“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world…
and there's still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”
Oh hey guys! Welcome to Society Letters! If you are reading this I am probably somewhere hiding and panicking, because it means the blog finally went live! Like, it's out there for you to see, and that is so awesome/scary/but more awesome than scary. I can't believe it's all finally coming together. There is always that little bit of terrifying anticipation when you are starting something new and putting it out there for the world to see, so I am thankful I have all these wonderful ladies to embark on this fun project with!
The title of this very first post is a quote I heard somewhere a long time ago, and it really stuck with me. I wanted to start with that because the most liberating truth, is that you simply cannot be all things to all people, am I right? So can we all just stop trying already!? It's exhausting. I wanted to start this blog because I believe that words are powerful, and that encouragement from friends, peers, parents, and even strangers does something to the soul. As you have probably experienced, words can uplift, and they can tear down. I still remember encouraging words that were spoken to me as a child, and I remember disheartening words spoken to me as an adult. Now I’m not sure if that is because children’s natural resilience makes them move on and hold on to their superhero mentality, or if as adults we are conditioned to believe what others think of us. I mean yes, we all have an innate desire to be accepted. But the world becomes a tough place to live when so many are bittered by their circumstances and end up tearing others down in order to stay afloat.
I spent years of my life trying to please everyone. I wanted to be funny, pretty, happy, positive, realistic, sporty, edgy, poised, a tomboy, smart, a nerd, you name it. As a teenager you test your style and personality, trying to figure out what is going on like, "what is my life??". Now picture me doing all of that, with English as a second language. I'm surprised I didn't get fired from High School and told I belonged in home-schooling! It was all too confusing. Somehow, by the grace of God, I arrived safely to my 20’s, when I finally got tired of faking it. I decided to get to know myself and be okay with whatever I found. It turns out I was only a couple of the things I wanted to be, and some others I didn’t want to be. That was the most freeing thing I ever did, because it made me learn to be comfortable in my own skin. But even better, it gave me the ability to work on who I wanted to become.
That brings me to the point of this blog. I admire when people are truly okay with who they are. They are real, and they live with the mantra “I am enough”. That’s something we all need a reminder of every now and then, right? It makes me happy when I see sincerity and humility in a friendship between women, because it is often so difficult to achieve. All those reasons are why I am so excited to be part of this awesome group of girls who are just that! There is power in numbers, and I couldn’t do this without them. There are so many things I want to learn from them, and they inspire me to be a better person, a better wife, a better friend, a better daughter, a better member of society, and a better Instagrammer. Is that a thing? I think so. I have a feeling we are onto something big here, and I know that amazing things can be accomplished when women choose to come together instead of tearing each other apart. I can’t wait to see where this takes us and hope you will come along for the ride! I am so excited for you all to see and help this unfold, and for each of us to find our voice through this blog.
One last thing, I want to say a special thank you to all 12 writers who have been so giddy and excited to get this going, Ashley Hale for the design of our awesome logo, and Chloe Legras for all the technical help in setting up the site :) They have so much to offer, you will be endlessly entertained, I am sure of it!
Until next time,