Girl Power! For International Women’s Day

It’s true. Girl power is a thing! I definitely feel that females are building each other up, complimenting and sticking by each other and appreciating what we bring to society. Whether it’s Kim Kardashian, Theresa May or Emma Gonzalez, we love to see women succeed and thrive. So we should! We’ve had women in the past work extremely hard for gender equality, support and the honour to just be taken seriously, and this should be etched in our minds so that we are eternally grateful for the opportunities we now have, with thanks to those historic events.

Feminism to me, is based around gender equality. Women being given the same opportunities as men, being listened to because of their views and not because they look good and sister solidarity. I’m not extreme in my views because historically, feminists did just want equal opportunities for men and women. I believe this happens but there is still a long way to go on some areas of society.

I’m aware my feminist views are very vague and I could quite easily be sitting on the fence when it comes to opinions here. However, I do feel strongly about extreme feminists and how they can make it very hard for men, businesses and the media to say and do anything that favour males. Men definitely get given a hard time these days. If men are succeeding too quickly or before their female colleagues, then it needs to be investigated because this is clearly not fair. It’s favouring males, the pay gap is worsening, they start to feel they have more power over women and they are given far more opportunities than us females. And so it continues. You get the picture. If a woman succeeds quicker than her male colleagues, what happens? What is the reaction? She is fantastic, a role model, deserving of such rewards. A strong, powerful individual who we should enforce as a role model for our daughters. The support for the woman here is amazing and so true but it should be equal to the male colleague too. He most probably works hard and deserves the promotion too. Yes, it’s easier for men sometimes because it is less likely that they have distractions from childcare and pregnancy and maternity leave. But it’s easier for women in other areas too. Women talk about their emotions a lot easier than men (on the most part) so are more likely to request time off for their well being.

Moving on from feminists and the feminism debacle, my message on international women’s day…

Send love to the ladies in your life. Appreciate all that they do and bring to society. Build your sisters up and help them succeed. Shout out to those women you see trying their hardest and be their rock when you’re needed. You come across so much negativity in your life, and not liking someone because their hair is in better condition than yours seems a little silly. Make a challenge for yourself and give out compliments to strangers today, and everyday. It makes people feel good and without beating around the bush, you will feel good for it too. So give it a go! I’ll let you know how I get on.

The Five Reasons Why I’m Committing to Improving My Post Partum Body, Now!

The days are still short, nights are long, cold and dark and the only sweet stuff in the house is left over candy canes, and that just won’t do!

For every time I feel an ounce of motivation to get on the health and fitness wagon, I get five reasons to quit that come along with it. So, I’m being super strict with myself and I’ve searched deep to find the five reasons to get started now! I am trying hard to squish the quitting demons but occasionally Papa John calls my name and sends pizza!

So, here I am, 34 weeks pregnant and wearing a tight dress and very high heels (which you luckily can’t see in this photo, because as it turns out, pregnant swelling feet from dancing all night do not fit into beautiful, strappy heels… hello, little toes. Get back in my shoe!)

Although I started waddling and my face was round, I had confidence in the way I looked and wore clothes I wouldn’t normally wear. I was proud of my pregnant body, so why shouldn’t I be proud of what I have now?

1. Working on your body confidence should be priority!

I may not be where I want to be in regards to my size and shape, but I was carrying a baby 6 and a half months ago and I should be proud of that achievement alone, as well as how well I’ve done so far. Especially since we have just had Christmas and lots of cheese!

To improve body confidence, focus on clothing. I’m going to reward myself and my body with fresh threads that make me feel good and stop putting off buying an item of clothing because it’s not the size I should be buying. This is punishment. This is an unhealthy way of looking at the body I have. I’m going to find those areas I’ve worked hard on and show them off, even if that means skinny jeans that shoe off my ankles, because they look great and that’s about it! I’ll get there, one small body part at a time.

2. It’s January. Exercise will help me beat the blues.

I’m not expecting to love going for a run outside when it’s almost freezing, dark and raining but there’s something enjoyable about running in a group with like minded individuals that meet once a week and use this exercising opportunity to catch up with each other’s lives. Group exercise is encouraging and fun when you find something that suits you. I’ve become quite fond of this lifestyle

3. Milo will soon outrun me so I need to learn to keep up.

I’m doing that by putting him in the running buggy and running for my life. It gives me a head start because if he follows his dad, Milo will be lapping me with ease by age 3! Running isn’t just a good form of exercise, it’s good for the soul and your mental health. Being outdoors helps free your mind of negative thoughts and practicing mindfulness whilst you run reminds you how to release tension and just let go. And if you reap the benefits of the great outdoors, imagine how good it is for the little ones?!

4. Marbella hen and bridesmaid duties!

Yes. I want to feel good when wearing a bikini again. I initially thought that I want to look good in a bikini again but if I asked my husband for his opinion, he would say that I already do so I’m relying on the confidence I get when I’m sun kissed and less wobbly to know I’ve succeeded in getting my Marbella bikini body!

5. If I’m teaching my son to be the best version of himself, he needs role models. Starting with me.

This is what is most important in my eyes. If we all try to be the best version of ourselves, we show our children how we expect them to act. To follow this through life, I believe we are helping our children develop great qualities in themselves and they will learn to look for positive personality traits in others too.

Let’s all help contribute to a change in this world that gives hope and spreads love and good vibes between each other. Small changes from everyone now can make a huge difference for the future!