Why We Should Stop Apologizing, Just Because We're Women

Today is International Women's Day!

...Admittedly, I didn't know that until I woke up this morning, instinctively rolled over and grabbed my phone, and started mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. Post after post spouted quotes and images, posted by women about women, in the best way. What an empowering sight (not to mention, way to start my day!)

In honor of today, I want to share a mission that I've been on for the past couple months. It began as a New Year's Resolution, but since then, I've really taken it to heart and tried to work on it day after day:

To stop saying sorry so much.

I think this issue really got brought to the forefront, at least for me, when I first saw the following commercial from Pantene last year:

It just really struck a chord with me... How many times had I been in several of those exact situations and had the first word out of my mouth be "sorry?" And why?

I think we are trained as women to naturally assume the position of the one in the wrong. We have so many strong female role models in today's world, from politicians to businesswomen, from comedians to philanthropists. And while we can look to them for inspiration, applaud their strength and rejoice in their successes and the subsequent triumphs of our gender, it only goes so far: the power to change the perception of ourselves as women starts and ends with us.

So start now. Be unapologetic about who you are, and try not to seek approval from others. Easier said than done, of course, but just think about it. Try to incorporate it in your day-to-day thoughts and actions. There's no reason why we can't treat every day like National Women's Day, it just has to start with us.