Perfume Sweet & Whiskey Strong

Okay – I think I can get use to having time to blog again. Truthfully, I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to come up with biweekly content, but I think I found a system to brainstorming. (Even though system and brainstorming should never be used in the same sentence…)

I have a canvas above my television that reads, “do one thing every day that makes you happy.” While brainstorming the other night, I thought why not take one moment from every day and figure out how to write about it?

After all, this is a lifestyle blog. My whole purpose is to take my everyday experiences and interpret them into a life lesson that hopefully lights a spark in at least one person. It also helps me to remember that God has a plan for each one of us and every second that he gives to me is meant to teach and shape me into a better version of myself.

So today’s inspiration? This song. Have you heard it yet? If not, do yourself a favor and give it a listen, even if country music isn’t your style.

*Disclaimer – I tried to get the official video to embed and couldn’t figure it out to save my life. The clips randomly shown throughout this video are from the movie Suffragette.

My new life motto is “I’m perfume sweet and whiskey strong.” I swear, check my Twitter bio.

In my personal opinion, this song is the ultimate anthem to girl power. I think it should be mandatory for every female to listen to it at least once a week, just as a reminder that we can do whatever we put our minds to.

I have a very strong and independent mother, and I come from a line of outspoken Italian women. Believe me when I say I’m not afraid to speak my mind, stand up for myself and others when needed and give a little attitude if necessary.
These women have also taught me the value of hard work, perseverance and patience. I’m aware that Rome wasn’t built in a day. In the same sense, I know that my successes cannot be handed to me – I have to earn them. I have to put in the extra time, the extra dedication, so that I can show the world what I’m capable of doing.

One thing I’ve been fortunate to be a part of is the Cape Chamber Women’s Network. I was an intern at the Chamber during some of the initial planning of this organization, and seeing women from the community come together to form this group for other women was truly incredible and humbling, especially as a young professional.

A topic that was discussed that really stuck with me was mentoring. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a very solid group of women at Saint Francis Medical Center, Southeast Missouri State University, Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, Inc., the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and now United Way of Southeast Missouri. Each one of these fine ladies has taught me both professional and personal life lessons that will stick with me forever. (You guys know who you are if you’re reading this too, so give yourself a pat on the back!)

Truthfully, I hope that one day I’m able to mentor a young lady the way I’ve been mentored over the last couple of years. I think that’s one of the best tools we as women have – the power to help one another through the adventures of life. Everything is a learning experience, and we’ll all make mistakes. One of the biggest things we can do for one another is tell our stories and support those we have the chance to work with.

So ladies – find the women’s group in your area. Whether it be a part of your career path in a professional organization, socially with a sorority at the collegiate level or through a philanthropic women’s leadership council. Find what niche you fit into and grow with it. The values you’ll take away will be bigger than you could ever fathom, and you’ll meet other women who will make you stronger in every aspect of your life.

And don’t ever forget to fight like a girl. XOXO

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