June 4, 2012 by Darlene McC
When I started Urban Amazon almost 2 years ago it was without direction; the itch was there to blog again (I’d been blogging on and off for about 10 years), but I wasn’t sure what to write about. I dabbled in ‘slice of life’ blogging, but it felt really indulgent, contrived, and… well… stupid. No one wants to really follow that kinda shit, right?
Over the last 8 months I’ve felt this space coagulate into something I could feel strongly and passionately about. A simple kernel of idea: that I am not the Urban Amazon, but that we are the Urban AmazonS. That any woman out there who either has or wants her own set of Iron Ovaries belongs here.
With that in mind I designed and shared The Urban Amazon Evolution Challenge, to encourage you all out there to start evolving your own lives and get others in your life excited about proactive change. I recruited some friends, made a few new ones, and expect that only more will follow.
A few weeks ago I also quietly added a new page encouraging those interested to Become An Urban Amazon. Encapsulated in this page is a title – a ‘team name’ if you will: The Tribe. [This is the point where I get anxious and my pulse goes up a bit; shining a light to a big idea. Hoping that anyone reading this is going “YEAH!” instead of rolling their eyes and clicking the little ‘x’ in the upper right corner.]
Yes, The Tribe. The idea that we, the Urban Amazons, can each be part of something bigger together. I have for many years heard my female friend tell me that they aren’t the type of woman to hang out with “other women”. That they really can’t relate to the kind of woman they see in Cosmo and Women’s Health… that they feel like “other” in their own gender. Now, I know I’m getting a little Women’s Studies 101 on you here, but hear me out… we don’t have to be like those “other women”; but if you’ve ever said that to someone I have news for you: you are not alone. You are a member of The Tribe. You are an Amazon. We can reclaim our own idea of what women should be like and don’t have to give in to the idea that “woman” is synonymous with “Cosmo Girl”.
The idea is simple: we work to design the lives we want to live, support one another, and generally kick ass. Everyone I’ve talked to about this idea (granted, I only talked to the kind of woman it’s aimed at) has just about piddled themselves with excitement. [One woman came up to me the other day and asked when I was going to post another Amazon Challenge update from “another member of The Tribe” (her words, I shit you not… I audibly giggled with excitement).]
The Tribe is us: real women who want a community, positive change, self-awareness, and to harness every day of our lives to be the most amazing version of ourselves possible. There are a few guidelines, called the “Pillars of the Tribe” posted on the Become An Urban Amazon page. I’ll be writing a series of posts going over the core of each of the Pillars of the Tribe in the next few weeks. If you’ve got questions, suggestions, or thoughts I want to hear them. Don’t be shy!
This isn’t about me and my little site, this is about YOU. Health and wellness professionals don’t exist without people to help. What do you need? What do you want? What to you want to learn about? Let me know what will help you succeed and I’ll do my darnedest to get it for you.
Hoo-rah ladies. Welcome to The Tribe.