Growing up on a ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills, I lived among the tales and trails of the Western Frontier. Where people still lived on their family homesteads; surviving dust bowls, depressions and even prosperity. I was always fascinated by the woman who made that journey from the known to the unknown. The woman who said yes to a path away from the usual. The woman (with a certain drive, grit and spirit) who shed more than her bustles to become the artist, educator, entrepreneur and innovator that help establish a new frontier.
Women have a way of breathing new life in a weary situation. This is a foundation of building a future. On the ranch, you learn (early on) to live in concert with nature. There is the ebb and flow to life where balance does not mean that the scales are always even. You learn that achievement comes by the little things done well. There is no glass ceiling on the ranch, couples are partners sharing the same goals and willing to do what it takes achieve those goals. It is from this multifaceted relationship, you learn the VALUE OF BEING A WOMAN.
Ten Things My Mom Taught Me in the Value of a Woman:
1. Pray for everything.
2. The meaning of hospitality and community
3. Encouragement builds confidence.
4. Take what nature gives you and create something beautiful.
5. See the world in gratitude.
6. Learning to receive is as important as the gift of giving.
7. Reading , music and story telling
8. Being disappointed is not the end of the world.
9. Life is not all about you… Drama won’t get you far.
10. Influence is the ultimate power, learn to use it wisely.
Ten things My Dad Taught Me in the Value of a Woman:
1. Always have a quarter in your pocket to call home in case of an emergency (or in today’s world, have your fully charged cell phone).
2. Not all things are meant for women.
3. A man does not know his land until he has to walk it.
4. You can clean the stalls and work in the field without losing your femininity.
5. Think and discern to reduce the need to be sorry.
6. Sometimes you have to chase the bully of third-base to finish the game.
7. Take the consequences of chasing the bully off third-base.
8. Nothing is free; everything costs you something – know the difference between worth and value.
9. When the storm passes, count your animals and check all your fences.
10. There is always a way to get unstuck.
88 DAYS ON THE WALL: This is the 6th Annual 100 DAY CHALLENGE to the end of the year.How are you doing on your 2014 goals? Do you have your ACTION PLAN yet? What one thing can you do today to get you closer to your goal? There is a natural tendency to drift and lose focus as we approach the end of anything. Drift can kill momentum and zap energy causing you to lose sight of the goal. Take stock of where you are (right now) and use the final 100 days of the year to encourage, clear the clutter and build momentum. This year we a look at – WHATEVER YOU PUT TO USE GROWS – how it may help you or hurt you.
Suzy Graven is a Writer, Speaker and Life/Work Strategy Coach. She produces documentaries and leadership training seminars under the banner “Woman Behind the Brand™”. Her unique experiences provides a doorway to work and learn from amazing leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs along with the sage of those who work closest to nature. This perspective serves as a catalyst for women wanting to grow their professional and personal lives. It leads to a thinking (anchored in real possibility) that generates vision and translates into effective action. You will gain power in dealing with every-day issues, and become free to live a major league life. Go to http://suzygraven.com. For information on Suzy’s coaching and to book a her as a speaker, send your requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org.