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Confidence

The No-Makeup Challenge

Gabi Holzwarth | Posted 12.11.2014 | Women
Gabi Holzwarth

I came to the conclusion that my life would be much more productive if I could gain the confidence to go out and about my life without having these worries weigh me down. How would I do this? I decided to take a no-makeup pledge.

Empowering Women and Girls to Own Their Worth

Michelle Fetsch | Posted 12.16.2014 | Women
Michelle Fetsch

I was tired of feeling that I wasn't thin enough, pretty enough, smart enough, tall enough or good enough, was keeping me from going after the things I wanted in life. I knew that regardless of what I weighed or looked like -- it was about changing the conversation.

You're Not a Victoria's Secret Model, and That's Okay

Katie Hoffman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Katie Hoffman

No matter who you are or what you look like -- and for most of us, it's nothing like a Victoria's Secret model -- you should take ownership of how you feel about your own body.

10 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

Linsey Hart | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Linsey Hart

Culturally, we have this perverse notion that poor body image is a sign of modesty. It's not. And people, especially women, who accept and appreciate the way they look can be perceived as narcissistic. They're not.

5 Reasons Developing Confidence Is Critical to Your Success

Ellevate | Posted 12.05.2014 | Women
Ellevate

Every step of my career path has been possible because I channeled the confidence that I needed -- from navigating corporate America to starting my own business. That's not to say that confidence was all I needed.

Letters to Hadley: Boy Friends

Liz Olson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

My first best friend was a boy. His name was Nicholas, and I met him in Kindergarten. He was very good at the monkey bars and so was I, and so we became friends.

12 Reasons Sex Is Much More Satisfying After 50

Vikki Claflin | Posted 12.03.2014 | Fifty
Vikki Claflin

By the time we're in our 50s and beyond, our kids are grown and out the door, our careers are established, we're reasonably financially stable, and life isn't such a struggle. Simply put, we're more relaxed about most things and sex is often more fun. On that note, I've compiled my personal list of the 12 reasons sex is better after 50.

Who Has Your Back?

Janet M. Neal | Posted 02.01.2015 | Women
Janet M. Neal

I know that my growing up in a secure environment has helped me feel confident enough to take risks in my life. But I am well beyond the days where I look to my parents for that security.

Starve the Fear, Feed the Goal

Melanie Young | Posted 02.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

Common signs of "iffluenza" are A) Using the words "If only" to put road blocks in front of your way. B) Being iffy about making decisions and taking steps to pursue goals and C) Putting too many "Ifs" -- conditions and stipulations -- in the way of making progress.

How I Came to Enjoy the Most Uncomfortable Part of the Creative Process

Suzanne Clores | Posted 02.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Clores

If I could tell every person one thing about presenting her work to peers, I would say this: prepare a lot, and when you feel like you're about to die, find a way to laugh and congratulate yourself because you're doing it right.

7 Important Rules to Keep Your Dream Alive

Sean Kim | Posted 02.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Sean Kim

The difference between those that persevere and those that quit, is that successful people are mentally prepared for what it takes to cross the success line. In other words, they embrace the worst that will inevitably come their way and have the resiliency to continue.

'Tis the Season to Be Networking! How Women Can Raise Their Profile and Get Ahead

Judith Humphrey | Posted 01.31.2015 | Women
Judith Humphrey

Sure, it is often more comfortable to mingle with friends -- with the people we know. But that won't necessarily make you successful. Instead, when you walk into a room, be bold. Target the people who have influence.

How Anxiety Affects Your Child's Self-Esteem

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

As parents, we want our children to go into the world of school, peers and friendships, and life feeling happy, confident and valued. We do our best to fortify their self-confidence within the home so that they are equipped to be strong and successful in the rest of the world.

Why I'm Proud Of 'That Belly'

Mama Bean | Posted 01.27.2015 | Parents
Mama Bean

You see, I felt like bowing down to that belly. I felt like celebrating it and thanking it for what it had carried -- for whom it had carried.

Dear Straight, White, Male New Friend

Rev. Frederick Davie | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Frederick Davie

You may want to think about what it means for others to hear you say that you have no lack of confidence because you are a straight, white male. It could suggest just the opposite.

Letters to Hadley: Looks

Liz Olson | Posted 01.25.2015 | Women
Liz Olson

The world has a habit of judging people on their looks. I wish it were different, but it's not. You'll quickly learn that everyone has an opinion on what's pretty and it's virtually unavoidable to not feel the weight of those expectations.

The Observing Self: A Tool Essential to Save Ourselves and Our Planet

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

It is the observing self that grants us a sense of "agency" with the capacity to change ourselves and our world.

The Day I Lost My Brother But Found Myself

Traci Bild | Posted 01.24.2015 | Women
Traci Bild

Growing up isn't always easy and standing up for yourself and your beliefs is even harder. As much as I want it, my brother and I will never be the same and that breaks my heart. That day I found the courage to use my voice.

Focusing On Your Ability

Gabi Holzwarth | Posted 01.24.2015 | Women
Gabi Holzwarth

Having choices is supposed to be a good thing, but when you are a woman, one choice in life sucks. The choice that I am referring to is the one regarding embracing either your feminine side or your intellectual side based on the career you enter.

Letter From a Friend

Stephanie Jankowski | Posted 01.19.2015 | Women
Stephanie Jankowski

I supported you through your pregnancies. I was strong for deliveries. I was patient during recoveries. It seemed like the more I gave, the less you appreciated it!

Empower, Inspire, and Uplift: Changing the Face of Beauty and Confidence

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.19.2015 | Women
Michelle Chen

Beauty and confidence come from within. Don't let social standards or a set of numbers determine your perception of your body image or your confidence.

Don't Put All Your Eggs (Frozen or Not) In This Basket: Speak Up And Lead The Conversation About Diverse Workplace Alternatives

Judith Humphrey | Posted 01.18.2015 | Women
Judith Humphrey

Courage is critical, because there are so many situations in which we women have to break through barriers, challenge traditional behaviors and redefine the way others see us.

Shame, Shame Go Away

Kim 'Skipper' Corbin | Posted 01.18.2015 | Women
Kim 'Skipper' Corbin

And so I am writing a new ending when it comes to my relationship with my body. I choose to rock this statuesque physique from deep within. I choose to acknowledge my body as the incredible ally that it is, instead of using it as a container for my judgment and disdain.

Letters to Hadley: Risks

Liz Olson | Posted 01.17.2015 | Women
Liz Olson

Physical risks are good to take because they'll remind you that your body is capable and incredible. But emotional risk are even better. Because they'll remind you how many feelings your capable body can hold.

The FEAR Factor

Martha Pasternack | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Martha Pasternack

As a life coach, I focus on the zillions of ways fear keeps people stuck. I am not talking about fear of the dark, fear of nuclear war or fear of fall...