Hey you, welcome back to another Girl Talk post! Today, we're gonna talk about something that I think is incredibly important especially in this day and age. As a young woman, I've learned over the years that women are really hard on each other. Society has taught us to compete, compare, repeat. I find myself doing this on a daily basis and it is so incredibly hard to step out of this cycle. My sister, who's about to turn 12, already shows signs of this mentality. I can remember being her age and constantly checking myself in the mirror, watching girls walk down the hallway and wondering how they pulled it off, and wondering how I could be like them. From that mindset stems jealously, and in turn, tearing other people down. I think about small moments in my life where I've made comments about other girls regarding appearances, choices, relationships, anything. Every single comment, and I mean EVERY SINGLE COMMENT, has always been rooted in envy, comparison, and my own struggle with self-image. I would almost guarantee that that is where every mean comment stems from.
This is a pretty vulnerable thing to share, and I don't want y'all to think I'm a heartless mean girl. I am being extremely transparent because I 100% believe that we have all been there. I still struggle with this, I see my sister struggle with this, my friends, my coworkers, and my family. I see even the most strong, independent, and confident women struggle with this issue.
Comparison is the thief of joy
I think it's time we took society's rules and threw them in the trash. Instead, we're going to find ways to lift each other up and support one another. In reality, it is SO MUCH EASIER to support and encourage rather than degrade and demean. In turn, supporting other women will make you more confident, positive, and ready to take on the world.
I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing, driven, and incredible women through blogging. One thing that amazes me on a daily basis is the continual support these women give each other. Blogging is tough and it's a world that's easy to fall into the comparison cycle. Instead of falling into the mindset of competition, these women give constant support, praise, feedback, and encouragement! It is incredible.
One of my biggest goals for the year is to stop myself every single time I try to fall back into this cycle and choose to make that a moment of support. Giving praise, support, and recognition is so much easier and more uplifting. If we all challenge ourselves to to do this on a daily basis, I 100% believe it will make a huge difference.
SUPPORT. COMPLIMENT. ENCOURAGE. REPEAT.
I challenge you to support, compliment, and uplift this week! I would love to hear how this mindset might change situations you come across during your day whether it's a stranger on the street, scrolling through social media, or talking with a friend. I can't wait to hear how you shift this cycle in your life. I'm excited for all of us to take on this challenge together!