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Two kinds of diamonds

Two kinds of diamonds

I am sitting in my hotel room in Tampa, Florida, where I am overlooking a mangrove marsh, a boardwalk snaking through the bush, and beyond that, a blue silk ocean.

Yesterday I walked the boardwalk and was overcome by the unmistakeable, tangy smell of the mangroves.

The scent took me right back to my childhood visits to my mother’s home in Fiji. We’d load our enormous suitcases onto a small boat and wind our way through a mangrove patch before reaching the open ocean.

Growing up, my mother always told me, “Eleanor, money is power. So make your own.”

And so I did. And do.

This month I have had had the opportunity to speak at events that have attracted many powerhouse women.

And anytime you’re around powerhouse women in business, you see a lot of…

Diamonds.

When it comes to diamonds — or any precious stone (let’s be honest) — I’m a total magpie. I adore them.

But there are two sorts of diamonds.  

There are the diamonds someone buys for you.

And there are the diamonds you buy yourself.

Both are beautiful. But the diamonds a woman buys herself? I think they look different on.

More powerful. More arresting. More…badass.

Sitting in a room full of women who bought their own rocks is heady and intoxicating. It’s not the diamonds per se. It’s what they represent: a powerful woman giving herself a beautiful gift just because she can.

You might think the money is better given to the poor than Tiffany’s. You have a point. And yet, time and again I see powerful wealthy women giving to themselves AND giving to others.

A new diamond isn’t my next big investment in myself. I have some other things I want first (like a beautifully tailored Chanel suit.)

Curious to know: what investment in yourself are you going to make next?  Share them in the comment section below.

PS. Here are some photos from another type of investment I recently made: the investment of time. I spent an incredible weekend with my amazing sister hiking in the Rockies. Here’s the evidence.   

Posted Oct 17 2015 @ 1:52pm

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