Sigh...these times are tough. Our old normal happened at the speed of light. it was so fast-paced that it practically gave us whiplash, and everyone was on the brink of burnout. Life as we know it is now at a standstill. It occurred to me that my mind, preoccupied with the daily mental load, kept so many of my buried emotions at bay. Not having time to think about my emotions also meant not having to deal with them. After being pushed down for so long, this ginormous emotional purge is extremely uncomfortable.
I recently started on a mindset journey and started with my self-image. It did not take long for me to realize that I don’t think kindly of myself. I know I am not the only one who suffers from a sense of shame. Trying to get to the root of the issue will take time, but I now know that it needs to happen.
I have an ongoing group chat with the women that inspired this website, The Woo Girls. Our friend Phil gave us the nickname after an episode of the popular show, “How I Met Your Mother”. Every time we went out together, we would ‘woo’. Though the term was making fun of women, I always thought the sound was fun and optimistic; a release in an otherwise oppressed world.
During this time of isolation and emotional purging, it occurred to me that not all women have women friends that they can rely on. It has been my on-going group chat with the "Woo Girls" and phone calls with other incredible "Woo Women", who have all helped to continually motivate me and one another, that has inspired me in my quest to be better.
I believe female friendships help to build resilience, especially in tough times. So, just like this transformation that I am embarking on, so will LES WOO. I am currently working on a forum for this website. These transformations, similarly to my own self-discovery, will take a bit of time to manifest; however, this evolution is so exciting and unwavering that I cannot wait to release it into the world. I wish to build a female-identified community with the objective of providing an open forum where women can support and collaborate to uplift one another.
Le(t)’s Woo together
Woo girl Ellen Kim sent this to us last night in our group chat in a moment when we all needed to hear it. Maybe you do too.
THE REST TO COME
As the day turns to night, the sun kisses us goodnight.
And hello to the moon that soon shall rise.
May we bathe in its final moments of light,
And invite the calm and darkness of rest to come.
And remember the sun will rise again the next day.
So shall we as a community, as people, let us embrace the dawn and wake to a beautiful sunrise.
Be still about your memories of yesterday.
Be present as today is now.
Be open to accept what tomorrow will bring.
- Ellen Kim
These are the ladies who inspire me every day.
Left to Right | The “woo girls”| Lisa Budd (Collaborator), Morgan Davidoff (Founder) Fiona Joncas (Collaborator), Tamara Evans (collaborator), Ellen Kim (Collaborator and Sales Ambassador), missing | Lauren Bernzten (Collaborator)
Nina Vukovic | Director of Business Development and Innovation
Michelle Arvizu | Woo collaborator & Associate Producer
I know I am not the only one who has had a lifelong struggle with feeling comfortable in their skin. I know some of us can remember the exact moment when the world shifted from blissful ignorance to crippling insecurities. At least I can.