Once upon a time, I was an aspiring fashion blogger. I was in college and in love with the idea of writing about fashion, crafting, and all things vintage. I was on a roll for a while, but then life got in the way (as it usually does).
I graduated college, got my first real job, quickly accumulated bills and priorities shifted. My writing fell to the wayside. Which is okay, because I’ve spent the last few years learning more about myself than I ever thought possible, and I plan to learn plenty more.
But the one lesson I learned that I cherish with all my heart is that you’re never alone.
As a person who has spent her entire life battling anxiety and depression, life can quickly feel isolating. You think you’re the only one facing that particular struggle and feeling defeated by the challenge. But the truth is, you’re not. While no two people are the same, many challenges are.
No offense to the boys, but the most critical factor in surviving these years of challenging “adulting” has been surrounding myself with smart, diverse women who understand, or attempt to understand, my challenges, share in my joy, show me kindness, and offer support.
From helping me write thank you cards, prepping me to negotiate my salary, and offering me a tampon in my most desperate time of need, these women have been crucial to my personal and professional growth.
I feel I’m at my very best when I’m in a room with ladies who allow me to just be me, who don’t pass judgment or drag me down. Instead we offer each other guidance, support, and love.
I’m so fortunate to know so many smart, creative, funny, and kind women who are taking the world by storm (and they don’t get nearly enough credit for it).
So I want this blog to celebrate women helping other women conquer this big, scary and amazingly exciting world and we’re going to do that by creating a space where we can be nothing more than just ourselves—with no judgment or shame.
I’m a curious person and my opinions tend to waiver based on new evidence or realizations, but the two beliefs I will hold firm until the end of time are:
- The only person you need to compete with is yourself
- Women need to stick together
I’ll add one more thing, this blog is by no means “man-hating.” I also wouldn’t be the person I am without all the amazing men in my life, including my soon-to-be husband, but fellas, until you start menstruating or getting paid less to do the same work…I don’t think you’ll always completely understand. But we love you anyway!