A couple of months ago I signed up for an event, but a series of roadblocks came up as I was trying to head out the door and finally, I just decided not to go! Oddly, my friend Cyndi had the same malady and decided not to go as well. At first, we both expressed how we felt guilty that we had signed up for something and didn’t attend. But guilt gave way to euphoria as we reveled in the extra time, feeling like a schoolgirl playing hooky from school! It was a free day and we both got amazing things done with the extra time! It is the same feeling when the clocks fall back in the fall. Everyone is thrilled that they get that extra hour! Well, FEB 29th, LEAP DAY, gave everyone an extra 24 hours! It is so delicious to have an extra day, that you won’t want to wait another four years till the next LEAP YEAR! Take the LEAP and schedule an event! But don’t go, OR, better yet, schedule in an extra free hour, or day…… just because, and use the time to do what you want! You will be so glad you did, and who knows what you might accomplish!!!
Through the years, we have shown incredible strength and determination. The fact that women are launching businesses at nearly 4x the rate of men demonstrates that we are gaining confidence, stepping into our courage, and taking control of our lives.
During the month of March, International Women’s Month is being celebrated and there will be a focus on the accomplishments of women and the milestones made in history. Looking back at my own personal history, I take pride in the fact that my Great Great Grandmother was the first woman doctor in Georgia and valedictorian in her graduating class of all men. Her courage shaped my own and helped to make me the successful woman that I am today.
In the 60’s, the average yearly income for a woman was $6000. In the late 70’s, I remember earning about $ 16,000 a year and feeling like I was hot stuff making all that money! However, if I had compared my salary to that of a man in the company doing the same job, I would have realized I wasn’t on the same pay scale at all. Women have worked tirelessly trying to gain equal footing and it hasn’t been an easy climb. Presumably, some day, there won’t be a question as to whether someone is male or female; it will simply be a matter of if they are qualified for the job.
Entrepreneurship takes away those barriers. Women starting their own businesses have the POWER to control their own destiny. That means YOU can be anything and have everything you want. YOU have the opportunity, the possibility, and the capability to achieve your definition of success, so get on board baby, and make your future be what you want it to be. If you need help, ASK. If you can give help, GIVE IT. Look back at your own past and celebrate the milestones you have achieved and be proud of all that you are.
If you are looking to launch your dream or grow your business, step into your courage and take that next step.