Friendships have always been a very important part of my life. I live by the motto “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t met yet.” I’ve often been asked how I maintain friendships with my girlfriends. In a world where being busy is an excuse for everything, I believe people make time for the things they value and friendship is very important to me.
This world is so abundant and there’s so much we all have to offer, yet time is the most precious gift we can give each other. It only takes five minutes out of our 24-hour days to see, call, email or text someone if it’s truly important to us. It’s not about having time, but making time.
I make time to associate myself with positive women that are inspiring and encouraging. I enjoy being around people who are sincerely interested in helping others. I feel like my purpose in life is to help women connect with each other to make the world a better place. I am a part of a local organization of women entrepreneurs, who really help one another succeed. I am also part of a community of fellow women in the social media industry who are very supportive of each other and exemplifies women empowerment. Women Empowering Women is a real movement and I am proud to be a passionate and dedicated participant in the sisterhood.
I recently learned about the March to Mother’s Day campaign. In partnership with the 2019 Commemoration, The Women’s Monument Commission and the Virginia Capitol Foundation are commissioning 12 statues to honor 12 historic women on the Virginia State Capitol grounds. This will be one of the most significant tributes to the contributions of women in the state of VA.
Maggie Lena Walker is one of the 12 women being featured by the 2019 Commemoration in the March to Mother’s Day campaign. Maggie Lena Walker was an American teacher, businesswoman, and first African American woman bank president. She was the first woman to charter a bank in the United States. As a leader, she achieved success with the vision to make tangible improvements in the way of life for African Americans and women. Disabled by paralysis and limited to a wheelchair later in life, Walker also became an example for persons with disabilities.
Maggie Walker’s ingenuity, creative spirit and some say a heart as kind and big “as the state of Virginia” changed a lot of peoples’ perspective. She let nothing stop her. She made sure she saw her dreams and her goals thru to the very end. Maggie Walker was one of the first women recognized for empowering other women and I’m very happy she will be memorialized on Richmond Virginia’s Capitol Square.
Join me in the sisterhood. Here are some ways to lift each other up!
Ways To Empower Other Women
- Be a Positive Role Model
Be the positive change you want to see in others. One of the best ways to empower others is to lead by example. Positivity is contagious. And a positive disposition and spirit attracts other positive things in your life.
- Applaud Other Women’s Successes
Be happy for your friend’s success.Commend her for her talent and her gift and congratulate her on her accomplishments.
- Be a Good Listener
Sometimes women just want to brainstorm ideas or vent about their day and work through a problem out loud. Be a good listener and only offer your opinion if it’s absolutely helpful.
- Offer To Help Them Out
Asking for help is one of the hardest things to do. Don’t wait for your fellow girl bosses to ask for your help, volunteer to help them with their latest project. Your assistance may just be the thing that gets them over the hump.
- Be Social on Social Media
Leave supporting comments and engage on their social media channels to show you care and are thinking about them. Sometimes a quick text or email to show your support is all someone needs to feel a boost in confidence. Put yourself in their shoes and send them a little message to share your enthusiasm and your positive vibes.
- Be Present By Making An “In Person Appearance”
We all know how busy everyone is these days. Make an effort to engage and be present at someone’s event. Ask questions about what is going on in their life and be genuinely interested in the answer.
- Show Your Appreciation
When is the last time you told a friend or a colleague how much you appreciate their presence in your life? Take some time today to thank your support system for all they do to keep you going. Thanking them will remind them that they’re valued and appreciated.
- Celebrate An Inspirational Woman In Your Life By Donating To The Monument Fund: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-first-women-s-monument-history-women
For more information, visit http://www.americanevolution2019.com/march-to-mothers-day/
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