Meet Heather!  She is a vivacious young woman who loves life, her job, and looking her stylish best every day.  Heather has placed herself at the top of her priority list and plans to keep it that way.  Hopefully, she will… even if she marries one day and has children of her own.

My thirties was the time when I lost myself. Now, one of my goals is to inspire young women not to place themselves at the bottom.  But, wear smiles like Heather’s through every stage of life.

I stopped to believe I mattered early in life after negative messages were sent my way on a regular basis from family members and later co-workers. 
Disrespect for women runs deep in our country.  It begins at very young ages.  Behaviors handed down by family members and society.  For years, I have watched teen boys belittle teen girls with the phrase “sandwich makers,” and whenever the young ladies display emotions, young boys sometimes sarcastically retort, “she must be on her period?’
It starts here.  But, it is anything but funny…many of those young men will grow to look at their wives and girlfriends as sandwich makers…judging them on appearance and work output.  Social media and accessibility to other females has only worsened the problems.
But, I am not here today to discuss why emotional abuse is wrong or why it happens. In fact, this abuse can just as easily be delivered by females in our lives as the males.   It is wrong and it does happen.  I am here to tell you that YOU MATTER…despite what anyone else says.  I had to reach a point where I looked in the mirror and understood:
     Life is short
     Time goes fast
    It isn’t important what anyone else thinks…only me.
     I need to take this gift of life and do something with it and not allow others to shut me down.
     I must stop giving other people permission to steal my joy.

Believe me, I know this is not easy. But, I also know it can be done.  That is why I finally took the reins and began to turn my life around for me…no one else…for me.  Through the changes I am writing about on Thursdays, I discovered confidence, joy, and strength.  It hasn’t been easy…but worth it!  If the level of abuse is so intense you cannot turn your thought life around on your own, then please get help today and do not wait longer.  You can do this.

If others in your life are attempting to destroy you with unkind words or judgments, then do something for you NOW…you matter.  You are not a mistake.  Stop listening…take your life back.  Set boundaries and do not allow them to cross without standing up.  If you would like to talk or hear more specifics, please email me.  I MATTER…So, do you.

If you would like to catch up on #I MATTER Posts…then just CLICK here and you will find them on my page about personal style!

Now, go enjoy the Thursday Blog Hop and this fabulous day!


ITS TIME FOR THE THURSDAY FAVORITE THINGS BLOG HOP!

It’s time to hop! Party and link up! The Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop is where you can link your favorite post of the week or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. The hop is hosted and posted on 3 different blogs! Your link will appear on the blogs of Katherine’s Corner,  Over 50 Feeling 40, and Vintage Mama.  Three times the opportunity to make new bloggy friends and to share your wonderful blog and discover others to
RULES:

Please DO NOT link and run…….
  • Please visit a few of the wonderful blogs that are sharing here.
  •     Please leave comments when you visit
  •     Please Link to your post and not to your blog home page
  •     Linkback on your post (optional, but always appreciated)
  •     Grab the hop button code from The button page (optional)
  •     No adult content blogs
  • Please no more than 3 links to your blog
  •     No links directly to your shops or websites selling things/services please! (sorry they will be removed)
  •     Yes you can link giveaways (they are everyone’s favorite thing) Add your giveaways to Katherines Giveaways Page too!
Adding your link to this blog hop gives Katherines Corner permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Katherines Corner. Note- All features on Katherines Corner will be linked back to the original source .Social media features are linked back to the hop 

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