So, here I am writing about becoming a Woman of Substance. But what is a Woman of Substance? I’m not really sure, but I have an idea: A Woman of Substance is comfortable in her own skin, experienced in life, emotionally balanced, and maintains healthy boundaries. She’s spiritual but not necessarily religious. Wise, compassionate, well read and educated. She’s a lover of art in its many forms. Courageous and sometimes fearless. She has well-chosen friends, well-honed instincts, and a well-loved career. She likes order but not necessarily conformity. She is prosperous, if not in her bank account then at least in Spirit. She has goals and pursues them; yet she understands the value of pausing and living in the moment. She is well-traveled, either worldly or regionally, but doesn’t see herself as a tourist. She values her body as well as her mind and feeds and exercises them both. She loves deeply, thinks logically, and speaks truthfully. She surrounds herself with beautiful and meaningful things. And there is a peacefulness inside her that draws others in around her.
I’m sure there are many more attributes to describe this Woman of Substance. And perhaps a woman with this many attributes doesn’t possibly exist. I may be on an impossible mission, but my goal in writing this blog is to discover for myself what a true Woman of Substance is.
And it is my desire to become one.
I realize this transformation can’t happen overnight and it happens with fits and starts. Have you ever known a Woman of Substance? When you contemplate your life and look within, do you see a Woman of Substance there? Because there are days when I feel like I’m well on my way, and on others I just feel harried and overwhelmed and as far from reaching my goals as I’ve ever been.
But I still desire to become one.
So, here I go. For the next year I’m going to dive right into learning everything I can about what it means to be a Woman of Substance and blog about what I discover. I think it’s good for women to share what they learn. In my attempt to empower myself, perhaps someone will come across what I write and find it worthwhile or valuable. I have a stack of books that I’ll start tackling tonight. Hmmmm. “A Woman’s Worth” by Marianne Williamson, sounds like the right one to start with. As the weeks and months progress I’ll seek out and interview women who I believe possess these exceptional attributes, put into action the advice I read and hear on the subject, and share my experiences and thoughts on it all. I’m truly curious to see how my life will transform over the coming year. Will the way I see myself be profoundly different? Will I feel stronger? Will I love differently? Will I be closer to achieving my goals? Will my bank account be fuller? Will my house be cleaner? Will I be more peaceful? Will I be more worldly? Or will I just have more wrinkles?
It should be interesting. It’s a little overwhelming. I’m hoping I’ll follow through on this commitment for the entire year. But I guess committing to a goal is a part of a woman’s substance.