Empowered Women Empower Women
For as long as I can remember, there has been a sense of competition with the girls I surrounded myself with. Rather than the movement around empowerment that is present today. Even at a young age, I didn’t understand why my friends would say negative things to one another. My mom would often justify their behavior. “They’re just jealous,” or “Maybe she’s having a bad day.”
Although these justifications were most likely true, it didn’t make the behavior appropriate. Now, looking back as a grown woman, I am realizing that everyone involved was programmed to believe that this is how we are meant to behave. One girl would do something to bring us down, the next generation of women would justify it to make it ok, teaching their children to allow it happen again.
Over the last couple years, there has been a major shift on how young girls and women relate to one another. At some point, we realized that we don’t have to break each other down to succeed. I believe that this has something to do with the fact that people are realizing they don’t have to work at a huge corporation to succeed. As more and more women find themselves empowered enough to succeed without the intensity that comes with corporations, the more they realize that there is enough success to go around, and that we can empower one another rather than compete.
There is a lot more attention on small companies, small businesses and women owned companies. The masses are realizing that the way they spend their money can influence their future, as well as the future of their children, neighbors and friends. The more money and time we put towards supporting an individual rather than a bank, the more empowered the people are.
This is something that I ponder often. Where I put my time and attention is extremely important. More important than what I was raised to believe. Although my parents are both entrepreneurs and now view the world differently, I was certainly raised going to Walmart and eating McDonalds. People just didn’t know what these corporations are truly doing to our economy.
Now that I am far more conscious than I was in the past, I do everything that I can to support a healthy and flourishing economic system. This was a major factor that contributed to why I became a small business owner. Not only does this encourage my friends and family to support my small business but also, to consider all of the other small businesses around them.
Now that I have the capability to support the women around me, I am very proud to say that I was able to hire two young women at the beginning of this year. Working as an all-female company is truly astonishing. Although I have nothing against men (please note that I am married and have two sons, who I love dearly), it is very important for me to embrace the fact that women often get the short end of the stick (This is another subject for another day; haha!) and if we want something, we have to work harder for it. I love to see women doing what they love and that is why SSElixirs is operated and owned by women!
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