So, this came up in my Facebook memories yesterday. My second blog post ever. Feeling all sentimental this week since it was our 8th blogiversary on Monday, so I thought I’d do a little #ThrowbackThursday in honor of anniversary week.
Wow, how times have changed (like the weight gain since this post), and yet still remain the same!
Today we celebrate the 8th anniversary of a blog that was born out of feeling stuck, on the fence, alone, confused, and wanting to create a space for women to get inspired, get off the fence, grow, succeed and thrive. You have made that happen. I am grateful for this community who has stood by me in my darkest hours, my greatest triumphs, and given me a safe place to be authentic myself. You have also helped each other, and inspired each other into action. Never underestimate the power of a few simple words on a page.
This year I am celebrating our Blogiversary by flying to Toronto to attend an evening of women’s empowerment for WIFT (Women In Film and Television), and you can follow that journey on my social media channels.
Workforce analysts predict that by 2018, more than half of American small businesses will be run by women.
Just let that soak in for a moment…
Every March, Women’s History Month celebrates the storied accomplishments of women in American history. Successful women have played a vital role in shaping the course of life in America and around the world, and that role is only growing with time.
So when I can share a great one with you, WomenOnTheFencers, I love it!
With back to school upon us and Canadian Thanksgiving next month in October, this time of year is all about managing the busyness of our lives. I wanted to draw your attention today to something cool that Aeroplan is doing that is reaaaallly exciting! For those that might not remember, I have proudly been Aeroplan’s Brand Ambassador for a few years now.
“I’ve found another position, and will be leaving at the end of the month.”
Do you dream of saying that to your boss, but can’t?
Life makes us put major changes on hold sometimes. For one reason or another, you may have to stay on the fence between a job you hate, and finding something new.
While you’re biding your time, waiting for the opportunity to escape from the soul crushing grind, you could just drift through your days, putting in the bare minimum. Or instead, you could make a conscious decision to do something for yourself, and get whatever good you can out of your current position.
Happy September, also knows as National Yoga Awareness Month!
When I look at how I manage the everyday juggle and grind, there is one thing that keeps me most grounded through it all. There is one thing, that no matter how stressed I am, or how frazzled I may be, that literally transforms my entire aura.
Where is our joy located? It’s an odd question. Perhaps you think joy is in your heart, or maybe you experience joy as a state of mind.
It turns out, according to scientists, joy originates in the limbic system of the brain—the part of the brain that controls emotion, behavior, and long-term memory. Unlike happiness, which is a cognitive experience based in the brain’s neocortex, joy is an emotion we feel without conscious thought. We feel joy without thinking about it, and we can train our brains to feel it often.
EMOTIONS ARE HABITUAL
Just like any repetitive action, our emotional state becomes a habit. For most of my life, my emotional habit was some version of fear. From the time I was a small child, I was a perpetual worrier. I have a vivid memory of being 4 years old in a restaurant with my mom and her then-boyfriend, who happened to be a professional clown. The clown was entertain-ing, the meal was my favorite, but I couldn’t stop worrying about everything.
If Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow had been a Katy Perry song instead of a book, it would have been the anthem of the late 80s and early 90s. This advice didn’t stop there. On June 12, 2005, Steve Jobs, then CEO of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios, delivered the commencement address at Stanford. Perhaps the most memorable quote from his address is:
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” -Steve Jobs