Whether an executive at a Fortune 500 company, someone running a business from home, or a woman transitioning back into the workplace after having kids, we all seek inspiration and guidance in our daily lives. In a era in which paying $250 an hour for a life coach to focus on your professional trajectory, communication skills, presence, self-esteem or resume, those people that make a positive impact on our lives gratis are some times less visible because we’re so accustomed to their presence.
This summer, take the time to extend your gratitude to the women in your life that help you find the answers to your questions. Treat a colleague you admire to lunch. Send a thank you note to the friend whose ability to juggle toddlers and an impressive career make you believe you can do it too. Thank your sister for believing that you could make a break from the corporate world and succeed as a freelance consultant when you had your doubts.
For a unique twist on tokens of appreciation, you might want to let these women know, You Are My Inspiration. Created by Step Up Women’s Network, You Are My Inspiration provides a meaningful way for women nationwide to gift the women that inspire them, while paying it forward to the next generation. 100% of funds raised will be directed at Step Up’s innovative work with underserved teen girls, the majority of which live below the poverty level.
Not only will your inspiration have a daily reminder of your appreciation (a product from Ulta’s private label collection or a limited edition private necklace), but you’ll have paid it forward to the next generation of girls by directing your purchase price towards the cost of program equipment, like digital cameras for the photography program; a college tour for 10 girls and instructor stipends.
A simple thank you can make a world of difference.
Andrea Zak is an aspiring social change agent.
Step Up Women’s Network is a national non-profit membership organization dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls. Through teen empowerment programs for underserved girls, women’s health education and advocacy, professional mentorship and social networking opportunities, we educate and activate our members to ensure that women and girls have the tools they need to create a better future.