Tuesday, March 8, 2016

International Women's Day

The shirt I'm wearing in the picture above is in support of The Kind CampaignMolly Thompson and Lauren Paul are the Founders behind this movement to stop girl-against-girl bullying. They rock my socks! If you've never heard of this campaign, I highly recommend heading over to their Instagram page and following along!

So I contemplated this post for a while.
 But with it being International Women's Day and all, I decided to be brave and go forth with it.
Because I have a voice, and I'm going to use it! :)

I was bullied growing up. It wasn't a daily thing, and I wasn't physically hurt, but it was certainly never fun. I came home crying more times than I can count. And one time is one too many. Because even at almost 30-years-old, if I see someone staring at me, I automatically assume it's for the worst reasons possible. I've become the most self-confident, insecure person you'll ever meet. What you see on the outside doesn't always mimic what is happening on the inside. 

Last night, I was watching The Bachelor: Women Tell All [I know, I know. It's my unhealthy addiction!] and I couldn't help but cry for Olivia. She certainly was not my favorite throughout the season, but as she was talking about being bullied growing up, I got it. I felt her pain. Bullying is real, and it's so hurtful. Some of the very same girls [and possibly boys] who bullied me in school are probably reading this right now. [Thank you, social media!] And some of these very people that I'm talking about have children of their own now [or will soon]. My hope for them is that their children don't become bullies themselves, or victims of bullies. Let's not pass the torch on. Instead, let's be the change. 

Do I hate these people? Of course not.
 Am I bitter? Not anymore.
 I forgave them even though I never received an apology. 
Instead, I'm being the person that I needed when I was younger and helping spread awareness. 
Because even adults need to hear this: Mean people suck. 

So do our beautiful world a favor and be kind. 
It's definitely one trait that you'll never regret having.


Happy International Women's Day to all the fabulous ladies I know! 
Always remember: you're smart, you're beautiful, and you're definitely badass! :)

[Thanks, Timehop!]

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!


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