Empower Hour with Kara Norman – Celebrating Our History!

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Celebrating Black History Month with Women in History!

Little Know Facts about Ann Cole Lowe156870-5801-l-usUTEPy

Born in Alabama in 1898 the granddaughter of a plantation seamstress.

Married at 14 to a man 10 years her senior

She soon left with her young son to make dresses for southern society women.

By 21 had her own dress shop

By 31 had $20,000saved and moved to NY.

In 1947 went Paris Fashion week Upon her return she got a job at Saks 5th Ave

Her gowns sold at Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendel and Saks. She was making up to $300,000 a year in 1950.

1953 she made Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress.

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She passed away in 1981

Remember her  Say her name

Annie Lowe

How will you leave your mark on history?

Celebrate Our Rich History Every Day.

Kara Norman – Founder of Empower Her Inc. 

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Empower Hour with Kara Norman -Let’s Travel in 2018!

Happy New Year Empower Hour Kings and Queens!

I was blessed to bring in the New Year on the sandy white beaches of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  My hubby and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in December and took the opportunity to get away.  It was one of our best vacations and we loved exploring a new country together.  It is so important to travel relax and get away from our everyday lives.  My husband calls our trips, “investments in our marriage”.  I think that trips in general are investments in our selfcare and wellbeing.  Even if it’s just a day trip to a new city we should always make time to explore.

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Need a little inspiration? I love following this Instagram hashtag #essencetravels!  There is a whole world out there to see folks!

Is money an issue? Here is a great link I found that gives tips on how to travel on a budget! #teamnoexcuses

https://www.skyscanner.net/news/20-money-saving-travel-tips-and-secrets

Here is a photo of a picture of a beach that I put on my vision board December 3, 2016.  I did not pay attention to the location just put the photo on my vision board.  My husband picked this place in March of 2017 and my toes were in the sand on this very beach in Punta Cana December 2017 it works!

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Cheers to amazing adventures in 2018!

Kara Norman – Founder of Empower Her Inc. 

Empower Hour with Kara Norman -The Power Of Our Thoughts

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I found this book last week that I had forgotten. I also found this queen ornament for my tree that same day as well. I then came across this poem in my Facebook memory the following day. I’m on a journey of self care and healing. It’s amazing the power of our thoughts, energy, meditation and prayer what you can draw to yourself. Take some time today to use the power of your thoughts and prayers to draw more beautiful things into your life.
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I hope this poem helps someone stand a lot taller today!

One Flaw In Women-Poem (Author Unknown)

By the time the Lord made woman,
He was into his sixth day of working overtime…
An angel appeared and said,
“Why are you spending so much time on this one?”
And the Lord answered, “Have you seen my spec sheet on her?
She has to be completely washable, but not plastic,
have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable
and able to run on diet coke and leftovers,
have a lap that can hold four children at one time,
have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart
-and she will do everything
with only two hands.”

The angel was astounded at the requirements.
“Only two hands!? No way!
And that’s just on the standard model?
That’s too much work for one day.
Wait until tomorrow to finish.”

But I won’t,” the Lord protested.
“I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart.
She already heals herself when she is sick
AND can work 18 hour days”

The angel moved closer and touched the woman.
“But you have made her so soft, Lord.”
“She is soft,” the Lord agreed,
“but I have also made her tough.
You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish.”

“Will she be able to think?” asked the angel.
The Lord replied,
“Not only will she be able to think,
she will be able to reason and negotiate.”

The angel then noticed something,
and reaching out, touched the woman’s cheek.
“Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model.
I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one.”

“That’s not a leak,”
the Lord corrected,
“that’s a tear!”
“What’s the tear for?” the angel asked.

The Lord said, “The tear is her way of expressing her joy,
her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love,
her loneliness, her grief and her pride.”
The angel was impressed.
“You are a genius, Lord.
You thought of everything!
Woman is truly amazing”

And she is!
Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness,
love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.
They don’t take “no” for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideals.
They give moral support to their family and friends.
Women have vital things to say and everything to give.
HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN,
IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.

PLEASE pass this post along to all your women friends and relatives to remind them just how amazing they truly are.

Kara Norman

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Empower Hour with Kara Norman- Drop the Ball

Halloween has come and gone and left me with a new perspective on parenthood and my journey as a woman moving through my life.  See for me this was my first year not rushing home to get my daughters ready to trick or treat. I have a sophomore in college and an 8th grader in middle school.  This year my youngest daughter had other plans that involved her going home with a friend and trick or treating in a neighborhood other than my own. I woke up on Halloween morning to a page full of past Facebook Halloween memories.  As I scrolled through the memories filled with snaggletooth smiles and dozens of costumes between the two of them over the years, my heart sank.  Where had the time gone?

 

I fought crazy traffic after leaving work and came home to a quiet house.  My husband had picked up candy for the trick or treaters earlier that day. It was my first time being home to greet the trick or treaters as I always took the girls out and hubby stayed behind.  It was so quiet and empty. I texted my youngest to see how things were going and reminded her that I needed to see a picture at least.  I checked in with college girl to see what her plans were and I received a selfie of her with the caption “I am a tired college student #spooky”.   This new normal is very hard at times for sure.  I hugged my hubby for comfort and we settled in to welcome the trick or treaters.  My dog comes around the corner and  I had a light bulb moment and found a costume that I picked up a few years ago and wrestled him down to take a few pictures.  He was not happy, but I felt so much better. 23032800_10214469405959405_7806716492589254293_n22894252_10214469405879403_5248099269281207156_n22885816_10214469405919404_1614375513947793492_n

As the evening went along I got to see all the little neighborhood kids at the door and the proud parents.  I reflected on my experiences with my girls and I realized that I tried to do too much and was often not fully present for many wonderful moments.  I was that busy super mom juggling a million things.  In our country, we fought hard for women’s rights over the past decades to be equal to men.  I think we swung way too far over to the other side.  We have this new badge of honor that we wear that is celebrated when we are slaying it as women, crushing goals and the myth that we can have it all.   All the while we are more sick, tired, depressed and not living in the moment.  Yesterday was a huge reminder of the importance of being in the present, taking things off our plates and slowing down as women and especially moms.  I never thought of the day my girls would become more independent or the day they would leave the nest.

This past year of transition has left me feeling lost, filled with anxiety, depressed, unmotivated and just not myself. I am in the process of healing, practicing more self-care and redefining who I am as a woman now that my roles are changing.  I look back and realized all the balls I had in the air are not as important as the quality time spent with my kids when I was not super stressed, worn out or distracted.  Yesterday was a reminder that we are constantly evolving and change is happening all around us.  On this week’s Empower Hour I want to remind everyone to drop a few balls every day that you are trying to juggle to make room to fully embrace the special moments in life!

 

Here are some great tools to learn to do less, be more present and drop more balls:

 

  • Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less: by Tiffany Dufu
  • Own Your Glow – A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowing the Queen Within:  by Latham Thomas
  • Oprah & Deepak Chopra Making Every Moment Matter 21 Day Mediation Series (https://chopracentermeditation.com)

 

 

Celebrate Life Every day!

Empower Hour with Kara Norman!

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We are so excited to welcome an empowerment segment to our blog! Our bi-weekly contributor Kara Norman is no stranger to the empowerment world and has been working with Women and Girls for a number of years. Her nonprofit organization Empower Her Inc , have led to many opportunities in the space of making social changes as it deals with women and their many roles in society. You can learn more about Kara Norman and Empower Her Inc. at http://www.empowerherinc.com/

Reflections of Foundation of Strength! 

Remembering my grandmother’s legacy today on her birthday. So important to tap into the strength of the amazing women that came before me and make me who I am today!#mylegacy #heritage

I posted this about her in 2013:
Today is my Grandmother’s birthday, she passed away a few days after President Obama was elected. I remember calling her the next day after he was elected and she was so proud to have lived to see that day! On this day, I miss her terribly, but know that she is so proud of me in Heaven. She was a STRONG woman of faith and I feel her prayers carrying me through life now. I think I get some of my empowerment spirit from her. She attended Clark Atlanta University at a time when women were not going to college, she even majored in math! She told me that she remembered seeing Mary Mckeod Bethune and W.E.B Dubois on her campus teaching classes! I also remember learning that after my grandmother retired she used to teach a woman in her 70s how to read once a week! She was also an empowered mom raising 6 children in a very difficult time. My grandmother taught elementary school when schools were integrated many years ago. Could you imagine being a teacher in that classroom on that day! Thank you Grandma Lucy for leaving such a beautiful and strong legacy and thank you God for giving me such a wonderful role model and support system for so many years!

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This scripture came in my spirit this morning “I can do ALL things in Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. I immediately thought about my Grandma Lucy who was a strong woman of faith and wisdom. She raised 6 children and endured many trials. She always had a open bible on her bed until the end. Today I felt her strength that no matter how hard and challenging things are you must have your faith to triumph through it all.

Thank you Grandma for passing down one of the best gifts a family can receive..FAITH!

Have a faith filled Day Everyone!

Ancestral Prayer– Taken From Own you Glow – Latham Thomas!

“Light a candle and sit in silence. Ask for guidance as you tune in to the silence. Start to speak to you ancestors silently or out loud”

I honor my unique gifts, talents and powers. I come from a strong and powerful people. I release the baggage and ancestral wounds that have been past on to me. I will turn the pain and struggle of my past into purpose. I celebrate the freedom that I have because of sacrifices made before me. I promise to honor my lineage and live out my truth. I bow to the legacy that gave rise to me. Through my thoughts and actions, I pave the path for a legacy I will leave behind”

Be Empowered!