Published on December 24th, 2010 | by thevyne


2011: The Year of the Grown Woman

By Michelle Wonsley

We all have that great aunt or family friend who says exactly what she thinks, whether you ask her or not, and is completely comfortable in her own skin as a self-possessed, powerful woman.  That is a grown woman.  Grown women are confident, they are clear on who they are and what they think.  They make choices in alignment with their goals and are unapologetic about it.  More than anything, they are themselves, come what may.

Earlier this year, The Vyne featured an article which highlighted a few grown woman-isms.  Among them, tips on the importance of keeping your house clean,  your bills paid and your personal presentation tight.  But as we move into the new year, a year that promises to bring us new opportunities to shine, perhaps the most important grown woman-ism is to “Be yourself.”  In Carla Harris’ book, Expect to Win, she highlights authenticity as being key to achieving personal and professional success.  But what is authenticity?  Ms. Harris describes it has having a clear sense of who you are and honoring sense of self through your choices.  Being authentic maximizes your personal power and attracts opportunity and success to you.  Consider these three tips to being authentic and nurturing your inner grown woman:

1) Get clear: If you can’t state with clarity the kind of job, relationship, friends, and life you want do not pass go, do not collect $200.  You will be lost until you do.  Take an hour, (get a glass of something if you must), make your lists, and prioritize what is important in each of those arenas – you’ll need that for the next step.

2) Make a commitment: When you know what matters to you, and how those things stack up against each other, you can commit to a course of action.  If you’ve decided that right now is the time to make the leap for home ownership, then naturally taking a higher paying job trumps being able to work from home 2 days a week.  But keep your eyes open – you might be able to have it all.

3) Be consistent:  Once you’re clear on your values, your purpose and your needs and you’ve committed, make choices that are in alignment with your values, purpose and needs.  Surround yourself with a community of friends and family who are also clear on what your intentions are and who can support you as you move with laser focus.  Taking one step at a time in the direction of your goals with consistency will ensure that you meet them.

As we get older (and better!) we naturally become more self-assured but why not give that growth a turbo-boost with some healthy self-reflection.  2011 will be a year of tremendous growth and transformation, but only for those of us who are clear.  We need to know now, more than ever, what matters most to us and why.  Being a grown woman is about more than just taking care of business.  It’s about being clear on who we are and what we want and pursuing those things with confidence.  Here’s to the grown woman in you!

So tell us, how do you plan to be a “grown woman” in the new year?


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7 Responses to 2011: The Year of the Grown Woman

  1. Terrinique says:

    I plan to be a grown woman in the new year by launching a hair care product line. Great Blog girls! Merry Christmas!

  2. KB says:

    Three great (and simple) tips…Thanks for passing along. Happy Holidays, ladies!

  3. Dionne says:

    I will be a grown woman in the new year first and foremost by BEing. As Michelle so eloquently stated, a lot of us are already good about “taking care of business.” When I go deeper, what comes up for me is a need to slow things down enough to just BE. I have DOing mastered.

    So, in 2011, being a grown woman for me will show up in these ways:
    1-BEing present for myself and my loved ones
    2-Completion. Clearing Clutter from my home, workspace and mind.
    3-Optimizing my physical health.

    Thanks Michelle! Expect to Win is a great book. Have you heard Carla Harris speak? Hearing her speak is just as rich as reading her work, possibly richer.


  4. MJ says:

    Love this. I plan to a “grown woman” by being absolutely impeccable with my words, deeds and intentions.

  5. I plan to be a “grown woman” in the new year by pursuing profit, purpose, and partnership. Not necessarily in that order… I have already taken stock of what I accomplished in 2010. Still celebrating those victories! I wrote a list of all that i wanted to accomplish in 2011. The list is far too long to be effective. Therefore in the next few days, I’ll be shortening that list – significantly. How else will I be sure to have the type of partnership I want?! Gotta have time for that.

  6. KO says:

    By waking up on time and getting a getting at least 30% of my daily to-dos before Noon. Just because I’m single with no kids doesn’t mean I should be sleeping in like a first year college student (especially when approaching 30) and this definitely includes weekend…..early bird gets the worm.

  7. Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

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