I’m a Badass Changemaker™ and proud of it. Now you say it.

Recently I answered a post on LinkedIn that asked us to describe ourselves in one word and explain why. Here’s what I wrote:

“Badass. I’ve worked hard for everything I’ve achieved, I am an unstoppable force for good, and a woman to be reckoned with. (For instance, I fearlessly end sentences with prepositions.) And most importantly, I’m finally embracing who I am without apology or shame.”

It felt so good to write that. I’ve spent way too long being concerned that people would think I’m cocky or arrogant or bitchy, or any words used to describe someone who challenges power assumptions.

No more.

I’ve worked hard to become who I am. I’ve been challenged by the military, by parenting, by society’s expectations, and I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought possible.

And I’m not done. Not by a long shot.

I’m a short Jewish chick who has been told repeatedly that I can’t do what I’ve done: race cars, graduate flight school, deploy on a carrier, sing with soul, have purple hair, love everyone.

Change the world.

I’m a Badass Changemaker™, and I’m gathering my tribe. You know who you are. The ones who aren’t satisfied with the status quo of this existence. The ones who want more for their children and their children’s children. The ones who want to leave this world a better place than it was when we came into it.

We have much to do. Challenging modern medicine’s approach to birthing and parenting. Elevating mothers and families on our list of priorities. Getting paid leave in our country, the last industrialized nation without it. Bringing authenticity and love to the forefront of our ideals, ahead of strength and financial success.

Who’s with me? Comment and tell me why you want to be a Badass Changemaker™ too. And there’s a BC website coming too, so be sure to follow me for updates on that.

We can do this. It’s starting.

Love and purple to all of you,