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Positively Badass: Affirmations and Words of Positivity for Empowered Women (Badass Affirmations) (English Edition) por [Becca Anderson]

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Becca Anderson is an author, teacher and writing instructor living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally from Ohio, Becca's background in women's studies has given her a lifelong passion for empowering women through their own herstory. The author of The Book of Awesome Women, Becca Anderson credits her first grade teacher as a great inspiration and runs several popular classes and workshops including "How to Put Your Passion on Paper."















--Este texto se refere à edição paperback.

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Chapter 1

Express Yourself (and Don’t Hold Back)

Strut Your Stuff

You embody your own style. This may be an obvious observation, but often we find ourselves comparing what we see in the mirror to the women we see in magazines, on television or film, or even in our everyday lives. What we don’t see is what happens when the camera clicks off. Many of these women dress or portray themselves in a certain way that is not necessarily who they are, and imitating that should not be something we emulate when we already have our own essence.

 

Our styles tend to shift and evolve throughout our lives, particularly when we go through major changes. A close friend of mine purchases an outlandish item when something drastic happens—a job is lost, a relationship comes to an end, etc. She uses it as sort of a reverse good luck charm, but I believe it is her way of embracing her beauty on her own terms. And let’s point out the obvious: Sometimes buying something that allows us to completely reinvent ourselves (which doesn’t have to break the bank) is a beautiful and healthy way to not only accessorize but expand our lives.


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Affirmation Station

I am not going to compare myself to anyone else.

I choose to wear things that are true to me.

I will let my own unique style shine.

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The Best Version of You Is…You!

Every outfit you admire, every color that lights up your face, every pair of shoes you flip for—they all reflect you at your best, ready to take on the world. No matter what type of woman you are—hipster, supermodel, academic—you are absolutely correct. There is no right way to be. How you choose to show yourself to the world and what makes you truly happy as a human being is how you should be living your life every single day without hesitation.

 

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Affirmation Station

I will express myself honestly.

I am never wrong in how I choose to be.

I love every part of me.

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No Labels Allowed

No one should make you feel ashamed of the things that make you happy. If you have been pigeonholed by one of these labels—let’s, say you are an athlete and love playing sports but decide to learn how to play a musical instrument and join a band—this is something you must keep in mind. Labels should not limit us from doing the things that we love. If you grew up interested in certain things but those interests shifted later in life, that is A-OK. As Marianne Williamson put it so well, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Know yourself, and don’t hold back. Give yourself permission to find the best within you and let it shine without shame or apology. Nobody’s going to benefit from your hesitation—you’ve got too much to get done to keep your talents hidden away just so that others are more comfortable around you. Dare to be powerful. Try it out. All those clichés—roll with the punches, just do it, you’ll never know until you try, you can do anything you set your mind to—well, they get stuck in our heads because they’re true. So go for it!

  

“You just have to look past it. You look how you look, be comfortable.”

—Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar-winning actress known for her candid and honest personality

 

“Don’t think about making women fit the world—think about making the world fit women.”

—Gloria Steinem, feminist journalist and social political activist who stood as a leader and a spokeswoman for the American feminist movement of the 1960s and ‘70s

 

“I think your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that.”

—Lauren Bacall, classic Hollywood actress known for her wide-minded views

 

“It’s a tiny revolution to express yourself fully and be who you want to be, especially when systems tell you that you can’t. I’ve realized how powerful it is for me to just discuss with young people and begin conversations.”

—Amandla Stenberg,performer and singer included in TIME’s list of Most Influential Teens in both 2015 and 2016

 

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Affirmation Station

I am comfortable with who I am.

I will never apologize for being myself.

I can be whoever I want to be.

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“When I am putting looks together, I dare myself to make something work. I always look for the most interesting silhouette or something that’s a little off, but I have to figure it out. I have to make it me. I think that’s the thrill in fashion.”

—Rihanna, singer, actress, and fashion designer who has sold over 250 million records


“Don’t adjust your self-expression to find an audience. You will regret it. It’s only fun if you are accepted as you are. And you will be, one day.”

—Yoko Ono,world-famous artist and musician who has influenced millions


“In the last year or two, I’ve become more confident and more comfortable. I never set out to be a clothing designer—I was an uncomfortable person, and so I wanted comfortable clothes. Women have great power—our voices and decisions can make a huge difference in the world.”

—Eileen Fisher,fashion designer and entrepreneur who founded the clothing brand Eileen Fisher Inc.

 

“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.”

—Simone de Beauvoir, writer, existentialist philosopher, political activist, and social theorist who played a big part in the development of feminism

 

Simone de Beauvoir

Existentialist writer Simone de Beauvoir was the founder of the feminist movement in France. Her book The Second Sex immediately took a place of importance in the feminist canon upon its publication in 1949, establishing de Beauvoir’s reputation as a first-rate thinker. Although her brutally honest examination of the condition of women in the first half of the twentieth century shocked some delicate sensibilities, others were gratified to have someone tell the truth of women’s experience as “relative beings.”

 

Born in 1908 to what she characterized as “bourgeois” parents, she met the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in her early twenties in a salon study group at Paris’s famed university, the Sorbonne. They recognized each other as soulmates immediately and stayed together for fifty-one years in a highly unorthodox partnership, wherein they left openings for “contingent loves” so as not to limit their capacity for enriching experiences. She eschewed motherhood and all forms of domesticity; the duo preferred cafés for all their meals. They lived together only very briefly during World War II and had difficulty protecting their privacy as word of the trendy new philosophy they espoused spread and their international prestige heightened.

 

While Sartre is generally credited as the creator of existentialism, de Beauvoir and the circle of leftist intellectuals that surrounded them were intricately involved in defining the movement. Her treatise Existentialism and the Wisdom of the Ages postulates the human condition as neutral, neither inherently good nor evil: “[The individual] is nothing at first,” she theorized; “it is up to him to make himself good or bad depending upon whether he assumes his freedom or denies it.” De Beauvoir’s first literary efforts were fictional. In 1943’s She Came to Stay, she fictionalizes the story of Sartre’s youthful protégé Olga Kosakiewicz, who entered into a triangular living relationship with the two French intellectuals. Next, she tackled the male point of view in her epic treatment of death, All Men Are Mortal, a novel whose central character was an immortal she tracked for seven centuries. In 1954, after the success of The Second Sex, de Beauvoir returned to fiction with The Mandarins, a novelization of the splintered and disenchanted French intelligentsia which included thinly disguised portrayals of Sartre, Albert Camus, and Nelson Algren, among others, and went on to win the illustrious Goncourt Prize.

 

She continued to write and publish, creating a weighty body of work. Her penetrating mind is perhaps most evident in the series of five memoirs she wrote, the most famous of which is the first, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter. She outlived Sartre and died on a Paris summer day in 1986 after a long and thoughtful life, leaving a legacy of significant contributions to gender and identity issues as well as to philosophy and literature.



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Chapter 5

Healthy Habits For Every Woman

You Need To Care About You

We all know how incredible it feels to be the root cause of someone else’s joy. As we’ve already talked about, doing something small for others can make a big difference. Now, the question is: Why wouldn’t we apply this same principle when it comes to our own happiness?

 

As a badass woman, you are killing it day after day. This can be within your role in the corporate world, as a stay-at-home mom, or as a working parent who is juggling it all—and no matter what path you find yourself on, you deserve a break, and while we’re at it, a treat. It’s as simple as that.

 

Try soaking your feet, having a facial, treating yourself to dinner. Or go beyond the mundane to splurge on a real vacation—maybe with your partner or a friend, or fly solo. A change of scenery is a whole other level of self-care: It helps us truly disconnect and gain some perspective that we often very much need. Go on, give it a try. Make a commitment to pamper yourself a little on the way to realizing your dreams.


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Affirmation Station

I deserve care.

I choose to put myself first.

I will treat myself.

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Stop! In The Name of Love

A big part of self-care is positive reinforcement. It is essential that while we are taking care of ourselves physically, we remember to take care of our emotional needs by treating ourselves with the utmost respect at all times. This means that we must refrain from negative self-talk. You are the pinnacle of awesome and thus deserve kindness no matter what the circumstances. In short, cut yourself some slack.

The extremely wise Dawna Markova, the author of some of my favorite books, including I Will Not Die an Unlived Life, says, “Your soul remembers when you put yourself down; it imprints upon you. Never do this. Self-compassion is key to a life well-lived.”

 

Many often ask, but how can I take better care of myself? You know the feeling too well: You’re worn out. The end of the rope you’re dangling from is frayed and about to snap. But you can’t stop. Your to-do list is longer than the beginnings of that novel you’ve been working on, and every second that ticks by is gone forever. Stop! You’re no good to anyone in this state—not to your boss, your best friends, your family, and most of all, not to yourself. When life piles on in this way, take a step back and embrace a concept that is becoming increasingly popular: mental health days.

 

You know your body and mind better than anyone. When you begin to crumble with everything on your plate, it’s time to press pause. The best part? Your mental health day can be anything you want it to be. It can be a nap, a walk, reading a book, soaking in a bath, binging a show on Netflix, or maybe best of all, doing nothing. When’s the last time you took a step back and really took a moment for yourself? When we do those little things for ourselves that bring us immense happiness and fulfillment, it feeds our very souls. It breathes life into our hearts and minds. We give love to those around us in a variety of ways—friendships, partnerships, family—but making sure that we ourselves don’t miss out on that love is crucial.

 

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Affirmation Station

I will say no if necessary.

I always deserve the best.

I am a hard-working woman who needs rest.

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“Once I learned to like me more than others did, then I didn’t have to worry about being the funniest or the most popular or the prettiest. I was the best me, and I only ever tried to be that.”

—Issa Rae, actress, producer, and writer of the bestselling memoir The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

 

“The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.”

—Dr. Joan Borysenko, PhD, leading expert on stress, spirituality, and the mind/body connection

 

“Relaxation is an art that has been made very difficult to practice by the conditions of modern civilization.”

—Alanis Morissette, musician, singer, and songwriter whose album Jagged Little Pill sold more than thirty-three million copies

 

“Life itself is the proper binge.”

—Julia Child, cooking teacher and author who is credited for bringing French cuisine to America

 

“Forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.”

—Octavia Butler, science fiction author and winner of Hugo and Nebula awards


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Affirmation Station

I will not doubt my instincts.

I am always allowed to define my own boundaries.

I choose to allow myself an indulgence.

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Faye Wattleton

Faye Wattleton was working as a student nurse at Harlem Hospital when one particular case drew her attention to the importance of safe and legal abortion. She recalls it was “a really beautiful seventeen-year-old girl. She and her mother had decided to induce an abortion by inserting a Lysol douche into her uterus. It killed her.” That’s when Wattleton became a reproductive rights activist, going on to hold various positions in public health administration and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) before being elected in 1978 to the PPFA presidency. (Ironically, she was in the process of giving birth when she won!)

 

She was born on July 8, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri; her mother was a traveling preacher and her father a construction worker. While her mother was away, she spent time in the care of fellow church members, which meant they often took her from place to place throughout her childhood. At the age of sixteen, she earned her high school diploma, and she went on to attend Ohio State University, where she would receive her nursing degree.

 

She carries the triple honors of being the first woman, the first African American, and the youngest person ever to head up PPFA. Over the years, she has worked valiantly to fight the barriers constantly being put in the way of reproductive freedoms—from President Reagan’s “squeal rule” to require notifying parents of distribution of birth control or even information to the “gag rule” preventing abortion counseling, not to mention Supreme Court challenges to Roe v. Wade. She resigned the PPFA presidency in 1992. Pointing to her contributions, Arthur J. Kopp of People for the American Way noted, “Her remarkable ability to communicate difficult issues has made her a giant in the ongoing battle to preserve Americans’ fundamental liberties.”

--Este texto se refere à edição paperback.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B4374GT2
  • Editora ‏ : ‎ Mango (11 outubro 2022)
  • Idioma ‏ : ‎ Inglês
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