I want women to know they're fighters.
Yes, there are going to be hard days. Yes, there are going to be some seasons where it feels dark and heavy. But I believe we are all stronger than we think and, in times of adversity, we need to tap into that inner strength- that inner lion inside of us- and fight harder.
As a mental health advocate, I believe fiercely in fighting against the stigmas that come with mental illness, and I am passionate about reminding women that mental illness does not define you nor does it hold you back.
You're a fighter- no matter what tries to hold you down.
I think the greatest lessons I've learned have come from other women acting kind and always being willing to help someone who might be a little bit behind them in the journey. People can easily talk about being good to others, but I've been inspired by women who show up and do good- no matter the cost. I am inspired by them to always act before I speak and to let my actions speak for my character.
“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” -Cheryl Strayed
To other women- do not to belittle your small and humble beginnings. Just show up and keep showing up. Do the work, even when no one applauds you for it. All the small things add up- they are truly a part of your becoming.
Author, TED Speaker, and Founder of More Love Letters