Image Courtesy: Freepik.com It’s been years since you left your job. Your kids are now in school and don’t need your constant time and attention. Your husband is settled in his job and progressing in his career. Where does that leave you? In a state of transition of identity and self-confidence that affects a majority of women in late 20s, 30s and even 40s. It is a story of a lot of women as we settle down in our lives confining ourselves in bubbles of comfort not realizing this complacency will come back to bite us later in our lives. Read on to know how to break this bubble – Take care of your health. While taking care of the entire family, husband and kids don’t ignore your own self. Only a fit person is able to live life to its fullest extent and being healthy leads to both physical and mental well-being. As women we are more prone to developing Diabetes, Cardio-vascular diseases as well as bone problems such as arthritis etc so keeping fit should not be a choice but a necessity. Go for a walk, exercise, do yoga or dance, do whatever you like but make it something which can’t be compromised. Healthy body leads to healthy mind and happy life. Eat healthy. Make sure what goes inside the tummy is healthy. Be mindful of what you eat by making diet richer in calcium and proteins. Being a woman you need it more once you […]
Image courtesy: Freegreatpicture, Flickr.com You are a financially independent woman, but are you empowered to take money decisions at home? Sheena is a marketing head at an MNC in Gurgaon. Her take-home salary is around Rs 1 lakh per month. She is well-settled with her husband and one son. She loves indulging in the latest fashion wear and shoes. On the 3rd of every month when her salary gets credited, she goes on a shopping spree. She is also responsible for day-to-day budget management of her home – how much to pay to the maids, milkman, and so forth. However, if you ask how much she saves or invests, she has no clue. Her answer is, “Oh, my husband takes care of this stuff.” Is she financially independent in the real sense? No, she isn’t. In most families, it is the man of the house who is entrusted with the responsibility of key money matters. There is no issue with the husband, father, son or brother taking charge of financial decisions. It is not about not trusting the man of the house. It is not about feminism either. The question is why women don’t take the financial matters into their hands? There could be plenty of reasons: It is deep-rooted in our minds that men should do all money management in the house. Women don’t have the confidence to take independent financial decisions. Women lack awareness about how savings and investments work. Women don’t want to bear the additional burden […]
Image Courtesy: Publicdomainpictures ” The best way to gain self confidence is to do, what you are afraid to do” – Swati Sharma Born to a nuclear family and then married into a joint family 21 years ago, my life has always revolved around my folks. Initially, I was happy being married and the new and exciting life did not give me any opportunity to get bored, the result being that I never felt like taking up a career. After a few years, when I started getting fed up of my daily routine and thought of doing something constructive with my life, one of the things that held me back from pursuing the thought was fear of failure. Basically, I understood that I lacked the self confidence that I needed to overcome that fear. This is something which I am sure most of us have dealt with at some point in life. The main question is – how to gain that much needed self confidence? Personally, I have worked on a few ways to beat that fear and that in turn has helped me to achieve that confidence. Below, I am sharing a few tips which have helped me in pursuing my […]
Image:www.collegecareerlifeplanner.com After years of being a stay-at-home mom you’ve decided to return to work. For a variety of reasons, you may have come to the conclusion that this is the right thing to do. Most likely, the children for whom you decided to stay home are now in school full time, or grown up and no longer in need of a parent at home full-time. Regardless of why you’ve decided it’s time to resume your career, there are several issues with which you will have to deal. The first and the most important thing you will have to do is decide whether to continue in your previous career or change your career. Should You Change Your Career? After spending some time away from your career, you may have decided that a change is in order. Perhaps you don’t feel the career you worked in before is compatible with your new life as a parent. It could be too demanding, requiring you to work long hours or take frequent trips. You may want a career change because you’ve discovered new interests that you would like to develop into a career. Or maybe you never really liked what you were doing before, and now you want […]
A proud moment for Her Second Innings team and community, as we officially come under the Section 8, Not for Profit enterprise – World of Opportunities for Women Foundation (WOW Foundation). An enterprise created “By Women, For Women” with a vision to empower women from all walks of life, by creating opportunities in career, entrepreneurship and personal growth to take them to the next level. Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK) Contribution: Her Second Innings, partnered with Spastics Society of Karnataka for a Logo design workshop. An activity for the children of SSK to engage and show their creative talent. With support and guidance from faculty of SSK, children worked in teams to create some of the best designs. Their enthusiasm, creativity and team work is commendable. Thank you SSK, for your valuable contribution. Logo Design Journey: The final logo for WOW foundation has evolved from creativity of Spastics Society Of Karnataka’s talented children. We retained their original thought and creativity in the final logo design. Meaning of the Logo: “She defines her world with purpose and determination to carve out a niche for herself as a bold and independent woman.” Promise of Her Second Innings: As part of WOW Foundation, Her Second Innings is dedicated to providing women professionals with a platform to fulfil their career aspirations by enhancing their skills with our training and internship programs, networking using our mentor/ mentee program, career advice from our experts, job assignments and placement assistance. We […]
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Decisions Determine Destiny – Thomas S. Monson All individuals have talents, things they have natural aptitude and skill in. However, individuals often times do not utilize their talents. This waste of aptitude is not only a disservice to individuals in question, but it is a disservice to their respective communities. Having talents and either not having an outlet to channel them, or having no desire to channel them, has far reaching consequences that affect more than the potentially talented individual. For example, consider an individual who is exceptionally gifted in science and with proper training could become a doctor that could save many lives. However, she thinks of science as a trivial subject and pursues a career as an acrobat. This individual’s entire life will be spent training for something that is not her natural talent. Of course, with practice this individual could become a very good acrobat, but the time and energy spent to become an acrobat is tenfold that of which she would have used had she trained to become a doctor. This is not to say that becoming a doctor is easy, or that the world does not need acrobats. The point is that if the talent is present do not brush it to the side. Do not simply think, “oh I’m good at it, but it is not for me.” You have the talent for a reason, do not undersell its importance. Often time’s individuals will bounce from […]
Her Second Innings, welcomed and encouraged women professionals & community members to be part of our logo design activity for World of Opportunities for Women Foundation (WoW Foundation). We, extended logo design invitation to Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK) to experiment creativity of our future minds, who will build a better world. It’s our privilege to partner with Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK) to paint the vision of our new enterprise – World of Opportunities for Women Foundation (WoW Foundation). WoW Foundation: World Of Opportunities for Women Foundation, is a section 8, “Not for Profit’ Organisation, created ‘By Women, For Women’ with a vision to empower women from all walks of life, by creating opportunities in career, entrepreneurship and personal growth to take them to the next level. Workshop with SSK: Her Second Innings, presented the children of Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK) with a workshop to design logo. The children were briefed about logo requirement for the workshop. By the end of the workshop they came up with amazing creative representation of the logo. Team work at its best! Kudos to the talented children and faculty of Spastics Society of Karnataka for their good work. About SSK: Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK), is a Non-Government Organisation (NGO), dedicated to the welfare of persons with Neuro-Muscular and Developmental Disability. STAY TUNED! We will soon announce final logo of our creative participants.
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Image: www.nlen.org Author: Manjula Dharmalingam, Founder – Her Second Innings, Women Empowerment Evangelist, US State / Fortune 500 Global Mentee. We keep hearing about lay-offs in top corporate in recent times. We are to some extent okay to read about it as news, but if it hits us at an individual level, the immediate response is to find solutions and take quick actions. So how to overcome a situation like that, do you wonder? I would like to share my story it might be helpful. Although I did not become a victim to recession, I am a victim of myself, ” I cannot enjoy the same job for long years”. (My LinkedIn profile is the proof 🙂 – I call it ‘Frequent self-recession”) Every time when I reach tipping point of frustration or unhappiness, one simple step has helped me so far which is – Taking a ‘U Turn’ and reflecting on “what did I enjoy and what will make me happy“. This reflection helped me to leave my promotion from IBM and start a fresh page as an entrepreneur just so I can be on my own to explore what I like. How to decide and navigate the path is the next question..? may be some pointers given here to ponder. I request all of you to share thoughts and action so that we add value to our readers who are currently reading this blog. Simple act of sharing is caring 🙂 Before starting the […]