Girl Power: How to Stay true to yourself and other mermaids!
Female empowerment comes from our love and support for all our sisters out there. She doesn’t have to be your biological sister or even a cousin; remember that friends are the family we choose for ourselves.
Girl power. I don’t mean the Spice Girls (okay, maybe I mean them just a little) but girl power is so much more than being bold with your fashion choices. Female empowerment is something that comes from within and grows stronger with each person you share it with, women AND men. Yup, men. Because really, valuing ourselves as women has a lot to do with the men in our lives as well. Whether he’s your father or your partner, finding our inner female strength has a lot to do with how we treat all the people in our lives, not just our sisters.
As young girls, we are exposed to so much. No longer are we raised to be nurses or assistants, we are told to shoot for the stars. The next female CEO, the next female President or Prime Minister, these are all now attainable goals for today’s girls. The women of the 20th Century worked so hard so that us mermaids of the 21st Century can have so much. The flip side of this is that, it’s still our choice. Whether you choose to stay at home with your kids or spend 11 hours a day working towards your dreams, the choice is up to you.
I was lucky enough to be raised by a smart and strong woman who taught me the value of education, but also the importance of family and friends. And I was even luckier to have a sister whom with I could share my life experiences. Psst see my earlier post on travel. Female empowerment comes from our love and support for all our sisters out there. She doesn’t have to be your biological sister or even a cousin; remember that friends are the family we choose for ourselves.
When women stick together, our possibilities are endless. So let’s quit the mommy wars, the judgments and one-upping, and remember how to put your best foot forward, everyday. Here are some quick tips on how to unleash your inner Goddess:
GOLDEN RULE! I cannot stress this enough. If you learnt it as a child, it’s probably pretty easy and pretty important. Let’s all remember to “do unto others” and treat everyone (especially our sisters) with the love and respect they deserve.
DO THINGS FOR YOURSELF: As mothers, sisters, employees, etc, us gals often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Remember that loving your fellow mermaids also involves loving yourself. So go get that pedicure, have a glass of wine in the tub, or just go for a walk to clear your thoughts. Sometimes my happiest times are walking my dog through the park, alone.
BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF YOU: While it’s great to have the support and love of friends and family, you are your best cheerleader. Be brave, be strong, be independent. Don’t rely on others to take care of you. People can let you down, but you should never let yourself down. Trust in yourself and be positive in whatever you do, your life will thank you for it ;)
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Why do you count on your girlfriends? How do you remember to do unto others as you would yourself? Let us know!