There is something truly amazing about being a woman. I think as women we sometimes forget that or don’t give ourselves permission to be, do and feel like the women that we are. This blog is dedicated to some AWESOME WOMEN that I know, have met, yet to meet and quite a few that I don’t.
I'm a woman, five foot three, four, five, six or more.
I've been broken, dreams shattered, hopes splattered yet still longing for more. I am more than what lies between my thighs Yet the media, society and rap music says otherwise. I've been called angry because I've been angry, disappointed and ashamed. I've been passed up, passed on and passed over in my attempts to play this big girl game.
I am light skinned, caramel, dark berried chocolate, sun kissed vanilla, mocha and fair somewhere in between, I have locs, long hair, natural hair, short hair, braids, can rock a bald fade and/or extensions to my spleen.
I'm a woman with self-esteem issues because if we were to discuss the real issues we would all need tissue! I wear my love for self and confidence with matching accessories- a coke and a smile, because I am somebody. Simply because somebody told somebody, who then told me that I am somebody and that I'm' worthwhile!
Sometimes I stand in the mirror and tell it to myself! I AM A WOMAN.
I am a woman! Sometimes complicated, emotional, chaotic at times, self assured, self questioning, re-assuring, nuturing, loving, giving, wanting, needing and then so much more. I am a woman sometimes defined, undefined, redefined, redesigned and intertwined with the residue of my past, remnants of my uncomfortable present, pressing my way into a brighter tomorrow. I understand that I AM A woman who is in process! The PROCESS of repairing, reshaping and restructuring my RIGHT NOW with a comma, that simply states “Who am today is deeply rooted in who I was, but IT does not define or dictate who I will become.” ~YanniBrown
I am a woman! Beautiful, perfectly imperfect, complicated, decorated with flaws and all. LOVING the me that I am on my way to becoming because I’ve fought for her! Knowing that no matter what the journey brings I have been created for and with purpose!
As a woman we cannot expect everyone to understand our journey, we all have different paths, roads and time spent. There are things that a woman will endure that a man may never understand but we ask that you just be patient with us, supportive of us and yes hold our hand, even if you can't fix it! Yes we are strong enough for our men but we are women and every now and again we need someone to hold us up and say "EVERYTHING WILL BE OK!" We ask that you show up and BE what we need in times when we are unsure of what we want! Allow us to BE! Be vulnerable! Be honest! Be Safe! Be unsure!
WE are worth our weight in gold but we become worthy when we realize our worth! We have the power to affect and influence generations past, present and future with merely our presence. When we show up fully, we are present with our presence and our essence. Even if we have to whisper “I AM A WOMAN!”
I am a woman! I am Beautiful, comedic, sensitive, emotional, complicated at times, unsure of myself, secure within myself, smart, caring and loving. I have purpose, I'm passionate, I'm a mother, daughter, friend, and with me I carry wisdom, a kind and inspiring word.
This is not just my story but that of many women! So the next time that you encounter A WOMAN, look beyond who you think that she is and spend a lil’ time to get to know her. You just may love the person hiding behind who everyone thinks that she is or should be while getting to know A WOMAN... Flaws and all!
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Yanni Brown, a ChiCity born, Certified Relationship & Intimacy Educator and if you asked "What's Love Got to Do With It" she would answer without hesitation "Absolutely Everything."