Happy Mugs Monday, Boss Babes! I hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend no matter what you were up to. We also have a super fun Galentine's giveaway in collaboration with Allison Foley of Hazel + Dot! We also have a fab monday motivation topic for you, but will get to that soon. Enter to win a basket of goodies for you & your Boss bestie by entering our contest HERE. You could win a basket filled with candy, Rosé, (2) portable Goverre wine glasses, & more from Hazel + Dot, as well as a (2) tote bags & a (2) 'Boss Babe Vibes' desk art prints from Boss Babe Club. One winner will be chosen this Friday, February 9 at 10 a.m. Official rules below. Good luck!
"We're not just here to serve ourselves. We're here to make the world a better place." -Maya Lin
Now for some motivation & introspection! Let's talk about finding balance in giving & receiving support. We've talked a lot about surrounding ourselves with people who love & support us and letting other “noise” get drowned out. But there’s something key here that I feel the need to discuss, and that’s giving more love & support than we receive. Boss Babe Sandra Wagner is living in Taiwan teaching English with her husband and we’ve stayed in touch since she left Tampa a year ago. She recently paid me a really kind compliment, and said she that loved how well I could connect with other people. I’m so grateful to have my efforts to build relationships with Boss Babes I admire be noticed. The funny thing is that how I connect with other people is all about them. It’s not about me at all. I make it a point to notice others: their stories, their style, their passion. When people feel appreciated, they remember that experience. Boss Babe Club is all about others: their challenges, their goals, their journey. When you support & notice others, you build a strong foundation of respect & community. The more community we have, the better suited we are to grow, both personally & professionally.
It’s not enough to be grateful to those who raise you up. We have to support those around us first, not just in return. You know that cute little saying you’ve seen on Pinterest, “throw kindness around like confetti”? THIS. This is the attitude we should have for other people & their work. Notice & praise their efforts. They will appreciate it beyond words & will remember how it made them feel. It’s so important to be dishing out more than we’re receiving, because that is what it truly means to be grateful.
I’m going to make a point to add balance to the conversation of community and confidence— I believe we need to want success for ourselves and for others equally. There’s a balance that’s needed. As Maya Lin said, "We're not just here to serve ourselves. We're here to make the world a better place." You reap what you sow, but reaping is a direct cause of sowing really well & really hard. Focus on sowing & you can’t go wrong.
Give love, get love, & make the world a Boss place. Have an amazing week & stay the fantastic Boss I know you are! xx
*Official Galentine's Contest Rules: One entry per Boss Babe. This contest is meant for Tampa-based entrants. The deadline to enter is Friday, February 9, 2017 at 10 AM, EST. Once a winner is chosen via email, that winner has within 24 hours to respond in order to receive details to claim her prizes. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, the prize will be given to another entrant. Thanks for being excited about our contest and may the odds be ever in your favor. :)