Meet the Owners: 9/15/10

by Rachel on September 15, 2010

Are you ready for some serious and official owning it?

Jenny — An old musical theater camp friend, I was so excited she started a blog and that she owned it! She owned wanting to go back to school, wanting another degree, and wanting to write.

Emily — She loves to bake comfort food…from scratch, using real butter, the whole deal. Me too! I hope more people get this “bake like grandma did” memo!

Martha — “Yes, I am a twenty-something professional with a college degree and a great job (that I really do enjoy) but I would give it all up in a heartbeat to be a housewife.” I think a lot of young women feel that way but are too afraid to own it. It’s OK. You deserve to make a choice for yourself and then not feel guilty! Oh and she’s getting a boob job. She really owned it there.

Lori — “I’m fat. I will always be fat…Although I am trying to change this point of view, I do not think that my body is a temple. I treat it and view it like a condo. And I don’t clean very often.” This is a really funny but also good, thought-provoking post.

Aby — It’s nice to see people talk about things they own that aren’t just health or fitness related. She covers religion, politics, education, and sexuality. And her wedding!

Jess — Such a good post! She talked about how feeling guilty about things just makes life worse (you feel bad about not going for a run, but somehow, that makes it harder to run) and then gave a long list of not-sorries. She’s smart, she has emotions, and she owned it.

Marie — I love her whole list, but I really love that she quit her safe, secure job and is moving to London in a week. She’s nervous but she’s not sorry at all.

Jennifer — She’s a 21-year-old college student and she’s healthy. Shocking, right? She turns down binge drinking and eats well and is training for a half marathon. I really liked how sure she sounded in this post. “At this stage in my life I am accountable to me and me alone. And that means doing what makes me feel best.” TRUE DAT.

Erin — Not only does she own eating meat, but she also talks about why and encourages everyone to be laid back and open-minded. For real, people. Love it!

Stephanie — I love this long list, including that she met her bf on e-Harmony and she changes her mind. A lot. And it’s OK!

Cindy — “I’m sarcastic. No. Freaking. Shit.” HA — love that. I also love how she talks about the difference between being a drama queen and being dramatic. So true.

Katie — A friend from college, she wrote this LONG list of things she’s not sorry for, some serious, several funny. (I mispronounced “turmeric” twice last week as well!!?)

Monika — She owned that she’s a shiny, happy person. I loved this post. She wrote, “I shouldn’t have to Own this, but you’d be surprised how personally people take other people’s joyfulness sometimes. How much cattiness it can evoke.” Then she goes on to talk about how she CHOSE to be happy. This is a great post, I loved it.

Elina — This was a great post about deciding to write about her weight. As we’ve discussed here, this is a super touchy issue and there can be a lot of shame in owning it. But she did…and so well. She wants to lose weight. It’s OK.

BAM! Happy Wednesday!

If you haven’t seriously and officially owned it yet, please do — grab the graphic, write your post, and e-mail me when it’s done. PS If you linked or Tweeted and I didn’t include you in this round-up, PLEASE e-mail me to remind me. Sometimes I miss posts from Twitter and I want to make sure I get everyone!

Have a great afternoon!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elina (Healthy and Sane) September 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I love these round-ups. Thanks so much for the shout out, Rachel. The response to this post on my blog has been incredible. What a freeing experience!


2 Stephanie September 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm

You definately forgot me but thats ok you tweeted me back.. =]


3 Martha Lilian September 16, 2010 at 6:46 am

Thanks so much for including me here. Honestly, I’ve felt so wonderful ever since I started owning who I am. Why feel guilty about something when you’ve done absolutely nothing wrong?


4 Lori September 17, 2010 at 9:09 am

Thanks for the shout out here; my blog for the last couple of years has been a great angry-fest. I was so fed up with people’s expectations of who I was, who I was supposed to be, and it was nice to revisit and punctuate how far I’ve come.


You’ve empowered a lot of women by simply saying what we’ve all be craving to hear: you have permission to not be sorry. You are allowed to be who you are without apologies. Great idea, Rachel.


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