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March 13, 2019 - No Comments!

International Women’s Day

a personal post by Iris

What does it mean to be an empowered woman? Is it found in feeling invincible, confident and never experiencing weakness? For me, the answer is no. Empowerment doesn’t always feel amazing or even important, and we’re likely not even aware of it at the time.

Empowerment is about showing up and the ways in which I respond to situations in life. I am empowered when I choose the path of healing instead of hurting, kindness and wholeheartedness instead of petty self-protection, communication through the difficult conversations and not just when it is easy. Being an empowered woman means that I value my own voice enough to speak up even when it would be easier to remain silent, and that no matter what happens, I continually work for a better, more nurturing and whole world.

Working at JADA Studios is so meaningful to me because every day I empower other people, and in so doing, I am empowered. Every time I help my clients feel better in their body, I feel stronger in mine. As people feel better through my work and radiate gratitude, I am energized. And the circle doesn’t stop there. Working with the team at JADA is a continual inspiration because we build each other up. We have great conversations, brainstorm about new ideas to better serve the community, and spend a lot of time just enjoying each other and having fun as we work together! We are stronger because of the trust and respect we share. Our empowerment is all about empowering one another. With this strong foundation of support, we are able to keep learning and growing and expanding the circle of empowerment to touch every person who walks through our doors!

March 11, 2019 - No Comments!

International Women’s Day

a personal post by Sophia

While challenging, I love the opportunity to share with my 8 year old daughter the beauty and power we have in our lineage of women. I am careful to choose my words when discussing this topic. I want her to know that being a woman means having strength at your core. To be a woman means to brave the unknown. To be a woman means to be a resourceful creator. I want her to know that our strength as women comes not from us individually, but from what we are together.

I have amazing women in my blood.

We were recently chatting about how her great-great grandmother, Inga Sophia, was a "mail order bride" to her great-great grandfather. She came from Olslo, Norway to Minnesota to meet and marry a man whom she hardly knew. She came across the ocean alone to start a new life, in a far away world she knew nothing about. She is the woman I am named after.

I have brave women in my blood.

The conversation started when she asked about why women were once able to be "bought" or "traded" for. It continued on with me telling her that, sadly, this still occurs in today’s world. She then pointed to my earrings from Fair Anita, and recalled the conversations we have had previously about our choices and buying power. She’s in a phase of development where she’s very justice-oriented, so these kinds of deep conversations happen frequently around our house!

I have caring women in my blood.

I come from a line of strong women who raised up from hard circumstances with very little. My mom is the most inspiring of them all, to me.

I have strong women in my blood. 

As we celebrate International Women’s Day in March, I celebrate the strong women who came before me, and who are around me today. Being a part of JADA Studios, I get to work alongside a team of brave, caring, strong, and amazing women every day. Not just our care team, but the women around us that help with cleaning, legal negotiations, marketing, writing, financial planning, mentorship, and so much more.

I have inspiring women in my life.

Because of each of them; I too, am a strong woman.

-Sophia

March 8, 2019 - No Comments!

International Women’s Day

a personal post by Hilary

Strength, power, determination, compassion, love, laughter, honesty, respect. These are just a few words I think of when I think of strong and empowered women! I have never known any other way than to put my head down and keep going until the task is done and done to perfection. Being strong and tenacious on the outside is one thing, but being strong, compassionate, loving, understanding and light on the inside is where strength truly comes from. It comes from the mind. It comes from the core. But mostly it comes from the heart. True strength is built and carried in the heart!

I have always preferred headstrong, determined, opinionate, empathetic women around me. Women who will give me their true feelings and not side-step, knowing that I too am strong enough to hear the truth and not want nor need to be protected. The women in my family are strong, beautiful women that I have learned more from than they will ever know. I was blessed, truly blessed to have these family members to learn from, and still learn from. I didn’t realize how lucky I was at the time, but looking back, they helped shape me to the woman I am today.

But my biggest influence was my mom. She has lived through more than any human should. This includes losing two brothers, one when she was 14 and one when she was 22 and then a son when she was only 30. I can’t imagine the heartache, the loss the despair. The desire to quit, give up, cash it in. But she kept fighting, and she broke through those tough, dark, lonely times. You would never have any idea of the pain she lived through when she is in your presence. She chooses to live in abundance, love, laughter and light. She has impacted hundreds of thousands of lives as a teacher, athletic coach and now a life coach. She has instilled a work ethic in me that is second to none. I hope that my kids can say the same things about me. That I was motivated, determined, kind, loving, strong and brave. I took the punches and stood up for more, fighting for what I believed in and what was important and right!

I am lucky enough to be raising two young teenage girls. I work daily on instilling strength, self-esteem, kindness and individuality into them. Growing up now is hard, and I don’t envy them. But I want them to know that I, a strong, loving, compassionate, intelligent and respected woman is standing beside them, supporting them all the way to their dreams.

After-all, isn’t the greatest gift a gift that you can share with those you love and the world? The greatest gift isn’t anything you can purchase. It isn’t something you find in a store. It comes from the heart and can change the world. We can be beckons of love, strength, power, compassion, respect, inclusion and understanding. That to me is the greatest gift we can offer. To stand on this earth, knowing that we not only have the power to change the world, but that we are going to change the world, and change it for the better!

-Hilary