My favorite movie used to be Breakfast at Tiffany's and I used to spend a lot of time worrying about what other people thought of me. Accommodating. Shrinking. Twenty-three with two degrees and as good a sense of self as a twenty-three year old can have, I'm done apologizing for my way of being in the world. A recent graduate of Cornell and Penn, I feel a bit bamboozled by what this time in my life is supposed to be about. Unprepared. Excited. Confused. Challenged. Ultimately, I want to be doing the "right" things and making the "right" decisions, but who the hell knows what that even is?
So much of who I am is changing what feels like everyday. I don't have a favorite movie anymore, but my favorite song is still 'Take You Out Tonight' by Luther Vandross. I wonder if I should pursue a career in writing or media even though politics and travel have always been my first loves. I get a rush from roaming every corner of the earth, yet deeply miss my family and friends when I'm gone (not enough to be permanently around though). I make dumb decisions in love, knowing better but not always putting that knowledge into action.
And ultimately, that's what The Reign XY is all about. It's a space for vibrant, sassy, quiet, smart, funny, and whatever else they want to be womxn to come and get a perspective on an issue that maybe does or doesn't align with their own, but still feels really good to be talked about.
I don't have the answers and neither does my team, but we're all really grateful to you for stopping by.
We hope you feel compelled to engage and see yourself represented here.