Look back at the 30 days of The Real Wonder Woman Challenge

When Eva read about a study positing that women thrive in the workplace when supported by other women, for her it was a self-evident fact. “Everyone thrives when supported!” thought she. But when she shared the study findings with her female friends, she was up for a surprise. The prevailing opinion was that women are more likely to betray one another, then to provide support. In that narrative women were competitive, envious and backstabbing.

Eva took it as a challenge: what would it look like if women publicly honored and supported one another. That’s how The Real Wonder Woman Challenge was born. Through her social media, Eva pledged to spend a month of January 2020 celebrating real women in her life, who supported, inspired and guided her. She also invited her readers to follow suit.

“The idea was to show how we can support each other but also that we already are supporting each other though we might not be articulating it or acknowledging it is such,”said Eva.

At the end of the 30 days, she sat down with Laura Catone – a Real Wonder Woman herself – to look back at the Challenge and consider how it enriched her life.

“[The Challenge] was about celebrating my path, also the challenges that I went through and who stood by me in those moments. That was the key element for me to share,” Eva explained. “The best lesson I learned in this process is the humbling experience of recognizing that we are all reflections of each other,” she said and concluded: “I am humbled and grateful when I see how many amazing women I have in my life.”

To wrap up the Challenge, Eva will share an e-book of all her posts and entries by the Challenge participants on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March 2020. The book will also be available on her website.

You can check all Eva’s Real Wonder Woman Challenge posts here on her blog, her Facebook account, and her Instagram account @ayamor9.

The Real Wonder Woman Challenge: Day 30

You

Who are a Real Wonder Woman

Today, the Real Wonder Woman Challenge comes to its end. Over the past 29 days, I celebrated women in my life, each inspiring me, teaching me, carrying me, supporting me on my life’s journey. All the women that were honored and celebrated during this Challenge were my mirror, as I was theirs, each in turn showing the other that which we were not ready to see and could only see it when reflected in the other.

Today is the final day of the Real Wonder Woman Challenge and for today the person that we are honoring and that we are celebrating is you. Today, I want for each of you to look into the mirror and see what it reflects: a Real Wonder Woman valiantly fighting the battles of her own, those of her loved ones and those of innumerable persons who she may not even know but whose lives she touched. This mirror is reflecting who you truly are in your essence: the Amazon, the Queen, the Maiden, the Lover, the Mother, the Witch, the Angel, the Demon, the Goddess…

Today, I wish for you, my dear reader, to consider how vitally important you are in the lives of women who surround you, your sisters-in-arms, and that each day the decisions you make, the words you say, the actions you take might build up the spirit of another person, making you the heroine of their lives. Support each other, love each other and let’s all proudly carry the flag of our female power.

I love you and carry you in my heart!

The Real Wonder Woman Challenge: Day 29

Natalija Gojkovic

My friend, my second brain and a Real Wonder Woman

Natalija is my personal assistant and my professional life savior! This Challenge wouldn’t have been possible without her. She is the co-creator and the amazing designer of all these beautiful images.

What I most appreciate about Natalija is her thoughtfulness. Also, the way she disagrees with me.

Fun fact: Natalija and I never actually met face-to-face. Little over two years ago, I complained to a friend about the abysmal results of my search for a personal assistant. She recommended that I contact Natalija and it was a click from the first telephone conversation. Natalija and I connected over our joint interest in spirituality and professional experiences in development aid. She became my virtual personal assistant, project assistant, researcher, graphic designer, webmaster, IT coach and a friend.

What I most appreciate about Natalija is her thoughtfulness. Also, the way she disagrees with me. She does it with such calm and centeredness and is the core support of my business. She inspires me with her grounded approach to life, her wide experience in big organizations and her ability to take any idea I blurb to her into the concrete process of whether or not we will be going ahead with it.

She taught me how to be more organized and focused in my profession, and how to choose wisely between the variety of offers I receive. Her amazing attention to detail and concrete practical approach to work had saved me more than once.

When everything drops, there’s Natalija!

The Real Wonder Woman Challenge: Day 28

Linda Hamilton

My dear friend and a Real Wonder Woman

Linda is a birth keeper with an incredible life story of a wounded mother and her seven children. She consults with individuals and families; and facilitates seminars and workshops devoted to deepening our understanding of life’s beginning: conscious birth … and then lighting our way to the end: conscious dying.

She dedicated her life and her time to empowering women in discovering their sexuality and the power in their choices from childbirth to how to live their lives in the most fulfilling way and then implementing those best choices.

Linda inspires me like a real-life phoenix – rising from the ashes to soar majestic and free in the sheer joy of life.

I met her when I was pregnant with my second child. She taught me how to deepen the trust in my body’s ability to give birth alone, supporting and holding me tight during my pregnancy in my power as a mother and as a woman. She showed me the authentic meaning of community support and real sisterhood in the truest and most practical sense. Any time there is a woman in the community that might need support – a pregnant woman, a mother with a newborn child, a mother with a sick child, a dying woman – you can be sure that she will rally around like the real trooper that she is, gathering the support, organizing a meal train or anything else that might provide respite, assistance, and support.

Linda’s unconditional love and generosity touch me deeply to my core. She inspires me like a real-life phoenix – rising from the ashes to soar majestic and free in the sheer joy of life.

I love you, Linda!

To know more about Linda, please visit her website.

The Real Wonder Woman Challenge: Day 27

Meg Wiliams

My dear friend and a Real Wonder Woman

Meg is a breathwork and dance facilitator. We met when I was facilitating 7-week chakra workshops at Om at Cashew Hill. She signed up for my workshops and later on continued with a 9-week coaching program, diving deep into the essence of the human experience as a spiritual being.

Meg taught me how deep we can go and sit with grief and sadness, and still rise and dance, moving our emotions through breath and dance.

From there, our friendship unfolded and grew stronger by the day. It is a kind of friendship where we laugh and cry and process within minutes of seeing each other. I hold her dear to my heart and cherish our weekly get-togethers here in Puerto Viejo. I keep all of her offerings in highest regard: from her weekly Pilates classes to her breathwork workshop and her dance rhythm sessions. I admire Meg’s ability to rise from the ashes, dance and breathe, and choose to live despite the grief closing her heart.

She inspires me with her resilience, her ability to grow and learn consistently and steadily, and her dedication to her personal development. She taught me how deep we can go and sit with grief and sadness, and still rise and dance, moving our emotions through breath and dance. I know of precious few people who can hold such intensity and variety of emotions.

I love you, Meg!

To know more about Meg and her beautiful offerings visit her website Modalities That Heal.

The Real Wonder Woman Challenge: Day 26

Avani Gilbert

My friend and a Real Wonder Woman

Avani is a Yoga teacher, retreat facilitator, entrepreneur, bodyworker, lightworker, and breath worker. She is the director of the Retreat and Training Center OM at Cashew Hill; the first of its kind in the Caribbean of Costa Rica.

Avani is an awesome teacher, an excellent space holder and just a beautiful human being altogether.

I met Avani when, after a few years of living in the jungle and having my babies, I was ready to regain my body. I signed up for her yoga teacher training and that was the best transition I could have given myself. At the time, Avani was pregnant and it was an interesting juxtaposition: her beginning her journey into motherhood while I was just getting ready to get back my womanhood.

Avani taught me Yoga in its truest sense of the union of mind, body, and spirit. She is an awesome teacher, an excellent space holder and just a beautiful human being altogether.

She inspires me with her dedication to learning, her devotion to serving and her commitment to growth.

I love you, Avani!

To know more about Avani please visit her website avanigilbert.com.

The Real Wonder Woman Challenge: Day 25

Sophie Hardy

My soul sister and a Real Wonder Woman

Sophie is a holistic healer and a shaman, working with her clients to uncover and rewrite their ingrained programming charged with limiting beliefs and fears so they may connect to their essence, heal their relationships and live out their life’s purpose.

Sophie taught me how to remain in a relationship despite challenges, how to shear the layers of underlying tensions, limiting beliefs and encoded programming surrounding sisterhood and the wound of betrayal.

I met Sophie in San Jose, Costa Rica when I was teaching at the University of Peace. I was searching for a bodyworker and met her the last evening of my stay. I ended up changing my plans and staying longer as, in her, I recognized my long-awaited soul sister.

Sessions with her were so deeply nourishing and healing. Afterward, she drove me to my newly-built home in the jungle of the Caribbean coast, a four-hour drive from San Jose and it was amazing to start my new life guided by a newly met soul sister. Since then our friendship has been steadily growing and deepening. Today, Sophie is the godmother of one of my sons and my dearest daily living soul sister.

She taught me how to remain in a relationship despite challenges, how to shear the layers of underlying tensions, limiting beliefs and encoded programming surrounding sisterhood and the wound of betrayal. She inspires me with her limitless faith in the healing power of oneself, her ability to transmute and have numerous lives in one.

Je t’aime, ma chérie!

To know more about Sophie and the amazing work she does please visit her website www.sophiehardy.org.