Channel Your Superpower
Posted on January 04 2017
As we reflect on our most powerful experiences of 2016, we're grateful for the inspiration and impact of our real women models, aka Stylesmiths. They all have such confidence, strong sense of self, and collaborative spirit that it's fuelled us on our own journey. So whatever intentions you've set for 2017, we've rounded up advice and quotes and anecdotes from these super women on channeling your own inner superpowers. Here's to a banner year!
Chantal, founder MODEXLUSIVE
"The moment I decided to embrace my body for what it is, was the exact moment I became my own superhero. Truth be told, finding clothes in the right size, that suited my shape, was a significant part of the empowerment process. It's not about vanity, it's about feeling good, when you look good. Now I have the tools to help other women discover their inner confidence through styling tips and outfit inspiration on my blog. At the end of the day, nothing brings me more joy than hearing that I have made a positive impact in a woman's life. "
Lisa, founder of The Goods
"Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Janine, founder Tonic Living
"Intuition is a muscle that barely gets mentioned in overall health - hone it, work it out so that it can work for you saving you from lost opportunity, warding off negative self talk or preventing the wrong move in your personal or business life. "
Marlissa, founder Mai Lin Jewelry
"In a gentle way, you can shake the world." Gandhi
Susan, lifestyle blogger
" I decided to start living the life that I wanted to live instead of the one I 'thought' I should be living. I gave up the career, the title, the concept of 'having it all' so that I could pursue what mattered most to me. When you free yourself from the things that don't serve your soul (I know - I'm going deep ;) ) you create space for new things, people and opportunities to fill it. It's like the universe hands you a gift with a big giant bow of all of your Favourite Things - all of the things that you wanted out of life all along. You just have to be willing to let go of what you already know you don't need and believe that by doing so your life will unfold in the most beautiful of ways."
"A quote that I love and that has inspired me is 'The same boiling water that hardens the egg softens the potato. It's about what you're made of, not the circumstances'. This really reminds me to always put things into perspective (it's never as bad as you may think), and to never complain about my circumstances (it could always be worse). Taking charge and taking your life into your own hands is liberating. It's what I did a few years back when I decided to start my own business. Freeing myself from the uninspiring redundancy of my corporate job opened me up (I've learned more than I've ever learned before in such a short time) and has empowered me beyond measure. Although I struggled at times (a lot of times), I look back and I am so proud of myself for having the strength and determination to keep on going no matter how many barriers stood in my way. It is so easy to give up and soften like a potato -- you can't let life do that to you -- life is much too short and there are way too many opportunities just waiting for you."
Alex Courts, founder Sweet Hart Kitchen
"The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them." Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
"stay strong through your pain
grow flowers from it
you have helped me
grow flowers out of mine so
however you need
- Rupi Kaur "Milk and Honey"
"The boundary to what we can accept is the boundary to our freedom." Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance
Nicole Hudson, workshops / consulting / photography
"I remember the first time I went to Altitude Summit, one of the biggest blogging and creative conferences in the states, I was overwhelmed. In my head everyone seemed prettier, cooler, more well-dressed and certainly had more instagram followers. I had just started my business and really didn't know what to expect at something like this. In one of the first sessions a slide popped up that read "Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle." It was exactly what I needed to hear in that moment, and the sentiment still rings true. One year later I shared similar feelings as a speaker at that same conference. I had come full circle. There will always be people ahead and behind us, so what's most important is to appreciate where we are in each moment. As our businesses grow and lives change, the struggles don't disappear, they only shift and we only have what is now. "
Maya, lifestyle and parenting blogger
Everything is possible! Including:
1. Slowing down. Make time for yourself. Find a way to enjoy your morning coffee in peace and quiet.
2. Play more. Get down on your knees, lace up your skates and go tobogganing. Enjoy being a kid again.
3. Unplug. Technology and social media won't change but you may regret not spending more quality time with your family.
4. Say No! You'll feel the weight fall off your shoulders. Do things that make you happy. When one door closes, another opens.
5. Be kind. This is the one thing we all need more of. Smile at everyone. Laugh more. Do random acts of kindness. Make this world a better place to live in. Set an example for your kids.
Sunshine, blogger and mama of twin boys
"My perspective in life is that the 'half glass is full' but when it comes to coffee that glass better be full".