Nadine Russell

HOW DID YOU IDENTIFY YOUR PASSION AND THE WORK THAT SATISFIED YOU VERSUS WORK THAT JUST PAID THE BILLS?

I was able to identify my passion because I realized that it was wrapped up inside of my purpose. For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed helping people. Whenever I learned how to do something, I never wanted to keep the information for myself. I was always excited to master what I learned, so that I could show someone else how to do it, or explain to them my process for doing what I did. When I looked at a job as something that was just paying the bills, I felt like I was wasting time. I didn’t feel motivated or excited about the work that I was doing. I have come to realize that this is why I always gravitated towards customer service jobs, because helping people gives me a feeling of fulfillment and joy!

WHO WILL ETERNALLY BE A WOMAN YOU ADMIRE AND RESPECT, AND WHY?

A woman that I will always admire and respect is my mother. She is a woman of authenticity, integrity, grace, humility, kindness and hustle. My mother has always kept it real with me since I was a young child. I remember she came to me direct about life and let me know that the birds and bees’ story was a fable. It was a man and a woman that created a child. I won’t share it word for word how she told me (lol). That conversation not only showed me how real she was, but how much she cared for me and respected me even as a child. My mom has always been a woman of her word. There is not one thing she has ever promised me, that she hasn’t provided. She has represented to me the true definition of under promise and over deliver. She is also very graceful, even when she is upset. She will tell you where to go and how to get there in such a way, that you actually look forward to the trip! And she does that all without uttering one curse word. My mother is also one of the most humble people I have ever known, but she still knows her worth. I have always respected and admired her for that. She is far too kind, to people whom I didn’t even think deserved her kindness. And she is a hard worker. I couldn’t even dream to outwork my mother. She has so many amazing qualities, I’m honestly so blessed to even be her child.

IN LIGHT OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF OUR HASHTAG #WHYITRIBE, WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE WHO WE ALREADY ARE TODAY?

I think it is important to celebrate who we already are, because it is one of the greatest forms of self-love. I see myself as a self-love advocate and mentor. And there are so many things in our society today that causes women to not celebrate themselves unless they check off certain boxes. When we are able to tap into the core of who we are as women, and recognize that we are enough. That we are important and that we have value. It changes the way we show up in the world. Outer validation forces us to wait until someone says we’re good enough to think that we are good enough. Where the truth of the matter is, we are already good enough. We have always been good enough.

NAME A TIME RECENTLY WHEN YOU SAID SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF/HOW DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?

A couple days ago on my story, I shared that I empower women to live their best life now. Speaking loudly and confidently about what I do, and why I do it. I felt liberated to be able to show up, and articulate my purpose and recognize that what I do is making an impact in the lives of women.

WHY DO YOU THINK WOMEN SHY AWAY FROM CELEBRATING OR PRAISING THEMSELVES SO MUCH?

This is such a good question! I feel that there are many answers, because each woman has a different experience. For some it is fear. Fear of judgement. Fear of what others may say. Fear of shining too brightly and dimming the light of someone else. For others it is insecurity, not believing in themselves. The inability to see their own worth. Not feeling that they are good enough. But if I has to sum it all up, I would say it’s the fear of being wrong. The fear that we will step up and say “hey look at me, I am great at this” and someone will want to challenge us, and prove us wrong.

HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THE TENDENCY TO DISCREDIT COMPLIMENTS YOU ARE GIVEN?

Gratitude has helped me to get over this. I was notorious for not being able to take a compliment. I had to learn to just say thank you. Just being grateful for the compliment, and not trying to pick it apart. It wasn’t easy at first, it took some practice, however it had gotten easier over time!

HOW DOES SOCIETY REINFORCE THE IDEA THAT WE, AS WOMEN, ARE NOT ENOUGH AND HOW CAN WE
TAKE THAT POWER BACK?

We see it in the media all of the time. This is why I don’t’ watch TV for the most part. I refuse to allow society’s standards be what dictates my choices. Loving ourselves unapologetically is the best way that we can take our power back.

WHY IS THE TRIBE MOVEMENT IMPORTANT?

The tribe movement is important because it’s a reminder to women all around the world that it’s OK to celebrate themselves. That it’s ok to clap for yourself when you win. It’s ok to shout your successes from the mountain top. And as each of us celebrate ourselves, we can more openly celebrate other women who are also doing great things. And as more women become more comfortable doing this, it will become the norm. And that’s what we need. A stronger sense of community among women. Women who clap and cheer for other women when they win. Because when one woman wins, we all win!

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