I spent a lot of time in my high school and college days comparing myself to other girls. I was plagued by the idea that I was not as cool, or as smart, or as popular with boys, or as successful, or as thin, or as pretty as many of the females surrounding me. And instead of facing my own insecurities (and also realizing that they probably had their own to work through, as well), I turned my negativity inside out, directing my distaste toward them instead.
Somewhere in the last few years, I was able to accept myself and started to appreciate the women around me. Or I started appreciating the women around me and accepted myself in turn. The order isn’t important, but the fact that it all happened is.
Consciously or not, I’ve filled my space with a collection of incredible women that inspire me to be awesome. My mom works hard AF, my Grandma is full of wisdom and spunk, my sister is incredibly kind, my friends are so dynamic and bold, and the women I work with are absolute ladybosses that I feel lucky to know and learn from. And outside of my immediate IRL circle are even more influential women– the blogs I read, the podcasts I listen to, the candidate I’ll vote for (ahem)– all marked by two X chromosomes.
And now I want to introduce them to you, not only so you can meet them and follow them and read their work and listen to their shows and buy their products, but also as a counter to the corrosive comparison of my past that’s still so prevalent in the world of women. (Can’t chill on the alliterations, sorry.) We’ll be talking about some of my favorite women to follow along with online, and talking to some women in my real life about real life.
Up first: McKel Hill of Nutrition Stripped. See ya then.