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#WhyIMarch

I try to limit politics to my personal life and keep it out of my business. As a rule that seems to be the general consensus for “good business practices”. That being said, my entire business is built on the core values of strengthening and empowering women in order to fill our lives with more strength, more happiness, more power, and more confidence. Therefore, I can’t pretend that this weekend’s women’s march isn’t happening.

I will be marching in solidarity with my sisters in DC at the Women’s March on NYC with my almost 6 month old daughter. I admit, I am a little apprehensive about taking her into a crowd of so many people but I feel passionately about her being a part of it. As her biggest female role model, I want to be a living example of a strong, powerful, independent woman. One that will stand up for her, myself, and all other women no matter the circumstance. We are taking all necessary precautions, marching with buddies, and will be vigilant about surveying the surrounding energy, listening to our “gut” and depending on eating schedules and or a potential poopy blowout, we may not make it through the entire march, but we will be there.

We are showing up.

And that in itself is a lesson. As women, we are often taught to stand aside. Let someone else do it. Someone else will take the reins. Someone else will make the change. Someone else who is probably male.

I want my daughter to grow up in a different world, a world where there is no glass ceiling, a world where she will get paid the same as her male counterparts, a world where SHE is in charge of her body, a world where she can walk down the street and not be self-conscious about the way she looks, the way she talks, the way she carries herself. I want her to grow up knowing that she can chase any dream she can imagine and there are no stereotypes or limitations stopping her. I want her to grow up with a heart full of love, compassion, respect and empathy toward all ethnicities, religions, genders, and ALL human rights.

Contrary to the belief of many, this isn’t an anti-Trump movement. This is about women showing up in solidarity to protect our rights, the rights of our children and families, the rights of all those who don’t have a voice and those who don’t have the courage to speak up yet. This is about us starting a grassroots movement to defend ourselves, to peacefully gather and unify our community in order to send a message to our incoming administration and the entire world that women’s rights are human rights.

We are showing up.

Whether or not you are attending the march in DC or a sister march (at last count, there were 616 marches around the world!), I encourage you to show up for yourself, your beliefs, and your rights in everything you do.  Attending the march is just one way to speak up and it’s only a start.  We have to show up in our words, actions and deeds. Find an organization you are passionate about protecting and volunteer or donate money if you are able.  Speak up when someone says something offensive toward you or others.  Don’t sit on the sidelines.  Take a deep breath and take a stand.  It’s our time.

We are showing up.

Love & Leafy Greens,

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