Throughout history tiaras and crowns were something reserved for royal families or women of high society and we’ve continued to weave them into our culture today. High shools have a Prom Queen and even the local county fair has a Queen or Princess -like the coveted Dairy Princess title back in WI.
I’ve never been princess or queen of anything, but for as long as I can remember I have had an infatuation with tiaras. There’s always been something about that sparkly little accessory that spoke to me. I wasn’t a popular kid in school so “Queen of This” or “Princess of That” wasn’t something that I thought was attainable, but I admired the girls who were crowned with such a display of pomp and circumstance. Oh how I wished that could have been me. If only… heavy sigh… When I was younger I saw the tiara as a symbol of popularity and status.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courange” – Anais Nin
Today my view is very different. There are times when I feel like I need some encouragement and empowerment. We all have one of “those days” once in a while, right? Those days when nothing seems to go right at the office, rush hour is worse than normal, the kids miss the bus, you burn dinner… the list could go on and on. It’s easy for our attitudes to take a downward turn and everything else goes South pretty quick. In those tough times I believe that we need a fun way to tap into our inner strength, courage and beauty; a way to embrace and celebrate our powers of self -love, leadership and permission to think a little differently. It’s a great time to reach for that little sparkly party for your head! From the moment you put it on you feel special! I dare you to put one on and tell me that the following doesn’t happen: You stand taller, smile bigger, laugh louder and feel stronger. It actually has the power to change something inside you. My friend Carla is a true testament to that inner change.
“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” – Plutarch
When she was diagnosed with adrenal cancer, she used the tiara to dig deep for inner strength to fight her battle. She could be seen gracing the halls of Mayo Clinic/Hospital in a tiara, leopard print and carrying her wand, all symbolizing power, strength, humor and a GREAT attitude in fighting her battle with style and grace. Carla lost her battle with cancer, but her mantra lives on in so many of us: “I am a strong and powerful woman and I can do ANYTHING”.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
May 24th is National Tiara Day. That’s right… a holiday in honor of the sparkly accessory and why not? I challenge you to wear your tiara proudly and profess your inner courage, power and strength! If you don’t have one, get an imaginary one. Wear it with pride and confidence, not just this one day, but anytime you need to draw on that inner courage, power and strength. Let this sparkly accessory be a symbol and serve as a reminder: YOU are a strong and powerful woman and YOU can to ANYTHING! Just stay calm and remember to adjust your tiara.
Categories: Self Empowerment