Well hello there,
It was nearly a year ago that I started this Ed the Voice blogging journey to help people learn how to love their body, find their voice, and be authentic. A few months after starting, ED the Voice, I was thrilled to find out I was pregnant with a baby girl! A joy beyond my wildest dreams set in, I started the long, very rough journey of pregnancy. I was sick at least 75% of the time I was pregnant, and my inner wisdom was telling me to put everything on hold and just focus on the basics of self-care to have a healthy baby: eat, breathe, hydrate, sleep!
Fast forward 9 months later and I have a beautiful baby girl that makes my heart jump whenever I see her. I am in a totally different place with my life and career and therefore this blog will evolve with me and I am open to collaborations from survivors, practitioners, parents, artist whoever wants to connect. I will be adding workshops, video blog tips, meditations, interviews, live chats for q & a to connect so that we can start to create a world that teaches all of our children how to love their body, find their voice, and be authentic.
Honestly, I thought about ending the blog, because honestly as a new mom having the peace and quiet to write and then not fall asleep when it is so quiet has its challenges. I then thought about how much I believe in the power of small communities connecting and sharing stories and resources and just how throughout my pregnancy as my body was changing and I am in a society that has quite a few reactions what helped me love myself and make healthy choices for myself. It was other women posting online about their stories, their pictures, their struggles, being vulnerable, these posts, videos, pictures, these are things that made me happy and kept me connected when my pregnant body limited me in so many ways. I am nervous, I am excited, and I am daring to live in my values of love over fear…its important to let your light shine, even if it flickers. A fellow Converse Alumna, singer, and Body Positive activist Sharese Arnold posted this today and it just solidified the message to let that voice of yours be heard:
I love it when a fierce woman, rooted in her truth keeps the flame burning in other women by encouraging them to take up space!
So what are you thinking about ending, that perhaps just needs a little evolving to move forward? What would it look like if you took up more space? I am going to challenge myself to take up more space online by creating a video blog, singing loudly to my baby girl and get messy with artwork! Let’s challenge ourselves this week to take up more space and invite a friend to do the same! Letting that light, you were born with, shine brightly, the world needs your creativity, your beautiful messiness, your ideas, your voice, now TAKE UP SPACE!