Phenomenal Woman is a brief but very soul-affecting poem that most women could find some inspiration in–especially those who are learning to be HOT WIVES! Not only is this one of my all-time favorite poems, but it’s one of my “go-to” confidence boosters!
I’m sharing this poem today as one of our first Hot Wife Inspirations, which will include poems, quotes, songs and more. Stay tuned!
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.” ~William Shakespeare
17 Secrets for Living Well That You Can Learn From World Class Actors
According to Shakespeare, all the world’s a stage. Acting is one profession we all get to experience regardless of what we do for a living. How’s your show coming along?
It makes sense that we can learn a lot from great actors. Like hot wives, they’re much more than pretty faces.
Consider the personal qualities and techniques they use to connect with their audience and create a lifetime of memorable performances.
Simple Secrets of World Class Actors:
Show up on time. Get to the theatre on schedule. Delays cause tension with the rest of the cast and lead to additional expenses.
Learn your lines. There is a place in life for rote learning when it comes to mastering basic information. You need a solid foundation before you can add your own embellishments.
Hire an agent. Partners with the right expertise help you get ahead. Link up with people who can help you find more opportunities and give you objective advice about your career.
Invite your friends. A packed house looks more impressive. Until you get paying clients, find some way to fill those empty seats. Be willing to do the same favor for them.
More Advanced Secrets of World Class Actors:
Engage in relaxation. The best actors make their work look easy. Manage stress by meditating daily or booking a weekly massage. Exercise on a regular basis and get plenty of good quality sleep.
Stretch your imagination. Visualize all your possibilities. Look at ordinary things from an unusual angle. The woman next to you on the bus may be a substitute teacher or a space alien.
Make a commitment. Invest for the long term. Once you get started, see a venture through until its completion.
Think like a psychologist. Study human behavior. Think about how a person is likely to react in different situations and the motivation behind their choices.
Explore yourself. Get to know your strengths and weaknesses. Examine the root causes for why you suddenly feel a change in mood or do something unexpected.
Practice lifelong learning. Be open and eager to embrace new ideas. Take classes, read and talk with people from all walks of life.
Persevere against all odds. Anticipate the obstacles that may lie ahead. Make plans for how you’re going to face them. Build up a financial nest egg. Develop contingency plans for what to do if your initial approach gets stalled..
Remain versatile. Be flexible about taking on different roles. Give equal time to all sides of your personality. You may need to make some commercials for laundry detergent before you get the lead part in a Broadway show.
Believe in yourself. Have faith in your own talents and abilities. Encourage yourself with positive self talk.
Take risks. Dare to go beyond your comfort zone. Accept roles that will challenge you to confront difficult truths. Personal development requires hard work.
Share your feelings. Express your emotions. Put your heart into your voice and actions. Allow yourself to care for others and deepen your relationships.
Rely on a support system. It takes an entire cast to put on a show. Develop a circle of people you can count on for assistance and support. Give generously of your time and resources as well.
Demonstrate passion.Get fired up about your life. You can express your intense dedication without chewing up the scenery. Be clear about what you want to accomplish and diligent about pursuing your goals.
Acting is a skill we all need to succeed in life. Learn your part and put all your effort into each performance.
“I love romance. I’m a sucker for it. I love it so much. It’s pathetic.” ~Drew Barrymore
Love it or hate it, romance almost always helps to keep the spark in a relationship!
You’ll likely agree, but maybe you feel like you lack an understanding of romance altogether. Have you tried your hand at romance, but still haven’t quite mastered it?
Romance is a topic that many people in a relationship feel uncertain about. So you’re definitely not alone with your insecurities.
It’s actually pretty easy to develop and refine your romantic streak. Romance takes nothing more than a little creativity and a genuine interest in treating your significant other in a special way.
Try these tips to spark your romance:
1.Consider what makes you feel loved. Take a moment to think about what made you get those butterflies in the past. What special act caused the romance to bubble over?
Is there a special term of endearment your partner uses when speaking about you? Why not consider taking a similar approach?
Perhaps those “I’m in love with you” hugs that feel different from the others could be reciprocated more often.
Has your partner ever dedicated a song to the day you met and fell in love? That would surely make anyone melt!
2. Understand your partner’s likes. Being romantic can be as simple as doing things your partner likes. Create a bucket list of those things to make it easier to think of romantic gestures.
Does your partner love to dine at a specific restaurant? Why not set a dinner date and have the restaurant bring out a love token on cue?
Everybody loves massages! Offer a massage when your partner least expects it.
Is there a favorite dessert your special person loves? Instead of buying it at the bakery, try making it yourself. There are likely plenty of recipes for that dish on the internet.
3. Be yourself. It’s possible you haven’t exactly mastered romance because you aren’t being yourself. It’s pretty difficult to “play a role” that you’re obviously uncomfortable playing.
You’ve probably read that dressing in alluring lingerie is a surefire way to spark romance. But if you feel uncomfortable parading around in lingerie, you don’t need to. It will be blatantly clear to your partner that you’re not feeling it. And that’s the fastest way to kill romance!
It’s absolutely important to show that your gestures are genuine. Always choose things that you’re genuinely happy doing. One of the most significant victories comes when your partner realizes you’ve done it from the heart.
Sometimes all it takes is a little quality time. Show your partner that you’ve specially reserved time for just the two of you.
4. Create lasting memories. Make plans for an outing that you can reminisce on together years down the road. Being able to recall your romantic gestures helps to keep the spark alive!
Find ways to relive special moments.
If you’ve arranged a special occasion, why not get it videotaped? You and your loved one can watch it over and over.
Make a special event an annual occurrence. If it’s something that allowed the romance to spark, it’s a great idea to do it every year at the same time.
With these creative yet simple tips, you’re guaranteed to have ongoing romance in your relationship. Just remember that love and genuine desire to make your partner happy are key. Then it’s smooth sailing the rest of the way!
What are your favorite ways to get romantic? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below!
Note from the editor: I’m the first to admit that sometimes, a bargain buy is a better bet than a designer buy. Trendy items that will fade out within a month or two, for example, aren’t a worthy buy for me. But some items are less seasonal and more versatile, especially things like designer throws. Find out why Scialle Shawls owner Jane Cuddehe says designer throws are the way to go, right here.
Reasons Owning Designer Throws are Worth the Investment
But really, is it worth your money to own one or more designer throws? The answer is a big YES, and below are the reasons why:
1. You get to enjoy a throw with timeless style.
If there’s one major difference between mass produced and designer throws, that would be the lasting effect. A typical throw may look old and withered over time, while a designer counterpart may last for years and changing fashion trends without looking off.
This is because designer patterns and styles are made with a touch of strategy. The people behind these covers make it a point to come up with patterns, color layers and other details to make them last for years in the fashion world. With this kind of design, you are able to hold on to one throw and establish a signature style without pulling too much effort.
2. Designer throws last longer-literally.
Another important reason to own such a throw is that you are able to enjoy its durability for many years. Most designer scarves, stoles, and throws are made with high quality materials, so that even if they look and feel delicate, they do not easily tear apart.
Most branded throws are low maintenance; this means you can wash and keep them without using special products and procedures, and still their beauty and durability will linger throughout time.
3. Designer throws help you save money.
If there’s one mistake most fashionistas commit, that would be buying more scarves, throws, and shawls every time the fashion trends change. This only makes them spend more, albeit unnecessarily. You don’t want to commit the same blooper, right?
It would then be a better move to purchase one or a few branded throws in one blow, and from there you get to use them according to your own preferences. Sure, spending for these throws can be expensive, but you are saved from buying more and more throws in the future, as you are already settled with what you already have.
4. You have an ultimate status symbol.
Designer throws are a favorite status symbol of many homeowners, particularly those who are aiming to add a touch of class in their living room. Since throws can be used as covers for sofas and center tables, you can place one as an adornment to your favorite couch.
Having such a throw on your sofa gives the impression that while you may not be after the latest fashion trends, your home (particularly your living room) is able to channel a classy, timeless, and ever stylish look.
When shopping for designer throws, you may want to go with a name that matches your character and style. This way you are able to live up to its designs and not simply follow the brand.