Women: Unlock Your Life with The Woman Code
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 10/29/2014, 11:13 a.m.
Everyone has a personal set of guidelines, rules, boundaries, morals, and values, which they govern their life by. Through the course of living life those rules may get broken, change, expand, and alter in many ways. But they should never be completely eliminated from one’s life. However, at times when life knocks the wind completely out of you and leaves you totally lost, one may simply want to abandoned their code to living all together. It is that time when self-examination, self-discovery, and a self-reboot needs to happen.
This is what happened to acclaimed author Sophia A. Nelson. With a loving family, career intact, and the love of her life by her side, she mapped out her life’s plans with all of her hopes and dreams. But that was not to be her life’s story. Her love story would not have the happy ending she had planned. That blow would lead to a string of challenging life struggles for Nelson sending her deeper and deeper into a dark hole that no one knew she was in until she could no longer pretend that everything was ok. But out of every tragedy comes triumph. After going down to her most darkest low, Nelson pulled herself back into the light with the help of her faith, good friends, and discovering who she really is to develop her personal woman’s code. She has taken her knowledge of growth and self-development and penned it into an eye-opening book, The Woman Code, to allow other women to know they are not alone, the pieces can be put back together, and life can thrive once again when they live by a code.
Comparing women of today’s generation to those of generations past and there is a vast difference in the mindset of women. Women of older generations weren’t concentrated as much on career but family. Blame it on change of times, lower divorce rates, less single parent homes, and the advancement of women’s rights, women’s mindsets have changed. In that changing of times, women have loss a sense of self – self-worth, self-care, self-respect - that is according to Nelson. This in turn is making us tired and worn out.
In examining the lives of her mother and grandmother Nelson found that older generations of women had “priorities of self-care.” Because they mainly were the caretakers of their home and family, they made more time to connect with the family and their communities. Thus, they also had more time to take care of themselves. They weren’t involved in the hustle and bustle of the world. They weren’t necessarily career women. They weren’t in a rush. “They knew how to get quiet,” said Nelson. “They knew how to spend quality time...They would talk about things… The community was closer. The family unit was closer…We have loss the sense of belonging to a community of women, a global sisterhood of women, that we can talk to and share with.”
Nelson says the disconnect between the generations of women is because we are not collaborating with one another but instead are in competition with one another. We are competing to have the career we want, the lover we want, the time we want, the life we want. Thus making women fearful and judges of each other. All of that is making women tried and affecting other areas of our lives in a negative way. “We don’t center ourselves or take care of ourselves and that makes us less likely to love the people we love, to show up the way we want to show up in the world, and to really achieve our destiny,” said Nelson. The Woman Code helps women balance out the demands of their career, family, and friendships to live the life that they want.
“The premise of this book is to live inside out,” said Nelson. Women were born with everything they need to win at the game of life but many have hidden their keys to success. The Woman Code helps women to discover those keys so they can know their value and achieve everything that they want.
With so many negative imagines of women being played up by the myriad of reality television shows like “Basketball Wives,” “The Real Housewives” and others like that, women are getting a bad wrap. This gives girls a bad sense of self. So The Woman Code not only helps women develop their code but also helps girls developing into women write their code.
Nelson teaches women that before any code can be written they have to first know their own personal value; the first and most important key to the woman code. Nelson writes, ”Knowing your value means not only knowing who you are but who you are not.” Nelson rediscover her own value drawing on her personal faith, experiences in corporate America, and from research of the most successful people around the world to develop 20 keys to which women can use as a guide to craft their own personal code to live life by.
Nelson takes women step by step in order of concentrating on one’s self personally then emotionally, connecting spiritually, advancing professionally, and being loving and loved in relationships. Taken in or out of order, Nelson says these are the keys for women to grasp everything they have been chasing all of their lives. “This will help older women in the areas where they are weak and need some growth,” said Nelson. While younger women will find the book will help them in connecting with older women to get that needed mentor in their life. In addition, there are other added benefits for women of all ages packed in this book with keys like how to make peace with your past, teaching people how to treat you, and lifting other women up as you climb.
Arianna Huffington calls The Woman Code a book for out time. And The Woman Code is book that needs to be in your hands. Get your copy online at iamsopianelson.com or available bookstores.