HAPPY GALENTINE’S DAY, LADIES!
I am so excited to share this post with you all today. Not only is it in celebration of Galentine’s Day, but it’s in celebration of all of the amazing, kickass, badass, fierce women in our lives, plus some of my fav local and global celebs weighing in on the importance of girl power.
I reached out to some of my friend crushes, CEO crushes and celebrity crushes to get some insight on all things LADIES and much to my excitement and surprise, they all responded. Like, we had convos. Nbd.
So grab a cocktail and let’s dive in, because I’m honestly so excited that I truly can’t take it anymore.
Girl Power Advice You Never Knew You Needed
Shelby from Shelbyhomemaker
We’re kicking things off today with a friend of mine and fellow blogger Shelby from Shelbyhomemaker. Shelby is one of the feistiest, craftiest, girl power-iest women I know and I’m honored to bring her voice here to Powered by Sass.
“The first time I ever had ever heard of “girl power”, I was watching Spice World on VHS. I loved it. I wore t-shirts that said it but I didn’t really know what it meant. Sure, I was a girl and I thought I had power. And then I grew up.
I became a teenager who started like-liking boys and I danced and did theatre. Suddenly every single girl became my competition. I wanted that boy to like my BFF, unless I liked him. I wanted my college classmates to get that role, if it wasn’t the part I was auditioning for. In my late teens, I entered an abusive relationship that further solidified my competitive relationship with other women. I would compare myself to every woman that I met. Surely, he wouldn’t cheat if had her whatever it was I hated about myself that week. This manifested itself into a toxic relationship with myself that spilled into my relationships with other girls.
Some time after I escaped my ex I granted myself the freedom to accept myself.
I welcomed new friendships with other women and we have really loved and encouraged one another whole-heartedly.
Now I am a high school theatre teacher at an all girls’ school, and if you could only hear what teenage girls say. The “I can’t do its” are the worst and I won’t even get started on the self body-shaming. It kills me. I just want to tell them all how important they are and how limitless their dreams could really be.
Girls are so dang strong. Like really strong. So many people tell girls what they should or shouldn’t be that far too many brush off their dreams because one man tells them it won’t work. That’s heartbreaking.
What if we had all been told what girl power really meant? That girl power was being told that you can’t and then doing it anyway. That it was believing in yourself and believing in each other.
We have to remind them and sometimes ourselves that we are capable of so much more than what we think our limitations are.”
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Kate Gremillion from Mavenly + Co.
As the CEO and Brand Strategist of Mavenly + Co., an all-female company dedicated to taking your careers to the next level, Kate knows a little bit about the importance of girl power and celebrating the women in your life.
“When it comes to girl power, I always defer to the experts – The Spice Girls. It’s about supporting your lady friends, lifting them up, and sticking around women who help you spice up your life.
I believe truly great ideas and visions require the support of multiple women. You can only get so far on your own so if we really want to make an impact, it’s essential that we work together and life each other up. All of the amazing things in my life can be credited to the support of other women, so I know this to be true.”
I love her quote on sticking around women who “spice up your life,” and it’s a reminder for me to cut what’s toxic and to embrace what’s good.
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Ale & Maggie from Babes & Beignets
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Kelly Roberts from She Can & She Did
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You might recognize Retta as Donna from “Parks & Rec” who helped coin the infamous “treat yoself,” as Barbara from “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce” or as Ruby in the upcoming “Good Girls”.
She’s a stand-up comedian, a fantastic actress and an all-around female powerhouse. I’m shocked she responded to my request at submitting to this article and am honored to share her perspective with you, because not only do I adore her, but I’m sure you do/will too.
“I like my girlfriends like I like my coffee: bold, strong but sweet. Mugs up to all our badass girlfriends who we cry with and celebrate with, who we lean on when we’re feeling weak and wobbly, who support us when we are sagging. Shoutout to our human underwires! Without whom we’d just be sad bags of sand.”
There’s something to be said about having a core group of women to call your own. Whether they be a part of your tribe, your coven or your badass lady gang, having support from and supporting your girlfriends is a necessity.
Celebrate the women in your life! Celebrate yourself! And if you learned anything from this post, I hope it’s that we, as women, are limitless, spicy, powerful, inspirational and bold.
Thank you again to Shelby, Kate, Ale, Maggie, Kelly and Retta for sharing your words on girl power with me and for allowing me to share them with all of you.
Happy Galentine’s Day, ladies.
Keep on spicing up your life.
Question of the Day!
How do you celebrate the women in your life?