Today is the last day of my 20’s and as I conclude this decade, I have compiled a handful of quotes from feminists whose words have resounded deeply within me. No matter your walk in life, I hope you can draw inspiration from their wisdom.

1. “Planning ahead is a function of class- The rich plan for future generations, while the poor can often plan only for Saturday night.” (Gloria Steinem)

From a corporate perspective, do not take your lot for granted; we are easily replaceable. From the executive in the corner office to the janitorial staff, there is always someone just as capable of doing your job- someone younger, smarter, more talented, and willing to do the job for less. Save diligently while  opportunities are lucrative but remember to occasionally indulge on things that give you joy. Learn to find balance using all the sound advice you can gather from successful veterans.

2. “Your art is not about how many people like your work. Your art is about if your heart likes your work, if your soul likes your work. It’s about how honest you are with yourself and you must never trade honesty for relatability” (Rupi Kaur)

Who likes sharing a piece of themselves on social media and garnering no audience reaction? Everything I’ve shared online has been to merit applause. Over the last decade, however, I’ve also come to realize what is just as important: I choose to create art that set my heart on fire.

3. “The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.” (Mohadesa Najumi)

As I grow older, I’m finding that the world reacts to me differently- almost impatiently and with more candor. Physical beauty is like the lilies of the field, here today and gone tomorrow. I am fortunate to have found deep security in being average. I’m not brilliant, but I’m smart enough to navigate troubling waters; not the prettiest, but perceptive enough to see beauty everywhere; not athletic, but physically fit enough to seek adventures everyday. And I find this average state of being incredibly liberating. I hope for many opportunities to speak truth to you so that you too may experience this state of freedom beyond ‘skin deep.’

I am thankful for you. And I am thankful that you are on the other side of my content.

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