I was at the Avon Tweetup this morning featuring the incomparable Suze Orman. Let me just say that she really is as powerful as she seems on television. The woman is amazing! She is passionate and self-assured, commanding and intense, dynamic and truly authentic. What a wonderful role model for women in business - heck, women in any walk of life. She dropped some incredible pearls of wisdom today, one of them being, "If you aren't powerful with money, you aren't powerful. Period." Now, I'm sure many people would care to disagree with that statement, perhaps thinking that one's personal power can be measured in ways other than just monetarily. Thing is, I get what it is she's trying to say. Especially as a woman. And especially as a single mama. If we do not make the choices necessary to be equally powerful with the money that we have, as well as with the money that we don't have, as Suze also said this morning, we set ourselves up not only for disempowering life circumstances, but disempowering frames of mind as well. When we choose to spend wisely, save/invest wisely, pay down our debts, and incur debts with the utmost of caution, we are creating a powerful financial foundation for ourselves, as well as creating the powerful frame of mind that we are in control of our lives. How much more powerful can it possibly get than that?
The Tweetup also gave me the opportunity to meet fabulous women -- bloggers who are mothers, entrepreneurs and authors, among many other things. These women were equally as inspiring to me because they were proof positive that you can turn your passions into your career, which is something as a Freelance Writer I am unfolding for myself. To be in the room with all of these women - and then Suze Orman to top it off! - I gotta tell ya, it was off-the-charts inspiring.
Suze, on behalf of single mamas everywhere, thank you for the work that you do. I saw today that yes, you do what you do to create wealth for yourself. Absolutely. As you should! But, you also do what you do to empower others, women especially, to become the power that they seek in their lives. The genuine warmth that suffused every intense, emphatic, and passionate word you said was palpable. You are the real deal. And thank you Avon, for putting together a fabulous event, and for giving us an unforgettable opportunity to be truly inspired by one of the greatest role models a woman could have. It makes perfect sense that Suze is working with you: your company has been helping women empower themselves financially for over a century - and you're still going strong! To this day, you continue to give women an opportunity to help themselves financially by becoming Avon representatives. You should be truly proud of what you have created for yourselves as a company, and for what you have helped to create for millions of families throughout our country.
Thank you, Suze!