What Being a Strong Woman Means to Me

Believe it or not, I used to be very shy, constantly compare myself to those around me and have a hard time ignoring what other’s thought about me. Even when I first started this blog, I would get embarrassed when people would bring it up. I saw it as something to hide and something that I should keep completely separate from “real life.” I had found my passion, but I hadn’t quite yet figured out that this is real life. My passion for health, fitness and everything wellness-related is what makes me me.

More than a year and a half later and I’ve finally grown into the new me and all of traces of shyness, self-comparison and obsession with what other’s think of me have disappeared.

I have become a strong woman, mostly because of this blog, the realization of my passions and my dedication to fitness, and that feels damn good.

With International Women’s Day having been this past Wednesday, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to me to be a strong woman:

I’m a strong woman because I believe in my own abilities to succeed – in life, in school, in the blogging sphere, in the weight room, on my runs.

I’m a strong woman because although my past is bumpy, I embrace the hardships, failure and deep pain, and move forward with fire in my soul.

I’m a strong woman because I know who I am and what my values and beliefs are, and I won’t compromise for them.

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I’m a strong woman because I know my worth and I won’t settle for any less.

I’m a strong woman because I will never let any man make me feel inferior, in the classroom, workplace or anywhere else.

I’m a strong woman because I’m not afraid to let my voice be heard, even if what I have to say isn’t what others’ want to hear.

I’m a strong woman because I would much rather hear compliments about my blog, my leadership capabilities and my lifting form than my appearance.

I’m a strong woman because I lift up other strong women around me.

I’m a strong woman because that’s what my parents raised me to be.

How lucky I feel to be surrounded and supported by so manyother amazingly strong women each and every day – my sorority sisters that have pushed me to grow into the leader I am today, my mom who raised me to be just as sassy and strong as she is and who inspires me in every aspect of my life, my best friends who love me through the ups and downs and embrace me for who I am, my blogging friends who motivate me and let me nerd out about my passions and so many more.

And how lucky I am to also be surrounded by so many amazing men, like my brother and dad, who also support me in all that I do, encourage me to stand up for what I believe in, build me up and push me to never shy away from sharing my voice.

“So here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”

XO nat