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The Beauty Holder on location… IWPG Women’s Day Event! 🌍 🌙 ❤️

Hey Loves,

A friend recently told me that I have inspired them to pursue a dream that has been silent for a while. I have been told that I am an inspiration before and I never really felt comfortable with such a title. I mean, an inspiration? How Sway? Does anyone have the answers? (If you know, you know). Blessed am I in more ways than one!

My head is often filled with ideas, conversations and dreams. I am inspired by others, people who I know and who I don’t, to do more, do better and love harder. In my back and better post, I spoke of having some time out for me, to find more of me and get on track to being me. Attending this amazingly powerful event delivered by the IWPG (International Women’s Peace Group) ignited a flame through a showcase of stories, dance, interviews and more. It reminded me that inspiration is personal to different people for a multitude of reasons and that it is all around us.

I have one of my best friend’s Tim to thank for inviting me to the event. I admit I was skeptical at first as I had not heard of IWPG until the show and even on the day I wasn’t sure about going as I was unwell and super tired. You see that devil tries to steal your joy and peace at any given opportunity. Not today, it was not going down like that. My other friend’s flaked on me and I was fashionably early (by like 2 hours) but I was meant to be there and empowerment that took place showered me with emotion.

The IWPG is an organisation that is championing world peace. I do not make that statement lightly as it is not some wishy-washy dream, it is a full-time dedication of selfless, hard-working, determined women who WILL achieve global peace. I have been reading up and learning more about what they do. This simple blog does not truly capture the ethos and power of this movement and I would love you to find out more here. Women from every corner of the world along with men, girls and boys are campaigning, petitioning, peacefully working to see peace a reality in this lifetime and always! Not as a one-off thing but as a forever truth for everyone, for those who have only known war, fighting, suffering, mutilation and every unthinkable act that divides us… for EVERYONE!

On March 8th 2017 in London, the #SHECAN cultural showcase hosted by IWPG celebrated women on a day that reminds us that #SHECAN and #WECAN achieve peace! I was touched by the ‘Stories of Santa Marta’ and the interpretive dance of war and divide and the healing hands of peace. The bloggers were awesome because as a blogger myself, I understood much of what they have been through as they try and find their place in a community that has many voices. Unfortunately, we were unable to take pictures or videos but the event was recorded and more will be on their website.

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I began this blog questioning whether I could be called an inspiration when there are people all over the world fighting for a freedom that I have and do not always appreciate. Am I worthy to be called an inspiration? YES, I AM! I do not have to list the reasons that make me an inspiration as, like beauty, it is personal between the person I inspire and myself. I hope to one day do more and inspire more people. Your inspiration will take many forms, it could be in your cheerful disposition in the face of adversity or the way you laugh from your stomach or the in the warmth of your hugs. It could be your business and the work you do or the dreams you are making a reality but you inspire someone and if you didn’t know, you inspire my blogs on levels that are deeper than you know.

Thank you IWPG, I look forward to learning more. Thank you to everyone who took part on the night and all those who I met. Big thank you to Tim, who knew that I needed to be there… Love you, T-Bo!

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Remember being YOU is YOUR POWER! #SHECAN

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please remember to click on the links above to learn more about IWPG!

Besos! 💋

TBH! xoxo

 


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Happy International Women’s Day and …

Happy 4 year Blogiversary!

Yep, I started this blog 4 years ago today! Fitting that is International Women’s Day because at the time of starting this blog I was trying to find my way as a woman. Trying to navigate through life as a woman who was dealing with challenges from every angle.

I love being a woman. I loved being a woman then (despite the hard times) but I truly love it now as I feel that I make no more apologies for being a woman. A strong, independent, loyal, caring, goofy, sensual woman. A woman who stands up for what she believes in. A woman who feels that she no longer has to make allowances for unacceptable behaviour whether from friends, family or strangers. A woman who will be there if needed before you even finish the second part of my double barrelled name. Side note: that is not permission to just call me Donna! 

I have been richly blessed with some amazing women in my life who have inspired me to push harder and go deeper. I know in a world that currently idolises celebrity I am grateful to have ambassadors of greatness in my everyday life. From those who I see on a regular basis to those who live across the pond, I am woman because of them and what they have done for me. You know who you are!

We are still fighting for equality despite being able to do anything a man can do and more. Some of our career choices are frowned upon and we juggle life, love, career, relationships etc. better than a circus performer. The fight continues and we are pioneers like those before us and the younger generation behind us.

I salute and honour my Mothers, Sisters, Aunts, Grandmothers, Daughters, and Friends. You/ we come from many walks of life! Some with college degrees and some without. Some educated to high school or not and still putting in work. Some are video models, some are office workers, locticians, cosmetologists, caterers, stay at home parents, fashion designers, musicians, nail techs, make-up artists, bloggers, personal trainers, personal assistants, accountants, preachers, teachers, retired everything students, teaching assistants, bus drivers, executive assistants, managers and senior managers, agents, nurses, retail staff and some are still figuring it out. You are all my Sisters and this Sisterhood is strong!

Stand up and be counted! Let’s uplift, empower and encourage one another. We don’t need to fight or hold grudges. We don’t need to compete as there is enough room for all of us. Every uniquely made one of us! I celebrate you and all you have accomplished thus far and will continue to accomplish.

Happy International Women’s Day my Sisters! May God bless your endeavours as it is all about you!

Thank you for sticking with me for 4 (four) years on this blog journey. It has been a journey of growth and self doubt at times. I have made some new friends and connections that I didn’t know possible. It started out as an idea and has blossomed into my brand. Happy Blogiversary ‘The Beauty Holder’… 4 (four) is our lucky number. 🎉🎁❤

Coming up next on the blog: Professional Beauty London 2016 and a Natural Hair update!

Besos 💋

TBH xoxo

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International Women’s Day 2014!

Hey Everyone!

As I grow older and more mature I appreciate and celebrate being a Woman. So many lessons I have learnt over the years that I truly didn’t understand until I became a woman fully. Whether you are a Mother, Sister, Daughter, Aunt, Grandmother, God-Sister- WOMAN! Whether you work in an office or at home, a cleaner or CEO- WOMAN! You breathe life into this world. You have been given a gift from God to bring life into this World. You run the world- thanks Beyonce.

Celebrate with me and let’s work together. Not against each other. Let’s support each other, grow with each other, guide and give to each other. Let’s be there when one of us is down and help to raise them up. I know that I want to focus on being a better Mother, Partner, Sister and Daughter. A better friend and all round better person. This is not just on days like today but EVERYDAY!

Thank you to those who came before us and paved the way for us to realise our dreams. Thank you to our foremothers who carried the weight of the world on their backs so we could see the world and be a part of it. Thank you to women in our family whatever their role for inspiring us and doing whatever they had to  to nurture and support our growth and development. WE THANK YOU! WE LOVE YOU! WE HONOUR YOU!

 

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Whatever you are doing today be inspired as a Woman!

Have a great day!

Besos!

TBH! xoxo