Lately there has been more focus on our young women and the self-esteem and self-image issue that has arisen in our society. Dove did a wonderful campaign to help build self-confidence. As part of this there was a video call the Real Beauty Sketch. It was so powerful. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpaOjMXyJGk ) It made a huge impact on me. More recently Always has joined in this movement. They have a commercial called Like A Girl that I saw recently. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJQBjWYDTs ) It opened my eyes to how negative "like a girl" has become. I will admit I was one of those women. I grew up thinking "like a girl" was an insult and that femininity was basically weakness. It wasn't until just a couple years ago that I started healing that in myself. Until I saw the video I didn't realize how prevalent it was to feel that way. My passion is now so focused on helping women love themselves in all their imperfectly Perfect beauty. I'm so grateful that more people and companies are joining in this crusade to stand up to the negative self-talk and the societal conditioning some women experienced as children. I'm so grateful to be a part of this movement and spread the word to women (and men) about how perfect each one of us truly is in each moment. I'm grateful to be facing some of my own fears of weakness that I didn't realize I still held as I heal. I'm grateful to remind myself that I am strong even when I experience pain or fear. I'm grateful for a sensitive man in my life that sees my struggle and reminds me how tough I am. My beauty does not make me weak. My femininity does not make me weak. In fact, these make me strong. My sensitivity that gave me the nickname "tender heart bear" as a child is actually a strength for me. It is a strength in empathy and compassion. So what are your strengths? What does "like a girl" mean to you? For that matter, what does "like a man" mean to you? Last time I checked men struggle with these societal "boxes" as well. Perhaps as much as we need to make "like a girl/woman" a positive connotation we need to let men and boys know that to be a man is not synonymous with being tough as steel. You don't have to be Superman to be a super man. I'm so grateful for my own super man. I'm so grateful for my inner super woman. And I'm grateful to see society finally trying to break these old belief boxes. May your day bring to light your own amazing strength and beauty. May you take at least one step toward honoring your perfect nature. Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.