Their powerful words and their brave actions…

As America celebrates the fourth of July, I thought I’d focus on a few powerful women in American history for the continuation of our summer series on women leaders.

I was astounded reading the accomplishments of so many women from our past and I wish I could share them all. If you have a moment, just Google a list of women who shaped America and lose yourself in the awesomeness of these ladies.

I wanted to share about three of those women today and share some of their words.

Harriet Tubman is the definition of courage and strength. Born into slavery in 1822, she later escaped and guided many slaves to freedom using a network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. Tubman was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war. Just last year, the U.S. Treasury Department was discussing a plan for Tubman to become the new face of the $20 bill.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
– Harriet Tubman

Amelia Earhart is a prime example of taking action on your dreams. She was born in 1897 and would go on to become the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She wrote best-selling books about her travels and set many aviation records.

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
– Amelia Earhart

Eleanor Roosevelt is an example of standing up for what you believe in. She was born in 1884 and was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. She spoke out about roles for women in the workforce, as well as the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans.

“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Roosevelt and Earhart were actually good friends. Roosevelt even getting a student permit with aspirations of learning to fly. That didn’t happen, but the two remained close. I’d love to have been a guest at lunch with these two women, wouldn’t you? The conversations they must have had!

All of these women inspire me as a business owner and a woman in 2017.
They were the true trailblazers.

Be courageous, take action, stand up for what you believe in.
Simple advice, but not always easy to follow.

Tell me about your female idol from American history!

A Key Piece not to miss at year-end

IMG_6682There’s something you don’t do enough. You should do it. You think about doing it. But it isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. Why is this important and why do I encourage you to join me in this?

You need to celebrate!

Seriously.

Every single time I make a sale, I celebrate.

If I sell a copy of my book, that’s $20. That’s a manicure. That’s a cause for celebration. It doesn’t always have to be the big sales that get our attention. Those little sales make a much bigger impact than you think.

Celebrating your success is a way to reflect and appreciate the fact that you are living your dream. You are running a business, bringing in an income and working every day to accomplish new goals.

Celebrations can mean many things. Maybe it’s a purchase, but sometimes it’s just a simple pleasure like spending an evening with your friend, or for me this past weekend, celebrating my husband Michael’s birthday and filling an entire weekend with fun. Or it’s taking the team to lunch or writing an email to your mentor.

We work hard! And we need to allow ourselves to enjoy it. No sale is too small to raise a glass in celebration. Whether it’s mulled wine, champagne or apple cider – whatever your fancy.

And celebrations don’t have to be major, either.

My team and I use various forms of communication and one of our channels is an app called Slack. It’s a great place to keep projects in check, but it’s also a fantastic place to share the good news of what’s happening in the business and send over congratulations and thanks.

Just tagging one another in the app and sending over a “super job” or “way to go,” boosts morale and keeps us motivated and moving toward the next chapter.

Celebrate! That’s my advice for this week and especially as you enter the new year. Share your celebrations with me on the SSC Facebook or LinkedIn page! I want to hear from you!