One of the most frequent questions I ask myself is…am I doing enough? I see so many beautiful young women truly pushing the boundaries society has set, to pave a new path for those who come after us. I am beyond grateful to be a part of a generation that is not afraid of being heard. But then I look at myself and I ask “Why I’m not doing more? Why I’m not using my voice?” Women empowerment is supporting those around you AND yourself. If you feel like this, take a deep breath and start small. Here are a few ways to empower yourself and those around you.
1. Social Media
Let’s be real, most (if not all) of us spend a good amount of time on social media. And that’s not a bad thing. However instead of watching 30-second makeup tutorials for hours (no, just me?) show some love to some of the hardworking women out there promoting their brand. There’s so many small business owners, activist, and artist trying to expand their platform. Even if you feel reposting their work to your 150 followers won’t make a big impact, it will. As a previous business owner, I can tell you that sharing a brand really does make a difference.
2. Self Love Journal Prompts
I just started this a couple of weeks ago and it’s really helped my confidence. Sometimes we get wrapped up in our problems and even failures that we become blind to just how bomb we really are! These prompts ask you to pick out all the positive traits about you and see yourself from the outside in. Looking at a list of your past successes is the perfect confidence booster, especially on a bad day.
3. Look for opportunities in your community
Next time you wanna grab a coffee, try a family business instead of your regular overpriced chain store. Or instead of spending the day on Netflix, volunteer at a daycare or after-school program. It truly doesn’t take much to lift up those around you. Plus, if you own a business or brand, exploring in your community is a great networking opportunity. Talking to store owners is a great way to pick up tips and more information.
4. Spread Love, Always
It’s so easy for us to leave a rude comment under someone’s picture or rant to our best friend about the weird person in the store. Now, I’m not saying you have to compliment everyone you see, but if you like their hair, let them know. If you don’t, it doesn’t matter, it’s their hair. Take the time to make someone’s day, not break it.
Hi, I’m Tiana.
I’m a young woman who loves beauty, fashion and food. My goal is to be heard and leave my mark on the world.