Can't Nobody Hold Us Down!
Not just lyrics to a song, but a movement that is impressively gaining traction. Before starting this blog, I immersed myself into the women's side of social media and blogs like never before. Wanted to do my due diligence before diving into such a venture. I was sucked in by the vibe of empowerment, encouragement, and positivity. As well as an unfathomable amount of photos of coffee and Nordstrom plugs.
Socializing has changed since the social media era. It's the norm for teens and young adults, but has been a slow shift for many women. I'm convinced that this more informal form of communicating made finding connections easier, it provided a larger pool of people to find things in common with and offered a less awkward way to initialize a conversation. I was a fairly early adopter and one of my longest, strongest friendships to date started from an internet interest forum back in the early 90s. It seems to get easier and easier to communicate with people virtually and feel connected to them on a personal level.
Ladies discussing their adventures of starting a business from the ground up, sharing traumatic life experiences, posting slice of life moments, showing people how to do a variety of things, ect... It blew my mind how saturated this space was with women supporting other women in one way or another.
It is quite jarring how much time and effort women are dedicating to these endeavors as well. Many essentially exposing their day-to-day life to show their authenticity. Why are they doing it? Some are doing it for monetary reasons of course. There are influencers, entrepreneurs, advertising, and affiliate marketing. Some simply do it to socialize virtually, and others feel isolated for one reason or another, and enjoy finding connections this way. Regardless of the reason, the community is extremely receptive and cooperative.
As much as I love me a trip to Target or a browse on Amazon, I'm quite sick of seeing the same cheap imported things. Obviously we don't need a hand crafted garbage bag or custom made garden hose, but there are so many gorgeously made things out there that can add joy to your life. There is something gratifying in purchasing something handcrafted and not mass produced from someone talented and accessible.
This merge of spirit, passion, and creativity is accomplishing so much for women in our society. Inspiring others that dreams are achievable. Don’t be scared, don’t wait for the perfecting timing to work on that idea you have 4 years ago, don’t say “I need to start…” Just start!!!