"We will find room for our softness & savagery both." (a speech for you)

Happy International Women's Day, my friends!  For all of my gorgeous women in the crowd—& especially to those who arrived at that womanhood in fits & starts, who have never been quite sure of the right way to hold it—thank you for existing. It means more to me & this universe than you could ever possibly hope to fathom.

Today, as we celebrate the vibrant, influential, strong women we are raising & nurturing & becoming, I wanted to share a little gift for you—a speech I had the privilege of delivering this past weekend at an international speech & debate competition called IASAS Cultural Convention, on softness & savagery & the beautiful terrifying things that happen when they come together.

I'm stunned on so many levels to share that my speech received the gold medal in the Original Oratory category at IASAS 2018—what an absolute, joyful honour. I hope to live up to it.

Please feel free to watch the entire video below, which captures all six of the stunning IASAS Original Oratory finalists, but do note that if you'd rather only watch my part, it begins at time 51:55.

An excerpt from my favourite section of the speech...

"You see, in the story that matters, in the story that exists, we are large. We contain multitudes. We will find room for our softness & savagery both. & if there is no room? Then we will push, & fight, & proudly & furiously & gently make room for ourselves."

Happy International Women's Day, my darlings. I hope you never forget to fight with softness, to limn in the tenderest spaces, to always make room for yourselves. xx