International Women's Day
When I woke up this morning and remembered what day it was, I was flooded with images, memories, thoughts, and emotions all having to do with today: International Women's Day.
I don't know if I would consider myself to be a person who really "gets into" all of the holidays. And I'll be honest, this year is the first year that International Women's Day really stirred anything within me. Not to say that I didn't like and understand the significance of today in previous years, but this year, today, I am filled with so much! So many dreams, emotions, love, and joy to be able to say "I am a woman."
So, I decided to take some time out of my day and really sit with all of these thoughts and emotions, so that I can better understand them and utilize them to not only uplift myself, but hopefully uplift and empower other women, too. Below are the questions and answers that I asked myself, and I invite you to take a moment out of your day to answer them for yourself, too!
What does this day mean to me?
A single day out of our 365-day year, one that every woman, regardless of her age, her background, if she is a mother or not, gets to be celebrated and celebrate with all the other women on our planet and in our hearts!
A day to not just celebrate my femininity, but to honor myself, those who’ve come before me, and those who are standing now with me, and to celebrate all of our successes, and show gratitude to the women in our lives whom we are grateful for.
What feelings do those words stir within myself?
Pride. Connectedness. Appreciation. Heart-Happy. Warmth. Honor. Motivation. Gratefulness. Boldness. Softness. Empowerment!
What images come to my mind?
Women of all backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, and beliefs, coming together in a beautiful gathering of love, celebration, and wholeness. Mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, friends, lovers, creators, entrepreneurs, CEOs, caretakers, supporters, nurturers, fighters, defenders, warriors, goddesses, survivors, truth-seekers, truth-speakers!
The women who came before me. The women who fought resiliently for the rights I have today. The women who sacrificed, who were criminalized, who were lost, who were stolen, who were murdered, who survived, who were victorious, who were seen, who were heard, who spoke their truth, and who raised our collective consciousness and vibration to the level it is at today!
The women who are still fighting, the women and girls who still haven’t been found, the women who have found their inner child and those who are still searching, the women who are helping to heal our world, the women who are uplifting our spirits and empowering other women, the women who are raw and vulnerable and yet continue to move forward, the women who are asking for help, the women who need help, the women who are accomplishing their goals and kicking ass, the women who are breaking down barriers and destroying that glass ceiling one crack at a time!
The women who are still yet to come. Our future.
Who are the women in my lifetime that I would like to honor and remember today?
My mother. Her mother. My father's mother.
The woman who gave me friendship and a second home when I was in college. The woman who showed me that it is possible to love unconditionally. The women who have taught me and helped me to reawaken the healer within myself. The women who nurtured me and my son during our pregnancy and birth. The woman who helped me learn how to reconnect and love my physical body once again. The women who showed me sisterhood for the first time. The women who are part of my beautiful community. The women who have entrusted me to hold space for them.
Kristen Medina is the founder of Maeve Movement. She's passionate about empowering women through knowledge, movement, self-care, self-love, and sisterhood.