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Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Ashley Judd!

Ashley JuddToday’s Fabulous Friday Female is the amazing Ashley Judd.

Ashley has been making headlines around the world this week, speaking out for women everywhere about the criticisms and judgements that are levelled at us based purely on our appearance.

Back in March, Ashley did an interview for Canadian Television, after which there was mass speculation that her “puffy face” indicated that she had recently had plastic surgery.  Alternate views were that at the age of 43 her skin was so flawless that she must have had work done.

Ashley confirmed that her appearance was simply a combination of lack of exercise over the winter and a course of steroids to help her overcome a sinus infection that she hadn’t been able to shift.

But after some vicious and brutal attacks levelled at her by the media…ranging from calling her a ‘cow’ or a ‘pig’ (not to mention that she was being called fat for being a US size 6-8, which is a UK 10-12) to saying that her husband was ‘looking for his second wife’, Ashley felt compelled to speak out.

Her response was posted here on her website and then published on the news site The Daily Beast .  She then gave this exclusive interview, which prompted another explosion of media interest:

I thought I would share a few quotes from her message:

I ask especially how we can leverage strong female to female alliances to confront and change that there is no winning here as women. It doesn’t actually matter if we are aging naturally, or resorting to surgical assistance. We experience brutal criticism. The dialogue is constructed so that our bodies are a source of speculation, ridicule, and invalidation, as if they belong to others – and in my case, to the actual public.

How does this symbolize constraints on girls and women, and encroach on our right to be simply as we are, at any given moment?

Who makes the fantastic leap from being sick, or gaining some weight over the winter, to a conclusion of plastic surgery? Our culture, that’s who. The insanity has to stop, because as focused on me, as it appears to have been, it is about all girls and women.

It affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self image, how we show up our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings. Join in – and help change – The Conversation.

I believe that any woman who is standing up and publicly condemning the epidemic culture of objectifying, judgment and criticism, and is promoting the building up of support, female to female alliances and acceptance deserves acknowledgement and celebration.

So please join me in celebrating Ashley Judd today and help me in sharing her message, for all women today and in generations to come.

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well.  So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do?  In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.

…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

 

The 10 friends every girl needs…

FriendsFriends are awesome.

My life is blessed because of the great friends that I have in it….I’m lucky enough to have some truly amazing friends spread across the globe.

When I was much younger though, I had some challenges with my friendships. I am a very giving person, and I often found myself feeling like I was doing all of the giving and I wasn’t necessarily receiving as much in return.

In fact, many years ago my best friend said something to me that really stuck a chord.

“You’re a really hard person to be friends with”

Bam!

I felt like I’d been hit with a sledgehammer.

I couldn’t understand…I always thought I was a good friend…my friendships were one of the most important things in my life. There was almost nothing I wouldn’t do for my friends (within reason!)

So why was it so hard to be my friend?!

She continued, ”Well you give so much to your friends, you expect the same from them in return”.

Interesting…it gave me something to think about.

What was ridiculous was that for a long time I expected to be able to get all of my friendship needs met by just one or two people.

The thing with friends is that they are like any kind of close relationship…if you rely on one person to give you everything that you need it puts a lot of pressure on that person and the relationship. More importantly as our needs can be quite diverse, expecting one or two people to meet them all is a bit unrealistic!

So, I’ve compiled a list of the 10 types of friend that every girl should have in her life…how many do you have?

  1. The Shoulder to Cry on – For when it all falls apart and you don’t want anything more than someone to talk to, to cry on, to give you a hug, eat ice cream with you and allow you to be as emotional as you need to be.
  2. The Butt-Kicker – For when you need a little tough-love, someone who will give you a gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) encouragement to do something you know you either want or need to do.
  3. The Totally Honest Friend – Someone who will be completely and totally honest with you. You might have people around you who will tell you what they think you want to hear, because they want you to be happy…but there are times when complete honesty is actually what you need!
  4. The Pure Fun Friend – Someone to cut loose with and just have fun!! There may not be much depth to this friendship, but that’s ok…you have other people for that…this friend is just about being able to enjoy yourself with a great friend, because you can.
  5. The Male Friend – Men can be something of a mystery to us ladies, and having someone who can translate for you can really help. It’s also good to have someone around who can balance the scales a bit if you’ve been hurt and are going through the well-trodden “All men suck” phase, and remind you that they’re not all bad… 🙂
  6. The Love and Hugs Friend – Someone who you know will always be there to give you a hug and some friend-love, any time, just because you need it.
  7. The Gay Friend – Every girl should have a gay friend in their life…and I don’t just mean a male one. They are loads of fun and they often bring a unique viewpoint to the table on relationship advice. If you have a male gay friend they are also great at rebuilding your confidence and faith in the male species after a breakup and make excellent shopping buddies!
  8. The Free Spirit – It’s great to have someone in your life who is a bit of a free-spirit. Someone to inspire you, to remind you to dream and not to take everything so seriously.
  9. The Wise Friend – A friend who can give sage advice is invaluable. This is often someone who has been there and done that (and owns an entire wardrobe of t-shirts) and who is only too happy to share their experiences and wisdom.
  10. The Friend who allows you to be a Friend to them – Probably one of the most important friends you can have is the one who allows you to give back to them. Not all people do this, some prefer to keep things on the surface…but when you find someone who you can give and receive from, that’s when the connection becomes that much deeper.

It’s possible that you may have friends who fulfill more than one of these descriptions…for example, you may have a love and hugs friend who’s also a free spirit….or the gay friend who’s also the fun friend….but just don’t expect people to fulfill more than one role.

Love them for who they are and what they bring to your life, and get your other friendship needs met by the other people around you.

..and if you find one friend who can be all of these things…I’d be seriously concerned about a case of multiple personality disorder!! 😉

Most importantly, give without expectation…and you’ll be surprised how much you’ll get in return.

Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

Something exciting to kick off the new year…

I have an exciting opportunity for you to kick off 2012!

Feminine 1st is appearing LIVE at the Lead the Way into 2012 event this weekend!

The event is designed for women in business who want more in 2012. More success, more results, more enjoyment, more balance, more FUN! 😀

With the New Year well underway we are all busy working up our 2012 plans and setting the wheels in motion for an amazing year.

The Lead the Way into 2012 event is the perfect way to ignite the spark of inspiration and get the strategies and tools you need to make your 2012 success a reality.

The speakers who will be joining me on Saturday are truly inspiring.

Richard McCann (Author of Just a Boy), an incredible individual who has transformed his life from one of tragedy to one of inspiration.

At the age of 5 Richard woke up to discover his mother had been one of the victims of the notorious Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe. Even at such an early age, his first reaction was to think about how he could improve his situation. He couldn’t bring his mother back but he could decide how to look differently at what life had thrown at him.

The series of steps that took Richard from where he was as a frightened 5 year old, to the powerful and inspirational speaker he is today, are what makes his seminars and workshops such powerful tools for change.
Focussing on the key strategies that helped him to grow beyond just surviving and create the life he wanted, has enabled Richard to create inspirational presentations on Change, Challenge and Leadership which he will be sharing with us at the Lead the Way into 2012 event.

Just a Boy

Gail Reynolds (Author of Mum’s the Word), a remarkable woman who has managed to build a £6 Million business working from home while being a mother of 2 kids and having a third!. In addition to that she has also built a website, written a book and become a public speaker too.

Gail is living proof that women and more specifically mums can live a Rich & Fulfilled life. She will be sharing her experience and knowledge on how you too can build a Million £££ business with your very own personal skill sets, some innovative and creative thought processes.

Gail has personally built a team of thousands of recruits and hundreds of leaders, and has gained knowledge and experience within the MLM business that she will be sharing this weekend to ladies wanting the same success as her.

My Mum Says logo and book

And of course there will be me, Claire Brummell, sharing the secrets and strategies to enjoy and balance your business successes with a fulfilled and fabulous life by reconnecting with your femininity. I will be sharing the three keys to unlocking your femininity including:

  • The Best Kept Secret About Femininity
  • The Power of the Feminine Woman
  • The Roots of Femininity and How to Connect to Them.

The Feminine Evolution

The best thing about this event though is that you will not only be helping yourself, but others too. Attendance for the event is completely and totally FREE the organisers simply request a donation to Breakthrough Breast Cancer for whatever you feel the day has been worth to you.

I’m so excited to be speaking to you ladies and meeting more of you in person – so be sure to come and say hello when you see me.

Check out the events page now for all of the details on this fabulous event…and I look forward to seeing you there!

Stay Fabulous!

Claire x