I wrote this three years ago. Minus the parts that date the post, I wouldn’t know any time had passed between then and now.
Two years ago, I announced the end of my women's empowerment website, Girl Body Pride. My team of dedicated writers had fallen apart because Life and Responsibility, I had just signed my contract with Latina Magazine for my shiny new role as the Dimelo Advice Columnist, and homeschooling was still new enough to overwhelm me. The pressure of putting out a regular content stream I could and would be proud of in addition to everything else was just too much. So I pulled the plug.
Call this the soft relaunch announcement, if you will. Or just laugh and point because I could very well be fucking insane for thinking I can do this (and do it right). Whatever you do, read on and if you see yourself or someone you know and care about, please share this with them. I would have given anything to have just one other person just...like...me... Especially as a teen. Hormones suck enough on their own. Add anxiety and my Not Diagnosed Until I Was 34 ADHD to the mix, and you see why I ran screaming for the closest hills.
Not anymore. I'm back. And if you're patient with me, I'll love you forever. I'm busy behind the scene working on brand/sponsor partnerships, outlining my master plan, and talking to a few women I hope will say yes to becoming regular contributors. With a bio and byline, even. Oh, and the Facebook page Like thing? I'm assuming you love me and have already clicked and invited every woman you know who has ever looked at their reflections and immediately zeroed in on every little imperfection.
It's funny, though, how little things actually change when we step back to look at the reality surrounding us. There are new words because they needed to be added. There will be new voices because no matter how convinced we are that we are not alone, the reality is that we are not. Girll Body Pride's message and focus will remain the same: I will waken up every day for the rest of my life reminding myself that I am worthy of my love, efforts, and attention. I will go to sleep every night reminding myself of the same. There will be good days. There will be bad days. But as long as I keep trying, I’m doing alright.
The same goes for you, too. Let's just make a deal to remind each other when we need it, yeah?