Monthly Archives: April 2015

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Big Sister

Little Girl FartsYou have to listen really carefully to hear what the little girl says. The dad’s reaction is hilarious.

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Protein Bars

Gluten Free Oatmeal BarsMy mom used to make an oatmeal bar that was similar to this, although I think there was a lot more butter and brown sugar cause they were so sweet! This looks like a yummy version though with a bit more health included.

Recipe from PopSugar

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Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive”

Gloria GaynorIf you grew up anywhere near the 70s, you knew I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. But now pretty much everyone knows this song because when you think disco this is one of the first songs you think of. So get out your satin jackets, rainbow shirts and roller skates

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Day 191 – Can You Feel Empowered While Wearing Lipstick?

EmpowermentI had an interesting email conversation today with someone. On one of my client’s Facebook page they had posted something about lipstick and how at the end of my client’s running race they will have a lipstick station so women can get glammed up before coming across the finish line (its an all woman’s race). It is fun with lots of bling and tutus around the course.  But the event also has its serious side as it raises money for three charities.

The person who wrote a message to us was upset that we felt that lipstick had to be used in a race that was about the empowerment of woman. It was a well written email and I took quite some time answering it for my client. Because I could definitely see where this woman was coming from.

But basically the short version of my answer was that we all see empowerment differently. Women can choose to go through the lipstick station or not. That putting on lipstick for many of us would not define empowerment. So we can’t label it and we won’t.

For instance, I grew up in a household with a mom who always looks completely groomed from head to toe. As did her mom. She always looks very put together, and yes, always has on lipstick. So I find that I rarely leave the house without lipstick on (but I must say, being groomed head to toe is not always my strong suit!).

So for me, I do not think of lipstick as having anything to do with my empowerment. It definitely makes me feel happier and put together when I do put it on. It is part of my routine, and it is for me.

Does it make me look at other women who may or may not wear make up any differently? I do not believe it does. I think women are beautiful in all of their unique ways. If they wear make up then great, and if they don’t, then also brilliant.

Empowerment to me is not about the surface. It is about the heart and the mind. It is feeling confident and strong. It is knowing you can speak your mind and not be judged.

Hopefully we all have things that allow us to feel ready to take on the world. But no matter what the package on the outside is saying, the inside is what matters. No amount of lipstick in the world, or lack of it, is going to empower you one way or the other.

It was an interesting email, and an interesting point of view, which I’m sure there are others who agree with her point. But when it comes down to it, I really hope that an empowered woman is able to see that what is right for the individual is what is right.

What do you think? What makes you feel empowered? And how would you have responded?

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