I AM A WOMAN PHENOMENALLY—
Women’s Empowerment is having a moment right now. But let’s be real, it should ALWAYS be having a moment. Empowered females take the script life gives them, and recognize that they have a choice as to how to live out their own. They know they can choose pursuits that will make them happy, independent of other peoples’ opinions. Empowered women also see other women and recognize their potential and WANT to support and celebrate them.
Admittedly, I was not always an empowered female. Most of my life was spent trying to fall in line with the script that was expected of me. And while I may have subconsciously rejected that contrived libretto, it wasn’t until I found my community of women that I started to rewrite my story.
The founding of CYL was totally serendipitous. Early 2015 I had just moved to Portland from Los Angeles and everyone I knew. My plans didn’t extend past hike to all the waterfalls and figure out what the heck I’m doing with my life. I fired up Instagram looking to make a creative friend (or three) and rekindle my own creative passions. What ended up happening completely changed my life, my mission and my values.
CYL took off and snowballed into this incredible community of kickass ladies who were doing it for themselves. They had creative ambitions and were seeking other women to connect with; be inspired by; trade advice with; and celebrate victories with. This Instagram feature account soon became a safe place for women to feel vulnerable and supported.
Every single day I wake up motivated to serve this community. Every day I am inspired and humbled by the willingness of these ladies to share their stories, struggles, and successes. And every day the women that are a part of my life make me want to give more and continue finding ways to empower females; give them the confidence to discover their voice; and help them believe they can write their own script.
As the illustrious Maya Angelou said, “I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.” I believe all women are phenomenal and we all have a responsibility to help one another find our light and let it shine. I consider myself beyond blessed to have so many empowered women stand beside me who share in this sentiment.
The above is an excerpt from a piece I wrote for Maker’s Magazine. Years later, it still rings true. And I share it now in honor of all the women who have been a part of my journey, and continue to be a part of that journey.
Thank you. Truly.
While I close this chapter of my life I am stepping more fully into my gifts. If you’d like to continue to be a part of my journey you can find me serving others through writing and community here: