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Women are complex, wonderful and completely strange creatures. We say things we don’t mean, pretend to be okay with things we hate and spend a lot of time living to please other people. But deep down, there are certain foundations and morals that every woman needs to know. Some women already know these things, are born knowing them. Others, need a little help to learn.
For the uninitiated, here are the 7 things that Smart Girls just know:
It’s not just a Mulberry handbag that’s a good investment. To keep growing and fulfilling your life, it’s incredibly important to invest in the things that improve your knowledge. Spending money to improve the mind and body is always money well spent and Smart girls know that money put down on a new skill, an event or workshop will increase its worth tenfold. Self-care investments like massages, pedicures, facials and spa days are also a good way to invest in your body and general well-being. You spend money improving your home, your car, your education – why not yourself?
All Smart Girls know the importance of building themselves a savings cushion. No matter how comfortable you feel now, there will be a time in your life when the cash dries up and you’ll need something to fall back on. As little as £5.00 a month, will eventually build up into a nice safety net that will catch you when you need to leave a job, an apartment or a partner fast. Don’t ever feel trapped because you can’t afford to escape.
Smart Girls know that there’s much more to good mental and physical health, then the pills and potions dispensed at the pharmacy. As well as being good for your physical wellbeing and appearance, exercise is one of the best ways to moderate anxiety, depression and stress. Exercise improves your self confidence and also gives your brain that much needed ‘switch off’ time from the strains of daily life. It’s no coincidence that every great leader works out and every time you hit the gym, pavement or pool, you’re sweating your way to a healthier disposition.
Smart Girls know that looking after themselves – in whichever way they need, is important. This may be eating ice cream when you need ice cream, or cancelling plans when you need a night in. Your body is genetically programmed to tell you what you need and all you have to do is listen. We all reach burn out from time to time and that’s okay, but don’t underestimate the importance of stepping back or taking a break when the moment calls.
That job that makes you feel worthless, the guy who doesn’t call – Smart Girls know when it’s time to give up or get out. No one ever has the right to make you feel less then you deserve. It doesn’t matter if it’s a parent, a best friend from childhood, a husband or a boss – life is too short to spend living under someone else’s dictatorship.
People will come and go in your life and even those that you thought would be around forever will sometimes disappear. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to like being alone. Smart Girls know how to appreciate solitude and revel in the odd night or afternoon by themselves. Being alone helps you to embrace yourself and what you have on offer and being happy alone, is the first step to being happy period.
The average person spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. That’s a lot of time to spend being professional, polite and switched on. Smart girls know when it’s time to let loose. Dancing till dawn, making random friends in a club bathroom, mixing wine and tequila; having a carefree night out is food for the soul. Letting loose is the best way to remember that you’re young and alive and that no good story ever started with ‘this one time at work’.
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Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.
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