I've already used the term "boss girl" in my previous articlesand, surprisingly, it got a lot of questionable feedback... Do you think calling someone a boss girl is sexist? I think it's a beautiful and inspiring thing. Following your dreams, working on your goals and achieving personal and career success is badass. Deal with it.
The best investment is the one put into your own self-improvement, believes Nabila Sofia Echadli, founder of A New Woman Today. Montreal has a huge gap to fill when it comes to women empowering other women and, ultimately, forming a community of successful female entrepreneurs.
Sofia took matters into her own hands and created ANWT, a movement that promotes the rise of female leadership. Creating the best version of yourself is fun and easy when you're surrounded by likeminded people who believe in you just as much as you believe in them.
The very first edition of integrative practices, workshops and networking discussions will take place on February 20th, 2016. You'll get to develop your leadership skills, ignite your self-confidence and draw wisdom from this collective experience. Mimosas, sweet treats and goodie bags will also be part of the convention, which is a major bonus, obviously.
You don't have to be a CEO or drive an expensive car to be a girl boss. Sometimes, you go on with your life without even realizing how much of a boss lady you are. But hey! This is why I'm here. I want to help you realize how much power and potential you have within yourself without even being conscious of it. Hopefully, this article will help you feel really proud of yourself and motivate you to go kick some more ass. Here's how you know that you're a real boss girl:
No #squadgoals either. Your friends are busy building their careers and families. Going out every weekend is not in your plans. You have actual priorities and getting drunk regularly is not one of them.
Yes, you have occasional cheat days, but you genuinely enjoy being healthy. Taking care of your body and mind is so rewarding... you're at a point of your life when being healthy is more important to you than pretty much anything else.
You radiate positivity. Being judgemental, superficial and/or narcissistic is not part of your life. You love being good to people around you and you know that, one way or another, good deeds will come back to you.
You never do anything you don't want to do. If all your friends are going out and you just want to stay in and watch movies, you have no problem telling them to enjoy their night without you. No FOMO zone.
Today is March 8th, and women from all around the world are celebrating International Women's Day! Officially established in 1909, this special day represents the social,economic, cultural and political achievements made by women from all around the world.
Although we all have numerous reasons to honour the many women in our lives, not many people know what IWD actually is. Originally called International Working Women's Day, March 8th has come to represent the celebration and appreciation of women and our progress. We've come a long way since the days when we couldn't vote, didn't have equal rights, nor anything close to an equal income, and while we haven't quite resolved all of these issues, Canada is helping to lead the way.
Looking back through history, we have even more to be proud of, as there are many Montreal women who have done amazing things, paving the way for our freedoms.
Montreal women continue to break barriers, setting a great example for the rest of us. If you want to learn more about powerful achievements, news, daily updated infographics, and local events happening that are made BY women FOR women, the newly-launched Women's History Project is a Montreal-made website dedicated to the story of women from around the world.
As feminist and social activist,Gloria Steinem once said, "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." So let's raise awareness, and bring together more powerful, independent and strong women to make this world a better and equal place for all of us.
Today, I woke up and realized that it's time to share Russian girls' secrets with our readers. Perhaps, it can help some women become the best version of themselves... Otherwise, it can just be an entertaining read.
I can already anticipate some confused comments like, "What does this have to do with Montreal? Who cares?" We live in a multicultural city and learning from each other should be a thing. In other words, this has EVERYTHING to do with Montreal. So ladies, here's what you might want to learn from Russian women.
Never cheap out on your beauty regimen
Russian women have a saying, "The moment you start saving money on yourself is the moment you stop being a woman." Don't EVER cheap out on your beauty routine whether it's: manicure, pedicure, hair appointment or any other beauty procedure. Make yourself your priority. Love yourself first, learn to admire your own reflection, do it for YOU and wonderful things will start to happen.
Dress up every day
Don't wait for a "special occasion" to wear that sexy lingerie set or a new pair of heels. Life happens today! Who says you can't dress up on a Monday? If it can make you feel happier, go for it. There's something magical about that feeling when your outfit is on point, your bra and panties match, you're looking fly and you just know that you can take over the world.
Canadian women are very proud about being independent and that's great. However, allowing someone to take care of you even though you can perfectly do it by yourself is wonderful. Learn to appreciate kind gestures like someone opening the door for you, for example. Everyone knows you can obviously open that door yourself, but it's nice when you allow someone to do it for you anyway. Say "Thank you!", smile and carry on.
Learn to cook like your grandma
There is nothing hotter than a woman who has her career together, is beautiful inside and out AND can cook like a goddess. So many girls nowadays don't even know how to crack an egg, be ahead of them. If you can't cook - take cooking classes, watch YouTube videos, do something about it... it's so easy!
Never come over empty handed
If you invite a Russian person over for dinner or drinks, they will undoubtedly bring something. It always surprises me when I see people show up to someone's house empty handed. Why not pick something up on your way to your friend's house - it's a small gesture that carries a lot of value. Wine, dessert, a cheese platter... anything! They will really appreciate it.
Learn to give gifts for no reason
In my circle of friends and family, when someone finds a good deal on a product, they get it for everyone. Just because. We exchange little gifts and presents on a regular basis. If I'm shopping and I stumble upon a lipstick sale, I'll buy ten of them to surprise my mom and my girlfriends. It feels so good to give. In addition, if someone happens to really like my bracelet or anything else that belongs to me, I have no problem with gifting it to them, like "Here, you can have it." It's part of our culture.
Don't ever get drunk to the point where you can't stand or talk straight, it's not pretty. There is a difference between being tipsy and drunk. Learn that difference.
Respect the elderly
Russians are taught to respect the elderly from a very young age. We learn to address anyone who is older than us in a special manner (similar to "vouvoyer" in French), not interrupt when they're talking and always offer our seat whether it is in public transport or at a social gathering.
Tea is part of Russian culture. It has a variety of health benefits such as: strengthening your immune system, having a calming effect, fighting diseases, containing a ton of antioxidants and even helping you lose weight.
Host dinner parties instead of going out
Inviting people over for dinner is so much more fun and personal than going out to bars and clubs. Not to mention that it ends up costing you less and everyone can actually enjoy themselves more. Make it a ritual among your friends. You'll be surprised how much tighter your circle (of friends) will get.