By Juanae Baker |  

Sometimes we can get a little too comfortable in who we are. We accept our flaws a little too much. We settle into our mediocre lives a little too easily. We stop pushing ourselves to be and achieve all that we can, because we are a little too content with who and what we already are. We wait for the world to pat us on the back because we are little too concerned with what everyone thinks.

None of this is what empowerment is about. So, what does “empowerment” really mean? We throw the term around so loosely these days but when I stopped to actually think about what it means I struggled. So, in true English major form, I looked it up. According to the Oxford Dictionary “empower” means “to give (someone) the authority or power to do something.”


Did you get it? Well, just in case you missed it, being an empowered woman (or person for that matter) is giving yourself permission to do and be what you choose to be. It’s that simple, but yet still so complex. It’s allowing yourself to walk in your destiny, without waiting for the world to tell you that it is ok. It is living your purpose, unapologetically (one of my new favorite words) every single day. It is an intricate, multidimensional concept. It can’t be described in simple terms because it is a process that takes place over time and could never be limited to a single event or moment in life. Being empowered is giving yourself authority over your own life and the way that your story unfolds.

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Empowerment is about change. It is about constantly pushing ourselves past our limitations. It is about seeking growth at every opportunity. Empowerment is a call to action. Empowerment is a state of evolution – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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Juanae Baker is an avid writer, a mother to three amazing sons, and a woman saved by grace. She lives free from her past of abuse and addiction through the hope that she found in a loving God who offered the promise of a better life. Check her out at