Welcome to the Grown Woman Life community!
My name is Rocki Howard and my goal is to be the Chief Empowerment Officer for bold, brilliant, badass professional women over 40.
Grown Woman Life is about perception and perspective. I want to change the perception of what it means to be a professional woman over 40, we are more than menopause, wrinkle cream, retirement, and Depends. We need to take control of the conversation of what it means to be a grown woman. That also starts with checking and sometimes changing our own perspectives. We need to believe in the superpowers of grown women and the strength we can harness when we learn and grow together.
Our mission is: To highlight, engage, educate and inspire bold, brilliant, badass professional women over 40 with the goal of changing the narrative on what it means to be a professional woman over 40.
I want to share with you how to Grown Woman Life community came to be.
- I spent the first two decades of my life hiding and navigating.
- I spent the next decade adjusting and adapting.
- The fourth decade of my life was about grinding and growing.
I couldn’t wait to turn 40. Forty to me signified that I was grown. I had earned every stretch mark, grey hair, wrinkle. More importantly, I had earned the right to be authentically, unapologetically me.
I celebrated my 40th birthday with a small group of incredible women. There was a limo, dinner, drinks, dancing and a Tiffany blue box made a special appearance. It was the perfect way to usher in the next phase of my journey.
I was the first of my crew to turn 40 and I wanted my friends to be as excited about their pending milestone as I was. I also wanted to thank these women for absolutely spoiling me, so I prepared specially cultivated gift bags to give them at dinner. This included what I hoped would be an inspirational list I penned for them called The Grown Ass Woman, Rules, Rights and Responsibilities.
The list became the foundation of a special language between us.
Over the years, when a woman shared they were having a milestone birthday or I met a woman who needed a bit of encouragement, I shared the list.
As I approached 50, I had an “ah ha” moment.
It became clear to me that there was an opportunity to fill a much needed gap by building a platform for Grown Women, women who believe in the principles of Grown Woman Life.
Are you a Grown Woman? Then make a commitment to living a Grown Woman Life. We want you to see yourselves through a bold, brilliant, badass lens. We strive to provide relevant, quick to read content that highlights, engages, educates and inspires YOU.
- We will highlight women over 40 via our podcast, our 40 over 40 Power Player Awards and Events, via our Twitter channel and in our communities.
- We will engage with our tribe in our communities on LinkedIn, Facebook and in our mastermind groups.
- We will educate via our books, our podcasts, our reviews, our speaker’s events, and our group training and coaching.
We hope that you will be inspired by it all.
We want to provoke conversations, provide resources and promote pride.
We are not here to paint a perfect picture of aging. We are here to challenge the stereotypes associated with being over 40 and advocate for a new perspective. We are building a community to support women to be proud, purposeful and unapologetically grown!
We will learn, laugh and maybe even shed a tear or two along the way.
Ultimately, this is a dream 10 years in the making, engaging and inspiring women has always been in my heart.
I am still adapting to life as a grown woman. I am extremely flawed and still struggle with some of the very principles I have created. I am hoping we can work towards success together.
Feel free to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go live boldly, showcase your brilliance and be a badass!