Happy International Women's Day!
Today we want to chat about what we believe describes a woman, what we see as female strength, and what inspires us and encourages us.
Its so important, no matter what you believe or how you vote, etc. that we are kind and supportive of one another. "Girls supporting girls" has become quite a popular t-shirt embellishment lately and we love the meaning behind it. It says it flat out, we need to be supportive of one another and not tear each other down if we want our world to thrive. We need to see every step of the creative journey different from the rest and know that each woman is at a different place in life. Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle. It will only take away from supporting one another!
Women are strong and capable of so many things. With the movements we constantly see in person or hear about in the news, its not a secret that there are women out in the world who don't feel supported and who don't feel like they are works of art; unique and strong and valuable.
A few members of the Oakmoss Collective team wanted to share what being a woman means to them or how they view the beauty of womanhood.
"To me, being a woman means carrying the awareness linked to the softness of the world while simultaneously harboring the tenacity it takes to manage the harshness of the world. It’s learning to be both a comforter and a protector at the same time. It’s a beautiful blend of vulnerability and strength." -Janna Adams
"I feel as if there are many different aspects of womanhood. Its like a diamond. You can be soft and gracious and kind. You can be strong and intellectual and supportive. You can be vibrant and joyous and powerful. You can be all of these or only a few. Women are diamonds, each uniquely crafted and each with a different story of what shaped them and molded them into who they are today. Diamonds are valuable as are women, each specially created by a loving Creator. They carry on the development and progression of humanity. They nurture and strengthen and inspire. I love being a woman." -Natalie Gettis
To me, being a woman means being kind and strong. It means to carry yourself with dignity. To be able to feel things so deeply, but be wise enough about which feelings are appropriate to act on. It means caring for others, despite what they have done to you. It means being strong enough to admit your faults and failures, and still being able to pick yourself up and try harder to be better, to never make the same mistakes again. To own your beauty, both inside and out. Not to flaunt it or tease it in front of peoples faces, but to be confident in it. To be able to look yourself in the mirror everyday and say "yes, I AM beautiful." To be able to own the scars you wear on your skin and also on your heart. To know what you deserve and to never settle for less. It means never disrespecting myself in order to gain someone else's respect.
Personally, I try to live my life by the words found in Proverbs 31:25-26, "She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."
I feel that being a woman in our world today can sometimes be trying, and can be hard. But I think that all women out there should never lower their standards, never give up their dreams, disrespect themselves or act in a way that isn't kind and respectable. We ARE strong. We ARE smart. We ARE capable. We ARE beautiful. - Amy Kozikowski
Being a mom of a little girl, I look at her and think about how badly I want to model strength, dignity, and confidence to her. I want her to grow up believing in herself and knowing she can be anything she wants to be.
There’s never been a time that it’s been more vital to be sure of who you are and what you believe. Being a woman hard and beautiful, and I want to teach my daughter to walk with confidence and handle each challenge with grace. -Bethany Ballantyne