Pioneering Women, Successful Women, Self-Made Women

How many times have you walked by a magazine rack or visited social media and read these words? And wondered who these women are? How did they get to be called these wonderful names? Would anyone ever call me anything like that? These are the phrases that we see all the time in our culture. These adjectives were limited to our male counterparts in the recent past. We have been blessed with the opportunity to share these descriptions. But it doesn’t feel great to many women. Or ring true.

These descriptions are usually about women whose lives are devoted to success in business, whether it is non-profit or corporate. Many of them have done a great deal of good, for example, a friend of mine described a former student of hers who teaches accounting skills to women in an underdeveloped country. Another friend described a successful female attorney who was able to take time off for a trip to an amusement park with her child and some friends. A third woman working in the corporate world was getting ready to vacation in Germany and Paris. All of these women contribute to society in positive ways.

You do, too.

Every woman contributes to society in a positive way. Sometimes it’s really hard to see that or to feel it for yourself. Maybe there have been too many changes or disappointments recently. Maybe a relationship isn’t working out or recently ended. ┬áMaybe you have a child who is not doing well in school. Maybe your job isn’t fulfilling. Maybe you just have too much to do.

These concerns can make anyone feel overwhelmed, frustrated or sad. Remember that you are uniquely you and have much to offer. Remember to take care of yourself. Remember that you are wonderful and that these feelings are natural. Celebrate you!

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