Being a woman in this world comes with trauma, bias, insecurity, and fear. For one day in a year, we are treated like special snowflakes, and for the other 364 days, women go back to being the “inferior” gender. The world may take its own sweet time to change, but that shouldn’t stop us from changing things for ourselves. So, here are some promises every woman should make to herself this International Women’s Day.
1. Be financially educated
You are working hard to earn every penny, so make sure your money works hard too. Educate yourself about how to grow and save your money. Learn about different investment opportunities, look into building your assets. Plan your finances well enough to be able to not just live comfortably, but to also have something to fall back on when you retire.
2. Start a side gig
Having a job is a good thing, but you should also work on building an empire of your own. You don’t necessarily have to build the next Microsoft or Google. Go for it, if that’s what you want, but you can also start by having a secondary source of income. Whether it’s a small business of your own or freelance services, do whatever it is that interests you.
3. Believe in yourself
Whether the world believes you or not, you gotta believe in yourself, girl! There is no other person who knows you better than you know yourself. This means that no one realises your potential better than you. Do not let anyone walk into your life and tell you that you don’t have the ability to do something. Trust your gut, trust in your awesomeness, and go grab your dreams.
4. Lose toxic people
Friends, romantic partners or family–if they are toxic, lose them. There should be no place for people who add no value to your life. Your life should be a safe space, and the people who get your time should be worth it. No matter how long or close the relationship is, if they are toxic, it is time to cut them off.
5. Set your boundaries
Setting boundaries can be difficult. Saying no to something you are uncomfortable doing can seem daunting. But it really isn’t. Make your boundaries clear and communicate them to others. Identify the people who have constantly broken promises to you or exploited you and define your boundaries to them. Playing nice all the time is not good for your mental and emotional well-being, ladies.
6. Allow yourself to fall
It’s perfectly okay to fall because you can always get back up. Don’t be afraid of setbacks and don’t chase after perfection. Perfection is overrated. Failing at one thing does not make you a failure. It just means that you did not succeed at one thing you tried to do. The best part is that you get to learn from your failures. You get to learn what not to do the next time. So, give yourself the permission to fall, and once you are ready, get back up and go rule the world.
7. Put yourself first
You are a queen, babe. Treat yourself like one. The most important promise you need to make to yourself is to love yourself. Respect yourself and treat yourself the way you would want others to treat you. Do the things that help you grow as an individual. Exercise regularly, indulge in your hobbies, learn something new, and have a drink when you want one. Make yourself happy and make that a priority.
Are you making yourself any other promises this Women’s Day? Let us know in the comments.
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