Gender Equality is all of us

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๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธImagine running, side by side, with someone. For a bit both of you are aware of each other. Then, both of you get in a zone where you are self-aware. Still, aware that you are running with someone but not aware enough to check on their position. โฃ
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๐ŸŽ‡ It is required that both of you, collaboratively reach a destination, to win. Imagine your feelings if you find out that it was mostly you who moved forward. Whatever your partners reasons maybe, your feelings are real. โฃ
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That running is our growth. โฃ
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That destination is an empowered & equal world.โฃ
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The partners in it are all of us, of all genders. โฃ
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๐Ÿ—ฃ Be aware of where you lack and work on it! ๐Ÿ—ฃ Vocalize & Normalize gender equality. โฃ
๐ŸŽค Gender equality is not just a woman thing. Itโ€™s every genderโ€™s responsibility to step it up and demand balance. โฃ
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๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฐ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ค๐ž๐ž๐ฉ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐›๐š๐œ๐ค ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐œ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ. โฃWe are moving forward, join in!
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For all my extrovert-ness these things are ridiculously hard ..

For all my extrovert-ness the few things that I find ridiculously difficult are:

๐Ÿ—ฃ Asking for help – and itโ€™s not a lack of need. Because who doesnโ€™t need help!

๐Ÿ—ฃ Self Promotion – my resume is a sorry example of that.

๐Ÿ—ฃ Taking a compliment, especially in person – itโ€™s almost as if I need a credited institution to validate my dry shampoo skills so that I can accept โ€˜your hair looks great today!โ€™

๐Ÿ—ฃ Seeing my own worth – I have no quip here because if I start on this, it will turn into a book.

Is it ego at play or need of control or am I just wired that way? Who knows, but it needs to change and I am taking actionable steps!!

And, no I donโ€™t think being an extrovert or an introvert automatically makes the above possible. Itโ€™s was my perception that the above may come organic to me as being an extrovert.

๐Ÿ˜ณ It took me only 30days of contemplation before I โ€˜invitedโ€™ family & friends to โ€˜Likeโ€™ my page. And, the push that made me do it was my self-thought of โ€˜well, I donโ€™t want I spam my personal page with my posts all the time so whoever wants to read my work will โ€˜Likeโ€™ with the Facebook page or better yet will subscribe to the blogโ€™

๐Ÿ—ฃ This amazing Kathleen Taylor artwork speaks to me – I am a science & signs person – and I spotted it at the cutest store wild oats and billy goats. This will be in my office one day, I will buy it! Because ..

Itโ€™s a bird and the message is what I need.

Do you struggle with owning the intangible? How do you go about it? Share some tips in comments .. all of us could use it! โ™ฅ๏ธ

You are you, always & forever

Ever took a class to find out if your voice of an artist? I did and overcame my professional fear!

Words are powerful but you didnot need me to tell you that!

My 4yr old proves it to us, time & again.

I have ridiculous amount of professional fear! Not the kind where I think I will lose my job because I have no obvious reason to reach that conclusion, at this time. And, the career journey has been filled with accolades mixed in with some humble learnings.

The fear is mostly my overthinking on steroids so much so that the only part of my body that has any muscle definition is my brain.

Earlier this year I tried to dig deeper to find the cause of that fear.

Is it financial?

Is it embarrassment if I ever lose a job?

Is it …. I circled the drain!

Around May of this year, during a meeting, a client exclaimed โ€œ Gosh, you have an incredible voice. We need to get you to record our demoโ€ – I smiled and let out an โ€œaha!โ€ With some filler crap like โ€œwhere is the million dollar check? Sign me up!โ€

This compliment was not new to me. In college, I had the honor to be ON AIR with Cecil Doyle of NPR station on UL campus. My voice got 2 compliments that day. I was so happy I could have worked there for min wage all my life but then I slept over it, reality set in and that 5am coffee house shift called my name.

Fast forward to August and I found myself in a sound proof room with 4 strangers and an amazing voice artist. This was a 3 hour journey and in the end one would be clear if their voice can be of a voice artist.

Turns out I am an excellent fit for commercials. My dramatics are on-point but then if you have met me then you donโ€™t need me to tell you that!

That night as I drove home I understood the cause of my fear.

โ€˜I am not a head of product but I work as a head of product.โ€™

Once I said that out loud I could hear it – I am Shivani. Anything beyond that is a choice I have made.

A choice that can be made over and over and over again. As long as I am not afraid of rejection & failure.