I confessed that the thesaurus used to be my favorite book, well, confession #2 is that I resort to the dictionary a little too often. So, when I knew I wanted to write a post about empowerment or to be empowered, I went to the web dictionary, and this is what I got from dictionary.com:

verb (used with object)
  1. to give power or authority to; authorize, especially by legal or official means
  2. to enable or permit
Well, that is just a pitiful definition. Empowerment holds so much more meaning. I am going to define it in my own words:
Empower: (verb and a feeling acted upon) to use your life happenings and to look inward at how to take tangible steps in making things better; to take accountability and responsibility for you as an individual with all of the goodness, garbage, and baggage that makes you you; to choose not to be defeated in life, to not say “there’s nothing I can do” or “it doesn’t matter anyhow”; to be proactive in life
I have lots to say on this phenomenal word, and I could likely write my own dictionary or thesaurus on this word alone, but today I will stop with my newly created definition. Stay tuned. Maybe it’ll be published.