Empowerment

Empowerment Is Free: Share Your Story!

by Alli on December 14, 2016

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empowerment-share-your-story Empowering people and sharing stories of empowerment have become my passion over the last few years. I think that it is actually one of the most helpful things that you can do for yourself. Hearing other people’s stories – finding the kernel that you relate to – and letting it impact your life. It is a special relationship that you are building. I am extremely excited to announce that I am working on a new project (which I will tell you much more about soon!) and I would love to share your stories. We all have stories of empowerment to share and I encourage you to own your truth and your history and, if you are comfortable enough, share these stories with my audience.

Empowerment is achieved in countless ways, so these stories can range from being a survivor of abuse or illness to finding a way to get out of debt and beyond. Your story can be as long or as short as you feel comfortable with and I am more than happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. This is a family friendly site, so all I do ask is that you please keep that in mind in regards to language. You are welcome to email your stories or questions to couponingfor4 (at) gmail (dot) com and we can go from there!

Like I said, everyone has a story of empowerment, whether you think that you do or not. And if you can’t remember anything today, be open to thinking back on your experiences and what someone else may learn from situations went through. My goal is to create a community of empowerment and I so look forward to sharing that with you very soon.

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empowerment-feel-the-rain When you think about your world, do you tend to be a glass half full or glass half empty person? I don’t mean the person you portray to the public – I mean in your heart of hearts, known only to you. Do you usually think that everything is going to be okay? Or are you pretty sure that it won’t be? One isn’t better than the other – they both have their benefits – but it is about finding a balance and making it work for your life. As the beautiful quote goes, “Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” (There is some debate about who said this, but out of the research I’ve found, Roger Miller (or someone unknown) is the most likely candidate.)

I tend to be a glass half full person – to a fault. I live my life believing that there is some kind of plan and I tend to think of the obstacles as being put there for me to learn from. I am annoying that way, and it is something I own. So where does this put me on a daily basis? Usually I try to see the world as a beautiful place with gifts to give, lessons to offer and vulnerabilities to nurture. I love the little things, like when my son can’t help but burst out laughing or when my daughter gives a relaxed sigh while I’m hugging her. I eat those up. This isn’t to say that I don’t see the world for what it is. I am not naive, I am a Chicagoan. I think that I’m tougher than I am, I am sarcastic, I’m a realist and I like things to be fair, even if they’re not in my favor. But when something happens that doesn’t fit into the glass-half-full-world that I see? It is devastating to me. I can’t make sense of it because I am never ready for it. And that’s the rub.

Sometimes I wish that I had a harder shell. I wish that I could watch the news and spend time on Facebook without having to speed past all of the negativity about our world. I want to raise my children in an environment where they are as safe as possible and part of that means that I have to take care of my own anxiety. I know that I’m not alone in this. You can’t shut out the entire world (nor should you) and you have to live your life. There are responsibilities that we have to take care of regardless of our mental state or the state of the world. You cannot completely shut down and you cannot run around consistently vulnerable. It is a tightrope walk on a fine line between too much and too little.

The above quote is one that I love because I think that it is a statement about one’s attitude. It is a commentary about what you want and what you are willing to experience to get there. What gratitude you are able to feel along the way and how vulnerable you are willing to be.

As I’m writing this, the song “Wait For It” from Hamilton is running through my head.

“We laugh and we cry
And we break
And we make our mistakes…
I’m willing to wait for it.”

Feeling the rain is a matter of being in it. Being willing to risk being open and letting it drizzle in. Regardless of whether your glass is typically half full or half empty, you can feel the rain. Be open to the process that this world may have in store for you. Feel the rain when you are in it and appreciate those moments. Otherwise, you are just getting wet.

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Empowerment Is Free: You Can’t Always Look On The Bright Side

November 16, 2016
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One of the things that I think most of us can agree on is that women are fixers. We are always in the “business” trying to fix something or actually doing it. We are good for that! We are dependable that way. But when a problem doesn’t have a solution, we feel stunted. We feel […]

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Empowerment Is Free: Be The Reason Someone Smiles Today

November 9, 2016
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On this day after the election, I think it’s safe to say that most of us are exhausted. Regardless of who you voted for, this has been a very difficult and negative election season. And now it’s time for us to start picking up the pieces. I don’t mean this in terms of politics – […]

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Empowerment Is Free: Don’t Get Lost In Your Current Life Chapter

November 2, 2016
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Have you ever heard people say “Life Is Long?” And at the same time they say that it passes in the blink of an eye? I think both are actually true. There are so very many chapters in life that it sometimes seems like you have forever. And then there are those times in life […]

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Empowerment Is Free: Take A Leap Of Faith And The Net Will Appear

October 26, 2016
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Taking chances can be extremely intimidating. You never know what might happen and you never know what the results will be. That said, taking chances can also be extremely rewarding and lead you down paths that you never knew where there. One of my favorite Indiana Jones movie moments (next to “Son, I’m sorry – […]

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Empowerment Is Free: Forgiving Is Not About Forgetting Or Absolving, It Is Taking Your Power Back

October 19, 2016
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Last week we talked about apologizing for the mistakes we’ve made, so this week I want to talk about the other side of the coin – forgiveness. I think that forgiveness is seen in two different ways. First, we see forgiveness as something generous and giving when someone has wronged us inadvertently or approaches us […]

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Empowerment Is Free: Bravery Isn’t Being Fearless; It Is Being Afraid And Doing It Anyway

October 5, 2016
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When you think of the word “bravery,” you might conjure images of Sleeping Beauty’s prince fighting Maleficent as a dragon or Anna approaching Elsa’s ice castle in Frozen. These images give you the feeling that bravery is something that happens because these people are strong. And while that is true, they leave out one very […]

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Empowerment Is Free: Silence Is A Source Of Great Strength

September 28, 2016
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I have always been a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants girl of my own mind. I hear other people and I listen to other people, but if I think that I know what’s right, I’m going to do it my way. I have been that way since I was a little one and I appreciate very much that my […]

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Empowerment Is Free: That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger

September 21, 2016
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People say it so often that it’s almost become a cliche, but really think about the words: That which does not kill us makes us stronger. We all have events in our life that challenge us and shape us. It may be divorce, domestic issues, the loss of a loved one or other serious events […]

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Empowerment Is Free: You Can Have Results Or Excuses – Not Both

September 7, 2016
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I think that we all have things that we’d like to do in life. Get married, have a car, own a restaurant, see close friends, play on a sports team – we all have those things. Some of the things happen and some don’t, which is just a part of life. But what about those […]

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Empowerment Is Free: It’s Not The Years In Your Life That Count – It’s The Life In Your Years

August 31, 2016
It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

It’s not the years in your life that count – It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln has been credited with this quote, but it’s not clear who actually wrote it. That said, I think that the sentiment is one that many have expressed over the years for one reason – it’s true. Life […]

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Empowerment Is Free: Self-Actualization Is The Key

July 20, 2016
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I have always been fascinated by psychology. I love learning about people – why they do what they do, where it all stems from. I love social psychology, I love forensic psychology, I love the mind in general. People are fascinating! When I was in fifth grade my parents were concerned because I started writing […]

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Empowerment Is Free – A New Series

May 18, 2016
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There are many things in this world that you can’t obtain without money. Houses, cars, clothing, food – it all requires some kind of money or assistance. But empowerment – my friends, empowerment is free. I am a HUGE proponent of empowering the ones that I love and the ones around me and I want […]

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