Today we lost a legend and an icon in Dr. Maya Angelou. Words cannot express how heartbroken I am. Many of you don’t know this, but the poem “Phenomenal Woman” inspired my love of the word phenomenal. When I decided on the name Frugal -n- Phenomenal (FNPhenomenal), I could hear the poem “Phenomenal Woman” playing in my head.  Adopting the word phenomenal allowed me to pay homage everyday to a woman who was a true trailblazer. She was the epitome of class, spirit, love, and dedication to change. Because of her, we are all better.

I just hope that the values that I promote at FNPhenomenal will hope to inspire millions to embrace their Phenomenal Woman and to continue to legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou.

Thank you Dr. Maya Angelou. May you rest in peace.


Phenomenal Woman


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, Inc.

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