Erin Ducharme Waters

WHYITRIBE (THE REASON YOU THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE WHO YOU ALREADY ARE):

There’s this narrative starting from very early ages, that girls can be anything they want to be… except as good, fast, smart or in the way of boys. It goes deeper than a double standard, it’s a cornerstone of entire paradigms, and it’s literally nonsense. We are born with every single thing we need to, not only succeed, but thrive; yet, somewhere along the line, we begin to believe we are less. We are ENOUGH AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN. We need to breathe, trust & celebrate that truth, so that it blossoms & grows strong roots. So we can be strong enough to be our best selves and to change the world… together.

NAME A TIME RECENTLY WHEN YOU SAID SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF / HOW DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?

I’ve recently started labeling my morning alarms (yes, plural) with compliments. And it really is the most fantastic way to start the day, feeling simply happy. For example:
5:00 am: Good morning Strong Woman.
5:15 am: Rise and Shine Beautiful.
5:30 am: You’re late for real, Badass!

I also started reading “You Were Born for This” by Cory Booker every morning, to myself in the mirror. It makes me feel boldly peaceful and totally fearless when I begin my day.

WHY DO YOU THINK WOMEN SHY AWAY FROM CELEBRATING OR PRAISING THEMSELVES SO MUCH?

I think there are two reasons for this. One, because very confident women, tend to want to lift other women up. They shift the focus from themselves in order to help others achieve their success. The second, is that many women confuse celebrating with bragging … which is considered crude & boastful. We confuse & overlap the terms and react accordingly.

HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THE TENDENCY TO DISCREDIT COMPLIMENTS YOU ARE GIVEN?

Actually, this is one thing I don’t do; because, I think it’s an insult to the person giving it. I find it very rude when people do that. As if to say, “You’re wrong and clearly have no taste or judgement.” I accept them graciously. As much as offering a compliment is a gift – so is accepting one.

HOW DOES SOCIETY REINFORCE THE IDEA WE ARE NOT ENOUGH AND HOW CAN WE TAKE THAT POWER BACK?

I guess it would depend which society we’re talking about. If we’re talking about first world society, then society reinforces the “we are not enough” idea, by airbrushing every model, filtering every non-perfection for television & film, running 24 hour marathons of wildly rich twenty-somethings, ignoring Male/Female quality of life statistics, etc. Basically by creating what I call a “false positive’ which is, finessing everything female, until it presents as everything “Stepford Barbie.” We can take our power back by remembering our goals & our plan of action to make them happen. We can take our power back by never turning our back on a situation that is demoralizing to a woman. We can take our power back by standing on our feet, taking a deep breath and saying out loud “I’M ENOUGH AS FUCK!”

WHY IS THE TRIBE MOVEMENT IMPORTANT?

It’s important to have a network of women that encourage each other, that believe in the same oneness, that are actively trying to make their vibrations bring more happiness into the world. The world is a crazy place, and having a Tribe, is very comforting. It can make us feel like we’re not alone with our core values; and, at other times, that we are protected to voice those beliefs. THE TRIBE is a haven, from which world change can and will happen. THE TRIBE holds space for us, while we get busy changing the world… together.

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