By Ettie Rutherford
As we embrace the long-awaited new year, my first words must be to thank everyone, who has helped me to spread my TGIM (Thank God It’s Monday) messages, and who, on a weekly basis, have sent me words of appreciation for my efforts.
Your support gives meaning to what I am trying to accomplish — i.e. to encourage others to clarify some of the obstacles, which we all face during everyday living. Your positive action keeps me going, so now let us embrace this year, as we focus on lessons learned and the need for meaningful resolutions, because as my grandmother has always said, “Life must go on”.
For many people, moving forward during this coming year, will present unbelievable challenges, because of the coronavirus, and although I am not good at keeping New Year’s resolutions, I have decided that, in order to navigate in a meaningful and disciplined manner, I must focus on a resolution that will allow me to assist others, while improving my personal life, during the year ahead.
My resolution for 2021 is to activate Worthy Women In Action, an initiate to provide a voice for women and girls, and to eventually make us all more prepared and better able to focus on the controllable factors that affect females, in all aspects of their lives — health, employment, housing, parenting, racism, sexism, leadership, education and other factors that permeate our lives.
The lack of personal control over our lives during 2020, has reminded us that the ark must be built before the storm, because getting busy during the crisis is ineffective and laden with stress.
This life-changing program, Worthy Women In Action, is based on my R‑I‑S‑E‑U‑P system, which I developed three years ago, as the foundation for my business, Women Are Worthy. This new program will provide step-by-step strategies to assist women and girls to develop more control, in order to balance their physical, social, and emotional lives, with a minimum amount of stress.
With the virus presenting such overwhelming challenges in unemployment, the educational system, as well as the escalation of abuse and violence, it is time for us to get into action and assist mothers, daughters, nieces, single moms, our silent forgotten sisters, as well as teenage girls, many of whom are plagued with suicidal thoughts.
For anyone interested in receiving the details of the Worthy Women In Action program, please email me, as soon as possible. Together we will be able to share our knowledge and assist, as we learn from each other, and enable the improvement of women and girls, who have been, in some instances been forgotten, never acknowledged, or given any specific advice or assistance on how to cope with the virus
Although we are all facing challenges for different reasons, our individual blessings can still enable us to assist others, while working together at a practical level.
Social media and texting are important facets of today’s living, but nothing replaces discussion, listening to each other or executing plans at a personal level.
I do believe that accepting where we are after 2020, accompanied by a practical resolution for the future, can give some direction for this coming year. So, what has been your blessing, and what will be your resolution?
Award-winning Ettie Rutherford, B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.Ed, is an educator, life coach, consultant and author of “Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?”. An accomplished public speaker, Ettie is the Founder and CEO of Women Are Worthy, which provides step-by-step strategies for women to achieve their goals, with a minimum amount of stress. She can be reached at email@example.com