“Empowered Women, Empower Women”

I found this quote the other day and it resonated with me deeply so I wanted to share it with you. It’s such a simple quote but it's effects when practiced are HUGE. This is not just true for women is it? The truth of the matter is, “Empowered PEOPLE, empower people.”

I think this quote hit me so hard, because my own insecurities and fears have come between myself and other women ( and people) in the past. I couldn’t fully appreciate who they were because within myself I felt jealousy and fear….among other things. It was really hard for me to see others shine when I felt so much darkness and self hatred inside. It wasn't until I addressed my own darkness and empowered myself that I could appreciate the light in others. 

The best gift we can give to another or ourselves is to embrace who we are and live our own truth. There is no worse feeling in the world than thinking that you aren’t good enough and that you don’t deserve the happiness that you truly deserve.



Far too many of us are carrying around shame, guilt and feelings that aren’t serving us ( or anyone else for that matter)  Anything we have done in the past we acted out of the consciousness of the past. The only moment we have is here and now, so we must learn to let go. If there is anything that I want for you, it’s for you to be able to let go and be free of whatever isn’t serving you, because I KNOW how much you deserve freedom.

So, when I saw “empowered women, empower women” I was like YES!!!! It’s so true, but first we have to empower ourselves.

On an airplane when they go over the emergency procedures, the first thing they tell you to do if the oxygen mask falls down is to put yours on first before assisting others. So is true of life, if we want to help others, we must help ourselves first. There is no better way to show someone how to do something than to lead by example.

YOU owe it to YOURSELF to let go of whatever it is that is holding you back. YOU deserve to shine, be bright to love your life and be free. It is in fact your birthright but you can’t wait for someone else to give it to you, you got to stand up and give it to yourself.   Other people can make us feel good but if we don’t fill ourselves up, we will always be looking outside of ourselves. There is NOTHING that can fill you up with love, compassion and empowerment better than you. So we need to get real with ourselves and heal it not with judgment but with true compassion.

Don’t use the past as a bat to beat yourself with. Walk beside your younger self. Use your mistakes as a source of compassion and connection. Within you is the light and the dark, the yin and the yang, fuse them together and stand in your truth. Keep the pain that humbles you and throw away the story that goes with it. Use your past as a source of love and compassion. THAT is when YOU will truly stand in your power and be free of the stories of the past. This is when we can overflow in giving and truly empower each other.

I hope that this message serves you today. If you have been waiting for permission to let go of anything, I give it to you now. LET GO because you deserve the life of your dreams and it is waiting for you beyond the shadows of the past.

Please share this video with a woman or man who you think may need to hear this message. As always I LOVE to chat with you in the comments bellow, to hear your stories so that we can share our healing path.

Many blessings and much love,

ashley cooper, success, struggle, triumph, inspiration, motivation, coaching,

P.S  If you want to learn more about the art of acceptance here's a great video! 

P.P.S  If you want to learn about stopping the war within, you'll LOVE this one!