What does Feminism mean to me?

To me, feminism is about equality. It’s about a seat at the table, a voice, recognition. It’s about inclusion. It’s about transcending differences. To me, being a feminist means supporting each other – man or woman – not tearing them down. Being a feminist is about making room for everyone, not about being on top. Being a feminist shouldn’t be an embarrassment. It shouldn’t be an accusation. It shouldn’t only be for women. To me, the foundations of feminism are very real; women are treated as lesser to men in many ways all around the world, sometimes in places that feel so far removed from us, and sometimes right under our noses. To me, feminism is something we should all strive for – whether man or woman. How wouldn’t we all benefit from equality, opportunity and love? Let’s keep going until we don’t need to talk about it anymore. I know I will. #HappyInternationalWomensDay

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What we consume

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We are constantly consuming, whether consciously or unintentionally. We listen to people’s thoughts and beliefs and we soak up different energies. We are inspired by the world around us and find examples in those we look up to. We take in people’s opinions and place their expectations on our shoulders. We are spurred into action by other people’s actions and words. They’re all influencing us and create our perspectives. We need to be aware of what we’re absorbing and what we’re overlooking, by how much and in what light. What we consume defines the courses we take.

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Value who you are, not who you aren’t

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How do we measure who we are? Too often than not, we focus too heavily on what we’re not and not enough on what we are. Some of us feel it through the weight of other people’s opinions. Some of us feel it through the burden of our own opinions. We often underestimate our talents and exaggerate our flaws. Why are we so hung up on the negatives? Shift the perspective a little. Stop belittling yourself. You have so much to offer. And so much of you is beautiful, even the imperfect, damaged parts. Be proud of who you are. Appreciate it’s value. And flaunt it.

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

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Midnight Musings: What couldn’t you live without?

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What couldn’t you live without? What are you grateful for? What do you take for granted? The sound of laughter from loved ones. The comfort of a rooted home. The passion found in a new project. The thrill of a new adventure. Crossing the finish line. Freedom. Integrity. Vision. Our soul. Whatever it is, that is what we should work for, fight for and hold onto. Don’t lose sight of it. Things have a way of slipping out of our grip when we’re not holding tight enough.

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Midnight Musings: What is Success?

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What is success to you? Perhaps it is the acquisition and possession of something, money, a title, a legacy. Maybe it is stability and comfort, having a want for nothing, or at least enough to be content and satisfied. Perhaps it is achievement and accomplishment, reaching a milestone or receiving an award. Maybe it is adventure and spontaneity, experimenting and learning. Perhaps it is all about confidence, inner peace and happiness. Maybe it is appreciating the little things, but not getting too worked up about them either. Perhaps it is failure, mistakes and embarrassments, and growing stronger because of them. Maybe it is survival, simply waking up each morning and trying our best, no matter what the day throws at us. Perhaps, it is all about balance and abundance. Maybe, as Maya Angelou suggests, success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.

What is success to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Midnight Musings: The Perfect Life

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Is there such a thing as the perfect life? If there is, would we actually ever want it or would we actually know we had it? 

There are always times of contentment and gratitude, which are by far two of the most significant emotions in life. But there are also times of hunger, striving and moving forward. Sometimes this is in opposition with thankfulness and a present mindset, because we reach for everything we don’t have. But it’s also beautiful that humankind can hope, dream and act to make their and other people’s lives better. 
There are also times of suffering and pain that we wish we could bypass or quickly recover from. But how would we know love, happiness and achievement without hardship and failure?

A perfect life might be easier but would it really be better? I think life is turbulent, where we experience a blend of all, the bad and the good, and still keep going. What is life to you?

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