Hey girl, hey.

Last week, our PA recipient was Jenn Ouellette – a long time NPSDer, and someone we all know and love. Today’s blog post was written on International Women’s Day a few days ago, and you won’t be reading about her story… Anyway, we’ll let you see for yourself. Read on, and listen.

Hey girl, hey. 

I see you, you are not invisible. Nor do you belong in the back, so step up. A little closer. A little more. There. Perfect. Chin up, stand tall and embrace yourself. 

Let me tell you a little secret: You are not a princess or a delicate flower. Nor are you daddy’s little girl. You are a human being and your body parts do not make you a lesser person, nor do they define who you are. You have a brain, exercise it. You are clever and smart, but you have some unlearning to do. You are more than just a pretty face. You are not here for their viewing pleasure. You are not here to count calories and likes. Listen, learn, feel. Feel angry, feel happy, feel in control. You are neither good nor bad. You either do good, or do bad, or do nothing. Be brave enough to do something. Listen to your gut. Don’t shame your inner-demons. Love them, understand them, keep them on your side and don’t be afraid to unleash them when necessary. 

You don’t have a soul. You are your soul, you have your body. Take care of it. Love it and defend it as if it were your child. When you’ve been wronged, don’t turn the other cheek attempting to be the bigger person. Be your hero. You are here to make waves, to challenge the norm, to break the rules, to make new rules, to rock the boat, to be loud, unapologetic and fight. Fight for yourself. Fight for others. Champion women’s equality. Our battle is not with each other, but with the ways of the world that handicap our progression towards equality for all.

You are strong. You are resilient. Look at your scars, look at them. Look at how you heal. Don’t be ashamed of them. They tell your story, your battles. Let them remind you how indestructible you are.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed American women the right to vote. It all started with a group of women committed to the enfranchisement of all American women. The women’s rights movements started as early as the 1830s and took nearly 50 years to get the proposal for the 19th Amendment in Congress. This proposed amendment remained a controversial issue for over 40 years. It took militant actions, campaigns and demonstrations for congressional passage of the amendment and then for ratification by the states. It took courage, determination and resilience. We have come a long way, but we are not there yet. 

Be the change, plant the seed and don’t give up. 

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”- Denis Waitley

So believe you are better. Believe you deserve better. Believe you are stronger. Believe you are equal. Believe in others. Our future depends on you. 

To all who believe, Happy International Women’s day.  

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