It is looking inside to find your own true voice and gifts and sharing them in pursuit of a better life and a better world.
What swagger is NOT:
It is not arrogance or power over or dominating or being better.
The Girl’s Guide to Swagger in the Outdoors (and Sports)!
Would you like to grow your confidence and play more at the same time? The Girl’s Guide to Swagger is pleased to announce that we will be publishing a series of books on swagger, beginning with The Girl’s Guide to Swagger in the Outdoors (and Sports). The book will have stories about girls and women finding their confidence and growing their skills through being outside and playing sports. Publication by Nighthawk Press of Taos, NM is scheduled for the summer [.....]
Thigh gap, Thinness, and Thanksgiving
blog by Cindy Brown, Swagger Founder and hiking columnist for The Taos News The thigh gap is one of the latest unattainable beauty standards to be presented to girls and women. What is a thigh gap? “It’s basically when your upper middle thighs do not touch when you’re standing with your legs together,” says model Robyn Lawly, quoted here in an article in The Guardian. The same article says “The Urban Dictionary website describes it in no uncertain terms as “the [.....]
Belly Dancing for Confidence
How does belly dancing promote confidence in girls? Some might view belly dancing as a sexual dance to entertain men. But at the Pomegranate SEEDs program in Santa Fe, New Mexico, girls and women see it differently. The program teaches American Tribal style dancing and works with girls to develop self-esteem. Mollie from Pomegranate Studios says: “We live in a time when young girls are bombarded with media stereotypes telling them who they should be and what they should [.....]
Laurie Santos: Swagger around the World
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller Laurie A. Santos, Coach. Speaker. Radio Host Founder of Extreme Dream Training International The Girl’s Guide to Swagger has been interviewing women who have chosen to live daringly. Here is our interview with Laurie Santos, world traveler and ex-patriot. Do you feel confident in your life now? More than ever. I am far more daring than I was in the past. I was never a risk-taker [.....]
Swagger Art Contest Winners
The Girl’s Guide to Swagger and Empower the Girl are pleased to announce the winners of the Swagger Art Contest! The winners were selected based on feedback from the Empower the Girl conference held October 12 at Northern New Mexico College. Congratulations to everyone who entered a piece. You expressed your own unique swagger, along with your creativity! All pieces are eligible to be included in the upcoming series of books by The Girl’s Guide to Swagger. [.....]
In swagger at work, we offer an approach to resolve the barriers to self-confidence that women face at work and to offer a third way – different than exhibiting only traditional feminine values or trying to copy men’s values. Through stories of women who swagger and exhibit healthy self-esteem, Swagger at work demonstrates ways to build confidence and invites women to tell their own stories of empowerment.
At work, it’s knowing my stuff cold, a confidence that I can blend with compassion. I certainly don’t spend a lot of time playing getting warmer. I am known for being direct, which I like.
Swagger in sports showcases women who are strong in body and mind. Not necessarily stronger than someone else, just strong in their own body. Having self confidence, loving your body and growing your self esteem by being active, healthy, doing sports, spending time and being confident in the outdoors, and even competing are all ways that we as women learn to swagger in sports.
I didn’t care about marriage and children – because of my childhood. I was fulfilled in career and athletics. I’ve turned emotional trauma into strength – I’ve traveled; I’ve been successful.
Teresa Rider, Age Group World Champion Triathlete
Spirituality and faith are important aspects of who we are as women. Having the self confidence to express ourselves, learning about who we are and what we believe in are all aspects of what make us unique and whole. We’ll share with you how other women have developed their swagger in their spirituality and we hope you will share your stories with us.
I admit that the Bible does not specifically mention Aretha Franklin. But when it comes to thinking about God, most people’s minds are full of all those familiar images and they just get stuck…So why not Aretha? She’s big, she’s bold and you’re going to have to listen to what she’s saying.”
Column by Terry Mattingly
Swagger in school is having the courage and confidence to learn what you want to learn in school and becoming what you want to become. Having the self confidence to find your own way and not letting society or others dictate your path to success. Swagger is trying many different things throughout your journey, being strong in your opinions and open to new ideas.
When asked where she got her swagger, author Joan Borysenko said “For me, it was do or die. My first job was teaching medical students. I had to prevent them from falling asleep. I developed my swagger in a situation of challenge.”
Swagger isn’t about power over others in relationships, it’s about knowing who you are, being strong enough and confident enough in yourself so that you can share yourself and your gifts with others without losing yourself. It’s having the self esteem and self confidence to know that you don’t always have to be right or win in every situation, it’s being strong for others and knowing how to nurture yourself at the same time.
A lot of my friends have swagger – that pushing the edge quality, thinking and living outside the box.
There are many fabulous women who swagger on the world stage. These are strong and confident women who have worked hard to compete in what is often a male-dominated environment. They have defined themselves, their opinions are valued and they have forged their own path to be a part of the world stage. In them, you will see a strong sense of self, confidence in their ideas and actions, and a unique approach to showcasing their high feminine confidence.
What are the risks of swagger? The risks are always visible in our society. Any woman with the least amount of swagger is doomed. Like any Hollywood star, they will build her up, so they can tear her down. Think Hillary Clinton. Katie Couric, Angelina Jolie, Condi Rice. Doesn’t much matter the profession.