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A boss babe balanced life is mastered by being “fierce, floral & feminine”. I learned the hard way, but it is possible to stay true to your female energy in a man’s world.

In business I was taught to have thick skin and keep my feelings to myself. I was told I had to work harder than guys to be recognized. For ten years I’ve been and independent consultant for publicly traded mining companies, a male dominated industry. I wanted to be respected and prove I was as capable as any man.  My determination to achieve this revealed a side that some saw as harsh and aloof. Like many women I spent years striving for equality in every aspect of my life. Then a few years ago, I realized that  while focusing on being seen as “equal” had lost a part of my feminine side.

I’m a huge advocate of work & life balance. Yet for years I had been denying myself the balance of femininity. I filled every second of my day with work or tasks; I had zero patience for small talk and chitchat. Except for my close friends I was detached and had surface conversations and relationships.  I couldn’t watch TV without channel surfing and I didn’t feel empathetic towards others or myself.

If you find yourself struggling with any of these, here are a few simple tips I used to help nurture back my feminine energy:

1- Enjoy the process: First and foremost, you don’t have to be Wonder Woman and you don’t have to do it all, RIGHT NOW. I’m working full-time and building a new business. Maybe you’re working full time and going to school. Maybe you’re a single mom working and raising kids. Whatever your situation, you’re busting your ass and hustling to make your dreams come.  But ladies, cut yourself some slack, there is no final destination, so enjoy the journey.

2. Take time for yourself: Before if I had a bad day, felt irritated with a situation or stuck on a project I’d force myself to work through it and try to come up with a solution. This would make things worse. Now  I take a deep breath, pour myself a large glass of wine and get in the bathtub. With a clear mind I tackle problems in a more creative and effective way.

3. Morning ritual: Every morning (before checking my phone or emails) I take 5-10 minutes to practice gratitude, this helps to keep me in check when negative situations pop up during the day.  Once I have a coffee I take another 5 more minutes to prioritize my day. I list out EVERYTHING I need to do, then narrow down 3-5 things I MUST DO! This helps me navigate my day and stay focused on what most important.

4.  Activities: I do things that embrace traditional feminine energies like watching a romance movie, going to the spa or getting my nails done. I like getting dressed up and going out for a girl’s night out or stepping into nature. I find engaging in any creative activities really gets me in touch with my feelings: painting, drawing, music, writing or even reading a book of poems.

5.  Accept compliments: when someone say something nice, I accept it wholeheartedly by saying “Thank you”. Feel grateful and recognize the person that spoke up. I like to reciprocate a kind word and make a difference in someone’s day!

6. DRESS THE PART: Three years ago I only had black and grey clothes in my closet, which I thought fit the thick-skinned, all-business persona I was trying to portrait. Floral prints, pinks and pastels were for “girly girls”… But as I embraced my feminine energy I let myself dress “How I felt” by infusing my wardrobe with colorful scarfs and shoes. As time went on I felt  lighter and happier when I was wearing color and that gave me the confidence to be more daring. Now I have a rainbow of dresses beside my “little black dress” in my closet.

Stepping outside my comfort zone and connecting with my feminine energy did not happen overnight; it took time and courage but conquering fears and challenges always makes me feel FIERCE!

“I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.” – Marilyn Monroe

One of the best parts of being involved with the fitness community is all the wonderful and inspiring women I have the pleasure to meet. There is a real sense of family because everyone is so encouraging and thoughtful! I’d like to express my gratitude and give a shout-out to the eleven ladies who took the time out of their busy schedules and contributed to the “Pretty in Pink” Spring Giveaway. You are all inspiring in your own unique way!

Thank you all xo

@PinkCupcakeGirl is the happiest runner ever. She runs in beautiful places every single day! If you’re a runner, or inspire to run, follow her on Instagram, I promise that her gallery and story line will bring a smile to your face and motivate you to lace up! She also sells the coolest running snap-backs.

@eric.terry is a fitness and fashion blogger from Michigan. We quickly bonded on social media due to our mutual love of fitness, the NFL, our adorable Yorkies and making fun of bad dates! Some people just get it, she’s one of them! Check out her site Fashion meets Food.

@urbamilenyc is a young, vibrant and beautiful runner from New York City. Every day she makes me miss the Big Apple as she shares gorgeous pictures of the magical city. She has a content-rich blog with great running and fitness tips.

@Stiletto Running found a creative way to combine her love for stilettos (fashion) and running; she has a fitness fashion store with great pink running gear Stiletto Running.

@wildbohomdreams was my first social media over three years ago now. She is a very kind soul from Alabama who creates hand crafted jewelry with a magical touch. Wild Boho Dreams 

@misssippipiddlin was the winner of the FIT & Flirty #FitnessSelfie Contest earlier this year. She has been a joy to follow. She and her man seem to be out running a race almost every weekend and always finish by quenching their thirst with mimosas; my kinda of couple! Check out her running blog as well.

@chocoviv Instablogging about food, travelling and countless beauty tips!. She is also the only other Canadian (besides myself) involved. She also has a fun blog!

@barm-Yogi_jenn is the winner of FIT & Flirty’s Valentine’s Day Giveaway. She’s a single mom, teacher, yogi and passionate runner.

@pinkess1 is a thirty something lady living in Greater Nebraska who believes everything is better with a little sparkle! She shares how she manages to balance a career, husband, two girls and keeping up with fitness on her Blog.

@The Foxy Llamas are a couple of mom’s pressing vinyl together in their own little makeshift sweatshop – Fun fashion in the ETSY store.

We all know your vibe attracts your tribe; so ladies let’s work TOGETHER!

“Behind every success woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back!”Girl Boss.

FIT & Flirty in collaboration with Amber at Wild Boho Dreams  are organizing the 2nd Annual Spring Instagram Loop Giveaway! Last year was a success; more than fifteen fitness ladies took part in the “Fit Girl Spring Giveaway”. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people on social media as well as increasing your social media following. We are optomitic that the participation will be double this year.

If you’re fitness or fashion related store, online shop, service provider,  blogger or Instagram influencer we would love you to join forces with us!

Requirements to Participate:

The theme of the giveaway is PINK, because it makes everything look pretty!

Ladies who donate from their store must have a product that appeals to women with ONE of the following criteria:

a) Pink
b) Fitness product or service
c) Fashion product or service

We want to involve as many ladies as possible, so if you don’t have a product or service to contribute you can still get involved:

a) $10.00 donattion to FIT & Flirty’s PayPal account – money will go towards shipping (all product to one location and then to winner)
b) Write a short blog about the businesses involved in the Giveaway.

DEADLINE:

If you are interested please send me an email at contactus@fitandflirty.com or leave a comment or question below by March 4, 2017.  I will contact everyone individually with more details once I know how many ladies are involved.

 

She believed she could so she did xo