It’s International Women’s Day and the Twitterverse is filled with positive and constructive conversations about change. I just wanted to leave a little reminder about the importance of equity, which takes into account that not everyone starts life with the same opportunities, and also that not everyone faces the same barriers.
So here’s to a great International Women’s Day. I hope you spend it thinking about ways to empower others and empower yourself so that we can all move towards equality together.
For past Valentine posts I’ve written about the importance of self-love and I continue to feel strongly about our abilities to love others being most powerful when we first know and love ourselves.
Today I thought I’d share some reminders to help with a little self-care. On a day when our social media platforms are filled with pictures of chocolates and flowers and silly declarations of superficial love, let’s focus on caring for our own hearts for a while too.
You are Loved
I promise that you are. Your friends and family all know that you’re a gem. Not to mention, if you’re reading my blog, then I for sure love you.
You are Allowed to Take Up Space
In our culture where we’re constantly told to be smaller, thinner, quieter, nicer, this might be my favourite mantra to repeat to myself. Whether you’re surrounded by bigger voices or faster speakers, or anyone really, just remember that your body and your brain are also valid and important.
When it comes to physical space I often practice this idea in line ups. If the person behind me is standing just a little too close, or leaning a little much, (and it’s almost always men), I turn around slightly. When you face someone it’s a reminder that you’re human. I plant my feet and put my hands on my hips, turning enough to create more space. It might sound silly but it works!
Your Ideas are Interesting
As an introvert I often have many more ideas flying around in my head than I actually ever articulate or express and, obvi, not ALL ideas are good ones. It still bears repeating as a reminder that you have valuable thoughts that are worth contributing.
You Have a Beautiful Heart
Now, this one I know is definitely true and definitely important to remind yourself of. You are allowed to feel good about being you. You can contribute to the world in wonderful ways. You belong.
It’s that time again! That time of year when our conversations turn to debates about the legitimacy of Valentine’s Day. Is it worth celebrating? Is it just a faux holiday created by greeting card companies? Do we really need an excuse to eat an entire chocolate cake?
My responses are “meh,” “meh,” and “JUST LIVE YOUR LIFE PEOPLE.” And to that end I present to you my favourite way to celebrate Valentine’s. I want everyone to love one another in the best, fun, consensual ways possible! So, here for your printing pleasure are Feminist Valentines, just for you from yours truly.
I hope you enjoy sharing these as much as I enjoyed making them. Spread the love and spread the feminism loudly, lovingly, and with abandon.