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.
Kate Ryan: Connecting Through Music
Kate Ryan is a singer, songwriter from Colorado. Although she has been thought of as a pop and country singer, Kate sees a wider vision for her music. See what Kate has to say about her song “Now Revolution” and how music connects her to the world. 1. What is the “Now Revolution” song all about? There are so many people who say my generation is disconnected, self-absorbed, and that we have […..]
Sage Donnelly: Freestyle Kayaking Junior Champion
Sage Donnelly has been kayaking since she was very young. Her training and perseverance has paid off and this year she won the Freestyle World Junior Championships in Canada. Here is the update on her recent races and wins. Wow, 2015 has been an amazing year! I’ve been all over the world starting off in Spain for training for Jr. Slalom World Championships and ending in Canada for Freestyle World Championships. I went to La Seu, Spain […..]
Hannah Schaefer: finding her way as a Christian artist
Hannah Schaefer is a young musical artist who has found a path that helps her feel confident and share her music. It is her unique path and Hannah talks about her journey with The Girl’s Guide to Swagger. How did you get started singing and what direction has your musical interest taken you lately? – I have been singing ever since I was a little girl. In middle school and high school I was […..]
Dr. Jen Welter: Breaking Barriers in Professional Football
Dr. Jen Welter made history by becoming the first female coach in the NFL when she was hired this summer by the Arizona Cardinals. She is a linebackers coach. Dr. Jen has a doctorate in psychology. Before her NFL position, she was a running back and then coach with the Texas Revolution in the Indoor Football League. She played rugby in college and was a professional football player for 14 years, including time in the […..]
Two Meadows Coaching: Life transitions with ease and flow
Is there are dream you are chasing or a change you would like to make to your life? Life coaching can help support you as you make positive forward movement in your life. I’m excited to announce the opening of my life coaching practice – Two Meadows Coaching! I work with people in person in Taos, New Mexico and people everywhere by phone. Two Meadow Coaching focuses on supporting you and connecting you with nature and you work on improving […..]
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.