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Words To Live by From Women Who Made History

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Words have unparalleled power, and this power is immortalized in the form of inspirational quotes. There’s something special about a good quote that has the ability to mobilize, to encourage and to get you out of bed in the morning. 

The same could be said for the power of women. We all have a woman in our lives who always knows just what to say—whether it be positive affirmations or words of consolation. For Women’s History Month, we have put together a collection of inspirational quotes from a wide range of inspirational women. From record-shattering athletes, trailblazing activists and acclaimed authors, we want to honor the remarkable women who continue to inspire us and serve as examples for girls and women around the globe. 

We want to honor the remarkable women who continue to inspire us and serve as examples for girls and women around the globe. 

We hope these quotes resonate with you, as you celebrate the women in your lives this month and all year long. 

“I don’t think you can win a Grand Slam and not be confident in yourself.” – Naomi Osaka, 23-year-old four-time Grand Slam title winner and the highest-paid female athlete in the world 

“I have learned you are never too small to make a difference.” – Greta Thunberg, teenage climate activist and TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2017

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie, first woman to ever win a Nobel Prize and a trailblazer in STEM fields 

“It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald, jazz music icon and the first Black woman to win a Grammy 

“It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald

“As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” – Virginia Woolf, famed author of Mrs. Dalloway and a feminism activist

“I am experienced enough to do this. I am knowledgeable enough to do this. I am prepared enough to do this. I am mature enough to do this. I am brave enough to do this.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, youngest woman ever elected to US Congress 

“I encourage and empower each of you to really stand in your truth, to stand for what is right — to continue to respect each other.” – Meghan Markle, actress, women’s advocate and Duchess of Sussex 

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights activist and former First Lady 

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and herself only.” – Maya Angelou, civil rights activist, acclaimed poet and writer

“I want my daughters to see me and know me as a woman who works. I want that example set for them.” – Shonda Rhimes, acclaimed television producer, screenwriter and author

 “There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.” – Malala Yousafzai, advocate for womens’ education and youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

 “There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.” – Malala Yousafzai,

“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart, first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean 

What are some of your favorite inspirational quotes from leading women? What pioneering women in American history do you look up to?

Image via Michaela Winstone, Darling Issue No. 22

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APTITUD MONADA

Darling Letters: The Beauty of the Ordinary

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We are bringing “Darling Letters” from your inbox to the blog! We love the art of letter writing and believe it helps build authentic community. Our editors and contributors have thoughtfully written encouraging letters to cut through the busyness and speak straight to your heart.

I found a coffee ring hidden beneath a stack of books on my end table today. A blurry-edged circle left behind by my mug from this morning or maybe the one before. The simplest of stains, hinting at an unremarkable moment when coffee slipped silently down the cup’s edge and settled on the surface beneath.

The surprise of it made me smile, like I’d found my own footprint in the soils of such a simple morning spent alone. It looked for a moment like the rings of a treetelling of all the years the tree has survived and the strength of its roots deepening day-by-day in tiny, imperceptible ways. It was just a ring of coffee, but in that moment, I saw the faintest fossil of my beautifully ordinary life. 

It was just a ring of coffee, but in that moment, I saw the faintest fossil of my beautifully ordinary life. 

I want to see everything in this way—to hold up all the familiar, unexceptional pieces of my days and view them in light of such astoundingly simple grace. I want to stop measuring my life by bullet points when all the matter in the middle holds such clear evidence of its beauty.

I want to celebrate the coffee rings of quiet mornings. I want to be grateful for every tiny, imperceptible moment that deepens my roots and strengthens my soul for survival and celebration.

I want to be grateful for every tiny, imperceptible moment that deepens my roots and strengthens my soul for survival and celebration.

Let’s embrace the subtle beauty that saturates the simple things.

With love,

Bailey Price, the Darling family

What’s one ordinary habit or practice you follow during the week? How could you see it with fresh eyes?

Image via Anna Williams, Darling Issue No. 13

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APTITUD MONADA

The Value of Dialogue: Why Disagreements Might Be a Chance to Learn

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2020 proved to be a year of drastic change, unpredictable sacrifices and vast personal and social disruption. We were urged and demanded to change most aspects of our lives, which led to personal and social disruption. Such sacrifices were meant to serve the wellness of our communities. Thus, we took precautions through drastic lifestyle changes.

As change, sacrifice and disruption typified 2020, these same themes will likely be present in 2021. This new year is a crucible where fervent thoughts, emotions and beliefs could further divide or unite us at home, in our communities and in society-at-large.

Our approach to others becomes our collective destiny. Dialogue appears to be the only way forward, even when disagreement lies ahead. Here are some guiding considerations to face those conversations:

Our approach to others becomes our collective destiny.

Change is inevitable.

As day falls to night, we succumb to change every day when we wake up from sleep.  Change is eternal progress in motion. In 2020, most people altered the quality of their lives to do most things online. Change demands you to expect it within yourself, others and in the natural world.    

Dialogue is the art of communicable units of change as people can influence or radically alter the thoughts, feelings and beliefs in others. Imagine speaking to others in honor of the fact that while change is universal, it is more subjective to the person. Imagine being without assumption that you know the best answer to how things should be or where it all should go.

For example, you may want to continue homeschooling your child, while your best friend cannot wait to have their child return to school as soon as possible, vaccine or not. I invite you to consider having discussions about how one experiences such changes and their vision of the present or future. You do not have to agree with their answers. Instead, consider it a feat if you can articulate a thought, feeling or belief and, simultaneously, listen to and identify those in another person.

Consider it a feat if you can articulate a thought, feeling or belief and, simultaneously, listen to and identify those in another person.

Listening is an act of self-sacrifice.

Our two ears represent the dichotomy of self and other. When you listen with one ear, you only hear yourself and likely miss something said. Listening with both ears may allow you to tune into different aspects of the speaker. You may hear one’s past or present, core emotions or transient thoughts.

At times, you may hear a firm belief that may not fit in with yours so what happens next is crucial. Do you provoke an argument, incite a debate or throw in the towel? Do you judge them with a “fill-in-the-blank” label that puts one into a lockbox and makes you feel sane again?  

What if you decided to sacrifice your held narrative (thoughts, feelings or beliefs) for another person’s lived reality? To do so, you might have to slow down and release, momentarily, the static, if not dichotomous nature of your narrative in an attempt to listen deeply to what one said and understand how the speaker has come to understand their experience. You may not like what you hear. It may hurt, feel gross or inflict anger.

If you are willing to tune in with both ears and listen a little longer, then it is possible that you might hear something that makes sense or causes intrigue. You should exercise this practice and see if you can maintain your emotional responses in order to listen and then, articulate your point of view. Typically, there is much to learn here as you expand in deep listening.

If you are willing to tune in with both ears and listen a little longer, then it is possible that you might hear something that makes sense or causes intrigue.

Disagreement is the door to disruption, but the key is emotional regulation.  

In theory, all dialogue is supposed to be beneficial, yet contradicting thoughts, feelings and beliefs can grip people into their corner of the world. It always feels more comfortable being within one’s own echo chamber, not to be challenged and only supported by allies. Let’s be real: disagreements can be exhausting, saddening and stressful.

2021 is a corridor into a deeper state of disruption where the call to unite may only breed greater division. Unity is challenged without real, honest dialogue.

However, disagreement can be trying from the perspective of the nervous system. It is natural to hear something that evokes a raw emotion. It would be human to let that emotion trigger you into a reactive state, that is, feel a legitimate emotion (i.e. anger) and express it toward yourself and others (i.e. begin to yell). During moments of emotional disruption, regulation must be brought into the mechanism of your awareness.  

Unity is challenged without real, honest dialogue.

Emotional regulation is the ability to balance your inner state of emotions so that you are more reflexive and flexible in the moment. Dialogue is a chance to exercise an emotional experience and transform it in order to further the conversation. That could mean communicating the negotiation of your thoughts, verbalizing your emotions or expressing beliefs with others in a tone that can be heard by them. You have a right to honor your feelings, yet the task here is about converting the rawness of an emotion in a manner which conveys what is underneath it.  

Let me also be real about hurtful content. There are things people can share that you not only disagree with, but it causes great harm and danger for you to further the conversation. As this could be the case, you have to listen to your gut, first and foremost, to know what is appropriate to engage in and that which is unhealthy for you. Only you will know that distinction.

As a final note, do not wait for others to initiate sincere dialogue and demonstrate the way forward. Do not wait for your favorite social figure online (or offline) to make disagreement cool again. Accept this article as your reality check-in. Moving forward, your growth lies in facing the challenge of dialogue with fearlessness and fortitude.

Expect disagreement, as much as you anticipate understanding. Perhaps they are two sides of the same coin.

What is the key to healthy dialogue when faced with a disagreement? Do you think you are as good a listener as you are an orator of your opinions and feelings?

Image via Raisa Zwart Photography

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15 Light & Healthy Meal Prep Dinners To Prepare for the Week





My dear friends, the time has come. Spring is basically upon us and summer will be here before we know it — I have been waiting an eternity for this! (OK, obviously not an eternity, but give me a break, that’s how long winter in Chicago feels.) While our winter was full of heavy comfort foods, the thought of warmth and springtime makes us want to dive into fresh salads, yummy wraps, and all the seasonal veggies we can get. Today on the Everygirl, we have rounded 15 light and healthy dinners to make all week long!

 

1. Thai Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps





Source: Show Me The Yummy

 

2. Steamed Salmon with Garlic and Herbs





Source: What’s Gaby Cooking

 

3. Kale Salad





Source: What’s Gaby Cooking

 

4. Healthy Kung Pao Chicken





Source: Slender Kitchen

 

5. Turkey Zucchini Skillet with Pesto





Source: iFOODreal

 

6. Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad





Source: Joyful Healthy Eats

 

7. Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili





Source: Show Me The Yummy

 

8. Creamy Coconut Shrimp with Tomatoes





Source: Slender Kitchen

 

9. Chicken Shawarma





Source: Slender Kitchen

 

10. Roasted Butternut Squash Chicken Couscous





Source: Ambitious Kitchen

 

11. Chickpea Salad





Source: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

 

12. Sheet Pan Smoked Sausage and Peppers  





Source: How Sweet Eats

 

13. Farfalle with Marinated Feta, Arugula, and Pine Nuts





Source: How Sweet Eats

 

14. Tex-Mex Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins





Source: Healthy Food Guide

 

15. Balsamic Roasted Vegetables





Source: Show Me The Yummy

 

What are some of your favorite light and healthy dinners to make?

 







 

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The Everygirl’s Amazon Capsule Wardrobe

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If you’ve been around here for a while, you already know how keen we are on the concept of capsule wardrobes—a closet full of items that can be mixed and matched with one another for an infinite amount of combinations and a permanent fix to your “I don’t know what to wear today” conundrum.

The overall concept of a capsule wardrobe can err on the side of pretty pricey; after all, the whole point is to make investments in pieces you know you’ll wear forever, and a lot of the time, that comes at a cost. But it’s 2021, which means that as quickly as we can Amazon Prime ourselves the dish soap we’ve been out of for five days too long, we can also order affordable, high-quality wardrobe investments to add to our capsules.

Don’t believe us? We’ve created an entire capsule wardrobe exclusively from Amazon. Trust us, nobody will ever be able to tell you got these pieces in the same delivery as your laundry detergent.

 





racerback tank
crewneck tee
ribbed turtleneck
puff-sleeved tee
crewneck sweatshirt
crewneck sweater
leather shacket
trench coat
black blazer
fitted joggers
knit pants
straight jeans
tank dress
leather joggers
maxi dress
white sneakers
slide sandals
heeled sandals
shoulder bag
tote bag
crossbody

 

No matter if you’re going out for dinner, to the office, or running errands, a capsule wardrobe should be able to be mixed and matched to be transitioned for any occasion. 

 

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leather shacket / straight jeans / white sneakers / shoulder bag

There’s nothing we love more than a shacket, and this tan, faux-leather one holds the magic of versatility. Paired with casual jeans, sneakers, and a shoulder bag, it makes for the perfect upgraded-casual look.

 

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crewneck sweatshirt / knit pants / white sneakers / tote bag

2020 did nothing if it didn’t make us re-evaluate our athleisure choices and finally retire our old, ratty sweats. This crewneck-and-knit-pant combo is perfect for a work-from-home look that’s exclusively comfortable, but feels more put-together than usual. Need to leave the house? Top it off with white sneakers and a tote bag.

 

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crewneck tee / leather joggers /slide sandals / shoulder bag

Mastering the concept of being effortlessly cool is no easy feat, but leather joggers can single-handedly get you there with no thought required. Paired with a T-shirt, casual sandals, and a shoulder bag, you’ll look like someone with somewhere to go—even if you’re just headed to Trader Joe’s because you ran out of pesto and peanut butter cups.

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puff-sleeved tee / straight jeans / heeled sandals / crossbody

Once we’re back to the office, there’s no doubt that figuring out how to get dressed again is going to be a challenge, but this look might just be where we start. This puff-sleeved tee elevates anything it’s paired with, and the heeled sandals are perfect for dressing up or down (here we’re obviously dressing them down with the help of straight jeans). This brown croc crossbody bag finishes the look off with a chef’s kiss.

 

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racerback tank / black blazer / leather joggers / white sneakers

There’s nothing that looks cooler than an all-black look, and this is one that we’d like to wear on repeat until forever. The leather joggers dress down and cool up the black blazer, and sneakers finish off this look that screams “cool girl headed to office with fabulous after-work plans.”