Ladies, I don’t know if it’s the crisp fall air or the fact that I’ve been so inspired by all the women around me, but I am finally ready to shed all the weight that has been holding me back and just move forward in this life a little lighter, a little more free and a tad bit better. And while the physical weight would be awesome for me, let’s be honest, the weight I’m talking about is all the negativity that runs across my mind. The “what ifs” and the “no’s” and the “you have no idea what you’re doing just stop now while you’re kinda ahead” noise. All that noise. I’m done with it. Its heavy and its giving me a tight neck and back aches.
There’s nothing I love more than women who are just owning their life. No matter what it is that they’re doing, they’re owning it. And I love that there’s at least a handful of women from my hometown that have gotten their shit together enough to at least appear like they have their shit together. There are business owners, photographers, lifestyle coaches, motivational speakers, published authors, fitness instructors, PHD scholars. Teachers and advocates and mothers and saleswomen. They are bad ass women. I love them. I love them all. I follow all of them on whatever social media platform I’ve got going on at the moment (right now it’s just instagram and facebook). They are women who may have fucked up along the way but they picked themselves back up and got on track. They went back to school. They found their passion. They did whatever they needed to do to engage with their own happiness. And that’s amazing. I can’t say enough how encouraging it is to see these people just doing their thing everyday.
And at the risk of losing some due to political views, can we just (for a brief moment) look at Hillary Clinton? Can we forget the election for one moment and just bring her down to our level? She was once just a girl with a dream. She worked her ass off. She shrugged off all the naysayers and the doubters and the men that tried to hide her in the shadow and she said fuck it. She probably said “Fuck this” more than any of us. Of course she’s made mistakes. She’s owned them. She’s endured them. And she continues to work. And she will keep fighting to get to where she wants to be; and she will keep fighting to let others know they, too, can get to where they want to be. Mistakes will happen to all of us but we need to address them and move on a little bit lighter, a little more free, and a little bit better. That women is about to break through the toughest glass ceiling that this country has set and we need to respect that. She never quit. And whether she officially becomes Madam President or not, we need to be thankful for what she has done. The amount of little girls who will grow up inspired by her is endless. Like her or not, she is a bad ass.
And the first thing all those women I mentioned from my hometown had to do (just like Hillary Clinton) to get started was say, “Fuck it.” Then they had to repeat that a few more times, get a plan together no matter how detailed, make sure their big girls panties were on nice and tight, then get to work. They had to work. If you want a life for you, by you, you have to get out of the brainstorming phase and into the knocking down your barriers stage. I’ve been brainstorming for awhile and I finally picked up that axe and have been hitting all those damn trees in my way. And while I feel so at peace under those trees, I cannot just keep daydreaming. I need to get my ass out of the shade.
So get up, own yourself, hustle whatever needs hustled, work it. And just keep working it. You’re a bad ass.
What a beautiful time to be alive.