Your salary is not a bribe. Don’t quit your day job.

You’re dreaming about the day you’re the boss and you no longer have to answer to the man (or woman). Entrepreneurship looks cool, sexy and something you can so handle. But I want you to know that even though entrepreneurship is wonderful, it is not for everyone. Yes, sister girl. It is not. I’ve been self-employed for ten years and many times over those years I have questioned my logic for making this choice and I have contemplated re-joining the workforce. Quite often, aspiring business owners walk into entrepreneurship unprepared for the rigors of business ownership and it affects them and those closest to them greatly. Over the last five years, I have seen an increase in the push towards self-employment as more people want greater control over their financial future. Globally, women are at the forefront of this trend. You can’t blame them. The global economy has taken a tumble…

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Permission Granted

So often we live for the approval and permission of others. Why? I have never been one to need anyone’s permission to live my life my way, and I’ve never cared much for their consent and approval. It’s not because I’m cocky or selfish, but because I understand that as an adult, it is my responsibility to make choices for myself and to forge a path that leads to my happiness and me achieving the life I am creating. No one is more invested in that dream that I am. No one’s permission is needed. Today I am challenging you to give yourself permission to stop needing other people’s permission. You don’t need permission: To be happy To live life on your terms To shine and stand tall To dream another dream To re-invent yourself or your life To make the decisions that you feel are necessary for the life you…

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More empathy, less judgment

You can set your time by him. Each day, like clockwork, you can find him digging through the two garbage bins at the entrance of the street, just before the arrival of the garbage truck. Sometimes he’d even come back later in the day on the chance he’d get some morsel to eat or garment he could wear. I have found that seeing any human being dig through garbage for their sustenance has the potential to break your heart, provided you have not become desensitized to such a sight. Every day he digs through those bins, messing up the streets. He really should go find work to do. Who in their right mind would dig the garbage? I could not help but detect the air of superiority that accompanied her words. It was stronger than her annoyance at the sight of another human finding their meal amidst filth. I asked…

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Technology Workshop for Seniors

FemmePowered has partnered with GARP again to offer another tech workshop. GARP, the Grenada Association of Retired Persons is a wonderful community that seeks to support, empower and enhance the lives of retired persons across Grenada. In our upcoming workshop we will be helping seniors demystify technology and make sense of their smartphones and other devices. This workshop is for members of the Grenada Association of Retired Persons. Register by calling GARP’s office on 473.435.9857 or via the email address in the flyer below. Carlana Carlana Charles is the visionary and editor-in-chief of FemmePowered. She is a womanist, writer, speaker, story midwife and facilitator of meaningful and engaging conversations. When she is not working in or on FemmePowered, she can be found resting, baking, reading or scribbling furiously in her journal whilst sipping wine or coffee, sometimes both at the same time. She is currently working on her first book and hopes…

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Saturday reflections

Life nice, eh? This morning I woke up with a deep awareness that each day presents the opportunity to be thankful for all the beautiful things and people in my life. I’m learning to practice gratitude daily in all things, big and small. Today I am thankful that I have developed the gift of goodbye. This year, more than any other in my life, letting go has become so easy.  I no longer hold on to things and people that disrupt my spirit, attempt to make me feel small and just aren’t helpful to my personal growth and development. I want to live my best life and fill it with the things and people that support me being the best. This means that I have to constantly monitor the temperature of my life and do some clearing.  This season has brought me to a place where I’m no longer afraid…

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