Today isn't just about being a feminist and fighting for our rights and freedoms, it's about empowering all women to believe in themselves and the choices they make. We can't know every womans situation, what struggles she goes through each and every day, but we can support all women and be a support system for one another.
As women we do have unique issues and struggles that men will never experience, whether it is physical, emotional or put upon us by society. In order to overcome or be able to safely and unapologetically deal with these issues we need to be there for each other, open our eyes and hearts to understand the challenges other women face, even if not what we are personally dealing with. Women in Arab countries have different struggles than women in Asian countries, and women in America have different issues that are important to them than women in Africa, we all are different, but at the same time we are all Women and need to be there for one another.
Most importantly we need to raise our young women to be strong, independent, and kind hearted, to not allow others to determine the course of their future or to force them into slavery or abuse at the hands of someone physically stronger than them, we can overcome that with education and empathy. We each can stand up for ourselves and for other women at the same time. Each and every time we speak out against misogyny and the oppression of women in any situation we are standing up for someone who may not be able to, we are empowering women to believe in themselves and fight for what is important to them. Even if their goals as a woman and their fight is different than yours, it is no less important and we all deserve to have a voice.
Today is a day to honor ALL women, not just the women we agree with politically, but all women across the world. Let's be a support system that we can turn to at any time of need, no matter what that need is, I encourage you to open your heart and your mind to women voicing their concerns, to really listen to what they are saying and why they feel the need to speak out. Let today be the start of a new era where women truly support one another as women, not as a political talking point; let us be here for one another and every day hereafter ~ We are Strong, We are United and We are Women!!
"Life is a Balance"© - we have all struggled at one time or another balancing the demands put on us whether from family, work, friends...even ourselves. But we have to find a way to make it all work in order to be less stressed and find a peaceful balance. In most cases this means really taking the time to prioritize our life and focusing on what's most important.
Family and work are two things we really need to make priorities, but even with those we can work towards a healthy balance. With work whether self employed or not try to avoid "taking it home with you", be sure you make time for your family that doesn't involve work, maybe not take any work emails/phone calls after a certain time.
If you have kids, make sure that they, and you, aren't overloaded with two many activities or events, limit weekly activities to one sport or after school activity. And make them be creative and figure out how to entertain themselves and give you some stress free time. You both will benefit!
Little things like these may not seem like a big deal but can really make a difference in minimizing your stress and leading towards a more balanced life. Think of different ways you can find better balance and peace in your life.
You are Beautiful ~ repeat to yourself each and every day "I am Beautiful".
When we think positively of ourselves we radiate positivity and inspire others to think better of themselves. By repeating such a simple statement to yourself each day you are affirming that you are worthy, that you are good enough, that you have beauty inside and out and you deserve to be treated with respect and kindness.
When we first learn to respect and love ourselves so too can other's, and we can help to teach them how to feel positive and confident about themselves. Void the negativity and find the positive by uplifting yourself to a better place, a place of love and kindness towards ourselves which allows us to find the same in others.
Repeat "I am Beautiful!!" ~ YOU ARE!!
The first two "Inspirational Art Block" paintings are now completed! I went with bold shades of turquoise, red and golden yellow to really make the paintings pop and come alive. The first two paintings quote the words "Joy" and "Love" in hand painted typography style with whimsical elements of bird, flowers, hearts and more dancing around the canvas.
The really special part of these paintings is how the 1.5" thick canvas sides are painted with scrolling swirls, heart and flowers to compliment and contrast the front design. They would be perfect hung on the wall as a set or sitting atop a table, desk, or anywhere they can be seen and inspire us to live a happy, joyful life.
Below are the finished paintings as well as work in progress shots to get a sense of how I work :) And you can see I've already started on two more mini's, which will be in the same color scheme as "Love" and "Joy". The paintings can be purchased in my SHOP.
New mini art collection of original paintings, featuring inspirational typography and fun, whimsical designs. Here is the first in the collection, in the sketch stage ~ "You are Amazing", more to come! The sides will also feature inspirational and uplifting words and design elements as well :)
The original will be for sale and prints featuring the front image, once completed.