Cleopatra

Cleopatra
Thank you for the gorgeous image!  From Daily Mail UK

Cleopatra…one of the most famous women to ever walk the earth.  A powerful leader.  If you are interested in leadership Cleopatra is a women that you should add to your research. A woman who can inspire your leadership training, leadership development and women in business.  I mean, after all, this woman embraced her role like no ones’ business.  😉  She can inspire all of us as women… because I believe we all have our own version of Cleopatra deep within us.  What does yours look like?

I found this gorgeous picture of the Queen at the web site Mail Online.  It’s the result of taking ancient artifacts, extensive research and adding the magic of 3D imaging.  She truly was a beautiful and powerful looking woman!  I would love to have a few hours alone with her.  Soak in her knowledge.  Imagine learning from such an intelligent, fearless leader and seductress.  She wasn’t promiscuous.  She only loved two men in her life and they never owned her.  They worshipped her.

According to records, she did whatever she felt was necessary for Alexandria.  Because of this strong, confident approach, she was dethroned in favor of her younger brother, Ptolemy XIII, by a group of powerful court officials.  They felt he would be easier to handle than our Goddess Cleopatra.  Think that would stop her?

Please.

She paid attention.  She watched, analyzed and waited for her opportunity to take back her control.  When Caesar arrived in Alexandria, he and his Roman army swept in and took the power away from her brother.  Cleopatra saw the opportunity and took it.  This is when she decided to wrap herself up in a carpet and present herself to Caesar.  No shrinking violet, she demanded to be reinstated Queen, appealed to his ego and became his lover.  He gave her Egypt and she gave him a son.  From all accounts I’ve read, they had a mutual respect and admiration for each other.

After Caesars’ assassination, she waited to see who would emerge as potential ruler of Rome.  Mark Antony, Octavian and Lepidus emerged triumphant politically.  The one she targeted was Mark Antony.  She studied his weaknesses and strengths and used them to her and Egypts’ advantage.  Like any good ruler would.  Unlike in the movies, it seems as though the love affair between Cleopatra and Antony wasn’t as epic as depicted.  He adored her for awhile and then it seemed as though later he exploited Cleopatra for her money.  Cleopatra only agreed if it benefited her.

Another part of her life that has been inaccurately portrayed in movies involves her suicide.  It wasn’t over her finding out that Antony had been killed.  When Octavian defeated Cleopatra and Mark Antony’s armies, Octavian’s triumph was carefully explained to her. He had no interest in any relationship, negotiation or reconciliation with the Queen of Egypt. She would be displayed as a slave in the cities she had ruled over.  She would not live this way, so she had an asp, an Egyptian cobra, brought to her hidden in a basket of figs.  She was royalty and would choose her fate.

From the web site Tour Egypt

“What is often not associated with Cleopatra was her devotion to her country. She was a quick-witted woman who was fluent in nine languages, however, Latin was not one of them. She was a mathematician and a very good businesswoman. She had a genuine respect for Caesar, whose intelligence and wit matched her own. Antony on the other hand almost drove her insane with his lack of intelligence and his excesses. She dealt with him and made the most of what she had to do. She fought for her country. She had a charismatic personality, was a born leader and an ambitious monarch who deserved better than suicide.”

Homework:  In this post I’ve described some of the liberties taken with Cleopatra’s portrayal in movies.  I still recommend seeing the movie “Cleopatra” starring Elizabeth Taylor.  I loved how Cleopatra called Mark Antony on all his crap.  Brilliance we can all learn from. I really enjoyed watching her with Caesar.  They were my preferred couple.  So rent this movie, adorn yourself like a Queen, eat and drink only that which you adore and watch a strong woman in action.  How’s that for a fun assignment?  Oh…and one of my favorite quotes in the movie is a perfect leadership quote.  Or relationship quote.  Or famous women quote:

“I will not be triumphed over.”  Cleopatra

😉  Love, Goddess

What’s the first step in not taking any crap from men?  To start your journey to being worshipped by men?   This powerful tool in session 1 will help put you on that very path:   Your Re-Awakening 

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What You Can do to Land a Man! Give Me a Break.

Fun vintage pin up from the website http://31.media.tumblr.com/

 

I watched a morning news show today, ladies.  Apparently there is a best seller on the market right now that tells ya’ll how to “land a man!”  I knew where they were going with this.  I so wanted to flip the channel.  But we’re all falling in love with ourselves aren’t we?  So, in the spirit of our common goal I watched and listened.

 

I was assured up front that these were some of her “best tips” on how you should “land a man.”  It was all about pleasing him.  What a shocker. Now I’m not saying “do nothing” to please your man.  When you care about someone and you’re having fun and respect each other it’s reciprocal.  What I don’t want to see us do is make it all about him.  Her “best tips” are in italics.  My thoughts follow:

 

1. Make sure your bedroom isn’t too frilly, girls!  You don’t want to scare him.  As an example a bed was shown that was dressed in grey sheets.  Grey sheets?  I am so not a grey sheet girl.  What do you think the chances are of me changing my bedroom around for HIM?  I have a gorgeous pink boa above my bed.  I love pink boas.  They make me feel sexy.  And I have used them on men for our pleasure. (Slowly caressing each other with a pink boa is SO fun and sensual!) I’ve never had any complaints. The boa stays.

 

2. Throw away all those beige bras!  They are not sexy.  Excuse me?  I love my beige bras.  I find them to be comfortable and practical.  Love the frilly ones too and yes they make me feel sexy.  But do you really think if you are standing in front of a guy in a beige bra he really cares about the bra?  Do you think he is saying to himself:  “God…she’s gotta throw out those beige bras in order to “land me?” This may be a little more accurate…”Mmmmm….breasts.  Whoo hoo!!!!!”

 

3. Next was advice on various things you don’t want to “pop out” on a date.  Falsies, nails, etc.  Dolly Parton has broken all those “pop out” rules since she was a teenager.  She loves herself and is a brilliantly successful woman.  She is utterly charming and says point blank:  “This is who I am…take it or leave it!  Love me for who I am.” Yay Dolly!

 

4. Wash your hair!  Huh?

 

5. Wear this and that fragrance because that’s what men like.  Of course this doesn’t take in account our own unique sexy body chemistry.  Why should it?  This is all about pleasing and landing a man right?  Why would I ever want to wear a fragrance that would please…me? (In case it didn’t come across…that was sarcasm)

 

This advice is so demeaning women.  We are beautiful women with our own minds, our own sense of style.  Books like this do not bring us up.  They bring us down.  And women are making these things best sellers!  So let’s get back on the Loving the hell out of ourselves Band wagon!

 

Your assignment is to boldly love yourself with abandon today.  Do unto your body only that which makes YOU feel fabulous.  I would love to hear how it goes for you!  Love, Goddess  

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