Being Superwoman

Being Superwoman

Superwoman doesn't have to be Superwoman all the time
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For the independent women. For the women that have their own and don’t need nobody. For the strong women that refuse to let anything bring them down, that don’t let their trials and tribulations define them.

I’ve always been independent, I hated asking for help, (still do.) It was always “if there’s a will, there’s a way” I would do all that I can before asking for help, 97 percent of the time I wouldn’t even ask for the help. I’ve always had a great support system from family and friends, but never knew how to use it.

I am superwoman. My superwoman complex doesn’t know how to ask for help when it needs it. It doesn’t know how to let someone in close enough to help when it’s weak. It doesn’t know how to be anything less. It doesn’t know how to be vulnerable. To the independent woman. It’s okay to be vulnerable.

I say “it” because the superwoman complex isn’t fully who we are. Don’t mix up your wants and needs. You don’t NEED anyone to be there, but you could WANT someone to. At times we can feel alone because we’re trying to do everything ourselves. Wanting someone to be there doesn’t make you weak. Man or woman, we all could use someone by our side at times. It’s nice to have someone feel the weight of everything with you. Not take it all away because that’s not who you are, it’s not what you need. You like to do things on your own. But just having someone acknowledge your pain and struggle can help.

Being superwoman does not mean you have to be single. It does not mean you have to be alone. It is not disregarding anything that makes you feel weak. It’s acknowledging you can be, but making the conscious decision to take any step to make you stronger, if it be having someone by your side to let you know things are going to be okay.

"Superwoman doesn't have to be superwoman all the time" a friend once said that to me. I was spreading myself too thin trying to do too many things. Superwoman, you don't have to take on everything at once. You don't have to be busy 25/8 to feel like you are accomplishing something. Take some time to yourself and rest. It is okay to not being working all the time. Don't take on copious amounts of things to only put in half your effort into each of them. Make sure your focus is prioritized. You are not any less of a Superwoman if you take some time to recoup yourself and lessen your load.

You are still Superwoman no matter what.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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4 Ways To Jumpstart Into Spring Cleaning

A guide towards making a more sustainable lifestyle from the inside out.

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This spring season can spark a series of new and blossoming opportunities. For starters, the weather cultivates energy - whether from the sun's warmth or welcoming breezes filled with more insects than the winter months - there is definitely something new sparked in the air. The change in weather offers more opportunity to bathe your body in Vitamin D and even cause you to spend a few less hours inside getting rest, switching your activities from "Netflix and chilllin'" to lounging outside and listening to music. For others, spring is just another season when your car collects more heat than you'd like or your allergies start acting up, making you want to stay indoors more than other seasons. Regardless of your emotions and thoughts about spring, it is always a good time to cultivate spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning is often a time when we, American consumers, empty out old clothes, household accessories, or books that we no longer need. Well in addition to this, I suggest making these helpful steps towards a cleaner and more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

1. Reusable utensils.

This set from Amazon includes a fork, knife, spoon, straw, and chopsticks made from Bamboo. These utensils are a possible solution to our around 40 billion plastic utensil waste that collectively clutters landfills and natural areas like beaches. Consider this product for other commonly used plastic items like toothbrushes, razors, or water bottles . For this $10 set or other sets like it, we could all do our part to clean up more than just our environment. We could positively impact the habitats of our four legged friends as well.

2. Using glass tupperware.

This is a simple financial compromise. Rather than spending money on multiple cheap containers for food - some of which leave plastic residue in the food that is being eaten - invest in a glass container! This not only protects your food, but also provides less environmental waste in plastics.

3. Reduce the use of plastic bags.

While I admit to hoarding plastic bags as much as the next frugal college student, there are better ways to package items. I often use plastic bags to carry food or other items throughout my day. However, by reusing two or three well manufactured bags for groceries and lunches, your use of plastic bags is reduced- duh - while also reducing your trash. Often times, I use these bags are in my bathroom trash cans. But if these bags are not accessible, I will use less of them simply because they are not readily available.

4. Look towards more organic options that limit the processed food in your diet.

As a vegan, I could push the completely organic option on you readers, but I'm not. I do suggest, however, that this spring your cleaning would include your digestive health not by doing some type of juice cleanse or detox but by making conscious steps everyday towards healthier living. Since becoming vegan, I have experienced more energy and focus throughout my rigorous daily schedule. As a full-time college student with mostly 12-hour days consisting of four dance classes (anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours) and additional academic classes, I need to feed my body so that I can not just make it through each day but to excel in my activities. This is exactly what organic living has done for me since cutting out my loves - processed food and meat. But the reward is greater.

This spring break reminded me of what relaxation feels like. It reminds me that this season is perfect for starting new goals and igniting creative ideas. But in order to do this, we cannot have our environment, minds, or bodies cluttered with waste and chemicals that are not going to propel us forward. In the words of my professor and world-renowned contemporary ballet choreographer William Forsythe, "Make decisions your future self will thank you for". I will take this one step further and say, "Make decisions future generations will thank you for."

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