What is a heroess anyway?
Am I making up words?
I thought I was, but it turns out heroess is an actual word first used in 1612.
I wanted a word that embodied the you inside of you. But saying “you” over and over again got confusing. So, I settled on heroine for a while. But heroine, for me, evoked very tough girl images. It was Katniss Everdeen as she fought to take down President Snow. It was Nancy Drew solving mysteries. Buffy slaying vampires. For me, the word heroine was all about the action – the actual fighting of the bad guys.
We’re going to be fighting bad guys here, too. I plan on getting you to battle with your inner gremlins and ultimately overthrow them, but there’s more to the process than just the action. The word heroine just wasn’t embodying that.
There was a side to it that I wanted to feel soft, ethereal - dare I say magical. Because in all reality, unlocking the you inside of you and letting that authentic, brave soul come out to play is nothing short of magical. The word goddess embodied all of that perfectly.
I wanted to put the two vibes together to encompass all I wanted to get across – and voila. It turns out that just smooshing the two words together worked out pretty well.
So here’s what heroess means:
Hero (from heroine) + ess (from goddess)
A heroess, in general, is:
Definition: equal parts heroine and goddess. She is strong and confident, a bad ass warrior. The master of her own universe. Where her blood should be is nothing but strength, courage, and pure confidence. She’s unshakable. Unstoppable. She walks assuredly on her own unique path, and don’t you fret, cause she’s got this. Got what, exactly? Why, anything that you throw at her.
She’s also a goddess, a uniquely delicious ethereal being of pure magic and manifestation. Unimaginable power courses through her veins. She has wisdom to spare, and her intuition leads her way. She's all soul, a creature of love and compassion and unique self-expression.
She is who she is, and anyone that doesn’t like it, well, too damn bad.
She’s not dulling her shine for anyone.
But really, and most importantly, a heroess is YOU.
She is the most authentic version of you -
the you that you would be if
your inner People Pleaser took a hike
your inner Critic fell of a cliff
your fear just disappeared...
She is all the strength, courage, and confidence that you wish you had – (psst! you can find her -and all of those things- already living inside of the expansive universe of you.)
But she’s also whatever the hell you want her to be. She is the woman that wears unicorn headbands every single day because she isn’t afraid that she’ll be made fun of. She’s the woman that finds the courage to belt out karaoke like she’s always wanted. The woman that finds the strength to say "no" to people that take and take from her and never give her anything but unfulfilled promises. She’s the woman that despite her fear, collects up enough courage to finally move across the country like she’s always wanted.
You get the picture. Your inner heroess is simply everything you wish you could be. (like I already said, those things all lie within you, all you gotta do is tap into them!) Your inner heroess is exclusive to you and just as unique.
Who would you be if you fully stepped into your own inner heroess?
You can answer that, and define the word “heroess” for yourself in the download right here (it’s free!). If you like it, please consider sharing this on Facebook or sharing with a friend (or 8, cause hey, we all deserve to embody our inner heroesses!)
(Click on the pdf file under the image to download.)
You can also meet your inner heroess – as in talk with her face to face, get to know who she is better, and merge with her. I’ve created freebies for all of that, too. You can access those right here (click any image).
Shine on, heroesses,