In the last two months, I’ve attended two intimate events with fellow women in business where the first thing everyone was asked was “What is something you’ve done lately that you’re proud of?”
Sounds simple, right? But think about it… when’s the last time you actually took a minute to acknowledge yourself and say “Wow, that was pretty awesome.” If you asked me back in 2017 I’d say… never? As women, I think we often don’t spend enough time patting ourselves on the back for things that we’ve overcome or goals that we’ve met. Perhaps we see it as being conceited or perhaps our plates are just so full that we jump right on to the next thing. But sitting in on those two events really made me realize that that needs to change. Since then, I’ve also joined a group of fellow business owners where we help each other overcome struggles by sharing things that we have accomplished. The combination of these three boosts of pride been really empowering for me.
I’ve teamed up with Modcloth for this post today and if you aren’t familiar, they are a brand that strives to bring female empowerment, inclusivity and body positivity by providing a wardrobe that’s made for every body. Case in point, those pants I’m wearing are from their new spring line (Which as a side note are probably one of the only truly comfortable pairs of high waisted pants I’ve ever worn. You should try ’em!)… they come in size XXS to 4XL. And with that in mind, as well as on the heels of International Women’s Month, I wanted to take these powerful moments I’ve recently had and pay it forward to you all. So today I’m asking, what is something YOU have done lately that you’re proud of? I’ll share first, then I hope you’ll share in the comments below.
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I’ll start with something personal. I’m proud of the fact that I am about as introverted as it gets and I braved the adoption process which included intimate phone calls with women I’ve never met (Talking on the phone is one of my biggest sources of anxiety.) and navigating a relationship with Arlo’s birth mother which I’m incredibly proud of now, one year later. I’m also proud that I’ve been able to use my platform to share the beauty, love and joy of adoption, and inspire a few of you to take the leap into adoption yourselves. Jeff said this once and I’ll never forget it, “We may hate the term ‘influencer’ but if we can influence people to open their hearts to adoption, it’s a badge I’ll wear proudly.”
On the business front, I’m proud that I have created a space that inspires women to be themselves. One of the biggest ways I’ve seen this proven is through your wardrobes. I get countless messages from you guys about how I’ve inspired you to incorporate more color and pattern into your everyday life. It was honestly something I never expected to hear when I started this journey and it has been one of the greatest gifts. You don’t know how much those messages mean to me! I know that clothes don’t seem important but they truly can add a new layer of confidence and excitement to your everyday. As Modcloth says right there on their website, “We’re committed to inspiring personal style and helping our community and customers feel like the best version of themselves.” We share that passion!!!!
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So now I want to hear from you. You can share something personal or professional, or both! But I’d love for you to share below something that you’ve done lately, something you’ve accomplished or something you’ve overcome that you are PROUD of? And then take a minute to re-read what you write and give yourself a pat on the back. Us women can do a LOT of amazing things and we need to give ourselves a high five more often. So consider this a BIG high five from me. And hey, maybe give a high five to a fellow commenter down below, too. You go girl!!!!!
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