I believe it’s vital for women to pay it forward and be supportive of each other and the work (both professional and personally) each other does. We need to share what we learn along the path and not hold it tight. We need to light the path for those younger women beginning their climb, so their voices and ideas can shine. Remember, we don’t have to be perfect at what we do. We just have to be perfectly us doing it.
If we turned our fears into a catalyst propelling us forward what would that look or sound like? How can you take your fear and use it as positive fuel? I’ll give you a very personal example. After 21 years with a company I loved, I walked away because I knew there was more. I was tired of feeling misunderstood and unappreciated. I was afraid I’d get used to that feeling and settle.
Our scars and baggage show the world we have made it this far on the journey. We’ve coped with the sadness, disappointments, and failures and still managed to find moments to celebrate and grow along the way.
It’s time to set jealousy and competition aside and celebrate the accomplishments of each of us. We need to share the lessons we’ve learned along the way so others realize their struggles are not in vain. We need to celebrate what makes each of us unique and special.
Over the holidays I took some time off work and indulged in what my husband calls “girl TV.” I love me some HGTV and DIY. I can watch hours and hours of Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gains or Rehab Addict with Nicole Curtis. I never get tired of seeing how they turn some of the most run down homes into beautiful homes. It dawned on me while I was watching what they do to those dilapidated and outdated homes how many similarities there are to how my Life Edits work in life.
The fear of the unknown or failing is real. I think it's the thing that stops people the most. I think there's a real fear not only of failure, but of "what if it succeeds" too. What are the expectations people will have of me going forward?