Growing up I was constantly told that I was mouthy, loud, overly opinionated, power driven, and too passionate for my own good. As discouraging as all of this was, I never lost that passion that I was so often ridiculed for. As I have grown into my own self-confidence, I have come to understand that all of these things that I hated about my self have actually been my gifts and talents that I believe were given to me by my higher power to create a culture of love and empowerment. For a while, I wondered where I could best channel these gifts and how I could use them to better the world around me. Enter Big Ocean Women. Big Ocean Women has given me a safe space to express my thoughts, cares, and passions. I feel validated and loved in the Big Ocean community. Not only all this, but I feel I am genuinely helping people and playing my small part in changing the world when I work with Big Ocean Women. As I was learning more about Big Ocean I became more and more confident that I am getting behind a great cause. I am overflowing with enthusiasm as I tell my loved ones about the movement of maternal feminism because I know how much it has helped me and I want to help others. The connections I have made through Big Ocean Women personally, socially, and professionally has made my life richer. A huge thank you to all of my mentors and friends at Big Ocean Women!