It takes a village to raise a badass, and I’m not talking about children; although that could be applied to this subject as well. I’m talking about building up women and empowering them to be the badasses they are meant to be.
There are two types of women out there, those who build each other up and those who tear each other down. I choose to be on team build up and here’s why. I would not be where I am today without the love, and support that I have received from my dear friends and strong female role models in my life. There have been many times in my life, when self doubt and even self-lothing had me feeling depressed, unaccomplished and unworthy. It didn’t help when team tear you down would toss insults my way, or worse lie to me and tell me, I was fine and my choices were justified.
My real friends, the ones who had my best interest at heart wouldn’t lie to me, they would give me the truth. Even if I didn’t want to hear it. At times it was raw, real and felt a little harsh but it came from a place of mad love and knowledge that would help me to get my sh!t together. They knew that in order to be a bad ass female, sometimes you have to give a little tough love and drop some knowledge bombs in oder to grow and get out of the rock we want to hide under.
We need that in life. Yes, we need the hugs and the awesome compliments and the girls night to vent, but we also need at least a few women who will always give us truth, knowledge, and really great advice. It’s also good to have friends of different ages, skin color, religious beliefs, body types and so forth. We learn so much about others and grow and mature when we surround ourselves with an eclectic group of friends. We start to understand women better when we make friendships with women who are different than ourselves. When it comes down to it, we are all heart and soul on the inside and ready to roll our sleeves up and take action to help others in need and make a difference in this world.
I love having a group of women to workout with. They make me laugh, they challenge me, they make me want to be better in and outside the gym. I also, enjoy the other badass women in my life who don’t workout with me. Getting together for chats or discussing theology, going shopping and grabbing a bite to eat. Meeting up for a girls trip. My mom and other family members are included in this group of badass women too. We need strong female relationships in our lives. There are women out there chomping at the bit to tear someone down, step on a fellow female to get ahead, take her man away, or gossip behind backs. Yes, sadly those women do exist but the more we build strong female tribes full of a lot of badasses, those small weak women will fade away into nothingness.
There are a lot of badass women in this world but there is plenty of room for more. Who will you choose to build up your badassery?
To all of the badass boss bitches in my life, thank you, I love you, your wisdom, strength and love mean the world to me.