Weekend Do: Stand Up for Your Values

“Stand up for your values, be courageous and humble” — Tariq Ramadan

Ok, so the past two months may not have been the fresh start we all had in mind. The new year hit fiercely, bringing with it a plethora of noise, a bit of hate and a whole lot of questions. Which to be honest, had me feeling a bit lost. Anyone feel me?

We all look for guidance — from our peers, our families, heck even the media, whatever platform it may be. Yet, we rarely look for guidance within ourselves. As a woman — an American, the new year has challenged me to think about what is important to me and solely me, more than ever. I started to block out all the noise and reacquaint myself with my values, to remind myself of what makes me proud to be who I am and to stand up for those values regardless of what others are saying. In turn I started to feel a little less lost and a lot more empowered.

You don’t have to accept the things your not ok with. Speak up when something is not right and be proud of what you believe in. And remember its’s ok if your values change. We are only human and we are ever-evolving. Learning every day, meeting new people, we are in constant change, so it only makes sense that as we grow and transform our values do as well. My hope for you? Whatever your values may be, please maintain your truth, stay honest with yourself and never fear to be the only one standing on the other side of the tape.

+ How do you stand up for your values? Let me know in the comments below! 

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I make sure not to take part in activities that DON’T stand with my values!

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

4 years ago

What an encouragement. Thank you, April! And might I add…never hate or judge those who don’t stand with you. We’re all different and so are our values! It’s what makes our world a colourful place. :)

4 years ago

This is an amazing post, very to the point and powerful. I ensure that I speak out about my values and if someone disrespects them then i simply remove my self from that situation. I think it’s important to respect and understand others values too


Christina Ioannou
4 years ago

Thanks for this inspiring piece.

I feel that everyone needs to set time aside and breath – imagine yourself at you best and embrace this feeling.
Then only positive thoughts and gratitude can help us achieve the things we want or attract what we like because I do believe we are magnets and powers of the universe!

4 years ago

I absolutely loved reading this blog it is so inspirational! I feel like everyone should follow their values and truly take them to heart.