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We PRETEND to be the person that we THINK our company wants us to be. And we don't just do this on first hangs WE DO IT ALL THE TIME. We are constantly, at some level or the other, hiding behind a mask, pretending to be the person that we think someone else wants or needs us to be. What would it be like to take off the mask? To practice authenticity in a supportive space where being REAL is the norm?
What does a maternity leave look like when you’re running your own business? We are given 3 months in corporate america to get back on their feet and come back to work. We’re told that’s not enough, so what is? When you run your own business and your first “baby” is your livelihood, how much time should you give yourself as you become a mother? It’s hard to make this decision. It’s hard to take time off. It’s hard to not take time off.
Every day we are ruthlessly bombarded with images and examples of what we should look like, most of which are unattainable for the majority of women. The pressure to be beautiful is constant, and it's exhausting. All too often this pressure causes us to compromise our values, and even our health, in search of these false standards of beauty. Disordered eating, negative self-esteem, poor body image and countless other ailments affect virtually every woman in our society at some point in her lifetime.
Have you kept this secret out of fear that your friends or family might cast you out? Do you struggle to find your story because you don't fit the stereotype? Did you recently discover that your friend had an abortion but was too scared to share with you and you didn't even know how to talk about it with her? Do the hardlines of abortion politics lack depth needed to include your story? Do you think the topic of abortion is complicated and nuanced?
LOVE IS AWK. an evening with female comics sharing how weird relationships are
This event was for the married, the dating, the broken-hearted, the single ladies, gay or straight. It’s a night out without the dudes on a mooshy holiday that either has you feeling pressured to make a romantic evening or pissed because no one is making that for you. It’s a few hours out of the apartment to laugh your ass off with other girls who are looking to block out Valentine’s Day shenanigans. It’s a reminder that it’s nothing but a day and it can be spent with some badass ladies.
Do you feel phantom vibrations? Do you look at your phone before you go to sleep and as soon as you wake up? Have you started to find yourself spending more time with your smartphone than your loved one? Have you found yourself obsessing with how your life is meant to look like online, versus what it could be in real life? Do you wish that you could trade your “real life” out for someone else you have seen on social media? We joined with The Lily News, SipCity, & JRINK!
Our ladies at Republic Restoratives hooked us up with such a wonderful venue to host the second Behold.Her Happy Hour. Everyone was repping their sticker and nomming on goodies from Lil' Miss Whoopie, Cheesemonster, and Fluffness! We were definitely spoiled that evening which great things to eat and drink, but also in company as well.
When gender, class, and race intersect, as women across these planes, where does luck and grit meet? How do we balance the celebration of our achievements with the admission of our privileges in the crafting of our own narrative? How can we advance rights and opportunities, and work toward true equity, for all women through this circumspect self reflection?
What do your relationships say about you? Are they representative of who you are, what you believe in, or the balance you seek to maintain? Do we truly listen to our inner selves and follow our intuition when reflecting on our relationships? How often do we reject intuitive feelings in order to be polite or not hurt someone's feelings? How can we become reborn to find the circle that is most genuine to ourselves?