Hear Us ROAR: Women (Re)Define Success

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success noun

: the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame

: the correct or desired result of an attempt

How do women take on Merriam-Webster's definition of success? By redefining it.

Stephanie L. Jones is a life coach and motivational speaker that encourages people to be bold, dream big, and bless others in everything they do.

About defining success, Jones says, “Defining success is the key to success. If you can't define success you'll never be successful. Always remember two things. One, don't let others define success for you or you won't be able to find the passion to be motivated to succeed. And two, make sure your definition always includes building others up and bringing them along on your journey as no one is successful on their own.”

We love the combination of the dictionary's second definition and Jones's important points: Success is about getting what you want. But the first step is always knowing exactly what that want is. The definition isn't a given–every woman's version of success is different.

So we asked four women how they define success. We promise you're going to love their (re)definitions.

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Kelli Martinelli is a writer, producer, and an independent marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon.

About redefining success, Martinelli says, “Success is having little enough conflict to maintain a light heart, but just enough to challenge and grow. When friends and neighbors need support in any measure, success is in being flexible to be present and financially sound enough to offer them a boost. Success is in making art for the sake of art, discovering new friends and experiences, and delighting in moments both shared and solitary. Success is in not having to compromise integrity for someone else's mandate. It is in telling those that I love that I love them, and having them tell me they love me back.”

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Pam Moore is a mom, occupational therapist, writer, and runner in Boulder, Colorado, who blogs at Whatevs…

About redefining success, Moore says, “To me, success is setting a goal and accomplishing it, or else having confidence that you did all you could to accomplish it if you fall short. That said, I don't measure my success as a parent in this way. I define success in parenting–or in any other area that is impossible to quantify–as simply owning your choices.”

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Tammy Soong is a blogger, writer, illustrator, podcaster, wife, and mom from Reno, Nevada (usually not in that order).

About redefining success, Soong says, “In my mid 20s, I started having horrible chronic pain. I was in such bad shape that I could barely do anything. I couldn't type on a computer or even hold a pen for very long. Physical exercise wore me out. Even laundry was hard (I mean, laundry's still hard, but back then it was like climbing Everest). So when I look back, I'm sort of in awe that I can get up on most days, hang out with my family, and do work that makes me feel challenged and happy. Sure, I still bitch about the cluttered house, freak out on the kids because they're wrecking their brains with Minecraft, and wish I were on a beach in Mexico. But if this isn't success, I don't know what is.

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Angela Youngblood is a freelance writer who documents the often hilarious adventures of her family of six on her blog, Jumping With My Fingers Crossed.

About redefining success, Youngblood says, “My definition of success is living an authentic life. The older I get, the more comfortable I feel embracing my own vulnerability, my own passions, my own truth. Someone thanked me the other day for not being perfect on social media. ‘I don't know any other way anymore, but to be real,' I replied honestly. It's freeing to care less about what people think and care more about making a difference, being true to my word and finding the joy in my very imperfect life. The more real I become, the more authentically I live and to me, that's success.

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Hear Us ROAR: Women (Re)Define Success

Galit Breen is the author of Kindness Wins, a simple no-nonsense guide to teaching our kids how to be kind online. She has a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in human development and was a classroom and reading teacher for ten years. In 2009, she launched a career as a freelance writer entrenched in social media. Since then, her work has been featured in various online magazines including Brain, Child, The Huffington Post, TIME, and xoJane. Breen lives in Minnesota with her h ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Tammy Tammy says:

    Thank you so much for including me! Feels great to be including with this group of women.

    • Profile photo of Tammy Tammy says:

      And fortunately, success cannot be measured by whether or not you leave a crappy comment that’s fraught with errors like I just did! Dear lord. I need an edit option…

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