Women aren’t to be celebrated only during the month of March. They should be celebrated everyday. We are the giver of life. We hold things down. We are strong. We are beautiful and complex. We are love in its best form here on Earth. For that you don’t limit such celebrations to only one month.
Ladies celebrate yourselves daily. I have been saying this and I mean no matter what degrees you have and what accolades you get, if you do not take care of yourself you are no good to anyone around you. You will wear yourself thin operating from an empty cup. Keep your wits about you. Say no to things when you can’t add another thing to your long to-do list. You are not a yes woman. It’s okay to let a few text messages go unanswered. It’s okay to let a few calls and emails wait. You are doing yourself a disservice if you feel you have to be ON all the time. Take a bubble bath, take a 10 minute break, whatever you need practice some level of self-care daily. Yes there will be times when money is tight. I haven’t always been able to sit at an expensive spa but I sure now how to turn a trip to the Dollar Store, Wal-Mart or Target and turn my entire bathroom into a spa for one while my kids slept to recharge. I have had times when I turned into my own beautician and did what I had to do. There are hard times. Sometimes when your world feels like it’s crashing it gets difficult to look within. However if you don’t everything around you will attempt to take you over. Say yes to you.
Go after that degree that you have been putting off. It’s okay for you to be well-rounded. Will it be easy? Absolutely not. We get so excited when we read stories of women who are seasoned and still going after their educational goals. Yes you could be the oldest in the room, but your degree will hang just like the young 20 something. Go after it! Will it be hard as you strive towards that new career? Possibly. Imagine going to interview after interview only to be told no. You invested, exerted time and energy only to feel like every door you touch is closing. Keep on going!
What about the woman who doesn’t want to have children? The pressure for women to be life givers is crazy. There are some women happy and content single or married not to have children. What about the women who in our stories for this month lost a baby at 20 weeks. I need you to understand that is devastating because at this point you are well showing, you have told people and on top of that you know the sex of the baby. People are hurting all around us. We are women have the power to really affect change in ourselves and our communities that goes past a #metoo movement. We can make things easier for the women around us by what we accept, give our voices to, or stand up for. Be wise.
You are strong. You are beautiful. You are confident and a force to be reckoned with! Celebrate yourselves and all that you have done in your life. The good. The bad. The ugly. The failures. The insecure moments. The embarrassing moments. The moments of regret. The moments you felt inadequate. All of your messy moments. All of you for all of you and all of those crazy moments are going to push you to your best moments if you are open to it!