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8 Badass Women I’m Thankful For

Besides Christmas and National Donut Day, there are few holidays I love more than Thanksgiving. And as much as my body and mind are in a tailspin about that fact it is actually tomorrow (!!) I thought it was important to 1) accept that, and 2) take a look back at some of the things I’m most thankful for this year.

If you’ll recall, I recently started a bi-monthly “Favorites” post (the first three editions of which you can find here, here, and here) so in many ways I’ve already discussed the things I’m grateful to 2016 for bringing me. However, even though Nature Valley Granola Bars are a very important part of my life, they’re not exactly what I’m most thankful for this year. No, that top spot would definitely belong to my family and friends, closely followed by the women I’m about to tell you about.

2016 has been a big year for me in terms of character growth. It’s provided a glorious number of days where I’ve looked in the mirror and actually known who I was and was proud of that person, which is something new and incredible for me. And while yes, I definitely could (and should and do) give some credit to those sitting in the top spot as well, these 8 women inspired and encouraged me in ways my friends and family couldn’t. Because you see, sometimes the best thing we can ever do for someone, be it a best friend or a distant stranger, is be ourselves, fearlessly and proudly, and that’s what these women did this year, and I’d like to let them know how grateful I am.

 

1) Gina Rodriguez

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It’s no secret I have a giant girl crush on Gina Rodriguez. But when I wrote this post last December to proclaim that fact, I was still only scratching the surface of what a beautiful, kickass woman she is! Over the last year I’ve kept up with all that she’s been accomplishing (which I would totally list if I had time and space because the list stretches far and wide) and I’ve constantly been left in awe. Honestly, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve said, “that’s my girl, Gina Rodriguez!” over the past year, I could pile them up and swim around Scrooge McDuck style.

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2) Millie Bobby Brown

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In case you lived under a rock for the entirety of 2016 and/or did not live your life to its fullest potential, Millie Bobby Brown played 011 in Netflix’s Stranger Things a.k.a the inspiration for my Halloween costume a.k.a my instant, ultimate girl crush of 2016. The best part about 011 however, is that she is played by Millie Bobby Brown. To be brief and mushy: I’m just so glad she exists. To be a little less brief and little more mushy: In both her on and off-screen persona, Millie Bobby Brown reminds girls that they too can be superheroes, and in all honesty, I want to be like her when I grow up.

 

3) Lilly Singh

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I’m not one to use a lot of slang. Not because I have anything against it, really, mostly because I’m too busy making up my own slang for no reason other than to make myself laugh. That being said however, Lilly Singh gives me no other choice but to constantly say, “Girl YAAASSSSS” whenever I see her doing her thing. She’s just a fountain of endless talent and wonder and admirable AF. She also started the girl positivity movement #GirlLove which, GIRL, I LOVE. YAASSSS.

 

4-8) The Final Five

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It was almost 4 months ago now that I was screaming in the middle of my parents’ living room as the Final Five won the gold medal. As they were standing up there on the podium, I was applauding and throwing my fist in the air. They were crying and I was crying and it was just a really great day. And while I could easily throw out a “congratulations” to the team and be done with it, I think it’s important to note that the team is made up of five individual women who all worked their asses off to make their dreams come true. They are each a testament to hard work and perseverance and I feel so lucky that they competed for my country. That being said, Aly, Simone, Laurie, Madison and Gabby, thanks for the inspiration, congratulations (again) on the victory, and I wish you all the best in your next adventures, whether they include future Olympics or not. Also, buy yourselves an ice cream, on me. Well, not on me because I can’t actually pay for them via blog post. So buy yourselves an ice cream from me, you earned/deserve/should eat as many as you want because you were incredible.

 

Thanks again, ladies. You are all wonders. I hope you know how lucky the world is to have you!

 

Have any badass ladies that have inspired you this year? Let me know!

 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

The Reason I Don’t Want to Be Golden Globe Nominee Gina Rodriguez

For those of you who don’t know, Gina Rodriguez is the funny and talented badass that plays Jane on Jane the Virgin. Coming off a win last year, she has been praised by critics and fans alike and was recently nominated for her second Golden Globe. That being said, I have absolutely no interest in standing in her shoes.

Let me explain.

If you saw her acceptance speech at last year’s Golden Globes, you will know that she draws a lot of inspiration from her family. “Wake up every morning and say, ‘Today’s a great day, I can and I will,” her dad always told her. “Well dad, today’s a great day, I can and I did.” Spoiler alert, this is when everyone cried their eyes out and wanted to give this woman a damn hug, or a high five, or both, definitely both.

I was late in discovering the quirky wonder that is Jane the Virgin. Netflix gave me an early Christmas gift this year by recommending it on a day when I just needed to laugh. When I was about halfway through the first season, I looked up Gina Rodriguez online to see if she’d been in anything else I would know. This is when I rediscovered her acceptance speech and got a glimpse into the wonderful human being that she is. I flipped through her social media profiles and read magazine articles, all of which were flooded with inspirational words for young girls. It was clear that she is a natural born role model, though not one you find every day.

At some point during my research (cyber stalking), I came across a tweet that a girl sent her, phrased as a letter to God, asking to be turned into the 31-year-old actress.  A perfectly average and acceptable reply could have featured a few loving emojis or some short words of gratitude, it was just a loving note from fan, something I’m sure she receives thousands of on a daily basis. But Rodriguez took the time to really read this message and notice its subtle self-deprecating nature, replying with, “I can’t wait until you grow into your beautiful self and know how lucky you are to be you.”

Amazing, right?! Who wouldn’t want God to turn them into this woman!?

Spoiler alert: this was the exact moment I decided that I had no interest in becoming Gina Rodriguez.

Call me crazy, but it’s really her you have to blame. She’d gotten through to me, straight to the core, and my mind was clear.

I didn’t want to be Gina Rodriguez because there already is a Gina Rodriguez and she kicks ass.

I didn’t want to be Gina Rodriguez because then there would be no one left to be me.

The truth is none of us should wish to be Gina Rodriguez because it would be a disservice to the world to rid it of our own uniqueness.

I’m sure there have been points in her life when she had no interest in being Gina Rodriguez, but I know that I, along with many others, are extremely glad that she is. And I hope one day I can be a role model, just as she is for me, who inspires someone not to be just like me, but rather to be the best version of themselves, because even if they don’t know it, that person kicks ass too.

 
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