The other day, Emma Watson announced she'd be taking a year off from acting to focus on her personal growth and do more in her work to support and fight for gender equality around the world. You go girl. Emma is the kind of celebrity role model our girls need today. This break she's taking sends an incredible message to them.
As girls, many of us are raised to always please others and it's part of our nature to always care for others and think of others, often times before ourselves. The fact that she's taking time for her own personal growth, which includes reading a book a week and doing more yoga, sets an example of how important it is to take care of ourselves. What we can do for others starts with what we can do for ourselves. More importantly, she's taking care of her body and mind.
The work she does with the UN and He for She is also incredibly powerful, because I assume she has many fans like myself--those who have loved her since she entered our lives as Hermoine Granger, and continue to admire her intelligence, grace, and beauty. We need more women like Emma, who are making feminists around the world look good. I mean, let's face it. Often times, people hear the word "feminist" or "feminism" and they almost fear it, because it carries some negative connotation. There's always got to be someone who takes it too far and kills it for the rest of us right? Well, women like Emma are shining the proper light back on to feminism as a fight for equality, which should have never had to be a fight in the first place, but it takes time to undo hundreds and thousands of years of social norms.
Miss. Emma Watson, you are a beautiful soul, and I wish you an incredible year of personal growth, because that growth can only mean a ripple effect of goodness to be spread around the world.
BIG LOVE & HUGS