I had the opportunity to see Dr Lois Frankel recently at a Sydney Business Chicks event. She is a fantastic speaker who tells it how it is. No nonsense or dancing around the truth. She makes it crystal clear. In the two hour workshop she squeezed in many messages to a room full of 200 women. The one that really struck me was, ‘Women are worth it.’
It’s a pretty simple message but one we absolutely forget. We forget because we tend to put others before ourselves. You know, the husband, partner, kids, family, friends, work, housework, chores and the list goes on. We often get so immersed and consumed by our lives we simply forget to nurture ourselves.
We simply forget we’re ‘worth it’.
What is ‘worth it’ anyway? Let’s look at a few things that make women, ‘worth it’:-
1) We have amazing bodies
Okay, some of us have more to hug than others or things may not quite look how they used to. However, the female body is something to be proud of. It’s much better looking than the male body. It allows us to carry other human beings and be able to feed them. It expands and it shrinks. If we look after it, it looks after us.
2) We are amazing multi-taskers
As women, we have the unique ability to do several things at once and even manage to have eyes at the back of our head. I always wondered how my mum knew what I was doing! Many of us work part time or full time, have families or other responsibilities and somehow we seem to accomplish so much. We juggle this while making that, we organise this and clean that. In the chaos of our lives, we often focus on what we haven’t done, rather than how much we have done.
3) We are amazing nurturers
Sometimes you just need a hug or a few loving words to soothe the soul. There’s nothing better than a mum’s hug. It makes everything better. As for soothing the soul, somehow we women always find the words for any situation. We make things better. We know what to say to make someone feel loved and to soothe their soul. It’s special. It’s a gift.
4) We are resilient
Resilience is a core part of a women’s worth. We often get knocked down and have to get right back up. We are determined when we want to be and more importantly, when we need to be. We are stronger than we ever believed. We push forward when we never knew how to or never thought we could.
5) We are valuable
Every woman is valuable. We are valuable in all that we do, our contribution to business, communities, families and friendships. We run businesses, empires, blog, bake, bring up children, cook, clean and shop. And that list has only just begun.
Being valuable is underestimated. I looked up the word ‘valuable’ in the Collins GEM Australian English Dictionary, it read:-
“precious, worthy, capable of being valued”
Those few words say it all. As women we are precious, worthy and capable of being valued.
Whatever we do each day in our lives, we offer value to all that we do. For that, we need to be proud. For that, we are ‘worth it”.
So tell me, how are you worth it?