When two powerful women leaders meet to discuss the future of their respective countries, some headlines choose to report on their looks. Disappointing events like this will keep happening if we don’t change how we as women talk to each other. The next time we’re around young nieces, daughters and friends, resist the urge to tell them they look pretty. Ask them what book they’re reading in school or what they want to be when they grow up. Instead of ‘pretty,’ here are some vina-worthy compliments for all the women in your life. Because honestly? ‘Pretty’ is pretty boring.
There’s nothing glamorous about being the friend who gets up early for class or stays within her weekly budget – except she’s steadily moving towards her goals.
Giving credit to witty vinas is the fastest way to steamroll the notion that only guys are hilarious.
Paying it forward, sending the elevator back down, whatever you wanna call it, vinas who stay generous are workplace MVPs.
What vina doesn’t sorta fancy herself Rambo at times? After I fixed a simple plumbing issue at home, I felt like a badass who could conquer anything.
Stack life-experience and common sense on top of ‘smart.’
Smash negative perceptions and words ascribed to determined vinas.
Surround yourself with interesting vinas because you are the company you keep
This as one of the highest compliments to pay vinas because it means you can handle whatever life throws at you (plus, it’s Meryl inspired).
The positive side of language such as “pushy” or “annoying” that women often face.
Being able to confidently express your thoughts and beliefs is an essential life skill.
There’s nothing more radiant than a vina being herself!
Hearing differing opinions and being open to new perspectives is mature and smart, be the vina who listens.
Honesty is always the best policy, especially because then you never have to remember what you said. 🤐
A lot of practical problem solving comes from a spark of creativity. Talking your way out of a parking ticket and MacGyver-ing your lamp are completely valid forms of genius.
Fearlessly tackle challenges head-on, but it’s ok to ask for help when you need it!
To be young in spirit has zero correlation to age. Case in point? Martha Stewart is your grandma’s age but her energy captures the difference between ‘young’ and ‘youthful’
Do you really need four nearly identical red nail polishes? No, and your sensible vina will remind you.
Yaaas to the vina who strives to know her biases, sets them aside and moves towards compromise and solutions.
Clever comments come from smart minds, let those zingers fly.
It’s contagious for a reason; be unabashedly excited about your interests.
Got more complimentary adjectives to share? Comment them below! Also, find a new friend to shower with compliments!
(Featured Image via Buzzfeed)