a few minutes ago
‘What is it you plan to do with your one wild + precious life?’ these words by Mary Oliver have occupied my thoughts for the past year. This weekend, on the last day of my 28th year I launched @thegirlnessproject - an initiative to support young girls + women develop a healthy relationship with Self and body. Everything that we do will be founded in 3 principles; Community (coming together), Conversation (non-judgemental and open-hearted dialogue) + Consciousness (practices that raise our awareness). I sat in a room full of people (loved ones + strangers) and shared my story. Every important moment that lead to this. Not the glossy overview, but the heartbreaking reality of an existence that was filled with struggle and a warped sense of body and Self that occupied most of my waking hours. Every moment makes sense now, because I know this is what I was put on this Earth to do. It has taken me 14 years to get to this place. To sit in presence and speak with grace. 14 years of healing, 14 years of growth and fear + breakthroughs. Just this year, another shift took place where I realised that ‘my’ story was not just mine, in fact it belongs to so many women and not only did I have a duty to heal this conflict within myself but I also have a responsibility on behalf of ALL women to talk about the things that we typically want to run from (and trust me, I tried to run!). @thegirlnessproject is something that I wish I had had access to when I was younger but it’s also something I am still benefiting from right now - the love + support from a community of empowered women. My hope is that our work will support the many issues we face including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image issues and low self esteem.
I understand that sometimes the body can be a difficult place to call home. My intention is to help you see that your body can be a source of great inspiration and information. I hope you will start to get curious about what it means to be ‘embodied’ and recognise that your very existence is a great gift to this Earth. So here it is: thegirlnessproject.com (link in bio). Through community, conversation + consciousness, here’s to rising together.