- Hey Little Lady! Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi Little Ladies! I'm Alaina A. Balfour, a 21-year-old university student in Nova Scotia. I have an Associates of Arts in Law and Criminal Justice and I'm currently a 3rd year Psychology major. I intend to complete my Masters in Forensic Psychology and my Ph. D in Neuropsychology. My life's purpose and passion is to inspire people, especially young women with my life's experiences both good and bad. I honestly love a wide range of things from beauty to french, international news, technology, public & motivational speaking, design and event planning. I have a keen interest in acquiring knowledge when and wherever I can. I'm an avid foodie, traveler, wine & tea lover as well as a sucker for love and romance.
Its really just the little things that matter to me and make me happy. I truly believe life is all about the small moments and creating memories that last a lifetime.
- If you could describe a lady in three words what would they be?
When I think of a lady I think of a resilient woman, a virtuous woman and an elegant woman.
When I say a resilient woman I mean a woman with strength. A woman who is still able to hold it together when everything possible goes wrong in her day; darts are hitting her left, right and center and she can still get up and say “Yes honey, she’s here”, with a smile on her face. I for one am still struggling with this but a resilient woman is one who can adapt to but not become her surroundings; she has the ability to ‘bounce back’ from any situation, accepting the experience as a lesson but not afraid to use her mistakes as a propeller for change. Proverbs 31 states it best, “A virtuous woman is hard to find, for she is worth far more than rubies.” A woman well respected any and everywhere she goes who is praised for her modesty and courage because she stands out no matter what. God is in charge of her life and the very essence of her being is an inspiration to others. Elegance is by far one of the most important traits of a lady. She is gracious in her style and confident in her walk.
- Why do you consider yourself to be a lady?
I think for me it was simply the way I was raised. My mother prided herself on instilling “lady- like” qualities within me from a very young age. As a child, I can very vividly hear my mother saying “Ladies are to be seen and not heard” and the famous, “When in public you must always conduct yourself like a lady.” It's in the way you walk; with elegance. In the way you talk; almost always respectfully and mannerly. In the way you dress; with modesty and sophistication. Where you are; its just certain place a lady should not be. I think for the most part I exude all of the aforementioned, humbly each and every time I walk into a room.
- State one reason why you think being a lady is important.
Society; the way women are portrayed today is upsetting. The idea of a ‘lady’ is not what it used to be when I was growing up and the amount of influential women are declining. In this day to be considered ‘sexy’, you must wear little to no clothing and be seen before you are heard. I however am one of the few that aim to shift this newfound mindset. I believe a woman is most sexy when she has ALL her clothes on and doesn’t need to reveal much but a smile and an intellectually intriguing conversation, that you least expect each and every time she opens her mouth. There aren’t enough women around today who want to be different and “leave some to the imagination”, like my momma always said. That’s where we come in because the true essence of a lady is her inner beauty, her personality should be the first thing you see when she walks into a room that alone should set her apart from the crowd not her body.
- One thing you would like to say to all the little ladies out there?
"Think like a Queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness."- Oprah Winfrey. I think I’ve come to really learn and appreciate this over the past few months.
Admit and Accept that sometimes you are just wrong.
What is important however, is that you use that mistake as an avenue for improvement. No one is afraid of falling even getting back up is a bit easier these days; the hardest part is when you get up, understanding and accepting why you fell in the first place.
Another month another little lady flourishing!