Why Women’s Day Matters

Today is International Women’s Day, a day that is recognized around the world. Today, we celebrate the women in our lives and we stand up for equality. This year, some women are going the extra mile and celebrating with the International Women’s Strike, which encourages other women to stop all work – both paid and unpaid – to speak louder for equal pay, equal rights and to show the world how valuable women are.

You may be wondering why Women’s Day matters. What’s the big deal? Why is this day something we should celebrate or even think about? If you’ve never thought about Women’s Day before or you don’t see the point, below are 4  reasons to consider regarding why this is a day you should care about.

  1. You Deserve to Celebrate Yourself!

    International Women’s Day doesn’t only have to be a day to celebrate the other women in your life. Choose to celebrate yourself and all the things you bring into this world! Be a little more kind to yourself today, take the time out to relax and do the things that bring you joy! It’s the perfect day to celebrate being a woman and embracing every part of yourself.

  2. Women’s Equality Matters

    As a gender, women have come a long way when it comes to equal rights. The times that we couldn’t vote and weren’t accepted in the workplace may not be around anymore, but we didn’t get to where we are now by accident. We got here by strong women standing up for what we deserve! We’ve made big strides, but I don’t feel like we’ve reached 100% equality. It is still common for a woman to earn less than a man in the same position at work. We still have to regularly fight to keep our rights over our bodies and reproductive options. Today, we stand up for our rights to equality and stand up for all the things that we provide the world as women!

  3. There’s Nothing Wrong with Standing Up for Yourself

    Standing up for what you believe in and standing up for yourself can be scary. Sometimes, voicing your opinion can upset others, but sometimes it’s also needed! You are an amazing human being and there is nothing wrong with standing up for yourself and for what you believe in. There is power in choosing to stand up! By standing up for women, we take an active position in supporting each other, embracing each other and letting all women know that they matter.

  4. You Can Celebrate & Stand Up with Small Gestures

    Celebrate International Women’s Day in a way that you feel is the best for you. If you don’t want to stop all types of work as part of the International Women’s Day Strike, then don’t. The small gestures matter! Start small, by striving to take a little better care of yourself today or treating yourself to a treat. Today is a day to recognize women, however you want to do so. You can send a message to your mom or grandmother to thank them for everything they’ve done for you or buy flowers for one of your best friends that has made a difference in your life. It doesn’t have to be something big and outrageous. Celebrate today in your own way!

Overall, International Women’s Day matters because you matter! Being a woman matters and it is something that should be celebrated. We all deserve to be able to embrace who we are and not be afraid to celebrate being a woman.

How are you celebrating International Women’s Day today?

Celebrating Myself This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be a touchy subject to some people. It is one of those holidays that you either love or hate. Up until now, I’ve always been one of those who hate the holiday. I always thought of it as more of a “Single Awareness Day”, as clique as it may sound. Every year when Valentine’s Day came around, it just seemed like a reminder of something I didn’t have. It reminded me of past loves that failed.

This year, I am choosing to look at Valentine’s Day with a different meaning. It is suppose to be a day full of love, right? Who says you can’t celebrate it if you’re not in a relationship? Today, I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day all on my own.

I’m celebrating my journey to self love.

For those that are flying solo this Valentine’s Day, I invite you to join me in celebrating yourself today. After all, it is the most important type of love of all.

Below are ways that I’m choosing to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year:

  1. Making a list of all the things I love about myself.

    We can often be our own worse critic. Today, I’m taking the time out to be loving to myself and acknowledge the things I do well and the things I love about myself. At first it may be difficult, but if you dig deep, I know you can find things you appreciate and even love about yourself too.

  2. Taking the time to rest and play.

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been the go-go-go type. I constantly strive to be doing something productive, getting things done. Today, I’m giving my body and mind time to rest. I refuse to let myself feel guilty about it. For me, this means getting a pedicure or taking a warm bath. For  you, it might include reading, catching up on Netflix or taking yourself out to dinner. Make sure to take time to enjoy yourself and your life!

  3. Eating dessert first!

    In a future blog post, you’ll read about my new journey to discovering taking care of my health. However, I believe moderation is key to most things. Some days you want to work out and some days you just want a cupcake, am I right? Today, I will be eating the cupcake first. As I learn the way to loving and appreciating myself, I think it’s important to splurge a little and let myself enjoy the things I love – guilt free. Don’t beat yourself up about indulging today!

  4. Remembering a relationship will come when I’m ready.

    This is one of the most important ways of all for me to celebrate today. it is so easy to beat yourself up for not finding the one yet or not making a previous relationship last, especially today. However, I am choosing to be kind to myself. I am choosing to remind myself that a relationship will come when it’s the right time. While I’m on this brand new journey of finding love for myself, it’s best for a relationship to wait. After all, if you don’t love yourself first, you can’t expect anyone else to fully love you either.

Today doesn’t have to be a negative day. You don’t have to be sad every time you pass the big bouquets of flowers in the store today! We all have a reason to celebrate today, no matter if we’re in a relationship or flying solo. We get to celebrate the love we’re sending to ourselves and those we care about. Love is everywhere, not only in the form of a relationship. Instead of being sad or angry about today, let’s choose spread love.

Welcome to My Journey.

I think the journey of learning to love ourselves is one of the most important journeys we can take in our lifetime, yet it is a journey that I am just starting now. During my 26 years, I’ve always focused on the negative, the things I’d rather change about myself. I’ve never felt truly happy in my body and genuinely loved myself. It is time for that to change though! It is time to put myself first and learn to appreciate myself more!
Self care is such a vital part to self love. My only version of self care is pampering myself to regular nail appointments and the occasional massage. If we don’t regularly show up for ourselves and make sure we are complete on our own, we can’t expect others to show up for us either. Like the saying goes, you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of other people.
My purpose for this blog is to help keep myself accountable, to share the journey of a young woman learning to love herself and make herself a priority for the first time. On my journey, I plan to do my digging and find ways to practice better self care, learn to love myself and make myself a priority. I’ll be sharing all of this information here! I truly do believe that when women stand together and support each other, that magical things can happen. I hope for this blog to be a place you can come to feel supported, loved and feel like others understand what you’re going through.
Let’s start our journey of learning to love ourselves together. What is one of your main goals when it comes to learning to  love yourself? What are you hoping to achieve?
My goal is to feel proud of my body and all the things it can do, while also learning to take care of it better and be easier on myself. I want to focus on giving it the nutrients it deserves and getting in more activity. I want to spend more time doing things that make me feel good and bring me joy in my life. It is not selfish to put yourself first sometimes and to make time for the things you love. It is absolutely necessary on the journey to self love!
Thank you for being a part of my own journey to self love and for the support. I look forward to sharing this life long journey with all of you.