Finishing out this #31days series on an honest word and a call to action.
My life, especially the one I live online, isn’t about painting a prettier picture than the one that exists. That’s too much work, y’all. I don’t have the energy or the resources for that. Instead, I want to inspire with my vulnerability, and encourage with my honesty. I want to learn what it means to really live out the vision of our network. I want learn to use the influence I have, right where I am.
I long to see a community of women, especially mothers, changing culture online. Imagine what the Internet could become if we all agreed to work out our strengths and embrace our weaknesses. Imagine the powerful implications of a world where women speak life to one another, regardless of personal (or religious!) preferences and opinions. Imagine how safe motherhood could become.
My name is Rachael, and I’m really good at keeping a schedule. I’m passionate about my kids never smelling like maple syrup or pee, so they rarely do. I make my bed every day. When my kids fight, I make them stay in the same room and talk it out, and then hug each other afterwards until everyone is laughing. I can prepare really cheap meals that don’t taste like dirt. I’m a good nurse, and I enjoy working outside of the home. When I say I’m going to do something, I do it.
It’s creeping up on a year since we moved into the farmhouse, and our decor is still in boxes. My kitchen boasts multiple layers of peeling paint and decades-old wallpaper, and we have yet to plant a garden. It might be years before our home and our land gives us the harvest of which we dream. I have a pretty short fuse with my toddlers. I’m a morning person, but I often wake up grumpy. I’m self-conscious about wearing a red lip. Also, I hate vacuuming and doing my hair, so I do a pretty poor job of both.
Women, can we take a moment to toot our own horns? It’s time to know what you’re good at. Say it out loud. Work it out. But let’s not forget to admit our weaknesses, either. It’s okay to laugh at the silly. The more real we get with one another, the more powerful our community becomes.