If I did my hair and make-up more often, I probably would have considered doing a video blog. But considering I don’t actually know how to edit videos either, you guys are just stuck with a bunch of words on a computer screen. I just thought I would let you know a little about me and where I came from.
From the minute I was born I was surrounded by women. Not just any kind of women, but strong women. I was blessed to be born to a beautiful, loving mom who even at the ripe age of 19 had a really good head on her shoulders, two incredible grandmothers who would have jumped over the moon and back until their calves were cramped to no end if it meant I would be happy, and quite a few aunts, great-aunts, and great-grandmothers. That isn’t to say that there were no men in my life. I have a father who loves me very much and reminds me regularly, two grandfathers who would do anything for me, and some pretty great uncles who ended up being more like brothers. But these were no regular men either. They too were strong, and “manly” enough to know that the phrase shouldn’t be “behind every great man is a woman” but rather “behind every great man there is nothing, because there is a great woman right beside him”. The moral of the story: I am loved; and not only am I loved, but I am loved by people who want nothing more than for my success and happiness. It takes a village, people.
I really won’t ever know how much my family has helped mold me into who I am. But I do know that I’m thankful. My mother raised me right. Even from my earliest memories my momma was teaching me how to be a strong, independent woman who made goals and didn’t stop until I attained them. Growing up she pushed me towards wanting to become more educated in all things I was learning about. (As my Papa always says, “Learn everything you can about everything you can”.) And quite frankly, one of my biggest fears is to fall short of the woman she raised me to be: intelligent, funny, self-supporting, and open-minded.
So here I am today. I don’t really know what the purpose of this blog will be. But I do know that now when I see all of these ridiculous things like #WomenAgainstFeminism on Facebook/Reddit/Buzzfeed, I no longer just get to rant to my Granna while sitting on a barstool in her kitchen, and leave our thoughts just between the two of us who are already on the same page; I can now spread what I would like to think is pure gold to others. Hopefully someone out there will get a little something out of it, or at least see things in a different light. The goal here isn’t to change the world (though honestly that would be SO nice), but rather to change a world.
Peace/Love/Blessings/Happiness/Cats/Whatever to all,