02 June, 2014

WO·MAN·I·FES·TO

I had something completely different planned for todays blog post, but am still working out the details of what that is going to be. 

Instead, while FINALLY making my way through all the blog posts in my blog reader, Jes's post today popped up and the timing of it couldn't have been more perfect!

One could say I've been having a bit of a self-esteem crisis lately (which is what I had planned on writing about today). All kinds of funk has been bubbling up again and has been a real bitch and a half to work through. But at least I am working through it.

Two years ago, Jes posted on her blog, a call to woman to write their own womanifesto. Their own declaration of self described independence. I took part in the project and clearly remember feeling like it was one of the most important things I could ever write. Not because it was for anyone else or about anyone else or to serve a purpose to/for anyone else. But because it was solely for me and about me.

Below is what I wrote to/for myself two years ago. While I may have a few edits (additions only, no subtractions), it is a powerful reminder to myself that I am a strong, capable woman and that no matter what I am going through, I am going to make it through.


WO·MAN·I·FES·TO 
 NOUN \ˌWO-MA-NƏ-ˈFES-(ˌ)TŌ\ 
 A written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, and views of its female author. May include themes of empowerment, independence, self love, consciousness, affirmation, and individual acceptance; your positive beliefs about yourself. Created to give self-described definition in regards to the innate beauty inside of every woman. Yes, even you. 

Definition and inspiration for today’s post courtesy of Jes, The Militant Baker
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I am Meg.
I am kind, funny, warm and giving.
I am quiet, shy, introverted and thoughtful.
I am funny, smart, sarcastic and intelligent.
I am woman. Full, soft and round.
I am emotional and caring.
I am simply me.
I am quiet and loud, I scream in whispers.
I am opinionated, full of hope and promise.
I am scared and terrified, yet willing and brave.
I am my own person; independent and free.
I am creative.
A thinker.
A writer.
A philosopher.
I give myself permission to cry at the drop of a hat.
To laugh at the most inappropriate of times.
Speak my mind with the softest of voices.
I give myself freedom to be myself.
To love myself.
To not feel guilty for eliminating those from my life who do not support me. Love me. Stand with me.
I am myself.
Beautiful and full of life.

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