It’s not every day I get mailed a blue wig to accompany a blog post. The folks over at Clever Girls Collective and the Fierce Fund have created the Traveling Blue Wig Project which wants to know – what makes you fierce? It’s an invitation I sure wasn’t going to turn down, as being fierce has no standard definition and could mean different things to different people. To be able to share my story with other bloggers as a way to encourage and inspire women and girls is right up my alley.
We all have our own stories of strength, of being fierce and completely kicking-ass, and the Fierce Fund highlights these powerful stories and this year will donate $20,000 to support a nonprofit initiative that celebrates, elevates, and encourages women and girls. Click here to vote for the nonprofit you think should receive this year’s #FierceFund donation.
So…what makes me fierce? It’s a hard question for me because I’m never one to look positively at what I’ve accomplished and how I’ve persevered through difficult times. I’m too quick to see the negative and get down on myself. But, it’s pretty clear that one thing over the years has made me super fierce. My daughter has lit a fierceness in me I never knew I had. Giving birth to her at 19 was….something I didn’t forsee in my future as a teen, but I know now I was meant to mother her at that age.
There is no giving up, it’s not an option. I strive every day to be my best, most fiercest me, and in the process I’m setting an example to my daughter. Doors have closed in my face over the years, at many times there was no one who believed in me – no one encouraging me to continue to strive and succeed. I had times (as I still do now) where I question my present and future – am I making the right decisions? Am I doing right by my daughter? As much as I question my life – I continue to move forward, now less worried about the final destination, and concerned more about enjoying the journey. I have a unique skill set, I was meant to mother my daughter, I have a purpose, and I matter. That’s what makes me fierce. Is that I’m unapolgetically me. I make mistakes, I’m imperfect, I strive to do my best, and I continue moving forward regardless of the obstacles in my way. And because of this I’m fierce. A quote I refer to often when I’m feeling unsure about my purpose is:
“You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman” – Max Lucado, Best-selling author
There can only be you. Share your story. Believe in yourself. Trust your journey. Be fierce.