Sunday, July 31, 2011

Giving

Hii! I'm sorry I've been MIA for quite some time, but in the meantime I'd like to leave you with something my mom has always instilled in me:

It's always better to give than to receive.

It doesn't mean let yourself be taken advantage of, but simply that you shouldn't expect to be handed everything. Rather, give what you can because it's always going to be the best you have. There's no better prize, reward, or gift than that.

Daniela

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tweet Tweet

Found this on twitter -- I felt inspired -- have a great Sunday!!

"By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before." - Edwin Elliot

Friday, July 29, 2011

Innocence

This past week I've been hanging out with a few 10 year olds. On Saturday I saw my cousin and yesterday I hung out with my "little sister." These two little girls are very different in almost every sense of the word. One's athletic and active; the other prefers to stay at home with her family. They're pre-teens and soon they'll be reaching puberty. As of now, they're still not interested in boys or makeup or nail polish except that it looks cool. They don't NEED this stuff like girls in high school and women need it. "I won't go anywhere without make up on" is a commonly heard phrase.

What I'm trying to say is...they're innocent...and I like it.

My little sis told me yesterday that the boys at school say she's a tough girl because most of the girls are really girly and prissy. She likes to ride horses and doesn't mind getting dirty. She's a little bit like me -- outspoken, opinionated, and is a "tough girl." But every time I go over to her house she plays with my hair or paints my nails and we do these "girly" things. My cousin is similar. She's shy but she likes to do things her way. "Who would ever want a boyfriend?!" is something she commonly asks me.

These little girls have something that I wish most girls continued to have throughout their lives -- the courage to be who they are. They don't know who else to be at this point -- they don't have boys and other girls telling them to be a certain way to be "cool." They're just them.

But of course, they're still insecure about some thing on their bodies, because that's what society tells us we should be. I feel for these two little 10 year olds. Once they reach middle school they don't stand much of a chance...none of us did, and few remain themselves. I guess that's how I want this to trickle down into the younger generation. You CAN be yourself and do all of the things you've always loved and still fit in.

She didn't have to change or prove anything to anyone:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Statements

Hey Guys! This is Molly, I’m one of the writers. I have been with the Warrior Queen movement since Raewyn started to form it. The concept surprised me and inspired me then. Now without even realizing it the warrior queen definition runs through my head all day long. The movement is one that definitely builds women up and makes us stronger, more confident, worldly women. So here is my first blog post:
I Statement
I'm wondering if we counted how many “I statements” we said each day what would be the total: the hundreds, thousands, millions...could we even count that high? We live in a world that is so focused on ourselves. We complain about how the world is treating us. Stop complaining and face what is in front of you; handle and deal with it. Why do we complain about things that do not affect us and act like a victim? Like it was inflicted upon us and we are blameless. “My test was so hard” - if we studied harder, it would not have been. We try to remain blameless in situations where we are to blame. “She’s so mean to me.” When it actuality we let them be mean. In addition, we take offense because we feel entitled. We are entitled to nothing. We deserve nothing but receive everything. I am complaining about complainers. Complaining is used to draw attention to one’s self. I need to learn to sit back and enjoy life and everything about it. Trashing another person does nothing but boast. If it’s not hurting us why does it matter that: her mom does her homework or she took modeling photos. We complain so much in this world. I am sick of it and I do it so much. Praise each other for the little accomplishment. In conversations listen to others points of views and wait to add in your two cents. Don’t sit there contemplating what you are going to say next. I am sassy and I noticed it a lot this summer. I saw that almost every statement I said to certain people was almost always sarcastic and nasty. Why? Because I wanted to take out how I felt about my situation on them. Sarcasm is used to bring attention to myself and how witty I am at the expense of someone else. In a world that is trying to change for better; how can we change when we are all so focused on ourselves instead of each other. I am not saying we need a collective society focused on the betterment of the whole; but rather we need to stop trying to make ourselves look better and focus on the world around us.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Confidence, use it.

The other day I (Katy) was chatting with Raewyn, expressing my feelings about how confidence has made a huge impact on my life recently and she kindly asked me to write about it for her blog! So here I am to express my opinion on confidence! :)


Confidence, everyone has it, but not everyone uses it. I’m pretty sure if you were to ask any male (over the age of 18) what the sexiest thing a girl could possibly wear is, he’d answer confidence. That is however after he jokingly states “nothing.” The power of confidence is completely overlooked. Confidence is what gives us power, it makes us “warrior queens.” It gives us the ability to overcome fears, stand a little bit taller, and gives us the ability to walk into a room full of girls and not feel inferior. It also allows us to stand in the buff in front of a boy and actually enjoy ourselves instead of worrying about what he’s thinking about our bodies. Confidence has to be one of the most powerful tools a girl can have, we just need to know how to use it. Eleanor Roosevelt said it best when she said, “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” So why are we not using it? Why do we let others make us feel inferior? I can speak from personal experience when I say that confidence is amazing, it has allowed me to enjoy life without worrying what others are thinking, and do you know how amazing that feeling is? How do we gain confidence? We need to embrace who we are, stop looking at ourselves in the mirror picking out what’s wrong with our bodies, and instead think about how amazing our bodies, you are YOU, that’s what makes you special. Perhaps you don’t have legs for days like Cameron Diaz, but your smile is probably brighter than the sun. We are more than what meets the eye, beauty is but only skin deep. Confidence allows our personalities to shine, and gives us the oomph to stand a bit taller and do things we once were too “afraid” to do, such as call a boy first, wear a specific outfit you thought you “couldn’t pull off” or apply for a specific job you didn’t think you could get. Confidence goes hand in hand with positive thinking. If you think you’re amazing, you are, others will pick up on it and believe it too.

So my little warrior queens, let me remind you how beautiful you are, no matter what anyone else says. Stand tall, feel beautiful and use that powerful tool inside you called confidence to take charge of your own life. :)

<3 Katy

Monday, July 25, 2011

I know it's been a few days since a blog post -- us writers have been a little busy between summer vacations and summer school (finals and midterms -________-) 

We'll try to post something today, but definitely tomorrow. 

Here's a little quote to get you through: 
A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead


#bethechange

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Positive attitudes and happiness

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things." - Robert Brault

I know I've said it before and I will say it everyday until the day I die: 

Positivity begets positive change. 

If you are positive, confident, happy, etc then positive things are going to continue happening. Of course there will be moments when bad things happen. Bad things happen to everyone, but when faced with a positive attitude they suddenly become so much easier to deal with. 

I have three reasons why everyone should be happy:
1) you are alive
2) you will never be alone, even if you feel it
3) tomorrow is always a new day

Last time I checked that each and every one of us breathing is alive. The beauty about being alive is the other two: there is always the opportunity for things to get better; always an opportunity for things to look up.   

So why not try to be happy? Why waste your time with negative outlooks that drag you down and closes your mind and literally blocks out the chance to be happy?

Whenever I have a bad day I like to get my anger or sadness out via the gym or crying and then to take a nice shower. When I'm in the shower I think to myself, I'm washing off all of that negativity. The next part of my day's gonna be so much fun. Why? Because there's something beautiful out there. Someone's going to be smiling and it's going to be contagious. 

Have a great day :)
Raewyn

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Friendship

Friendship is the one thing that can get anyone through anything. The best part about that? You get to choose your friends. Family is supportive and amazing and can be there for you through thick and thin, but sometimes they're just too close for comfort.

But with friends, they're there for you when you need them. Luckily, there's always someone waiting to be a friend. Even if a friend is failing at everything friendship stands for, you can't be alone. There's someone else out there to befriend. There's so many people in the world just looking for a good friend. Want to get a good friend? Be a good friend :)

I have the best friends. I don't mean like I have best friends, I do. But my friends are literally the best they can be for me. Yes, I have friend fights and sometimes we aren't on the same page. But there is always someone that is willing to listen, someone worrying, and someone (many someones) willing to help me follow my dreams of this movement.

Last night, you met Daniela. She's one of our new writers for the movement and I can't begin to describe how much I love and adore her and the others that will be posting and promoting soon. Last year, I moved to an area where I only knew a handful of people. I got a job, and somehow in that mix made this amazing network of friends. So I wanted to say thank you.

Thank you friends for being there for me on the nights that I'm crying, the nights that I'm laughing, the nights where we're just sitting watching TV. These moments mean the world to me. Mostly, thank you for helping me achieve my dream.

If you ever feel alone and like you don't have a friend, email me. I'm more than happy to be a friend and to share my friends. TWLOHA offers support too :)

Have a great day,
Raewyn

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"Worthy Enough"

Hi friends!

As Raewyn has mentioned, there are changes going on in order to get the ball rolling on this Warrior Queen movement! With that said, I find it best fit to introduce myself as one of the new writers. My name is Daniela and I've joined the team with great confidence in what it stands for:

"strong individuals, filled with self-confidence and realize not only the potential they have, but the potential in every girl out there to overcome the harsh eye society has put on being a girl."

However, to be quite honest, I've been nervous all day about posting something for the first time. Tossing back and forth ideas in my brain of what to talk to you all about. Nothing seemed worthy enough. And of course, when that happened- I realized what was wrong.

Sometimes, when we're in constant search of the perfect idea, moment, or something "worthy enough" we forget to just appreciate and enjoy what the present holds.

So I'll leave you with what I've learned for the day:

Live the moment, don't live for it.

Talk to you soon,
Daniela




Just What You Need

Isn't it funny when you're having an emotionally tumultuous day and every where something speaks to you telling you to "be stronger;" "hold through;" "follow your heart."

Yesterday was one of those days. You can go days and weeks having an amazing time just enjoying life, but at some point or another something's going to go wrong. Something's going to confuse you. Something's going to get in your way. What's the point of life, if not?

What I find funny -- coincidental, sent by God, serendipity, whichever you believe in -- is that life will present you with these things. 

Song lyrics. Quotes. Conversations with people. A new friend with exactly what you need (emotionally, physically, etc). 

Basically, you're always going to have something to keep you fighting on. 

Here's what I saw yesterday:

Songs:
Fighting for Nothing - Meg & Dia
I Can Do Better - Avril Lavigne
Release Me - Jack's Mannequin
Tweets:
All dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them.Nothing is ever wrong. We learn from every step we take. Whatever you did today was the way it was meant to be. Be proud of you
Quotes: 
"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"There is a future for you. The resistance encountered now predicates hope. Only as we rise do we encounter opposition." -Frederick Douglass
And perhaps the most inspiring that I found -- a new ring from Kohl's

Does this ever happen to you? 

Have a great day --

WQ

Listen to this song

Be inspired:


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Do Something

Have you ever been on the website, DoSomething.org?

Chances are, you have not. But let me tell you how cool it is. This site offers volunteer opportunities in almost any field you can imagine; the resources you need to start a club; and... *drum roll please* grants for your clubs you start up.

Each week this organization gives away 250 dollars in grants to start-up clubs as well as other grants and ways to win prizes. I found it on FastWeb.com and am attempting to use this to help with the warrior queen movement.

Even if the movement doesn't fit the criteria -- this website is still absolutely amazing. You know me, I'm always searching for volunteer opportunities and failing at finding them. This website offers exactly what I've been looking for.

Here are a few cool projects currently going on:

Drop Dead Gorgeous
Love is the New Black
Young Women in Real Life Situations
Finding the Fabulous
Ophelia's Voice

Check it out, and I'll post the club page and projects for WQ when I can :)

- Raewyn

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Are you Ready For a Revamp?!

Things are happening over here as the blog is about to become more than just a blog. That's right, it's time that Warrior Queen becomes a full-blown movement that's gonna spread around the nation. So let me give you a little preview of what's to come by August --
a) More writers and blog posts.
b) Grass Roots Movement :)


and in the time that follows:

c) products to sell to gain money to publish the magazine
d) tours to promo the crap out of it!!

Lemme know if you're interested in helping or if you have any questions, suggestions etc!!!

I'm excited. so you better be excited.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Letter of Encouragement

So, in my volunteer work with TWLOHA I've decided to write a letter of encouragement and send to them. They send them to someone in need and it's completely anonymous. Of course, I wanted to share my letter and hope that you could do something like this too. Also, check out the website www.operationbeautiful.com :) It's fun!

Keep holding on :)
I like to find comfort in music when I'm feeling upset. There's something about the crescendos, beats, and lyrics that seem to remind me that I'm special.
The nice thing about music is that it's everywhere and there's something for everyone that will unlock those emotions and release the pain.
Life happens and it can be scary what it throws at you but I know we can get through it. We have each other and even when we don't know or realize it, we have love. Even if it's the love of someone we haven't yet met, it's still there. The potential for greatness is always there.
As someone with an anxiety disorder and prone to panic attacks, the unknown is scary. I want to be in control. But if i have complete control where is the beauty? I like to find beauty in the imperfections. If everything were perfect where would the individuality be?
Be yourself. That's my mantra. Even when I don't know who I am I sit in introspection and do what my heart says. Listen to your heart - so cliche, but so true.
In the words of Anna Nalick
"No one can find the rewind button so cradle your head in your hands and breathe, just breathe"
The truth is, I love you. Even though I don't know you. I know that I love you for the strength you have and the beauty that is you.

Have a beautiful day,
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