Feminist Mantra Monday 6: Build Strength
At the beginning of 2016, I signed a 12-month personal training contract. This meant that I was I committing to six 30-minute sessions a month for the entire year -- at least I was committed to paying for those sessions.
Let's be real, I am by no means a gym rat or a fitness buff or any person remoting resembling anything with a #fitspo hashtag. But I do value my money too much to waste it on training sessions I'd never attend, so signing that contract really was committing to showing up and building strength this year.
This morning, I finished my 60th session. During that session, I deadlifted 200 pounds (200 pounds! damn gurl!). I feel strong.
Now, I most certainly did not feel strong when I crawled my tired ass back to my car after my first session back in January (oof). And I didn't feel strong when I went back to the gym in September after taking off the entire month of August (oops). But today, looking back at 60 sessions since Januaary, I realize how much stronger I am because of the work I've put in this year.
So today's feminist mantra is Build Strength. This doesn't mean that everyone needs to go join a gym or hire a personal trainer. Strength can be built in physical, emotional, spiritual, or intellectual areas of our lives. It can be lifting a heavier weight than you ever have or walking away from a relationship that you know in your gut needs to end. It can mean crafting a new meditation practice or learning a skill that has always intimidated you.
Most often, women are not encouraged to be strong in any of these ways. But we are strong in all of them. And we can build even more strength in the upcoming months and years. With what's coming politically, we're definitely going to need it.
What's one area of your life where you feel particularly strong? What about another where you'd like to improve your strength? Is there a woman you'd like to emulate? Can her strength inspire yours?
Today, try to write down one area of your life where you'd like to find some strength. Tomorrow brainstorm one thing you can do to feel stronger. The next day, try to do it. Let's end this year with a bang, babes. Let me know how it goes.