Confidence is (Major) Key

A while back we published our thoughts on the #nomakeupmovement a la Alicia Keys…with everything going on in the world today, it is crazy to us that this topic was even going viral. We are, however, enthusiastic about the media outlets that been praised Ms. Keys and supported the simple idea; people should feel comfortable in their own skin and have the freedom to choose how they go out in the world. Why is it challenging for many women to find and embody confidence in their lives? Is it the constant messages that we see around us? Is it the lack of positivity that we spread as women? Are we listening to the voices that boost our self-esteem, or the voices that hurt us? (SO MANY QUESTIONS, AND I NEED ANSWERS!!!) One thing we do know, is that there is a long list of women succeeding at being confident…So, the PLC is here, today, on one of our favorite days of the week (#WCW), to shout out another woman out there inspiring US to shine.

Confidence — -

Trust and self-assurance in one’s own abilities or qualities.

Think of an artist that embodies the word “confident”. What traits does this artist embody? Style? Grace? Boldness?

Building confidence requires changing your mindset. Cut out all the thoughts/voices that aren’t helpful; take out a piece of paper to jot down the qualities that you already embody as a person (like, literally…do this right now)…whether it be based on your looks, (curvy, athletic, edgy, feminine, butch, etc.) or your personality (nice, giving, loyal, etc.) — jot down those qualities! Secondly, remember that WE ARE ALL UNIQUE. No cliche here; it’s the truth. We each bring something different to the table. We were created in a special way to bring uniqueness into this world. This is a gift! Can you imagine if we all presented the same traits and characteristics? Frankly, that would be BORING!!! Confidence is a word and a concept, but it won’t impact your life unless you believe in it, so start turning your traits (you know, the one’s you wrote down) into statements and say them out loud even if you don’t believe in them yet: “I AM BEAUTIFUL. I AM UNIQUE. I BRING CONFIDENCE INTO MY WORK!” A set of affirmations said daily, that will start to create a world you never knew you lived in.

In honor of #WCW, we’d love to profess our love for the ever so sexy, Aisha Francis. From her impressive credentials, to the way she struts and moves in her heels, she is what one strives to be when performing on stage, or when just confidently walking down a street. *cue hair blowing in the wind* Aisha works as a professional dancer, choreographer, and movement coach. She’s has worked with top artists such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland…the list goes on. Her main goal is to engage people in boosting their confidence as a performer, while teaching them how to maximize their potential, and inspiring people create a movement that works for them. Take some time to study this woman; her words, her movements, her overall energy and desire to make a change for the better (peep the videos below!) and you will understand the power she has and controls. Aisha took her experiences and grew to learn that her passion was teaching women how to be “fierce” all day, everyday. UGH! How can you NOT love this woman? I mean, not only is she a badass in heels, but she spreads positive energy and the love too ?! #goals.