My reaction, shock. I think that I had mixed support for both candidates regarding many issues, but I never thought that Trump would actually make it to the presidency or past the primaries (tbh), So when my look of shock, hurt, and betrayal by half of my nation was apparent on my face for the 4 and a half hours I watched the TV screen as Hillary's defeat became more and more apparent, my mom leaned over to me and said it's okay I know you have a little democrat in you. I'm out of the closet.... I'm officially a moderate conservative. Okay, so not too exciting but considering my entire family had varying degrees of smiles on their faces tonight tells me that being a moderate is like being the odd ball out in my family. Frankly, I am happy that a Christian VP will be in office and that the Supreme Court will remain balanced. I am disappointed how far back feminism has been placed, and that our country supported an alleged rapist over a strong female candidate. But there is nothing to do now, and the vote that I made either way would have left me feeling similarly. But I think that the world and half of American voters feel that we have had the carpet ripped out from under us by a man who had no shot at winning... How this happened, we can only postulate and I will pray for him and our country moving forward.
I will not say that I am happy with the results. When I looked at my ballot and thought of Trump, his words of misogyny ran through my mind. And, yet, I vehemently disagree with some of Hillary Clinton's stances on political issues. Still, the thought of having a woman so close to the white house made me extremely happy and hopeful for our nation and woman's equality. I hope to see a female president by the end of my lifetime, and one that I might be able to more passionately support in her political views. But, for now and for the sake of our country, I will support Donald Trump for the good of the American people. Woman's representation in the political arena made huge strides last night with several elected senators and congress women, but we have a long way to go. The battle for social change does not end here... it simply shifts with the tide of our nation. And that nation has chosen to support Trump.
In conclusion, I leave with these words as the salve of my own disappointment and millions of others regarding the image of women that our nation has chosen to condone...
"And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and to achieve your own dreams."
-Hillary Clinton 2016 Concession Speech (Nov. 9, 2016)
Katy McLean is the 30 year old athlete taking on the Rio Olympics representing Great Britain playing rugby... what does she have to say to young women?
"I started in a very small town in South Shields that lots of people have never heard of, playing a sport that girls didn't play. It was a sport for men, and women didn't do it. I'd like [my former students] to take away that you can do whatever you set your mind to -- it makes no difference who you are, where you're from or your family background, as long as you're prepared to work hard and not back down. I really don't care what people think."
quote + images courtesy of ESPN
The one, the only, the queen of all #goals. Beyonce killed the stage in Coldplay's Super Bowl halftime show this past weekend. If you follow me on twitter (@PagettSienna) then you saw the announcement that I WAS IN THE SUPER BOWL halftime show and it was absolutely spectacular... but that is for another post ;).
Not only is Beyonce's new song, music video, and tour Formation rocking the media and social media realm.... but Beyonce has some killer statements to make about being empowered and having ambition.
Upon researching for this newest post, I found that Beyonce has a lot more to say than the haters give her credit for:
"I had a choice, to stand still or move forward. To let things happen or to make things happen. Every day I wake up I make a choice not to let the world decide for me, I decide for me. I decide to get going."
"I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That's how I've gotten where I am."
If there is anyone's advice we should take, it's Beyonce's. It's easy to find comfort in our small successes, but it is only the people who keep striving for bigger goals in small steps everyday that achieve the most. The real talent is the perseverance and drive to keep going when things get mundane. Always strive to be your best self and achieve as much as you are capable to. Your limits are much further away than you ever think that they are.
“Life-fulfilling work is never about the money -- when you feel true passion for something, you instinctively find ways to nurture it.”
- Eileen Fisher
A lifelong model -xoxo SP
"If people are doubting how far you can go. go so far that you can't hear them anymore."
- Michele Ruiz ( CEO and President of Ruiz Strategies)
"Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet."