Rebecca Traister’s recent book, All Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of Independent Nations, talks about how single women have become a political and social force today. This shift is being felt across all of our industries as businesses, marketers and even politicians recognize the power of singletons.
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I’ve been shouting out that I’m not going to miss any opportunity get china number because I’m waiting for someone else to show up. Life is so short! Even if you’re a partner, it’s worth refreshing your energy and taking some “me” time, especially in our busy media world. It appears that whether it’s a dinner alone or an international holiday alone, there’s a growing stigma against women, especially when they’re enjoying the experience alone.
With the rise of the “self-care” movement, women are now encouraged to take time for themselves. Even our First Lady, Michelle Obama, called on us to spend time alone. I attended the White House American Women’s Summit in June and had a conversation with FLOTUS and Oprah Winfrey. (Yes, that sounds amazing.) When Oprah asked Michelle Obama about women’s most important jobs, FLOTUS replied.
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Traveling alone has always been one of the best ways for me to get to know and honor myself. This is true when I’m single, dating or in a couple. When I travel alone, I learn how to rely more on my gut and I’m pushed out of my comfort zone. My conversations with strangers are illuminating and might not have happened if I were with friends or partners. It allows you to do what you want without compromising other people’s agendas. As Mrs. Obama pointed out, women often take care of others at the expense of themselves, and all our relationships improve when we feel comfortable with who we are. Traveling and doing activities alone often makes us understand our strengths, our self-sufficiency, and even our limits. Knowing these things can make us better.
I encourage all my ladies to go out and relax and get EA Leads used to themselves. You go to the game alone, take a day trip to the spa, or hike alone. Buy yourself a ticket to the destination you’ve always wanted to go. If you’re hesitant, know that you’re not alone, brands and businesses actually want to cater to you. In the words of one of my favorite artists, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, “Have no shame, the ladies will do your thing.” Independent women are finally all the rage!