Nothing to give and that’s okay

So I am fighting either allergies or a cold and as if that is not enough several other areas of my life are going bonkers.  I realized I missed my first deadline for this post over the weekend and have been scrambling to come up with something empowering to say. All I found were crickets and tumbleweeds! I realize that right now the sickness and obstacles are here and all I can do is rest.

So this week I’m giving you permission to take off the super hero capes and just take care of yourself in any areas that needs healing or rest. I came across this statement below and I thought it was perfect for this week!

Cheers to empty cups that need to be filled!

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“When you cup is full this is the perfect poem to move forward!”

Still I Rise- Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

by Maya Angelou

By Kara Norman- Empower Her, Inc.

 

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Cheers to Spring!

 

banner for Kara Power HouWe’ve come through a cozy season of hibernation and hopefully, we are feeling restored and rejuvenated to welcome spring and a brand new quarter!

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Here are a few tips to help you spring forward:

 

  • Refresh your mind!  Mediation is a daily reset to your mind, body and spirit. Simple Five minute meditations are perfect ways to reset your mind and get aligned with your spirit. Oprah and Deepak Chopra just launched another free 21-day mediation series that focuses on Shedding the Weight of the Mind Body and Spirt. Sign up today – they are only on Day 2 so still time to catch up!https://chopracentermeditation.com

 

  • Refresh your sleep!  What’s the single most important thing you can do to start each day with more energy, optimism, and freedom?  Getting better sleep!  I am so excited that one of my favorite wellness experts, Latham Thomas, is launching a new series of mediations focused on reclaiming deep and truly restorative rest.  Her complete audio program called Beditations is designed to show us how to reboot ourselves and help us get grounded, present and centered, sleep better, and recharge our physical, cognitive, and spiritual reserves.  I can use more siestas in my life! You can pre-order your copy today by visiting this link:https://www.soundstrue.com/store/latham-thomas.html

 

  • Refresh routines – Break up the boring routines of life and get some spontaneity going! Try a different class at your gym that is way out of your comfort zone or take out a map of your state and pick a random place to visit for a quick day trip.  Self-Care is also a great area to shake things up and put yourself at the top of your list of priorities.  What would you love to do but too scared to try? Grab a friend and give it a shot!

 

  • Refresh your health – Pay closer attention to how your body feels and listen to your intuition. This is a perfect time to schedule that yearly physical and put your health first! Now that the days are longer and things are warming up let’s get moving and on the path to wellness!

 

Happy first week of Spring! Cheers to clearing your mind, cleansing your soul and rebooting for the new season!

By Kara Norman- Empower Her, Inc.

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

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How will you leave your mark on history?

Celebrate Our Rich History Every Day.

Kara Norman – Founder of Empower Her Inc. 

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!