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Confidence boost

How do I get women to have the courage to be bold, confident, and work in their own power? It’s not by coincidence I’m asking because not only have I struggled in the past with this personally, and quite frankly, I still do in specific situations, but I oversee a team of mostly women. I see women struggling with confidence and speaking their knowledge with authority. Some goals I have for women are to be empowered to share their ideas with confidence, to stop second guessing, to step out of their comfort zone, and to speak with authority.

I propose the following strategies (in no particular order) to help women gain more confidence in the work place and in life:

  • Do your homework- Educate yourself on the topic at hand. In my work environment, the core workforce are called subject matter experts (SMEs). SMEs learn everything there is to know about their particular program, including learning what other states are doing. I’ve found the more I learn about a topic, the more confident I become.
  • Practice – When I was in high school and college, I used to rehearse my presentations with other students, or solo by looking in the mirror and literally reciting my script out loud. In my line of work, these techniques haven’t gone away. I make lots of presentations and still need to rehearse, but not to the same degree as I did when I was a student. For group presentations with my team and/or others, we plan on who will say what. You might even record your voice and listen later to hear how you sound. You might want to rehearse asking for a promotion, for a job interview, and for delivering bad news.
  • Believe in yourself through positive self-talk – We all have the inner critic in our heads judging everything we do. Train your critic to be your cheerleader. It takes practice, but replace, “I can’t do this” with “I will”. I’ve trained my inner voice to be kind and it speaks to me as if I were a friend. That’s not to say the critic doesn’t come out every so often, but I work hard to make my cheerleader my main voice.
  • Make time to do things you enjoy – my love of exercise and Zumba fitness, on the surface doesn’t appear to impact my job, but the energy, calm, and joy I draw from these activities, spill into other areas of my life. In fact, becoming a Zumba fitness instructor, and the act of dancing in front of others has boosted my confidence in ways I couldn’t have imagined. That boldness has helped me in my current leadership role, which leads to the next strategy.
  • Set goals for yourself – As you accomplish your goals, you’ll develop more confidence. I had the goal of completing the training to be a Zumba fitness instructor for my 40th birthday. That was five years ago. I also had goals of earning advanced degrees, losing weight, spending more time with my family, etc. The more goals you accomplish, the more your confidence increases. Keep setting new goals.
  • Just do it – This Nike slogan has been one of my favorite mantras. Sometimes, you’ve just got to put yourself out there and “do the darn thing”. It won’t be perfect. It may not be as rehearsed as you would have liked, but put yourself out there. Take a chance. We only live once. I work in a fast-paced environment where we often sacrifice 100% quality for getting it done and out the door. If perfection is holding you back, let it go because nothing is perfect. I, myself, am a “recovering perfectionist”.
  • Channel all parts of you – I’m a parent, wife, daughter, sister, friend, aunt, cousin, niece, manager, mentor, exercise enthusiast, cook, reader, etc. As a parent, I’m used to raising my children, being nurturing/loving, setting boundaries, and teaching and directing them. Parenting is hard, but I’m confident that I’m raising my kids the best I can. I channel the parenting part of me in my role at work. I’m confident in my relationship with God and His purpose for my life, which I channel in my work. The confidence I’ve developed in the various parts of my life adds to my overall confidence bucket and greatly impacts how I demonstrate my confidence to the world.

My assumption in writing this post is that women are working in environments where they are expected to share ideas and contribute knowledge which will ultimately impact a company’s bottom line.

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DAY 10: I made it!

I’m not sure where the 10 days of the 10-Day Green Smoothie CHA-LUNGE went but the Creamy Blueberry Smoothie was just as scrumptuous as the first smoothie and every other one in between. This was truly a varied mixed of smoothie recipes, some with and without greens. Can you tell I highly recommend Simple Green Smoothies? I’m so glad I prioritized putting my blender on overdrive because the smoothies definitely provided the fuel to help me get through my busy days. Yup, I’d do this again! Cheers!

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Day 9: Glorious Glow

Today’s smoothie is a healthy, immune boosting concoction. NEVER have I EVER blended a smoothie with such a beautiful hue. I have to say, the people at Simple Green Smoothies created a fantastic batch of recipes for this winter challenge. I’m surprised that many of the recipes didn’t include greens. I just added them out of habit.

Day 9 of the 10 Day Green Smoothie CHA-LUNGE included the magnificent mango, my favorite fruit.

Honey Turmeric Smoothie ingredients

You can’t tell me my insides weren’t glowing after drinking this.

Freshly blended Honey Turmeric Smoothie

The only change I made was substituting oat milk for cashew milk. It was delicious! And don’t ask me how I got my blouse to match my drink. It was meant to be.😜

Twins

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Day 8…sweet and creamy

What I love most about this 10 Day Green Smoothie CHA-LUNGE is that the recipes are already put together. All I have to do is read, gather the ingredients, blend, and enjoy the fruits of my labor. I’ve been impressed with the great variety of flavor combinations. Today’s was the Creamy Banana Smoothie and I almost titled this post the “creamy dream” or “dreamy and creamy” then I came to my senses. Yes, my mind went straight to the gutter. Whatever the case, this smoothie definitely lives up to its name.

I improvised because not only did I not have cashew yogurt, I didn’t have cashew milk. Sooooooooo I substituted with almond milk and added raw cashews and mixed greens (can’t help myself). Then, I added this one last addition that might make me change the name to the EPIC Creamy Banana Smoothie. I added a dash of high quality cinnamon powder. It was so good.

As in life, my friends, be willing and flexible enough to improvise. You might end up liking the outcome much better.

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Day 7…no words

Ok. I have words 😜 for Day 7 of the 10 Day Green Smoothie CHA-LUNGE. It’s called the Pre-Workout smoothie and it was DELICIOUS!!! I don’t normally fuel up with food or drink prior to exercise because I mostly work out in the mornings, prior to my work day, which is early. However, today is Sunday, I slept in, and after attending church online and tidying up the house, I didn’t exercise until much later in the morning. So I gulped this beauty down prior to my dance session.

Pre-Workout Smoothie ingredients

I definitely had more pep in my step while working out. The coconut water makes the smoothie very hydrating. This will be part of my normal smoothie rotation. Another winner!

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Day 6: A Sweet Treat

I’ve made it to Day 6 of the 10-Day Green Smoothie CHA-LUNGE and the smoothie combinations keep getting better. The Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie was a treat for breakfast. I paired it with a plant-based egg and vegetable sandwich and ended up with a protein packed meal after a cold morning running errands.

Plant-based egg & vegetable sammich on sourdough bread with a topping of sirracha sauce

I have to say I didn’t like the taste of the Smart Balance peanut butter. I bought it on clearance but never again. However, the taste was mostly masked when I blended it with the other ingredients. This was still a delicious smoothie. Can’t wait to share Day 7 with you!

Once again, I couldn’t help but add spinach. Yum!
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Day 5…EPIC

I can’t believe I’m half way through the 10 Day Green Smoothie CHA-LUNGE. Today’s smoothie was SCRUMPTUOUS! It’s called the Epic Almond smoothie. This is my second time this week blending a smoothie with almonds and I was pleasantly surprised. I knew it would be delicious but WHOA!!!

I was in a rush this morning and didn’t get to take a picture of my ingredients but I’m sharing the recipe below. The recipe didn’t call for greens but I couldn’t help myself. Cheers to Friday!

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Day 4: LIQUID GOLD

You’ve got to be kidding me! An actual smoothie that is not GREEN. Oh my GOODNESS! Day 4 of the 10- Day Green Smoothie CHA-LUNGE didn’t diasappoint. Never have I ever made a smoothie such as this! It was very refreshing and had my mouth percolating.

My body needed this dose of Vitamin C, especially with the stress I’ve been under trying to make deadlines. I’m telling you this is self-care in a glass.

Perfect Lemon Smoothie brightened my day.
I added a banana for extra body though it is not part of the recipe.
😍

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Day 3 was impressive

I made it to Day 3 of 10 of the 10-Day Green Smoothie CHA-LUNGE easy peasy. And today’s smoothie recipe, the Meal Replacement Smoothie, really surprised me. I mean who puts oatmeal and actual almonds in a smoothie???? WELL, I did along with most everyone else joining the challenge.

I love how flexible I can be with these smoothie ingredients. Today, I used a whole banana rather than half. I added mixed berries rather than just blueberries and I added a knob of fresh ginger. This smoothie was better than I expected. If you want to see my other posts about my favorite nutritious drink, check out my blog under the Food category.

This was some liquid PURPLE GOLD right here! So refreshing.

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Day 2 of the green CHA-LUNGE

Day 2 of the 10-Day Green Smoothie Challenge was a success in that the STRAWBERRY BANANA smoothie was simple and delicious, but I messed up the recipe a little. I was supposed to use cauliflower rather than greens. And I’ve never blended cauliflower into a smoothie before so that’s probably why I missed it. I substituted Oat milk for Almond milk and added fresh ginger and ground flaxseeds. One of the things I love about these smoothies is I’m getting a whole lot of nutrients at one time.

I’ve had a stressful work week thus far so this little self- indulgence goes a long way. Cheers!

Sipping my Strawberry Banana smoothie