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Like any significant day within our calendar year, a specific day dedicated to a niche or a charity offers us time to reflect, and while I do think a lot of these days are hyped and we should extend our recognition beyond the day itself, I think today serves as a reminder to be proud of all the strong, courageous and independent women I know. It also serves as a reminder to extend this beyond today. We should be celebrating women; Every. Single. Day.

On International Women’s Day I’m extremely proud of the courageous women I’m surrounded by. My mother, my sister’s, my sister-in-law, my friends and my colleagues.

And to women all around the world; I am proud of you too.

I AM PROUD OF:

The women who embrace their strengths and their corresponding weaknesses.

The women who recognise we don’t all have to be strong and beautiful just because society tells us that “all women are strong”. Remember you don’t need to be re-molded, misshaped, or edited. You don’t need to blend in.

The women who wake up every day and unapologetically chase down their dreams. Even when it seems like their swimming against the current. I know the feeling. Go and chase those dreams. Believe in yourself.

The women who are proud of who they are, comfortable in their own skin, despite everything.

The women who let themselves feel sad on the days they feel sad.

The women who don’t let life get in the way of her dreams. Or let a “bad experience” shape her.

The women to have faced adversity and risen above and come out stronger.

The women who do what makes them happy.

The women who are fearless.

Also; know that you can be smart, soft, funny, unafraid, hard, irreverent, playful and ambitious all at the same time.

STAY WILD.

Ally
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Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

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