Woman First

“I am a woman above everything else.”

 

~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

When it comes to the question “How do you take care of yourself?” I love the clarity of Jackie Kennedy’s quote.  With a focus on this year’s intent, which is to connect and give in to the power of feminine presence, specifically the inner woman, I believe it helps to differentiate womanhood from childhood, adulthood, motherhood, and personhood.

Recently, I have been asking the various women I meet how they define themselves as women, or what it means to them to be a woman separate from all of the other roles they have in their lives.  The responses I have received are interesting, in fact, fascinating. To start, most women let me know how much they love the question.  Then I notice that they pause and think. Many have said, “You know, it’s been such a long time since I’ve really stopped to think about it… myself as a woman separate from all of my responsibilities and other roles.  Apart from sex, and being in relationship with a man, I would like to take some time to think about it…”

 

For myself, I have found the exercise of contemplating what it means to me to be a woman a wonderful way to reconnect with the part of me that often takes a back seat to everything else that is going on in my life.  So far, what I have come up with is …stay tuned.

 

The truth is I’m not trying to be coy by not completing my thought. I would just like to engage you in a journey of self-discovery, as well as have you take a moment for yourself to think about what being a woman means to you separate from what everyone else thinks. What I can share with you is that I found the question itself to be a turning point and that answers have not come readily which surprised and intrigued me.

 

Oscar Wilde said, “Getting to know yourself is a lifelong romance.”

 

When it comes to the question “How do you take care of yourself?” I love the clarity of Jackie Kennedy’s quote.  With a focus on this year’s intent, which is to connect and give in to the power of feminine presence, specifically the inner woman, I believe it helps to differentiate womanhood from childhood, adulthood, motherhood, and personhood.

Recently, I have been asking the various women I meet how they define themselves as women, or what it means to them to be a woman separate from all of the other roles they have in their lives.  The responses I have received are interesting, in fact, fascinating. To start, most women let me know how much they love the question.  Then I notice that they pause and think. Many have said, “You know, it’s been such a long time since I’ve really stopped to think about it… myself as a woman separate from all of my responsibilities and other roles.  Apart from sex, and being in relationship with a man, I would like to take some time to think about it…”

 

For myself, I have found the exercise of contemplating what it means to me to be a woman a wonderful way to reconnect with the part of me that often takes a back seat to everything else that is going on in my life.  So far, what I have come up with is …stay tuned.

 

The truth is I’m not trying to be coy by not completing my thought. I would just like to engage you in a journey of self-discovery, as well as have you take a moment for yourself to think about what being a woman means to you separate from what everyone else thinks. What I can share with you is that I found the question itself to be a turning point and that answers have not come readily which surprised and intrigued me.

Oscar Wilde said, “Getting to know yourself is a lifelong romance.”

 

February is the month of love. Why not take a moment to turn the spotlight on the woman within and give her the loving attention she needs?  Please let us know what you think being a woman means to you.

 

Joan Shaver, LMFT

 

Be Bold   Be Beautiful    Be True to Yourself

 

What you are not aware of can hurt you!

Empower the Feminine!

Empower the Feminine!

You Have the Power

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