How You Expressing Your Truth Encourages Other Women Too

There are many reasons that stop creative, entrepreneurial women from speaking their truth on social media. That truth may be sharing their creative ideas for the first time, or in a different way than people are expected or used to.

It might be speaking up about a cause they care about that doesn't relate to their creative practice or business, but is equally a part of who they are, and what they stand for, than anything else.

Most recently, I've been witnessing what happens when you share your whole range of feelings with your community – like the wonderful Janne Robinson does – acknowledging, that as creatives, founders, business women, there are times when we AREN'T ok, and that too, is part of our creative process.

What we choose to share about our truth in those moments is often censored, but wow, what a difference it makes, when they aren't.

The consequences we fear about sharing our truth – whether it's our creative ideas, causes we care for, our emotional and personal truth – are often similar.

Will we be rejected or ridiculed by {insert loved ones, family, religion, community, partners, company}?

Will we be perceived as anything other than who we really are or want to be? I.e. Unprofessional? Capable? Expert?

Will we fail to do {insert whatever it is you hope for}?

Well, there is always the possibility other people might react in a way we would hope they won't, but we can't control them, but we can control how WE act, and cope with the consequences of them.

Today, like always, I wrote from the moment, about what was on my mind, that needed to be expressed. I edited it, even censored it a little, but I still posted a photo of me in my bra to back-up what I was writing about ("why uncomfortable bras are bad for your creative flow").

Next to the words "Wild Women Do" on social media, I hadn't even imagined that some of the consequences might be that I've somehow been signed up to "adult" email lists, even received a professional email from a cosmetic surgery, I've apparently signed up for?! I can only imagine that the e-robots or spammers have been in fast action.

But you know what? I'd not take back what I said. If I start to censor too much about what I want to share, to help empower other women to do the same – be that sharing your creative drawings, writing, imagery, products, ideas, business services, feelings, charities you want us to know about – then, I'd be doing them a disservice.

I can cope with spam, and a risk that my photo might be shared or used in inappropriate ways. Let them waste their time or energy.

What I can't cope with, is the idea that if WE hold back, those women who have the freedom to write, to create, make, do and express what we want, then what message does that show to women who can't? Who look to us for encouragement and inspiration?

Of course, weigh up the amount of risk you might face by sharing, revealing or exposing what you want to – but if that risk is something you feel you can cope with, then please, be brave. You can lean into this community any time you need a sense-check about it too.

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Love, Marie x

Ps. If you're looking for more inspiration of women who get paid to speak their truth, I'd highly recommend taking a read of inspirational Canadian writers Janne Robinson (she writes for Wild Women Do from time to time too!) and Danielle LaPorte. Danielle is one my all-time favourite firestarters (she even wrote a book on that called The Firestarter Sessions). Her blog is aptly entitled "White-Hot-Truth + Sermons on Life". These two women in their own way, have encouraged me to keep on writing, and speaking my truth, so I can keep on empowering our Wild Women Do community and fab coaching clients too. 

Marie Milligan

Marie Milligan, Painted Lady Canalboat, Blomfield Road Moorings, Little Venice, London, UK

I'm the Founder of Wild Women Do, a coaching network and movement for creative, entrepreneurial women needing support to create and launch something inspirational. A Holistic Business Coach, Entrepreneurship Educator and Writer, I love nothing better than helping you release your creative spirit, and get your ideas expressed and done.