Power of a Woman

Dear woman, be crazy enough to know you can have anything you want in life!

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Right now. The present is female. Today. This moment. The days of keeping quiet are gone... 
The days of staying in a man's shadow are done... The days of women not supporting each other are history, We are the revolution we've been waiting for. 

Today is a celebration and a new chapter, women all over the world using their voice to advocate for themselves and on behalf of women who are unable to use theirs. Know that the world is listening and you are heard. 

Sisters, we are powerful beyond measure. I hope today we recognize and appreciate our worth and the worth of the women around us. I wish today, we could put an end to settling for less than we deserve. I hope we don't take lightly when we are underappreciated or over-looked and instead we choose to leave. I hope we wish the best for one another regardless of how we were treated because the biggest lesson I've learned is you can't end hate with hate. So, love. What you may be going through isn't anyone's fault. Own your power, your perspective, and your story. 

Stop selling yourself short, you are not the kind of woman who settles for good enough or second best. Please take pride in your value today and every day after by making choices that help you reach for more. If we want more for the future, we need to empower each other to express ourselves freely and without judgment. Let's set an example for ourselves and inspire others to create their own identity. Don't let others make you into who they want you to be, and don’t don’t compare yourself to anyone else. You are unique, there is only one you and you can have whatever story you want if you just believe in yourself. 

 It should go without saying, your body is yours! How you choose to use it, whom you choose to use it with and what you dress it in, is entirely up to you. Your clothes don't determine your consent, the only thing that does is the word "YES". our bodies are our temples and I wholeheartedly believe that we are in charge of our bodies and our rights are our choices.


Being a dancer all my life and using my body as an artistic expression has been one of the most liberating and empowering aspects of my life, (second to using my voice). Expressing my mood, emotions, and story in dance allowed me to take back the power that some negative events in my life had seemingly broken. 

I hope this day inspires a movement of action, that's why I am listing the actions I want to see: 

Tell the women in your life that you love them.

Support Planned Parenthood: https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app259a?df_id=24219&24219.donation=form1&s_src=Evergreen_c3_PPNonDirected_HeaderNav&_ga=2.43243437.987735256.1520324213-1053372196.1520324213&NONCE_TOKEN=8FCEDF704603797CEE9EAFCC65621D93

Support a female owned and operated business: Tag me in some of your favorites! 

Write a note to yourself from the perspective you are 30 years older than you are now: What would you tell yourself? What would be important to yourself, today?

Set a new goal for yourself and begin today! 


Today in honor of International Women's Day, I hope we dream bigger, speak louder and support more women! 

All my love, 

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That's A Wrap

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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” -Winston S. Churchill 

 

Hi Loverz!! 

It's the end of 2017?! I can't believe it but here we are! Tis' the season and the holidays are happening! We wrapped season 25 of DWTS last month! 25?! Can anyone believe it’s been a year since #allthethings came to life and since my "How To 2017"  blog!??  I CANT.

It's been busy to say the least. I'm getting ready to go out on the road again with my DWTS fam. We've been rehearsing and preparing THE BEST DWTS live tour yet. We just had our first whole run through and wow... guys it’s amazing.  I can't wait to see you all across the country whether it’s at meet and greets or by the buses! Make sure you wear or bring your #sharnashop merch so I can sign it for you!  Thank you for loving and supporting #allthethings with me this year! There is so much more to come. 

What else? I bought my first home which was a massive milestone for me, I started my own merchandise, I just wrapped a really special project I created straight from my heart to yours that is set to release in 2018! And just a few days ago I finished a fun project featuring Artem! It's strange, sexy and you just have to wait and see. Oh And!!!!... WOO is here for the holidays! YES! spending some time with my favorite woman. Oh what a year it’s been. (Still haven’t found a human... But working on it 😉)

With more blessings than I can count I wanted to take some time thinking of all the ways I can give back to you, the loved ones in my life and perfect strangers. I know we all have more to give than we think we do. I know we can all be kinder, more tolerant and simply more loving.  

Sometimes we forget how fortunate we are and how difficult others have it in the same exact moment, somewhere else. If you can afford to give something, anything... Even $1.00 I urge you to. What you can DO is just as important, spread the word, volunteer, call and donate your services in whatever capacity you can for any amount of time. Anything is still something, and it is needed and appreciated.

There are dogs who are in need of blankets at your local shelter. People in need of a warm meal and a warm place to sleep. A child in need of an education and an opportunity. Someone who is fighting for their life and unable to afford treatment. 

If you find you have more to give this holiday season, I urge you to keep these causes in mind. 

Pencils of Promise

Giving just $25.00 can educate one child for one year

https://pencilsofpromise.org

Hope International 

This charity focuses on something more abstract: entrepreneurship in developing countries. Donations help individuals turn their talents, education, or skills into sustainable businesses.

http://www.hopeinternational.org

Children's Hospital Los Angeles 

 For a limited time (Dec 31), every dollar of your gift to the Helping Hands Fund will be matched—making it go TWICE as far in providing critical, nurturing care to every child we serve, thanks to a generous contribution from Credit Unions for Kids.

https://www.chla.org

ASPCA

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world.

https://www.aspca.org

THOMAS FIRE RELIEF

The fire that charred Ventura and Santa Barbara County and is still burning. Donations can be made by texting UWVC to 41444

 online at www.VCUnitedWay.org

Happy Holidays to you and yours! 

All my love,

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SELF-WORTH

"What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization...It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming." -Maslow

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HOW TO 2017

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Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. -Buddha

Hi Loverz!!

Reflecting over the past year, It's hard to believe how much has happened and how fast it went by. It almost feels like I've lived the past 12 months in fast forward, but when I take a moment to be still in each memory, I'm reminded of how fully I immersed myself into those moments and loved them so deeply.  

I didn't make a New Years resolution for 2016, I didn't vow to eat better or give something up, nor did I commit to anything or anyone but myself. I made a choice to be present in every way I could. Present in all the moments that life has to offer... good AND bad.  To be there for my friends, my family and myself, completely. I opened my eyes and allowed myself to soak in and appreciate everything around me and discover new things. I made major breakthroughs in self-love, respect and forgiveness. 

A few of my favorite things from 2016... 

Do what you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life.

So true. Dancing With The Stars was the center of so many amazing moments for me in 2016. From my first DWTS live tour to 3 exciting seasons with 3 incredible partners who each inspired me in their own ways. I created some of my favorite dances and felt more inspired than ever! I think all of you had the most to do with that. Thank you for your love and support, it truly made my year. More personally, I am so grateful for my inner-growth, emotionally and spiritually. It's been the most rewarding thing.

 And 2016 was the best year for music since the 90's... Everything Beyonce, Drake, J.cole and Kanye. 

I broke down my "Last Week of December Feels" into a kind of how-to make 2017 an amazing year based on what I've learned along the way.

Give Thanks:

When I count my blessings it's almost as if they multiply. What we focus on grows!!  It can be easy to take the big things for granted and hard to let the little things go. But it's worth practicing, every morning...every moment. It's as simple as starting the morning or ending the day with a gratitude list. 

Here's a little reality slap for you, let it help you change your perspective if you need to.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world.

Forgive Yourselves & Forgive Others:

Begin the new year by letting go of the negative thoughts and emotions that often accompany a grudge. Remember this, If you don't forgive, you'll relive. 

Reinvent Yourself: 

You're not stuck in your ways, and if you can't change something you can certainly change how you think and feel about it. Loving yourself as you are can be difficult when you aren't living up to your own potential or being true to who you really are. Getting to know yourself is an ongoing journey that becomes richer and deeper as we grow. We are creating ourselves daily, shaping our lives by who and what we allow to be apart of us and our environment. Take inventory of your things, the good, the bad, the stressful and start clearing out the toxic and the clutter. This includes your house, your diet, it’s all relative and all of it makes us or breaks us if we let it get out of control.  If you feel like flipping the script, do it! Re-write your story. Change the characters who you’re allowing to be apart of your story or at least HOW you let them be apart of it. Whether it's your career, relationships or hair color, change is a beautiful thing! 

Dream Bigger & Hustle Harder:      

Dream big but also put work into it! Dreams will only stay dreams if you don't put the hustle in them!  What do you envision for your life? Have you taken steps to get there? I love the practice of creating a visual mood board. I am such a visual person and waking up every morning and seeing the things I am trying to accomplish starts my day off right every time. I also like journaling about the accomplishments I made this year, things I've tried, kind things I've done and dreaming up what to look forward to next year. 

AND FINALLY, LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. There is never to much of it. 

My resolution for 2017 is ... to try all the things!!! I want to say yes to life, to health and to love!! Tweet me your resolutions and how you want to begin the New Year! Grateful to end the year with all of you and excited to begin the next with you too! 

I almost forgot the most important thing!! Don't take yourself or life too seriously!! 

Wishing you beauties the best year yet!! Happy 2017!

 

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Love is the greatest gift of all. Love of yourself and love of the people around you. Love is truly a gift that knows no boundaries and holds no grudge. It helps us forgive, it gives us strength, confidence, it gives us comfort. It gives us hope.

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SELF-ESTEEM

"What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization...It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming." -Maslow

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