The Women of Keen


We have reached the end of a wonderful month, full of love and appreciation for the Women in our lives, as well as all the Women who contribute daily to make our lives better…..there is a saying that goes:

Eleanor Roosevelt, “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.“

In celebration of this month we at The Keen Movement would like to show our appreciation with a couple of words that inspire us and hopefully inspires you to become a Woman of Keen too.

“The women of Keen are “being the change that they want to see in the world”. They see beyond themselves and they understand that they not only have a responsibility to make a difference in this world, but that they also have the power to do so.” – KB

“The women of Keen are strong. A strong woman works hard, she chases what she believes in, and she does it all for herself. No one else. She loves endlessly and shows appreciation to those around her. Most importantly, she isn’t selfish, and once she makes it, she reaches back to help others.” – Brendon

A question was posed to the men of Keen asking if they could invite any 3 women who inspires them to dinner who would they be and why?

“I would invite my Grandma as she was my rock, she use to listen to my silly stories with interest and is the inspiration of my blog. Her memory drives me to share my crazy adventures with the world.

Angelina Jolie, she has long been a celebrity crush of mine, she has also done much in term of humanitarian work so I think it would be interesting to hear her stories…..I think I’d be abit star-struck though.

Malala Yousafzai, I think her stance on Education and her story in inspiring. There is no such thing as you are too young, if you believe in something there will be an outcome, if we direct our energy in the right manner.” – Shaun

There are many inspiring women I think the choice was to much for the guys to choose….maybe we should not limit ourselves next time.

Brendon had the following influential women of his list:

“I would invite, yes I know some of them are no longer with us, Marie Curie. She was a scientist and inventor of note and I’d love to pick her brains. Oprah because she is one of the most influential women still with us. And last but not least, Jane Goodall, a conservationist and leader in non-human rights projects”

What would be served at the dinner?

I hope my cooking skills are up to scratch and that my guests would be impressed with some Breyani. – Shaun

“I would serve Ramen, because I have never tried it before but it looks delicious.” – KB

Would you wash the dishes afterwards?

Uh really what question is this, ofcourse we would – All

We would like to end off with some words of inspiration from our Women of Keen…

It’s believed that it’s second nature for women to place the wellbeing of others before hers. I believe so too, but the Keen Gene is all inclusive. It’s about having generous consideration for others, something which we all have and the more we use it, the more everyone will naturally be encouraged to too. There are so many ways to be considerate and show compassion – give a hug to someone in need, ask “how are you?” expecting an authentic answer in return, do something willingly and not from a place of obligation, simply just care… or of course join us at The Keen Movement! – Jade

….and for all Women remember that YOU are powerful beyond measure, continue in YOUR strength and continue to RISE no matter the circumstance…one of Nicole’s favourite poems to carry you into the new month:

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

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