Do you need a machete to be a trailblazer?
a person who blazes a trail for others to follow through an unsettled country or wilderness; pathfinder.
Can you visualize a trailblazer hacking their way through thick vines and dense undergrowth, seeking a way out of a confusing and often frightening place?
Navigating my way through Womanhood Wonderland these last two decades has many parallels with jungle expeditions. I’ve often felt like that adventurer trying to hack a path to a clearing where I could stop and look around and really know where I am and who I am at the present age and stage of my life.
Unlike Jane in the Tarzan movies, I don’t have a figure-hugging leopard skin wardrobe to wear as I trapeze through life, but many times, I felt like I was barely holding on as I pendulumed between stages of my Baby Boomerness, career, relationships, hormonal, health and physical changes.
As women today, we face so many changes and many without precedent or map to guide us.
Generations before ours could usually take cues from their near peers or females one generation removed. Life evolved at a slower pace and although trends and fashion advanced, changes were typically gradual and socially adopted, slowly but surely.
Today choices and changes are rampant and accelerated. Options are many and advice conflicts and contradicts.
One post on social media can trigger a viral trend.
Influencers with filters, apps and agendas dictate what’s appropriate and relevant today for women.
What should you do? How should you look? dress? style your hair?
What should 50, 60 or 70 or any age look like today?
Who teaches us?
Who are our role models and mentors?
My friend and proven trailblazer, Clarisse Ringwald discussed these questions on my video blog “Sofa Series”
Put down your machete for 11 minutes and watch or listen to some timeless Feminine Wisdom about blazing new trails in beauty, fashion and confidence as Queen of your own jungle!