Women celebrating women. It seems like a simple enough concept. Let’s think on that for a moment. What do you do in your everyday life to live the ideal of celebrating the amazing women around you? Is it more than just a #hashtag at the end of a post? What do we celebrate? I say – CELEBRATE EVERYTHING! Life is far too short not to acknowledge the amazing sisters we have all around us every single day. We’re moms, daughters, sisters, friends, and with all of those hats comes never ending tasks and responsibilities. We deserve to feel like we, as women, make an impact, even in the small ways. Does that mean we spew niceties at each other all the time for absolutely no reason? Do we make stuff up? Absolutely not! If you feel it necessary to be fake then you’re missing the point. Authenticity is essential. If I compliment you on something you better believe I feel it! I’m talking about walking around spreading positivity. Remember the old adage “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”? What great advice our mothers and grandmothers gave us when they said those words. This doesn’t mean you can’t speak your truth or express your opinion. But, is it necessary to draw attention to one anothers’ flaws instead of celebrating the the good stuff?
Last week I was doing my usual “mom thing”; running errands, filing up my SUV with gas. (A never ending struggle!) As I was paying I noticed the cashier had the perfect winged eyeliner. When I say “perfect” I really mean perfection! Of course at this time of day I’m the nightmare version of the “school drop off SAHM”, with my yoga pants, flip flops, messy bun, oversized sweater with no make-up and she’s rockin’ the PERFECT wing at 7:30 am on a Monday morning. Being me, I told her how awesome her eye make-up was. The smile that came across her face told me that she felt fabulous just because someone took the time to notice something that I’m sure took her great lengths to achieve.
Now, am I being superficial? I mean, complimenting a woman on her eyeliner doesn’t really fall into the empowering celebration of women everywhere does it? I think it does!
We don’t need to be the first female President of the United States to celebrate one anothers’ accomplishments. I get excited when the bouncer at my husband’s bar cards me – 21 FOREVER!
We all need to hear those little things that make us sit up straighter, walk taller, speak louder. Its all about feeling confident in ourselves. By celebrating one another, even in the small ways, we are empowering each other to push through, to achieve our goals, to be the best version of ourselves. So be random. Be present. Compliment that woman on her shoes, her hair, her makeup, her clothing – we all deserve to feel BEAUTIFUL! Make her day by noticing her, because when women support women there is no limit to what we can accomplish.