Let’s talk about Nourishment; defined as the elements necessary for growth, health, and good condition. To nourish means to promote the growth of something or someone. The word is typically spoken of in a food context but it is not just the body that requires nourishment. The heart, the mind and the soul all require this support. To nourish means to encourage in the hope that the recipient, the nourished, will thrive.

Let’s talk about Women; strong, smart, dynamic, powerful, supportive women. So much of the nourishment we receive in life is from the hands of women. The soul food we give each other is what allows us to grow, to push our boundaries, and to stay afloat when seas get rocky. Nourishment from women, like the dictionary’s definition, provides us with the elements necessary for growth, health and good condition.

Here are four ways we can nourish one another:

Celebrate others.
Be happy for other women. Give them recognition and praise. Think about how you can help them feel confident by giving them genuine compliments. This will inspire them to keep going by letting them know they are seen and making a difference. There is enough room for all of us to succeed. As the saying goes, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” In fact, you could light up the whole world. Empowered women, empower women.

Resist negativity.
Do not feed in to gossip and bullying. It is the gossiper’s own insecurities coming through, thinking that by bringing down someone else, they will be lifted higher. Oftentimes, when we criticize something in another, it is because we see the quality reflected in ourselves. Confidence is quiet, insecurities are loud and jealousy works the opposite way you want it to. If someone is speaking negatively, say something. Act from a place of kindness by asking the person what’s really bothering them. Their criticism of another could be a sign that they’re going through something. Do not feed into the cycle of gossip. As Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high.”

Share resources and think as a team.
Think about how you can offer your skills to a situation. Maybe a girlfriend is starting a business and you have experience with web design or marketing. Look for opportunities to help but understand you can’t be the best at everything. If you know someone else with a pertinent skill, put your two friends in contact with one another. Network and build a team. Foster a tribe of supportive women.

Celebrate yourself.
Express your own brilliance without blocking someone else’s. We sometimes hide our victories for fear of making others uncomfortable. There is a way to be proud of your accomplishments while continuing to shine light on other women. Understand that vulnerability is strength and allow yourself to communicate where you need help. Live from your own self worth and remember that you are the most important woman in your life. When spreading kindness, don’t forget yourself. You cannot pour from an empty cup.

Let’s talk about Nourishment. Let’s talk about Women. Let’s talk about how the two go hand in hand and how everyone can win. Here’s to beautiful, badass women. Let us nourish one another and thrive.