Maya Angelou: A phenomenal woman…

Leaves a legacy and many lessons By Susan Caba Maya Angelou, poet, author and phenomenal woman, died earlier this week. I realized, when I heard the news,  that I really knew very little about her. I had read only her best-known book, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.” So, with her distinctive voice echoing through the house in tributes to her passing, I Googled the poems I was hearing for the first time on the radio. What an eye-opener they were, especially “Phenomenal Woman.” That poem should be given to every girl on her 12th … [Read more...]

Women’s Self-Worth & Work-Worth: Chicken Or Egg?

After decades of unequal pay for U.S. women, we need to continue shoring up our self-worth so that we can better value -- and demand -- our work's worth.  Rationally we may acknowledge that our work's worth shouldn't be tied to our sense of self-worth. Sometimes it feels hard to separate the two. Which comes first:  self-worth or establishing our work's worth?  Is this another proverbial chicken or egg scenario? Gendered Indies The Freelancers Union estimates that 1 in 3 adults now work independently in this country. A private research … [Read more...]

Ultimate Sign of Worth

Advertising confers value. Publicity is a virtue. Therefore, celebrity is the most virtuous thing of all." -- Alice Waters One of my American heroines, Alice Waters, shared this rather Orewellian logic chain in her 2002 speech at a REAP (Resource Efficient Agricultural Production) Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Waters is the founder of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. She has championed local, organic farms for over four decades. More recently, her ideas have been introduced into public schools as the Edible … [Read more...]

Be Intentionally ‘Re-Inventional’

Hey you, I know you, you are... AMAZING WORTHY WHOLE POWERFUL Give yourself PERMISSION to start fresh this year! The past was a learning experience and this year, pick just one REENERGIZING, REINVIGORATING, REJUVENATING WORD to describe YOU. BEAUTIFUL WISE KIND You have the power to define you!  Go on, be like Madonna (okay, or Miley if you are so inclined) and be a little bit intentionally 'RE-INVENTIONAL.'   STRONG BRAVE Start with how you talk to yourself.   Choose one word you'll use all year long to describe YOU to … [Read more...]

Affirming Your Worth

This week, let's check in with our inside! Accomplishments, activities, accolades and things can be wonderfully validating but think about it, external validation doesn't entirely make for happiness, at least not the sustainable kind. Building a sense of self-worth that is independently strong, internally solid, is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. Recently during a #TweetChat I mentioned the research-based 5:1 Rule. Highly effective leaders (we're all leading something, not the least of which is our lives) positively acknowledge … [Read more...]

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