The Wise Women
of Yoke and Abundance
We are incredibly proud to have the privilege of highlighting these wise women. Here are some of their stories.
“You are A-Awesome, you are Loved, you are Enough, you are NOT less than, and NEVER let yourself believe otherwise! Don’t care what other people think, own it and you got this!”
“Always listen to your inner voice, your guides. This voice is with us from birth and women, especially, from an early age, are shamed into not listening. The patriarchy has labeled it ‘women’s intuition’ in an attempt to belittle it so we deny this powerful voice coming to us from the Universe, from whatever word you use for God.”
“I'm the first in my family to do a lot of things so I have to keep pushing no matter what because its necessary that I pave the way to success for my family. But, perhaps my biggest source of fuel is my mom. I've seen her overcome so many obstacles in her life in pursuit of her dreams.”
“Please stop flat-ironing your hair. You are beautiful as you are.
I cannot express to you how skinny you are right now, nor how little that matters.
Your dad loves you. So does your mom. They show this to you by creating opportunities for you, keeping you safe, and reminding you that you can do anything. Thank them more often.”
Things will work out. You’re a people pleaser, so be careful with that. Everyone isn’t going to like you. That’s ok as long as you stay true, own up to your mistakes, and never stop striving to be better. You were never intended to fit in with the crowd, so stop trying to force it.
“If my 18-year-old self bumped into 30-year-old me, I think she’d be stoked. If I could reach back in time and give her one piece of advice, it would be: “take more science classes in college”
“Don’t worry about things not happening fast enough. Learn as much as you can while pursuing and creating opportunities for yourself and others.”
“Stop whatever you’re doing. Pause. Pay attention. Follow your story. Listen for the call. When it comes, go. Take your soul for a stroll.”
Wise words, wise women, and a strong beautiful community. Thankful for everyone who was there, we missed you if you couldn’t make it, but you can catch the replay here!
“Practice listening to you intuition – it always knows the way – and don’t allow self-doubt or imposter syndrome to hold you back.”
“I have an obligation to create, share and communicate on behalf of the challenges I have seen in my local and global community because if not me, then who? “
“Creativity is definitely a muscle that has to be explored, stretched, and rested. When I feel drained creatively, I often change my scenery by going on walks or sitting outside.”
“We all have something that makes us unique, so let yours shine.”
“Never let self-doubt or negativity deter you from being the queen that you are and the inspiration that you will be.”
Do your best; some days your best is outstanding, some days it’s mediocre and some days, your best is failure. Keep showing up anyway; it's about forward movement and progress, not perfection.
Take it easy and enjoy every moment of life all while having a clear understanding of how your choices will affect your life, your children’s life, and maybe even their children’s life. Have a plan and goals and see them through no matter how far-fetched or tough it may seem. Find a great mentor you can trust.
“It’s not that deep. Get over it and count your blessings.”
“I would tell my younger self is to not do things just because you think that is what you are supposed to be doing. Build your own path.”
“Do it now or forever wish you had. Why wait? Failure is NEVER as bad as regret.”
I would tell myself that “you have the power within you, you always have and always will.”
“I’m Genevieve Wicker. On one scale I’m only a year and a few months old. On another I’m older than I’d care to say. What I am is transgendered. Male to female.”
Every Wise Women Wednesday Panel is special and last night was no exception. Spirituality was the theme that emerged and last night's panel was powerful.
I would be sure to share that I was already enough, and that I just needed to keep practicing and exploring the things I loved most rather than worry if it made others happy or if it would make me successful in the eyes of the world.
“Forgive yourself and be gentle with yourself. It is a lifetime journey it is not about reaching perfection. Have fun, take risks, travel, love and cultivate meaningful friendships.”
“Put away the computer. When I’m stuck or blocked I try to draw/write down what I’m stuck on. Somehow a pen and paper allow me to get the ideas out”
“With desire and heart, no matter how small the steps, you will reach your goal!”
When you’re too scared to make a decision or to take a new path, think of the worst-case scenario that could happen. It’s almost always not really that scary. Facing fear head-on makes it less frightening!
“Remember that whatever you go through, no matter how sucky, complicated, or exhilarating, is laying the groundwork for something else. It’s all stepping stones, and they’re all necessary.”
“I am enjoying getting to know this part of me that has always been there that is now able to grow and evolve in this period of my life.”
“Lots of people have ideas about what success looks like. They’re a distraction. Success isn’t something you chase, it’s a vector—a current. The trajectory you’re on matters more than where you are this moment.”