As the months are quickly passing us by, it’s been a year so far filled with all things female and I’ve been loving it! With International Women’s Day (8th March) and Mother’s Day (31st March) having just been celebrated, I’m certainly feeling the girl power.
From our own family members to strangers, women inspire us every day and I thought it was only fair to dedicate this post to sharing some empowering truths that my own mother (hi mum!) has taught me of over the years. This post would be endless if I jotted down everything great she’s said, so let’s settle for the top ten. You won’t find these words of wisdom written on the back of a Penguin, so pay close attention!
1. You don’t have to explain yourself to everybody.
Now this is something I’ve only recently got to grips with, and sometimes still struggle with! Why does someone we barely know need an explanation as to who we are as people or certain things we’ve done? Suck it up and move on! Thank u, next (I’m a month or so late to that joke, but let me have it pls.)
2. Stand up for what you believe in, even if you’re standing alone.
I was often reminded to have the confidence to stand alone when standing up for something I believed was right. People will often rather stay silent among the crowd rather than going the opposite way and making waves.
3. It’s better to have 3 best friends than 12 barely friends.
This one speaks volumes, and something I didn’t grasp until I was, well, almost in my twenties. In my experience, big groups usually bring bigger stresses! I love my small circle of besties.
4. You can have anything you want. With or without a man.
Whether it’s money or happiness, I’ve been told endlessly how I can manifest those things myself, and shouldn’t wait for a man to supply either. Also, don’t expect a man to always pay for you. Get it girl!
5. Don’t give a f*** what they think. Who are they anyway?!
Another spec of advice that took me to my twenties to put into practice, urgh! I wish I’d taken heed sooner… If people are no one in your life, then why care? The second I just started doing what I wanted, I gained a whole new sense of confidence.
6. Be nice to the people you see on the way up, ’cause you’ll no doubt see them on the way back down too.
This one speaks for itself I guess. Basically, don’t get cocky. An increase in power/money is no excuse to look down on those you met on your journey getting there. Everything can come crashing down in moments, you’re never too important to be nice (my mum’s favourite quote of all time BTW!)
7. So, they don’t like you? Who cares?!
As long as you’ve been nice and yourself, who cares if the odd person doesn’t like you? Not everybody you meet is going to like you no matter who you are, and that’s okay.
8. Don’t follow the crowd.
Don’t be afraid to be different. Know your own mind and be confident in who you are as a person, even if that isn’t exactly like the majority of others out there. If you’re constantly chasing what everyone else has, you’ll never be happy, right?
9. If you want something, go out and get it.
I’m lucky that my mum is my number one fan (and sometimes my only fan lol), but I can bet (hope) she’s reading this blog post right now, and any crazy ventures I go off on she’s always 100% supportive, as long as it’s nothing totally ridiculous of course!
10. Enjoy your life right now.
You never know when things in life may change, so enjoy the positives for now and live to your fullest. Get out there and do what you want to do!
Just running through that list has made me feel so much more motivated and empowered! I have defo learnt from the best!