Thursday, March 8, 2018

The best woman is W.O.M.A.N

I've been wondering if I should post something to be published today...I finally decided that since I strongly believe that everyone deserves to be celebrated, each woman deserves to be celebrated especially when she is:
Winsome - "Winsome" means "attractive or appealing in appearance or character."* So, it's not enough to look good we must be truly good to ourselves and others in our attitude, behavior and character.
Openhearted - Note that I didn't say "open-mouthed." Being openhearted means that we are candid - not candied** - when we communicate with those around us. 
Model - When I say "model" I mean that we are an example to others. The most effective way of influencing others is by the way we live our lives. Be an outstanding role model.
Authentic - Now being authentic is a real challenge for some people (pun intended). It is sad to see how many people feel that they should "fake it till they make it." For each time you are faking something, you are losing time in being your full self and/or even learning how to be a better version of yourself.
Nourishing - Interesting one right? Well, "Nourishing" means providing "food" that helps with growth. I believe that the best women in the world are those that nourish and help others grow. One sure way of doing this is by empowering others and that's why that I cannot but agree with Kofi Anan, the Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who incidentally turns 80 in exactly a month's time (on April 8th) who said:


References:
* Google
** http://empowered-women-excel.blogspot.ca/2014/11/in-being-candid-dont-forget-to-be.html

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Checkpoint

Today is the 15th day of the year...we have 350 days to go so a great time for a checkpoint.

I don't know about you but I start every year with several goals. This year, God has started me off on the path to achieve and exceed those goals to His glory - by providing me with more mentors. 
Last year, one of my mentors retired so I asked God for another one and in an interesting way, I attended an event for Women Leaders and met an Engineer who had just retired. I chatted with her and shared that I was looking for a mentor in a field other than mine. She found the concept intriguing; we met once and now she's accepted to be my mentor. While we're still building up our relationship, God inspired me to reach out to one manager who had retired for Career advice.


The point here is that each and every woman/person who wants to excel needs a mentor - in their field and in other fields. On the flip side, you should be available to be "found" as a mentor. Funny enough, one person has approached me to become her mentor and after a conversation with someone else not in my organization, I foresee another mentoring relationship budding.

I strongly recommend that you seek out appropriate mentor(s). Although this cartoon made me smile and is not an example to be followed, be very clear on what you want out of the Mentoring relationship - because Mentors are in our lives - and we in theirs for a reason and season.
In the remaining 350 days of the year as you work on achieving your goals, I encourage you to ensure that you are doing something to remain empowered and also doing something to empower others. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Success to fear

Happy New Year!!!! Welcome to 2017

A dear friend sent me this picture...and I just had to share it. It is very important to remember this in these times when people are all about "having it all." (Keep reading you'll see the picture soon)

“I may not be what you are used to...

...so you need to get used to it.”