In the words of life coach and award-winning author Iyanla Vanzant in her book Until Today, written in 2000.
“Society, with its structures, expectations, and divisions, has fostered certain ideas about women that are not always flattering. Many people believe that strong women are not feminine and that assertive women cannot be trusted. My all-time favorite is that women who exhibit any degree of clarity about who they are and what they want are dangerous. We won’t bother to mention the myths that women are not as smart as men or cannot handle money. The point is that some people believe these things about women, and some are women!
Labels define. Often, labels set up expectations. Labels prescribe how much, how little, and sometimes how long a thing can be used. In order for a woman to realize that she is more than a mother, more than a wife, more than what she earns or what she does to earn a living, she must know her own worth. It means she must test herself and her limits. A woman must learn to describe herself and establish her own expectations. A woman must encourage herself. She must support and nurture herself. She must be willing to be disliked. She must be willing to violate the descriptions and confines placed on her.
Until today you may have placed defining, confining labels of unworthiness on women. For today, think of women as people; think of women as human beings and doing. They are the divine energy of God.”
My guest is doing the work today, paying the dues, and gracefully managing the rewards.
Meet Ms. Felicity Smith, a phenomenal woman with a servant’s heart. The first time I met her, she was like a breath of fresh air. Her story will amaze and encourage and excite anyone who has ever felt left out, left behind, or left over. But let me let her connect with you personally.
Enjoy the podcast.Until next time, remember,
You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.