Enabling, Equipping, Emancipating

I was researching for a talk that I was invited to give this week on women enhancement and came across a definition of the word empowerment, which is “to equip, enable, and emancipate”. I find these three words perfectly aligned with what I have been trying to implement in my life and dreaming of doing for others as well.

I have always wanted to start a personal site to just share my random thoughts and motivate others, but have been apprehensive because I felt so unworthy of calling myself “motivational”. To be honest, I still feel far from deserving of that word. This past weekend, at a seminar, a woman referred to me as a “motivational speaker” and I think I responded with a weird and unsure smile (which I just hope did not come across looking creepy). I am imperfect and have my faults and cringe-worthy wtf-have-I-done moments. However, after all these months of big lessons and small victories, and since writing as the Managing Editor for Ms Career Girl this year, I’ve realized that you don’t need to be perfect to be able to motivate others. You just have to be sincere and willing to share what you take away from the trial and error that is your life, and be ready to give guidance if it does land in the ears (or in this case, eyes) of someone who might be in the same situation.

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This is a passion project, and in turn a part of me, which I am now shamelessly sharing with the world. It’s scary, but nothing worth pursuing comes without that little (or huge) feeling of fear.

So here I am now, finally at the resolve of baring my soul and sharing my so-called wisdom to whoever wishes to take it. At the end of the day, I really hope that the posts in Upraised Living equips you with the insight and knowledge that you can use in your own life, enables you to take the first crucial steps towards your goals, and emancipates you from all the things and people who  have been holding you back. I hope it empowers you to empower yourself.

At the very least, I hope it gives you a good read. 🙂

Abbi

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