The Bravest Kind of Woman...
One does not have to look very far to find a brave woman. Just pop into your local supermarket, primary school, police station, hospital or nursing home, and you will find a few dozen who courageously serve, educate, protect, comfort, lead and create. Women on all fronts, are courageous beings. However, we think there is a kind of woman who deserves to be recognised as the bravest of brave. She is a truth teller. She is bold enough to bare her heart and burn her masks; for she would not dare to betray herself. One could say, authenticity is her word charm of choice. You know authenticity right?
And so in order to champion the bravest version of you, here are some tips to help you be authentic.
1. Acknowledge what you’ve been through.
Women often make themselves small. We tell the version of the story that downplays what we have accomplished. We sell ourselves short thinking that maybe we are not all that strong or brave or talented or capable. But here's the truth, sister…
You are stronger than you think. What you’ve done, how you’ve overcome - its a big deal! You have fought big giants. You have climbed big mountains. You have navigated big storms. And the current version of you is the proof. Brave women don’t shy away from the facts. We do tough stuff and we are not afraid to tell it like it is.
2. Ask yourselves daring questions.
Checking in with others for most of us is second nature. We often ask what's going on with those in our lives, but forget to ask ourselves.
Authentic women are good at listening to themselves and are audacious enough to admit when something needs to change.
Questions like ‘Is this really working for me?’, ‘What do I want?’, ‘What do I need to change?’, ‘Am I being mistreated?’ are a good place to start.
We fear some questions because we fear the answers will mean circumstances must change, and let's face it, most of us find ‘exiting the comfort zone’, terrifying.
No matter what has unfolded in your life, whether you think you are a success or a failure, the real you can not emerge if shame and guilt stick around.
So today sister, forgive yourself, let love fill all the gaps and remember you were born to be the bravest kind of woman.
Written By Lauren Lott
For Sister & Soul