As a little girl, I hated pink. Not because I didn't like it, but it was girly, so nope.
As a teen, I denounced things traditionally associated w/femininity- saying 'like' too much, spending time on hair/makeup, etc. I proclaimed I liked guy friends better than girl friends bc girls were so annoying/bitchy- that made a "guys" girl, and boys would say how I was actually funny unlike other girls. Bc girls can't be funny.
As I grew up, I refused to wear feminine things in a professional setting, and I avoided vulnerability + intimacy like I avoid cilantro.
I ate up + perpetuated every single thing that suppresses feminine energy bc I didn't want to appear weak or soft.
Bc society uses phrases like "like a girl" to mean you didn't do it as well as boys or weren't to be taken seriously.
Throw a ball like a girl.
Talk like a girl.
Cry like a girl.
Be emotional like a girl.
Oh. Oh. Oh. The naivete.
I've never connected w/my femininity/womanhood as much as I have this year. I feel more powerful, comfortable + badass than I have ever before (political climate reinforced this, but putting that aside for this post). I have never also had this much admiration for my fellow women. I'm so proud I get to know them, love them, and support + encourage them.
Softness, empathy, creativity, nurture, fierceness, wit, intelligence, boss-ness: these are ALL things women are + can be, all at once. Nothing is mutually exclusive.
We can dress loudly or plainly.
We can be bare-faced or Kardashian'd up.
We can like pink + flowers, or neutrals.
We can cry at work, then run a board meeting.
We can be vulnerable + also stand up for ourselves.
Choosing either, or, or BOTH, doesn't make you any less or more of a woman or any less strong.
I will toss my hair however I want. I will dress in the girliest dresses one day then a white tee + neutral pant another day. I'll be as raw + honest as I want about my fears + weaknesses, and still know that I can run sh*t like a boss. And I plan to launch this company LIKE A GIRL.
And. So. Can. You.
OH. AND I LOVE PINK. // Wearing @naja, an eco-conscious company that supports single moms + their kids education #sponsored