International Women’s Day – Women Highlights
Last week was International Women’s Day and that means I need to push a post out before we return to another 364 days of Men’s Days. On this day to celebrate women, a man spilled chicken in my purse. So although I had another one planned, nothing seemed more important than a post for women. I am surrounded by the most amazing, hilarious, supportive, and driven women and I feel so blessed. But today that feeling is so intensified I just had to write about it. I waited until I could find the words to express how much I value and appreciate each of the following businesses, artists, and organizations so I could do my best job to highlight them the way they deserve.
Businesses I love:
Baked on 8th
Today, I especially wanted to highlight this Nashville gem because of the amazing women (and one man) who work there. No matter when you walk through the doors, the laughter and excitement hits you just as fast as the fragrant scent of almond and cookies. I have never met a staff that gets along better, jokes and laughs as much as they do, or support one another this much. It is important to note that I am a part of this staff, which gives me some credibility (but also some bias) when I say that Baked on 8th has the highest concentration of capable, passionate and insanely creative women.
Baked on 8th is owned by two of the most amazing people I have ever met. Just now, one of them (Adam) just came over and scared the life out of me, just for fun. Until my heart rate returns to normal, the love is hiding a little further below the surface than normal. Leah, the other owner, is one of the most inspiring, driven and accepting women I know. In under a year, these two have managed to make their new business profitable and already it feels like a part of the community. If anything, they have found a way to manage their staff in the most compassionate way, respecting us, lifting each of us as individuals to the best we can be and creating our own community.
Come in and see for yourself, crack a joke and become a part of the crew! And when you stop in, be sure to try a slice of cake. Trust me, the strawberry cake is worth making an unprotected left onto 8th when you leave.
You know a company is owned by women when the bras it sells are inclusive to all types of bodies. While boasting inclusivity, they live up to the standards they have set for themselves; they include all sizes they offer in store, not just online (ahem cough cough, Aerie cough cough cough).
This is another new business (opened February 2018) making strides in the local Nashville community. Today, they even offered a 20% discount to anyone who brought in feminine hygiene products to donate to local shelters. Additionally, they work with the First Saturday Art Crawl to promote local female artists. As if this isn’t enough women power, each item in the store was each handpicked by the owner to maintain their high-quality standards. I personally believe that if you want to look and feel as sexy as you are, you might as well support a small (and incredibly forward thinking) business while doing it.
People I love:
This blog was a huge inspiration for my own. Believe it or not, I didn’t read too many blogs before starting Old Soul, Free Spirit, but this was one of the few that I’ve followed for a while. Two best friends take on Nashville, DIY projects, weekend trips and offer the best lifestyle advice out there. These women demonstrate a level of authenticity and transparency that I can only hope to achieve. Read more by them here.
On International Women’s Day, I posted 6 amazing female bloggers on my Instagram stories. But I love them so much and wanted to promote them so much that I created a permanent Instagram Story here! Be sure to pop over to Instagram and give them (and me please!) a follow, I promise you won’t regret it!
Songs That Will Change Your Life:
I aimed to share a compile a short list of songs I am currently obsessed with, all by female artists. Unsurprisingly, I got a little carried away and created a mixtape worth. Naturally, in the year 2019, I had to create a playlist on Spotify for you to listen to while you read along here. If you’re one of the confused youths, convinced you were born in the wrong generation, then please buy them on iTunes and pop them onto your iPod! These are all songs from my personal playlists over the past year and I can only expect that you will enjoy them as much as I do.
Rothwell – Velvet Heart (Acoustic)
Moonrise Nation – Common Fear
Silver – Drinking Games
Taylor Edwards- Jeep
Chloe Olivia – Gilded
Sammy Rae – Kick It To Me
Eli Shoen – Mumma
Ivory Layne – Committed
Mali-Koa – Pretend
Trella – Crash
Livy Jeanne – Easy On You
Maggie Miles – Belief
Organizations I love:
T.J. Martell Foundation
An incredible team of women on a mission run the Nashville branch of this national organization. This all-woman staff puts on events throughout Nashville and the surrounding states to act as Music’s Promise for a Cure. The T. J. Martell Foundation was created by a distressed father after his 19-year-old son, T. J. Martell passed away from Leukemia in 1975. The organization aims to raise money for AIDs, Leukemia and Cancer research and has raised over $280 million dollars since its formation. Be sure to check their calendar to see upcoming events to attend and support the cause here.
As a long-time scout and current adult member, I had to include the organization that has impacted me most. Girl Scouts of America is the perfect end to my International Women’s Day post (no matter how late it may be). Working to empower girls through programming and activities that teach them leadership skills and the benefits of volunteering, Girl Scouts gives young women the freedom to be themselves along with a safety net to make mistakes. There is nothing I can say to demonstrate how many opportunities Girl Scouts has created for me, so please trust me when I say that they do great work. Please read some of the stories on their website and help to benefit the women of tomorrow here.