My Favorite Women – October

I’m writing this in the Nashville airport at 5am. My flight has been delayed two hours and Real Housewives of Orange County won’t load, so here we are! I’m rolling out another list of incredible women that did some really cool things in October.

1. Alyssa Milano

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Alyssa Milano recorded a video in January for her daughter, addressing the #MeToo movement and sharing her own story. This past month, Milano shared that video with the public on the one year anniversary of tweeting, #MeToo herself. Talk about vulnerability, people! Too often women are criticized for showing too much emotion or being “too emotional”, but Milano didn’t hesitate. Since sharing her story, she has advocated for survivors of sexual assault relentlessly.  To watch the video, click here.

2. Rihanna

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My queen. Rihanna does it again. After being asked to perform at the Super Bowl, the superstar passed on the opportunity to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

3. Taylor Swift

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I have never been a Swiftie (and probably never will be) BUT, I was proud of “American’s Sweetheart” for finally stepping out and speaking her mind when it came to politics. She encouraged others to vote and even caused a spoke in voter registration in the state of Tennessee. What a time to be alive. You can read Taylor’s full statement below!

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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10 Compliments You Can Give That Have Nothing To Do With Looks

Complimenting someone’s appearance can mean a whole lot to them. BUT, it in the same breath, it could harm them, too. Actually, my reason for writing this post is because I did just that. A new friend of mine can eat anything and he seems to never gain a pound. I told him how jealous I was of that, and he shared with me that he’s actually had an eating disorder since his mother’s unfortunate passing. You can imagine what I felt like.

Complimenting someone’s physical appearance can also reiterate a lot of the unfair standards our society has. SO overall, it’s just a really good idea to start practicing giving compliments that aren’t appearance based at all. Here’s a list of ten compliments you can give ANYONE that don’t pertain to appearances.

  1. You’re so smart!
  2. You have great taste in ____.
  3. Your laugh is so contagious!
  4. It’s refreshing to meet someone so ____ (funny/kind hearted/inspiring)!
  5. I like your voice.
  6. I love being around you.
  7. I wish more people were like you.
  8. Our conversations always bring me so much laughter/peace/joy.
  9. I love how passionate you are about ___.
  10. You matter to me.

Keep on loving one another. Peace and blessings, babes.

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Why I Chose Metal Marvels

When I was a little girl, I hated wearing dresses. You can ask my mom how many Sunday mornings I screamed and cried as she slipped a floral dress over my head and slapped on a pair of white tights and lace socks. As a teenager, I went through phases of v necks, band tee’s, and oversized hoodies. Now, as an adult, I still refrain from wearing dresses. I’m most comfortable in a loose t and black jeans.

Looking back, I realize that I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what it meant to dress “like a lady”. When I dig a little further, I realize that I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to be “lady like”, like any young girl does. It’s a normal process of figuring out what you like and dislike. But, it’s not so simple for little girls. Society has a tendency to tell young ladies what’s appropriate to wear and what’s appropriate to say. As an adult, it can be difficult to unlearn those things, and it’s incredible to have people cheer you on along the way.

Enter – the Metal Marvels community. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of an onlineAttachment-1.jpeg community full of brave, bad ass women, who take no shit and love their sisters. These women have inspired me in more ways than they know. I’ve seen first hand their empathy, encouragement, and bravery lift people out of dark places.

I have seen this brand give a voice to so many who previously felt like they didn’t have one. Women (and men) who are shedding the lies they were raised to believe and fully embracing themselves, their beliefs, and not apologizing for it. Who use vulgarity to show strength and self expression, rather than allow it to define them in any other way. Who are learning to speak up for themselves and speak out on behalf of others. I believe this brand represents an entire generation of people who will never give up the fight for justice on both a personal and global scale.

I am so proud to be even just a small part of this brand and community. It has encouraged me in so many ways. It has empowered me in so many as well. It really is “Modern Day Armor”.

If you’ve ever purchased from Metal Marvels, thank you. If you’ve ever spoken up or out on behalf of a sister, thank you. If you’ve ever stood up for yourself, I’m proud of you.

 

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