…

“It is impossible for you to go on as you were before, so you must go on as you never have.”
― Cheryl Strayed