Full Time Girl Power- Finding My Voice

Happy Wednesday babes. I am getting a little personal today on East West Edge. I think we all have those moments when we are young, that define our voice in the present moment. Incidents when someone told you, you're not pretty enough, or smart enough or brave enough ETC. Toxic stuff, that sadly can prevent us from sharing our most authetnic selves to the world. Girls are STILL taught to be innocent, polite, and perfect. But how are these labels affecting how young women develop? Do we hold our tongues? Do we not veer from the normalized path? Do we not get loud or goofy or sexy? So I am sharing with you a glimpse of my journey to my more authentic voice in this world- 
I remember it strongly-being sixteen. Walking into the college counselors' office at my all-girls-catholic school. I quickly pulled down my plaid uniform skirt "two inches above the knee" so not to get in trouble. My minor alternations to the school's strict dress code was my only form of rebellion. I felt like I knew what I wanted, and was beginning to ditch the shy kid of my past. That girl thrived off timidness, not speaking up and following the rules intensely. Sitting with the counselor, I told her wanted to move to the East Coast and study acting and writing. The counselor? She shook her head and told me I wouldn't make any money. That it was a pointless major AND my grades weren't good enough currently. That was the first time in my life, someone truly tried to extinguish my fire. I cried a lot. I felt wobbly and unsure. I didn't tell my parents until I was much older. But looking back now, that moment defines me. I wasn't going to allow someone else's fear to project onto my life. FULL TIME GIRL POWER comes from that day. I chose to embrace my voice, and go after the bolding colorful ambitions that I saw in my head. My voice is much stronger, because I followed through with my actions. Here I am today, still hustling the things I love. And I wouldn't want it any other way. I think many of us face moments where people try to silence your impulses. It saddens me, to think of the people who don't challenge those outside voices telling them NO. What is a moment in your life, that you fought to live out your most authentic self? 
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