Saturday, July 25, 2015

Bring on Your Badass with Style!

This is my first in a series of collaborations with experts in many fields to bring you content that will hopefully expand our minds and enrich our lives. 

Have you noticed that when you put on certain items from your closet, you suddenly get a little strut in your walk? 

I recently finished doing a Seven Day Challenge with a group of wonderful women. The challenge was called Baby Boomer Woman-Now is Your Time to Fire Up Your Life and it was so exciting to watch these women start to do things that they had previously shied away from and to feel more powerful.

Life Coach, Marianne Cherico orchestrated the challenge so I asked her if we could share some of that information with all of you.

Here is the part that each of us found to be most fascinating.

One of our favorite challenges for the women was called “Bring on Your Badass”. Marianne began by explaining the definition of a badass so I will let her take over the blog post from here.

Marianne in her Badass Look
"A badass is a really cool, confident woman who knows who she is and doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone.

She is not about ego, she shows up in the world authentically without making excuses for who she is.

A badass is cool and sexy and comfortable in her own skin. She does what she wants. She is not worried about whom she does or doesn’t impress and she is uninfluenced by fads.

A badass wears what pleases her and she does this with inner confidence, she rocks it!

She also spends her time how she wants, eats what she wants, listens to music she likes and indulges in things that bring her joy.

The challenge was for each of these women to post a picture of themselves wearing or doing something that made them feel badass. 

I coach women to feel empowered so this is one of my tools to tease that innate power out of them, to show them how what they wear might affect the way they feel about themselves.

It was so exciting to see these women come out of their shell. Doing this challenge and being encouraged by myself as well as the other women in the group gave them permission to put on their sassy pants and go for it.

What I found most interesting was that they all tried something that was a stretch for them and may have seemed small by the standards of others, but it was huge for them.

The main thing was that in their inner game, they felt BA.

One woman posted a picture of herself in skinny jeans and a jean jacket.  Her badassery may have gone unnoticed by others but to her, she was rocking it from the inside out." 

Christine is rocking her look.

“I don’t think anyone would call me a badass. I chose this outfit for my photo op because when I wear my skinny jeans and jean jacket I feel young and confident. Maybe even a little sassy.” 

"And there was Leah, a woman after my own heart because I also feel badass in animal print," Leah said,

Leah in her animal print.
"I love cowboy hats. Mix with a little Leopard and you got it going on! My friend added the cats." 

"Another fabulous woman donned a biker chick outfit. She said, “This is my bad-ass look. Biker chick. I told my husband it is amazing the swagger that develops when you put on black leather.”

"And last but not least, here is the fabulous Susan Street, our sweet Southern girl, rocking her BA outfit." Susan says, "It was probably my most badass outfit to date. I felt confident, healthy, bold and brave. Just a few years ago I was almost fifty pounds overweight, and could barely walk a block in tennis shoes much less walk a mile in four-inch heeled booties. Life is better at 58 than it was at 38. Way better!"

Susan in leggings, leather and boots.

"The point of this exercise is that we all have some badass in us. Tapping into this part of yourself helps you show up authentically and from a place of innate power.

It helps you take on the world with an inner swagger.

So next time you are feeling small or want to start playing a bigger game in your life, think about how can you bring on your badassery?"

Thank you, Marianne, for contributing to this project and for allowing me to share part of your challenge with my readers. I hope it gives them something to think about the next time they need a little boost.

Marianne Cherico helps Baby Boomer women create a life filled with joy, passion and purpose so that they can create a Smokin’ Hot Second Half. She is proud to be a member of this generation of women who changed the world for women, presenting future generations with limitless opportunities to thrive and grow into lives that are meaningful and authentic. 

It is Marianne's sincerest pleasure to help these women find their purpose, work through limiting and self- sabotaging beliefs and step into their own brand of magnificence. You can get a taste of Marianne’s teaching by downloading her free report “How to Plan for a Smokin’ Hot Second Half” on her website here.

Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!

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