Celebrate International Women’s Day Every Day

Alice Walker

Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. She worked as a social worker, teacher and lecturer, and took part in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Walker won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her 1982 novel, The Color Purple, and is also an acclaimed poet and essayist.

March 8th is the day designated to Celebrate International Women’s Day – a global day of celebration to inspire and honor and support the achievements of women throughout the world.

In some countries, the day is an official holiday where children bestow gifts to mothers and grandmothers.

While it’s nice to receive gifts, how else can you celebrate International Women’s Day?

Here are a few ideas:

Take time for self-care
While celebrating the great accomplishments of other women throughout the world, remember to celebrate YOU by taking time to relax and consider YOUR accomplishments. Make a list of your accomplishments, treat yourself to a massage, buy yourself a bouquet of flowers, indulge in your favorite food, or write a thank you note to yourself thanking you for being who you are.

Make a difference
There are many women’s organizations looking for volunteers and/or donations. One such organization devoted to empowering women around the globe is Kiva.org/women. Kiva connects you with women in developing countries who need small loans to provide for them and their families.

Donate your gently worn clothes to Dress for Success, an organization that promotes independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire for women who are entering or returning to the workplace.

Send a note to a women who influenced your life
We all stand on the shoulders of someone who made a difference in our lives, taught us a valuable life lesson, or supported us through a difficult time.  Send her a card or note to let her know how much you value having her in your life.  Your note doesn’t have to be long or “mushy”. It could be something as simple as “Thanks for being a part of my life”.

Read a book such about women’s accomplishments
A great reminder of the accomplishment of women can be found at your local library, bookstore or Amazon.  The stories of countless women make for a reminder of just how far we’ve come and also how much more work there is to be done to insure equality for all women everywhere.

Celebrate your girlfriends
Pick one or more of your girlfriends and schedule a lunch date or coffee break and tell her how much you cherish her friendship.  In our “busy” lives, we often don’t make the time to nurture and enjoy our friendships.

These ideas are not only to celebrate International Women’s Day.  You can use these suggestions to Celebrate International Women’s Day Every Day by expressing your appreciation, support and acknowledgment to women everywhere.

For more ideas about how to celebrate YOU and the accomplishments of women, I invite you to get my book, Master the Genie Within: Uncover, Embrace and Celebrate the Real You.

Make Commitments Not Resolutions

At the beginning of a new year, most of us focus our attention on how we can make meaningful changes in our daily lives (e.g., wipe the slate clean and start afresh) by changing some aspect of who we are – what we do, how we do things, when we do certain things and exploring why we act and respond in the ways we do.

You may call this process of introspection as making a new years resolution or you may call it something else. I prefer to look at this process as making a commitment rather than a resolution. The beginning of 2013 is the perfect time to refocus, think deeply and make a commitment to be the real you.

I believe a commitment is stronger than a resolution because you are the central character and the commitment is a pledge or promise you make to yourself. Although you can share your commitment with a trusted friend, it’s not necessary.

On the other hand, a resolution usually involves expressing to someone your resolve to do something (e.g., loose weight, exercise more, etc.).

A commitment to yourself means that you are taking responsibility for who you really are. It means you are committed to being your true self.

In essence you are writing a prolific script for your life. You get to design the scenes, choose the actors and you are responsible for the desired outcome.

Wouldn’t you rather write your own script than have someone else write it for you?

Make commitments not resolutions.

Here are some commitments you can start making today to discover your true self:

1. Shed the Superwoman role. Remember, superwoman was the figment of someone’s overactive imagination. She was not human. You are not superwoman. If you have the idea that you can do and be all things to everybody commit today to let go of the superwoman mindset.

2. Show gratitude. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have or what you think is missing in your life, learn to appreciate the abundance you already have. Everyday, write down five things you are grateful for.

3. Be open to new experiences. Only you know what inspires and excites you. Explore a hobby or activity you’ve secretly wanted to experience and commit to engaging in it.

4. Make self-care a top priority. Nourish your body, soul and spirit so you can be re-energized, refreshed and ready to step out in the world as your true self.

And, when you’re ready to learn more ways to commit to being your true self, I invite you to get my book, Master the Genie Within: Uncover, Embrace and Celebrate the Real You.

Holidays Wishes For You

holChristmas wreathe and candles [Flickr by jj busy on and off]

Warmest thoughts and wishes for your happiness this holiday season

Holiday Traditions, Rituals and Habits

Holiday Traditions, rituals and habits are staples of our American culture.  But just because your mom or grandmother always did things a certain way doesn’t mean you have to unless you really want to.

In my family, our holiday traditions are wide ranging. Pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving is as traditional as it gets but we’re not exactly the “pumpkin pie” kind of family.  We might have the traditional turkey at Thanksgiving or we might have something non traditional like lobster for dinner depending on our mood. We might open our presents or Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  We might invite guests for a sit down dinner or host an open house during the holidays.  Maybe, your holiday traditions in your family include y volunteering to serve food at a homeless shelter.

Just because your mother or grandmother always made a roast for the holiday dinner, you don’t have to carry on that tradition unless it’s something you enjoy doing and want to do it.

What traditions do you plan to include or create for your holiday celebrations?

Give yourself permission to create whatever memories are meaningful for you and your family.

You may even decide to skip the cooking, planning, shopping and cleaning altogether and spend the holidays somewhere you and your family can be pampered so you can concentrate on enjoying quality time together.

Whatever traditions, rituals or habits you engage in,  make sure you include some down time, fun and relaxation in your holiday plans. Share your holiday traditions with us.

Enjoy Your Holidays!!!

Holiday Gift Giving Tips

Most of us are feeling some of the effects of downed economy. However, that doesn’t mean you have to bust the budget to give gifts to those you care about.

After my colleague, Dr. Flora Brown and I finished creating an audio where we share some useful and practical holiday gift-giving, budget friendly tips, I remembered some other tips to share with you.

If you haven’t already picked up you free gift – “30 Tips in 30 Minutes for Making Your Holidays Stress Free, Budget-Friendly and Loaded with Remarkable Memories”click here to get your free audio download now!

Most of the ideas here are less than twenty dollars and can be ordered on line or purchased locally. They are equally appropriate for both men and women. In the last few years, I’ve found that ordering online from reputable companies saves me from “mall madness” and keeps a few extra dollars in my pocket.

Consider some of these gift-giving tips when you are planning your holiday shopping:

  • Travel pillows – Whether traveling by plane, car or train, a travel pillow to support your neck while resting is a welcome relief.
  • Journals – A journal is a great way to record your thoughts, feelings, ideas and inspirations. I have several journals and if someone you know journals, I’m sure the would appreciate a decorative or themed one.
  • Bookmarks – For the readers of physical books on your list, one or two attractive bookmarks can brighten their day and remind them that you were thinking of them.
  • USB flash drives – Most of your tech savvy friends and family members can appreciate a flash drive to store their photos, music or files. I carry a blank one around in my purse – just in case I need it. They take up hardly any space and you never know when one may come in handy for copying and transferring files.
  • Personalized aprons or cookbooks – The cooks in your life will appreciate the thoughtful remembrance.
  • E-reader covers – A lot of people have e-readers and an e-cover is an inexpensive way to acknowledge their love of reading.
  • Personalized picture frames – Take candid photos of you and your friends/family as a remembrance of a special occasion you shared and give the photo to them as a holiday gift.
  • Handmade gifts – If you bake, a tin of homemade cookies or other goodies may fill the bill.

Here are some online resources where you can browse for even more gift-giving tips:

http://amazon.com

http://gifts.com

http://thingsremembered.com

http://personalizationmall.com

http://personalcreations.com

Like most people, I am all about reducing stress, saving time, money and energy.  Shopping inexpensively on line is a great way to preserve your sanity amidst all the rushing and stress of the holiday season.

And, please share with us your budget friendly gift giving tips in the comment section.

For more tips and other life affirming tools you may want to get my book, Master the Genie Within