Beyonce, Motherhood and Self-Empowerment

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Turns out, we can learn a few things from the famous beyond just style and fashion. In this post, a woman (sans HBO, alas) drives an hour to her parents' house to watch the premiere of Beyonce’s Life is But A Dream documentary. The film sparked self-reflection on her own life and sharp memories of pivotal lessons along the way, namely:

Power isn’t given to you – you have to take it

I was really looking forward to seeing how Beyonce transitioned into being her own manager after splitting from her father a few years ago. In all the behind the scenes videos I’ve seen of her in the past two years, she’s taking control on video and performance sets and in no way do I mean it in a bad way. She’s got an opinion on the lights, the music, the set design, the costumes, the set list — if it’s a part of the show, she’s got a hand in it. And isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be? For her upcoming Mrs. Carter Show world tour, she stands to gross an estimated $2 million per show. If you’re making that type of money, why wouldn’t you do your best to make sure everything is to your standards? You’re in the big leagues now and shy and demure doesn’t cut it.

It reminds me of when I got my first “real” job (listen to me, sounding all old) I was 21 and right out of college. My boss and I were negotiating how much my salary would be.....


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Image: © Dennis Van Tine/Future-Image/ZUMA Press.

Read more from “Life Is But A Dream”: My Thoughts On Beyonce, Motherhood, And The Search For Power at The Young Mommy Life

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