Societal Norms Should Not Be Your Standard

Societal Norms Should Not Be Your Standard

This past weekend, I took part in a fun photoshoot for a friend and local business owner, N-Dowd. During the photoshoot, I had the chance to talk with some amazing women. One of the conversation revolved around how society tries to define what it means to be a woman. As young girls and even early into our womanhood, we allowed these norms of society to be the standards we had for ourselves. These norms that society creates no longer defines who we are or what path we want to take. If you are feeling lost or out of alignment with who you are, you may be trying to live up to societal expectations that are not right for you. Here are some reminders that we all need from time to time as we grow through life.

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The Ultimate Achievement

The Ultimate Achievement

As an extremely goal-oriented person, I am always working towards a personal or professional goal that I set for myself. This character trait of mine is both a gift and a flaw. A gift because I am always learning and growing. A flaw because I rarely let my brain relax. This is something I’ve become more aware of this year and with that, I’ve been forcing myself to schedule “chill time” in my calendar. If you are a goal-oriented person like me, you probably struggle with this too, but being able to chill and enjoy the present is just as important as the goal you want to achieve.

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Why You Need to Know Yourself

Why You Need to Know Yourself

It was not until two years after college that I started to realize that I had been following the norms of society without question. As a young woman, I was worried getting a stable job, finding a husband, and having kids. Nowhere in my vision was there a worry about my own career and development. Sure, I was focused on doing well at my job and enjoying life, but I was not in a mindset that allowed me to develop myself as an individual. I cannot pin point a specific realization that led me to start prioritizing self-awareness, but here is why knowing yourself is the key to living your best life.

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Live Courageously

Live Courageously

I recently watched Brené Brown’s The Call to Courage and I may need that on a weekly basis. Before I watched it, I was feeling a little bit in a funk and remembered my friend telling me about this talk on Netflix. I’m so glad I chose to watch this instead of yet another episode of Grey’s Anatomy (no offense, Grey’s, you will still be my go-to).

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Your Happiness Matters

Your Happiness Matters

As I sit here and write on an early weekday morning, I can’t help but share the message that taking care of yourself should always be your number one priority. We find value in helping others but I feel a lot of us do not take the time to help ourselves. If you help yourself first, you will be able to better serve others. That’s a win-win to me.

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My Food Freedom Journey

My Food Freedom Journey

There is a myth that I used to believe in my early twenties. I used to believe that my body shape and size would bring me happiness. I used to think that having a perfectly toned and fit body would make me truly happy and so I spent countless hours meal prepping and workout planning.

I was on this hardcore diet and workout cycle for the good part of my early twenties and I really never found happiness.

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