On Resilience: Three Affirmations For 2019

As we step into 2019, our team has three affirmations of resilience, each inspired by this community. Feel free to hold yourself accountable to these mantras, too (and if you attend any of our upcoming programs, share your musings on them with us in-person!).


affirmation no. 1: you are doing big work.

We often convince ourselves to be small. We let the world tell us we are not enough. We let the world tell us we are too big, too much and too soon. We reject this notion.

Our smallest works are grand gestures. Our tiniest cries are worth hearing. Our mere existence is resistance.

Image designed by Jane Hervey

Image designed by Jane Hervey

affirmation no. 2: you are not required to be all of yourself at once.

Some parts of us may flourish this year, while other sides lie dormant. We will not shame our seasons of growth, repair, retrospection, anger and discovery. We will give things that need time, time. We will challenge and explore the parts of us that scare of us most. We will give others the space to be who they need to be, too.

We will be proud of who we are now and who we have yet to become.

Image designed by Jane Hervey

Image designed by Jane Hervey

affirmation no. 3: it’s ok to change.

We are not our yesterday. We are curious, thoughtful and learning.

We are allowed to change. We are allowed to adjust. We are here to adapt.

It is OK to do something new. It is OK to try something you have never tried before. It is OK to fail. It is OK to change.

Image designed by Jane Hervey

Image designed by Jane Hervey


behind our winter ‘19 theme: resilience

resilience (n.): the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. 

We are creative risk-takers. Strong and capable decision-makers. Bold and powerful makers. Which means we bounce back. We push forward. And when we fail, we try again.

Through February 2019, our programs will center women and nonbinary thought leaders, artists, creatives and business-owners who demonstrate a soft power—an unmatched toughness—in both their failures and successes. Together, we’ll learn from their stories and redefine what it means to recover, reclaim and remain standing.

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