It’s funny how putting yourself out there is a great way to meet people.
Definitely more effective than my old favorite method – Keeping to myself and hoping to be noticed.
Along my journey at Brazen She I have met some really cool people. I want to give back to this great community.
Here are my top 5 favorite woman bloggers who I’ve met during my time here. They are a diverse group of voices each of whom enriches the world using her unique perspective. These ladies are brazenly themselves.
Breeta – A Voice
Breeta shares her experience and perspective with infectious enthusiasm. She shares her struggles, her insights and, more than anything else, her favorite songs.
Sometimes just coming along for the ride is not to be missed. In a post under the hashtag #Drunkposts, she writes,
And watching Heath Ledger as Patric, all young and bright-eyed and sweet and… alive, with those 90s pop in background…I mean I am an Indian kid and those exact songs were never part of my 90s days but the musical vibes… you can’t miss…
I am a hot mess now and fighting really hard to not drunk-text my old high-school crush and feeling like banging my head and crushing skull or break at least something…
I love the cultural perspective – I am always falling in love with new songs or revisiting old favorites. I feel a kindred spirit with her whimsy, wistfulness and wry humor.
She also has a gorgeous Instagram where she posts her photography. Truly a voice from another corner heard loud and clear.
Claudette – Writer of Words, Etc.
Claudette is someone I can see myself getting coffee with while we vent and laugh about our kids.
While I rolled out the dough I made them sweep, vacuum and de-clutter the entire open concept area around me.
I will spare you the various antics that ensued to get them to conform to my
wishes pleadsexpectations, but I will say this:
Their dad avoids confrontation.
I’m half Italian…BRING IT ON.
What I mean by this isn’t that I *want* a fight, certainly not. I was quite sick with a nasty head cold all day, didn’t even make it out to food shopping due to all the sneezing.
Soul sister! Pity she lives in Toronto. But I still love reading her stuff, she’s so prolific I’m jealous and inspired all at the same time.
Sometimes she is very personal, after a while it starts to feel like you know her.
I am my own worst enemy.
I go up and down and sideways with my internal turmoil that it mostly leaves me mentally exhausted rather than inspired, or focused on the here and now.
Just reading her posts helps remind me to be brave, but she has also made the leap to try fiction.
Justine – OK Vibes
I’m just going to let Justine introduce herself:
Justine Monikue is a chocolate-covered 80s baby, born abroad in Germany to military parents. She spent a good chunk of her childhood in the Mid-Atlantic region of the USA (hence why she refers to submarine sandwiches as hoagies)
I relate very much with Justine’s philosophical tendencies. This lady can squeeze meaning from the simplest things:
Though I’ve been callenging myself not to dwell on the past, I find myself questioning my life choices when my life plans aren’t manifesting in the way I’d hoped, or an inconvenient event surfaces.
Omg I am right there with you! Justine helps me feel a little less crazy about looking for growth opportunities under every rock.
Mei Fan was alone at the local beach, waiting on her bestie, Chandra, to show up. Chandra was always late, which irritated Mei Fan since she prided herself on being punctual. She checked her phone, no texts or missed calls from Chandra. Maybe she forgot to charge her phone again? Wouldn’t be the first time.
….Mei Fan’s phone rang, she grabbed hastily and answered without checking the caller ID.
“Sorry I’m running late, traffic is crazy as fuck today! Plus my mom wanted me to grab flour for roti, she called as soon as I started heading to the beach. Forgive me?”
Mei Fan sighed, “Always, I know how your mom is. That’s why you gotta start leaving earlier C!”
Juicy warm and ripe
in fitted denim so tight
pits of flesh will rise
April – Anxiously Imperfect
April is the kind of blogger who posts when the mood strikes but when it does, watch out!
Her blog centers on living with anxiety and depression. Two of the most common mental health issues and two things that need talked about much more. While describing what it’s like with aplomb, April takes you right into the center of the storm. Her goal is to remind others that we are not alone:
Yesterday was a bad day for me, ….I didn’t realize it through my haze of anxiety, but I had scared my boyfriend.
….Later after my anxiety haze had faded and I could think more clearly.
I started thinking about who I am as a person in spite of my anxiety.
….I AM MORE THAN MY DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY!!!
Please remember that the bad days don’t last forever!
Don’t give into the stigma and seek treatment if you need it!
I love April because so few people really capture the feeling of a panic attack. Most of us wait until the storm has passed. The raw emotion in some of her writing grabs you by the collar and doesn’t let up –
I’m sorry that going out was just too much for me today!
I’m sorry that you are tired of hearing about my mental illness!
I’m sorry that I embarrassed you when I had my panic attack!
I’m sorry that I made you uncomfortable when I “lost it” today!
I’m sorry that I shrieked at you when you told me to just “lighten up!”
Although April is a personal friend of mine this list would be incomplete without her. She has been instrumental in keeping me motivated, directly and indirectly.
Tamla – 12 Raisins
Last but definitely not least, Tamla explains the title of her blog,
At the stroke of midnight, I ate 12 raisins, one at a time, each one representing one wish for the New Year…Wishes fulfilled, I embark on a new journey. A journey of writing, motherhood and reflecting on this thing called life.
And reflect she does, with a calm intelligence that guides readers through events with a firm hand,
I knew class was coming up, and because he’d walked out on us after the first class we had to ‘catch up’ and had double the readings (which was A LOT). Not only that, he assigned an extra reflection for us to complete…there was no way I was going to get it all done….. This is a guy who only alotted 5% for participation but expects you to be in every class and never late.
I was reminded by my loved ones… “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
Personally, I would have been livid but she deals with frustration with inspiring composure.
[My little guy] used to eat vegetables back when he ate pureed food, now he wants nothing to do with them. As such, I’ve resorted to sneaking them into his meals. Nowadays, if I can even get him into the high chair, mealtimes are often filled with negotiation and bribery (other big no-no’s in all of the literature for feeding a toddler). It’s exhausting. I worry about him becoming a fussy eater but know that I have to be patient and his fussiness is likely, as they say ‘just a phase’.
Toddlers are so difficult! And adorable! Tamla writes a lot of great material about mom life, with a steady hand and an eye out for life lessons. She’s also a teacher and you definitely get the sense that this lady is a rock. She knows how keep her balance on life’s choppy seas, something I could definitely use more of.
Like the rest of our group, Tamla is also unafraid to tackle the meatier topics that come her way –
For my second last course I took “Decolonizing Education” which turned out to be one of my absolute favourite courses out of all my years in school.
For our last class we were asked to create a piece of poetry using the final chapters of our readings. Essentially, summarize decolonization.
She published her impactful poem in its entirety. It begins,
Language. Expression. Relevance.
To see ourselves.
In relationship to ourselves.
And to other selves.
What a thought. What a concept.
Of course she immediately begins to find practical use for this experience to enrich the lives of others,
What a beautiful way to ask learners to be thoughtful and creative while synthesizing a final unit or theme of study and inquiry…. I can imagine this task working with a wide range of students of varying levels and abilities and am excited to one day try it out in my own classroom(s).
Reflecting on these fellow travelers fills me with excitement for the future of literature and cultural dialog. Knowing there are so many other women out there pondering life and all its facets is some of the best motivation there is.
Love you gals!