MB Collective: National Women’s Equality Day

MB Collective: National Women’s Equality Day

Women gained the right to vote in the US on this day only ninety-six years ago. Considering that our nation’s first election was held in 1788 (over two hundred years ago!), it’s still a pretty big deal for us ladies.

I’d also like to mention that in 1920, when the 19th Amendment passed, this was mostly for white women. It was a long time before women of color gained equal access to the polls.

But back in 1920 when the amendment finally passed, this marked a huge step toward equality, so the Behaviorists and I wanted to honor that important moment in history by sharing why we believe it’s crucial for women today to get out there and vote.

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4 Ideas for a Unique Bachelorette Party | Model Behaviors

4 Ideas for a Unique Bachelorette Party

I consider myself very lucky indeed that I’ve gotten to help plan and coordinate not one but two bachelorette parties this past year. But what’s even greater about this is that both brides were very insistent that they didn’t want the “traditional” bachelorette party of lingerie, risqué games where the bride has to reveal all the scintillating details about her past love life, and penis-shaped everything. (Sidenote: I’m not judging traditional bachelorette parties at all. I’ve been to a couple of them and they were fun as hell.)

The first bachelorette party I got to plan was for Savanah, the drummer of The Villettes. All she told me was that she wanted it to be a slumber party and to be fun. She was having a themed wedding—outer space—so I decided to stick with the theme and make it an outer space bachelorette slumber party.

The second one I helped plan was for my cousin Emily. She also didn’t give many pointers except that she wanted to go out to the Denton town square and have a baby-free girls’ night out. Our challenge with this one was that her younger sister, Caroline, is only fifteen so we had to come up with activities that everyone could participate in.

So if you find yourself as a bridesmaid in need of some unique ideas for a bride who eschews convention, here are some ideas for ways to make her bachelorette party ROCK.

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Wellness Wednesday: SHINE | Model Behaviors

Wellness Wednesday: SHINE

As vain and self-assured as this might sound, I never thought I was the type of person who needed a life coach. To tell you the truth, I didn’t even know what one was. I just figured that if Model Behaviors was able to get a certification, it would be another service our amazing contributors could offer women and like-minded businesses. So, I blindly began the process, feeling around in the dark as I navigated the unknown with every intention of keeping an open mind. But there were some cringe-worthy setbacks that would stop me in my tracks and jostle the cynic in me—like coming face-to-face with one of my own latent limiting beliefs.

I’d heard this term, “limiting beliefs,” before and similar types of terms, and through the years they’ve gained more traction, but secretly, I thought they sounded pathetic and contrived. We’ve all had bad experiences, but letting them take hold of our lives turns us into victims, right? All we need to do is shovel them into the recesses of our mind. If we keep them there long enough, we can toss some dirt on them and plant some flowers there, too. Nobody would ever need to know about them, even if they’re rooted in negativity.

Because the world isn’t always pretty, I’ve had to toughen up. 

Well, that’s because I grew up in a tough place, I told myself. I left home at sixteen. I worked in the fashion industry for twenty years. Close friends of mine were murdered. I lost my own sister tragically. And I was in a four-year relationship to a con artist who swindled away my life savings.  I had nothing to show for anything.

Because the world isn’t always pretty, I’ve had to toughen up.

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Vegetarian Cauliflower Stir-Fry | Model Behaviors

Vegetarian Cauliflower Stir-Fry

I’m by no means a chef, nor is Model Behaviors a food site. I remember when I first started the website, I got a lot of flak about not having a niche. You’re a model but you don’t want to write about fashion? You have degrees in writing but you want to share recipes and DIY projects? “It sounds like you’re all over the place,” I was told. But I kept saying, “I don’t like to be put in a box. WOMEN don’t like to be put in a box!”

Maybe it’s because I’m claustrophobic, but I hate the idea that I can only do one thing when I’m passionate about so many things. And that’s what I love about cooking (notice that I didn’t say baking)! I like to experiment with textures and flavors, and when I make a mistake, I just add Sriracha or call my mom—depending on how much time I have. Now that I’m running around after a dog-terrorizing toddler (see this post from earlier this month if you want to know what I’m talking about), I’ve set up twenty-minute stations throughout the house, and that includes the kitchen.

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VIDEO: Courtney Shares How MB Helps Her Shine

Coming up in October, Courtney will have been with Model Behaviors for two years. I’ve seen so much change…in her, in myself, and in Model Behaviors. When you work so closely with someone on a project as big as Model Behaviors, you form routines, you learn each other’s habits, and you evolve with each other.

Upon first meeting her, some of her strengths came right to the surface. She’s responsible, organized, strategic, and always on the quest to learn more. But over the past two years, I’ve seen other strengths, subtler strengths show themselves, too. She has a calm, warm demeanor which makes others feel comfortable and welcomed. Her love for family and friends is steadfast and true. I’ve seen her go through some pretty big life changes and come out stronger and more confident than ever before.

She says in her video that MB has given her a ton of self-confidence, and I feel so incredibly lucky to be part of that journey for her. I can’t wait to see what great things Courtney has in her future!

Recently she introduced our Word of the Month, shine. Definitely take a moment to check out that post here and then watch her video above, where she shares how MB has helped her truly shine!

Thank you to Drew Nicolello of Kharis Media for the videography, Laurie Graham King for Courtney’s wardrobe and styling, and Joanna Hathcock for hair and makeup.