The Little Black Dress Challenge, which I’ve been promoting nonstop (I know, I know, okay?!) was a dream of mine long before it became a reality last year.
It was an incredible journey, seeing these women completely transform, actually take time to focus on their health and well-being, and connect with other amazing ladies on a similar path. The mental and emotional growth and strength I got to witness was so, so spectacular that I have goose bumps writing about it. I can’t tell you how awesome it was to see such phenomenal women band together and stand tall. We all go through some serious sh*t in this beautiful life, and we need each other to help us see our light, our beauty, our strength. This year when prepping for it, though, I was reluctant to use such a physically focused name for the transformational challenge.
Unfortunately, the society we currently live in tends to think that any kind of fitness (or female) related challenge/goal is centered around weight loss and aesthetic measures. Obviously, I believe it’s important to be healthy physically. Period. But really, there’s a much bigger picture for me. At the end of my life, I’m not going to be like “Great job, Laura! You stayed steady at 138lb your entire adult life!”
I really hope to be like, “Damn girl, you rocked this. You helped SO many people. Empowered SO many lives. You felt strong, thankful, and happy, and you shone that onto every person you encountered.”
Physical health is really important, it truly is. But even more importantly, especially in this day and age, is making sure a woman likes who she sees in the mirror. Not what she sees in the mirror, or on the scale. It should begin and end with you, the perfect, wholly created woman you are, loving yourself. Loving your obvious strengths and beauties, and loving the ones that others have to point out for you to see.
Looking in the mirror could be something we enjoy. It could be a time for us to be like, “Dang girl! Look at you! Look at your strong legs that are going to run you around all day taking care of amazing people in your life. Look at that killer smile that lifts your soul and lights up the room. Look at those calluses you got on your hands volunteering to help those in need. Look at that freaking bruise you got when you ran into the door because you were too busy catching up and laughing with your girlfriend to see the door jam in front of you.
You know, all those things work. All those things could be things we celebrate. Because just like a little black dress is an essential in every woman’s closet, you feeling strong, confident, and powerful in your body is essential every damn day in your life. You deserve it. We all do. Nothing changes that. You rock this life. Physically, mentally, and emotionally. Don’t let anything demean it down to only the first.
So, no, it’s not a weight loss challenge. It’s not even a fitness challenge. It’s a power, strength, confidence, butt-kicking, realization, community building, damn-I-run-this-sh*t-and-love-my-life-challenge. And I cannot wait to share it with you and shine our lights on the world.
Big love, ladies,