To the ones I call strong women

This past month has been one of the most challenging in a very long time. One of the things that I’ve explored more is the concept of being strong as a woman. Today I wanted to take the encouragement and inspiration by some of the strongest women that I know and pursue a dream that has been in the works for a very long time. In college I really enjoyed writing and blogging and connecting with people through stories and then came that pesky excuse that we all use “I don’t have time.” In grad school I posted less and less and then while living in Chicago I retrieved from sharing with the world to sharing only with myself through journaling and eventually not sharing at all.

This blog has been and still is a project in progress but who said it had to be “perfect” or “finished” for me to start. So I start this project by hopefully empowering other women to empower each other. As a full time working professional for the past six years, I have been challenged to think about what my idea of “perfection” and “strength” as a woman really entailed. When I used to hear the word strength, I always heard the world screaming back to hold it together, to not show weakness, to stand your ground, to work harder, to prove yourself. I constantly felt like I had to be a finished product. I could of course have room for improvement but always felt like I was encouraged to work on that behind closed doors.

So I’m here to tell you, I was oh so wrong! A strong woman is you! A strong woman is someone that can be broken and say I am not okay and even shed many tears (even in public)! She can stay there for as long as she needs! She can work through her pain and her hurt and figure out what she needs on her own time. Then she will get back up and keep going! The tears don’t make her weak, the pain doesn’t make her weak, admitting defeat doesn’t make her weak, being broken doesn’t make her weak… it makes her human!

Each of the women that you see here have their own story. They have all faced challenges, they have all been in pain, they have all looked fear in the face and said I will not let you win, they are all STRONG women just by being who they are. They have empowered me to chase my dreams, to pursue my passion, to cry when I’m in pain, to say I’m not okay and to realize that by doing any or all of those things I am no less strong. They are kind and beautiful and making the world around them a better place. They have a hard time putting themselves first sometimes but they are getting better at loving themselves in order to be able to fully love others. They have all chased or are chasing dreams that seem to big at first. They have gone to different cities, different countries and made unconventional decisions to chase their dreams. I think what I love the most about these women is that they love their tribe and they love them hard!

So today I hope you send a little shout out to the women in your life that have reminded you that you got this because empowered women empower women.