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A Strong Woman Bounces Back After Defeat

A Strong Woman Bounces Back After Defeat

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Would you call yourself a strong woman? And can you relate to this mother’s story? Read on and think about it…

Many years ago in deep winter, a single mother, cold, hungry, sad and tired, sat gloomily in her dark bedroom. She left her husband because of a toxic marriage. Her baby and young daughter hadn’t eaten a decent meal in weeks. She didn’t have a job. Her bank account was in the red. The cupboards were empty. Bills poured through the letterbox daily. Debts mounted up. Full of despair, she didn’t know where to turn.

However, one day after a lot of thinking she decided, enough of the pity party. The next morning, she bought a copy of the local newspaper and searched through the job ads. That day, she applied for an early morning cleaning and a hotel room assistant job. She was successful and started working the following week.

Working between the two jobs she paid her bills and fed her family.

That woman was me.

A few years later, after those two jobs, I worked as a credit controller; an attendance officer; graduated from university; taught at a further education college; became a freelance copywriter, blogger, and ghostwriter. In addition, I recently self-published my first book, Deep Within my Soul.

Do you know what happened to the woman in the dark bedroom?  I made a choice. I could have stayed living in doom and gloom feeling sorry for myself. Or take action. I took action.

What action do you need to take to bounce back from defeat?

 

A strong woman takes action 

Endurance is a powerful word. It means strength and staying power. When the challenges of life get tough, bounce into survival mode.

How?

Do whatever is necessary to move out of your stagnant situation.

First, change your mindset from one of self-pity to one of I will get out of this (whatever you’re going through). The minute you decide to take action is when you start the ball rolling.

Next, put an action plan together. Set a long-term goal. For example, if you need to lose weight, write down how much weight you plan to lose and by when. Then, start taking small steps. Set weekly goals. Include a healthy diet and exercise in your plan. If you can’t do them at the same time, do what’s most convenient first. However, don’t overstretch yourself. The important thing is to get started.

Or, perhaps you want to learn new skills, increase your knowledge and get a better job. Enroll on a course at college, university, online or take evening classes.

So, whatever it is you need to change, take action. If you do nothing, Your circumstances will not change.

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Steps towards a better future

 

It’s good to have big dreams. Still, dreams alone will only stay in your imagination. Planning and action = results.

I love the story of Mary Kay Ash, a focused, strong woman.

At seven years old her dad developed a seriously debilitating illness. She had to learn to cook, clean and take care of the house while her mum went to work. So, Mary Kay took on the role of a housekeeper.

Mary Kay got married at 17 and had three children. She worked in sales but didn’t progress because of female discrimination in the workplace. Anyhow, after she retired, she used the knowledge from her sales background and set up her company, Mary Kay Cosmetics, in 1963. She ran it with her two sons and daughter. Unfortunately, her husband died during that period.

Nevertheless, Mary Kay didn’t quit. Today, Mary Kay Cosmetics is one of the largest global cosmetics and skin care company. Her inspiration, dedication, and drive changed the lives of many women.  She helped thousands fulfill their dreams by starting self-employed careers as Mary Kay beauty consultants around the world.

“There are four kinds of people in this world: Those who make things happen. Those who watch things happen. Those who wondered what happened. Those who don’t know that anything happened.” ~ Mary Kay Ash

Another strong woman story for inspiration is Oprah Winfrey. She went from having nothing to becoming one of the richest and most famous women in America.

Oprah was born to a teenage mother and raised in poverty. Added to that, she was sexually abused by members of her own family.

But, Oprah, determined to change her life,  worked hard towards achieving her dreams. It started with her getting a gig at a local radio station. She persevered and got better jobs at other notable radio stations.

Eventually, her life changed after meeting Robert Ebert, who encouraged her to sign a deal. Afterward, the Oprah Winfrey Show was born.

“Turn your wounds into wisdom. The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams. Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody is going to know whether you did it or not.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Finally, a strong woman uses setbacks to propel her towards making a positive change. Not content with being part of the pity party, do all you can to change the scene and change your story.

 

Over to you…

What is your strong woman story? What obstacles did you overcome to meet a big goal in life? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.

Remember, share the inspiration on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and pin it on Pinterest. Thank you. 🙂

June

About June

June Whittle is the founder of Miraculous Ladies, an author, freelance copywriter and professional blogger for hire. She works with small businesses, bloggers and individuals. She is also an author of a self-help and autobiography book “Deep Within my Soul: Hope after abuse”. Miraculous means extraordinary and Lady is a polite or formal way of referring to an amazing woman. That's you. You're a beautiful, strong, incredible, dynamic and powerful woman. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney

    12 Comments

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for this interesting post!!!
    this encourages every women..

    Dhaval Parmar

    01/02/2017

    • Thanks, Dhaval. Yes, I love inspiring other women. And using real life stories is one of the best ways. This demonstrates that it is possible to change your story.

      Have a good day. 🙂

      June June

      02/02/2017

  2. Dear Junie,

    From the moment I read this post, I knew I had to come back to leave a comment. It has been hectic and dare say zig zag, even still is oh my. But, let me get leaving this comment off my to do list. I mean, this post goes to my core. Your story, oh my, ain’t you such a strong woman? See how you bounced back! I am one too I now proudly admit, I am a current one meaning I bounce back ever so often it looks like am a bouncer for a profession 🙂
    My strong woman story, where do I start what do I share, what do I leave out? Ok, let me tip from one of the toughest – I dived into a marriage I knew nothing about me, him nor what marriages were or supposed to be all about. I messed up big time, he did, we did, and I fled leaving my kids behind. 5 years later, I bounced back, collected my kids, and now live with them oh by the Grace of God. I borrow from Michelle McKinney Hammond to say am Sassy,Single and Satisfied.As for obstacles overcome, I recently wrote a poem on my blog titled Broke but not Broken – I used to be both and so that’s a big internal and external obstacle overcomed.
    Thanks so much Junie for all your love, support and insight.

    Marie Abanga Marie Abanga

    02/02/2017

    • Dear Marie,

      It’s so good to hear your thoughts about bouncing back as a strong woman. Yes, I agree, we’ve bounced back and forth lots of times and carried away vital lessons each time.

      You’ve been through the valley, up the mountain, over the hills, down the pit, and back up again. But by the grace of God, each knock you had that pushed you down, you bounced back a stronger woman. I admire your strength and staying power. It’s inspiring because your story shows it’s possible to live a tough life and still find strength to carry on. Even though you left your boys for a while, you’re back with them now and that’s the most important thing. Many woman walk away from their kids never to return.

      Marie, you’ve been such a support for me when I needed it. Thank you for being there. I appreciate you.

      Have a blessed weekend. x

      June June

      05/02/2017

  3. This is a great post. Having a dream is not a bad thing but having a dream and doing no effort is a bad thing. Some people even aren’t afraid to blame other people for their bad life.
    Anyways, thanks for sharing
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    Rahul

    10/02/2017

    • You’re right Rahul. A dream will always be a fantasy until we take action to make our dream a reality. And people who blame others for their bad lives don’t want to take responsibility or they’re afraid of taking responsibility. Life is challenging but we have to make the best of it.

      Thanks for reading a leaving a comment.

      June June

      11/02/2017

  4. This article is great ..thanks for sharing this information..

    Mudzna Albain

    15/02/2017

    • You’re welcome and thanks for your comment. 🙂

      June June

      17/02/2017

  5. Got goosebumps by reading your story. Its really depend upon our mindset to feel sorry for our self or to groom. A correct decision, well plan strategy and a confident mind can change any one’s life. Thanks for sharing such a motivational blog.

    Sukanya

    16/02/2017

    • Thank you for your kind comment. And I agree with what you said. Your mindset has a lot to do with your actions. If you think you can’t do something, then you won’t be able to do it. Determination and action will get you where you want to go.

      I love what you said about a correct decision, well plan strategy and a confident mind can change anyone’s life. So true. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

      June June

      17/02/2017

  6. Hello mam
    Just read your blog. It’s absolutely best thing I read. It’s not about how much times we get defeated but the only thing that matters is how much time we bounce back. Thanks for sharing this story with everyone.

    Naveen yadav

    02/03/2017

    • You’re welcome, Naveen.

      That’s right. Staying down will keep you defeated but bouncing back is the way to victory. Also, every time you fall, it’s an opportunity to learn a lesson. And those lessons are what makes you a stronger person.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

      June June

      02/03/2017

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