It's International Women's Day - a day to join together, celebrate our achievements, and build a better future together.
It may feel hard to celebrate today. Amidst war, devastating climate change news, and women's rights and trans rights being stripped from us by our leaders.
As mothers, we often hold two (or more) opposing feelings at the same time - the desperate need for a break from our baby, then missing them 5 minutes into our alone time. The heartbreaking reminder of a miscarriage as we celebrate our toddler's second birthday.
There is a place for grief. For joy. Anger appears next to hope and gratitude beside fear.
Today, on our day, I found these words from Mari Andrew especially inspiring:
Today, I'm turning toward the goodness.
Here's what I'm celebrating:
The depth of my friendships.
The women around the world who are supporting each other, saving our planet, and fighting for our rights.
My own worth.
The sheroes who accomplished so much for women's rights, who are working on the front lines of climate change policy, who continue demanding equal pay, and so much more.
I'm celebrating good news.
I'm celebrating the Polish mothers who left their strollers for Ukranians who fled carrying their children captured in this image by Photojournalist Francesco Malavolta:
I'm celebrating YOU.
For showing up when things are hard and sharing deep belly laughs. For the small actions - bringing a meal to a mom with a newborn or making eye contact with another parent and smiling across a sunny playground - that remind us of our connection, our humanity, and our ability to change the world.
What are you celebrating?
Thoughts on pregnancy, birth and motherhood.