In The Spirit of Women’s History Month
Since 1987, March has been designated as Women’s History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women throughout the United States.
Earlier this month and on the eve of International Women’s Day, I attended WomenVenture’s emPOWER Social Hour. WomenVenture, a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization, dedicated to helping women achieve economic success through entrepreneurship, hosted the emPOWER Social Hour as a networking and story-sharing event. This event highlighted local women entrepreneurs and the greater financial impact on families and communities when women thrive and are supported as entrepreneurs.
I’ve found so much value, support and friendship by connecting with organizations and networking groups specifically dedicated to elevating and strengthening the platform for women to excel personally and financially. In spite of the thriving community of support, entrepreneurship can be a lonely and isolating experience, often resulting in many women abandoning their dreams of business ownership. I want to change that.
In the spirit of Women’s History Month, here is my open letter of encouragement to the woman who is afraid to follow her dream of entrepreneurship:
I see you. Yes, I am writing directly to you. I honor you and I want to encourage you to believe that now is the time for you to soar. You have dreams that you are afraid to embrace, so they exist only as wishes. You have aspirations to achieve something greater, but you have stopped short of your goal and embraced real fears. Your gut, that internal GPS, is nudging you to take a chance and share the greatness that lives inside of you, only to be blocked by the brain chatter of playing safe and staying within your comfort zone. Let me reassure you that the deferred dreams, fears and brain chatter are normal stumbling blocks on the journey and when you take action, those things will strengthen your resolve. Go ahead and take one step. Don’t remain stuck. Those mistakes you’ve made…don’t discard them. Those wins you’ve experienced…don’t minimize them. Those doubt you’ve had…don’t deny them. All of it is required. All of it is important. Today is the perfect day and right now is your moment to simply trust the process, believe in the possibilities and take a chance on your dreams. You have an army of supporters standing by and cheering you on!
I’d love to hear from you. What action can you take today to get one step closer to launching your dream of entrepreneurship? You can share the details with me by clicking here. If you’d like to keep in touch and follow along on my journey of entrepreneurship, please like or follow Junita’s Jar on Facebook and Instagram or subscribe to e-news and updates on junitasjar.com.
Happy Women’s History Month!
Junita L. Flowers, Founder/Owner
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