Leslie, a survivor of multiple brain surgeries, sat with a group of ladies to discuss some really hard questions: How do show kindness and compassion to those who are suffering? How do we not compare ourselves or others in hardships?
This shouldn't be a hard topic to discuss, but it is as many women face the facts: we don't really openly talk about sex. Shyness, awkwardness, intimidation... it al floats to the surface, but thankfully we had a room of curious and open-minded women who were ready to discuss sexuality and "enthusiastic" consent.
We all have our own ideas about what it means to be a woman, a feminist, or a mother. When the world projects its own preconceptions of those roles onto us, do we meet them or challenge them? Join us to talk about how our relationships with the women in our lives have shaped who we are and who we choose to be.
How often do we think that we need to start our own nonprofit, run a board, or volunteer hundreds of hours to make a difference? How often do we believe you need to be privileged, advantaged, or special to make a positive change? How often do we talk ourselves out of opportunity that we forget we have the ability to do the daily, necessary, and no less valuable smaller acts that can make the world better and brighter.
How often are we putting forward a thoughtful, curated, coherent version of ourselves to the outside world, only to have our inner world feel chaotic and muddled? How often do we apologize for our own life stories, when our choices feel erratic or incoherent? How often do we feel shame for not doing more, not being more, not having more? And why, even as we're flying, are we convinced we're sinking?
We gathered in Kathryn Zaremba's patterned studio with the women from Pineapple DC. Joanna from Wandering Wellness circled everyone up and led the discussion about taking guilt-free time to love yourself. Do we find ourselves worrying too much about what needs to be done and then feeling dragged down through the week because you're constantly giving yourself up to others?
"Once the heaviness [of the election] began to subside, an opportunity has presented itself to make real long-term change, not just for future Americans, but in the way we view our responsibility to get involved with and stay active in our communities. Let this weight not drag you down, but help to get your heels stuck in." - Scarlett Johansson