Quote – Misty Copeland



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Quote – Alicia Keys

Today’s quote of the day is from an article published in the March 2017 issue of Glamour Magazine by Kimberly Drew on Alicia Keys. Alicia is a strong, powerful, inspirational individual and I loved her perspective on beauty and making a statement about who you are.




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Quote – Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra isn’t just a pretty face. Although there’s no doubting how beautiful she is, I find myself inspired by the brains beneath the beauty.



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Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In


Today I’m going to share a book review for one of the most enlightening books I’ve read in quite some time, Lean In written by Sheryl Sandberg. For a novel with over 92 thousand 4 and 5 star ratings on Goodreads, you could say this book has been well-read and well-received.



Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg

lean-inPublished: March 2013

Book Blurb: Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.

Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they’d feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in.

The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women’s favour – of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

My Review

One of my favorite reading genres for entertainment is romantic comedies, yet every so often I venture out to read something more educational and enlightening. This month I picked up Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and I have to tell you how incredibly happy I did! I don’t often read educational business and leadership related books, but I have to say, if the others out there are anything like Sheryl’s novel, I will be making it more of a habit than an occasional whim.

Lean In is a poignant novel written in an easy-to read, relevant way. One does not need to be a business expert or CEO of a company to understand, appreciate and take-away from Sheryl’s writing. It only took me a few days to read, but throughout my reading I found myself having multiple conversations with my boyfriend about how much I was enjoying the book. It sparked intellectual conversations and truly made me take a deeper look inside myself. It has inspired me to Lean In and I hope that it will inspire you too.

5/5 Stars

Arielle Joy


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Alicia Keys – Empowerment

Alicia Keys has been noted in recent media for bravely leaving the house without makeup. Although I think it’s a bit sad that that’s seen as something notable and only something a ‘brave’ woman would do, I do think it raises an important discussion about the world in which we live and the messages we send the youth of today.

There’s no doubt that Alicia Keys is an empowered, inspirational, hard-working woman that serves as a wonderful role-model, but that fact shouldn’t have anything to do with whether or not she decides to put makeup on her face before leaving the house. A woman shouldn’t be made to feel ugly if she chooses not to wear makeup and at the same time, she shouldn’t be made to feel as though she’s only pretty if she does wear makeup.

I honestly believe that your natural beauty should shine through, with makeup or without, woman or man (or anything in between). You are beautiful when you’re being true to yourself and as a self-proclaimed beauty lover, I can honestly say that it isn’t just about makeup.


I’d love to hear from you in the comments below: What makes you feel empowered?

Arielle Joy


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WCW Quote – Demi Lovato

Today’s Woman Crush Wednesday quote comes from Demi Lovato, who was interviewed and photographed in the November 2016 issue of Glamor Magazine.


Demi is an empowering and confident role model for young men and women everywhere. She has experienced personal troubles in her life and has worked hard to get back where she is and advocates those going through time times to take care of themselves. Don’t wait until you’re at rock bottom to care about yourself and take care of your body, mind and soul.

Photograph by Carter Smith

Interview Article by Emily Mahaney


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WCW Quote – Kate Upton

This week’s woman crush wednesday quote comes from Kate Upton who was one of three cover girls interviewed and photographed for the October 2016 issue of Glamour Magazine.


Kate Upton is not only beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside. She does her best to promote the importance of having a healthy mind and body, even if that means going against what society thinks. You should strive to be the best version of yourself by being the healthiest you can be. Don’t starve yourself to try to fit into a skewed image and expectation that society might have for you. Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to be happy and healthy.

Photograph by Carter Smith

Interview Article by Meredith Bryan

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