Over the past year, the one thing that continued to come up was a lot of advice I felt would have been great for my younger self—-for the younger self of all of the Cave. Which got me thinking: why are there so many resources for established woman, but not so much for the ones who are just now learning how to navigate relationships, emotions and their own bodies?
I remember sitting in bookstores in high school and pouring over self-help books. Trying to find reasons for the things I was feeling—-I had to know that someone had been there before. And while people scoff at the idea of preparing for marriage, parenthood and even life in general by reading books or even seeking expert advice, I am not one of those people. Why would I not be open to hearing the mistakes of other people, so I don’t waste time?
And why now, would I not want to pass the things I and others have learned onto the next generation? In so many ways, I felt that so many of the women in my life had an attitude of, “you’ll figure it out because I had to”, and that’s so unfortunate.
So, I want to be the person I needed when I was younger. I want to connect young women to a resource that help them start conversations not only amongst themselves, but with parents, teachers and mentors. Sometimes, it takes a different voice, be it that of a big sister or auntie, to break the ice, and I’m more than happy to be that person.
Welcome to Baby Babe Episode #1: The First Talk.