One week ago, I was leaving work about this time to go home and nap before an EPIC weekend of sisterhood.
Many of you have heard me talk about GRRRL Clothing before. For those that aren’t aware, GRRRL clothing does not use standard sizing for their clothes. Everything is based on your measurements, and named after a BAD ASS female athlete. Sizes are bullshit. GRRRL also seeks to unite women as sisters, and allow us to realize that we do not need to be in competition with one another , but rather, to encourage and build each other up to change the world.
I posted last year about GRRRL Live, and how life changing it was.
Well. We just finished #GL18, and it was every bit as amazing as last year. If its possible, it was more so.
This year, we talked about so many important issues…sisterhood, intersectional feminism (with the BEST. PANEL. DISCUSSION. EVER.), white privilege, overcoming food addiction, breaking through what is holding you back from achieving your dreams, writing your story/loving yourself where you’re at, and so many more amazing topics.
There were also INCREDIBLE workshops available, like dead lifting and Strong GRRRL, self defense, ultimate body confidence, MMA with ROSE NAMAJUNAS!!!, plant based living, and the Nurtured Heart Approach.
Let me start with Friday night’s pool party.
I’m not a bathing suit fan, or rather, I never used to be. But being surrounded by so many amazing women, knowing that they weren’t there to judge my thighs or scars, or body hair, I was so comfortable. In fact, they’ve made me feel so comfortable, that I’m planning to buy a bikini for this summer.
We danced. We sang. We ate cheese. We jumped into the pool (I say “we”, I mostly mean “they.” I kind of hopped into the super shallow end, with my water phobia. lol) I got to hug and reconnect with some of the AMAZING GRRRLS I met last year, and then met some AMAZING new friends…who are local to Las Vegas!!!! It was an awesome night, despite the ridiculous wind that tried to blow us all away.
Saturday was amazing. We heard from 2 of the Next Gen GRRRL models, who are still in school, but are learning important lessons in life about supporting your sisters, dealing with bullies, and finding something you’re passionate about (I’m looking at you, Ava! You were amazing with your presentation) and doing it to the best of your ability.
Talking about intersectional feminism was one of the Saturday highlights for me. As a white woman, I need to make sure that I am using my privilege for GOOD (and not being a trash bag about it). This talk and the following panel opened my eyes to so many things, and reaffirmed so many other things that I had already thought about. We spoke briefly about cultural appropriation, a topic that always concerns me, as a student of Arab Dance. It was eye opening, and I’m looking forward to learning all that I can. I desperately want to be helpful, but not in a “the white girl is here to take over” kind of a way. I want to find an organization or cause dealing specifically with issues for POC, and see if they’ll let me help out in the background…stuffing envelopes, etc. I don’t need to be a mouthpiece, I just want to help.
Saturday I also tried dead lifting for the first time, and I am HOOKED. I am currently searching for places/people to train with, because I just loved it. The world of power lifting is beckoning me!!!
Sunday was emotional. We had a talk about freedom from food addiction, and I resonated SO much with what our speaker was saying…I am extremely excited to have some one on one time next week with her so we can discuss steps I can take to be truly free. So much of what she said hit me…things I can’t really get into here, but lets just say, she could have been talking about my life.
We also had a talk about breaking through barriers…quite literally. Our speaker brought enough boards for all of us to write down what we wanted on one side, what was standing in our way on the other side…and we broke the boards with our fists!! Talk about empowering. I’ve never felt so amazing.
The highlight for me, however, was being asked to co-teach the ultimate body confidence workshop with 2 other amazing women.
We taught body confidence through dance. There was twerking, chair dancing, and of course…belly dance/Arab Dance.
This was the largest group I’ve ever taught in a workshop setting, and I loved every last second of it. Even with the 30 minute time constraints, every participant was able to grasp the basics of the moves that I showed, and they learned a short combination to dance to.
Being able to share my passion for dance, while imparting how amazing they all were was incredible. Dancing has bolstered my confidence so much, and even though I still have days where I feel a little like “Oh, I don’t know…my scars will be showing,” etc…if you love what you do, the confidence will come.
The other awesome part for me was being able to educate these women (albeit a bit briefly) about the origins of the dance, and to impart that this is someone’s culture, not just a super fun “shake your butt” activity. (Although it is super fun, but its also a cultural dance.)
There were other events that I wasn’t able to stay for, like an AMAZING WEDDING!!!! 2 incredible GRRRLS that met through the Facebook group got married on Sunday night! There was also a movie premier, which I wish I could have been able to attend, but we had other things going on that night.
All in all, after the weekend, I feel much better about some of the things that I’ve been wanting to do, but putting off. I have new ideas, and although they will take time, I know that I have some amazing things to do that will help me achieve some of my commitments, and make an impact in the lives of GRRRLS everywhere.
I’m going to leave you with some photos from the weekend. I can’t wait for GRRRL Live 2019. It promises to be an even more incredible weekend. To all my GRRRLS who I met/reconnected with this weekend, thank you so much for everything you do, and everything you are. We were born to be powerful. We are warriors! We are sisters! We are going to change the world!!!!!