Let Us Shine
I had so many mixed feelings on what to post for International Women's Day. There are a lot of great women to draw inspiration from, and there are so many women in need as well. There are outstanding achievements to look up to, as well as painful atrocities to stand up against. Above all, I kept thinking, I want to focus on what we can all do as women, and that is that we can all be the best that we can be, and we can empower each other.
So I am writing today to simply say be you and be proud of it. You don't have to walk around holding a sign of a uterus flipping the world off (I just saw one on Instagram). There is a collective energy of women helping women, of women empowering other women, and good men encouraging those women. It's that attitude of encouraging and celebrating women's successes that will pull us forward. If you're a stay-at-home mom, a career woman, or whatever; simply be the best you that you can be. Be happy with it and be proud of it.
We all have our own abilities as well as disabilities or challenges. What if, instead of being jealous and catty, we could all be supportive of each other. I see it all the time in the blogging world; there are two kinds of ways people react to the success of others - they either resent it, or they celebrate it. Those who resent it grow insecure, bitter, and discouraged. Those who celebrate it, however, can draw inspiration and hope from the successes of other women.
The title of this blog, Let Us Shine, isn't a plea to employers and politicians who would rather give less pay and fewer rights. It's a request...it's a bit of advice, a reminder to all of us women. Let us shine...let us each be the best that we can be. Have faith in yourselves, and let's continue to lift each other up.
The next time you feel jealousy or insecurities creeping up on you, remember that you have the power to draw inspiration, motivation, and strength from the successful women ahead of you. And for those who are in a good place, take the time to reach back and lift up the women behind you. If we let fear, anger, and bitterness too often reside in our minds; we create the illusion that we have to fend for ourselves, and thus we make ourselves weaker as a whole. But with the strength and support of each other, we can do truly amazing things, regardless of our circumstances. Top image via Waen.
On that note, before I go, I want to share with you guys an Instagram page and website I've been admiring and inspired by for a while now. To The Market sells survivor-made goods.
All of the products sold on their site are made by artisans from around the world who have overcome abuse, conflict, or disease. To the Market carries everything from home goods to fashion accessories, and you can shop by item, cause, or country. Pictured above: Ilsa Necklace // Handmade Round Horn Dish. See all of their products here >.
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