If you ever want to test the strength of your character, try and do something new.
My intention is to create a space for women to feel empowered through teaching technical rock climbing skills and make enough money to continue eating. I attempt to move through this world with integrity and grace, but it’s been really hard lately.
In this last week and a half I have been accused of some pretty terrible things. I have been called ungrateful. I have been made to feel like my opinion is unimportant because I haven’t been climbing for thirty years. I have been told to play nice - to apologize even when the people I am apologizing to have been saying nasty and untrue things about my character.
I will respect my community. I will apologize when I am wrong. But I refuse to back down or to stop speaking my truth.
Starting @she_movesmountains with Carey has been one of the most intimidating endeavors I have ever taken on. I have invested literally everything into it - my heart, my time, and my money. Last week was full of tear-filled phone calls to encouraging friends as I tried to understand how people could have negative things to say about us. Their message to me was clear - toughen up, give less fucks about the people who really don’t matter.
Women are signing up for clinics. Women are coming back to learn more from us. Women who have come to the clinics are connecting with each other to go out climbing together.
The other voices don’t matter. And this past weekend as I watched Olivia leading her first route ever, thanking us for helping her to get through a really shitty breakup, I was able to silence all of the negative voices and finally celebrate what we have accomplished. Teaching these women to climb is my job - how rad is that.
So to all of you badass women who have showed up, thank you for believing in us. Thank you for believing in yourselves. You rock!
And to all of you who have supported us in other ways - whether that’s sharing about our clinics, donating to our campaign, answering tear-filled phone calls, or just being a positive person in this world - thank you.