i believe

When I first got into blogging, it was actually because I'd discovered the Mormon fashion bloggers scene. These women believe in modesty, but they also have powerful voices and don't confuse longer hemlines with lack of style.  Any time I discover and fall in love with a new blog, I can pretty much count on them to have a little tab on their navigation bar that reads "I Believe." Not only are these LDS girls rocking out the latest trends, but they have a unique perspective on fashion and womanhood.

Though I don't identify with any organized religion, the thing I Believe in most is Sisterhood. Like devout followers of Christ, I aim to live my life adhering to Sisterhood. The rules aren't written in a bible, but they run through my veins and make up my bones. Sisterhood is about solidarity: never leave your sister behind; always believe your sisters when they speak their truth; support your sisters without judging them; listen to your sisters; stand up for a sisters even if they are making a choice that you wouldn't make for yourself; reach out to your sisters; don't blame a sister for a man's wrong-doing; empathize with your sisters and empower your sisters.

When I make a choice in my life, I first think about whether or not the outcome will ultimately hurt my sisters who do not have the privileges in this life that I was born with. This includes my queer sisters, my trans* sisters, my sisters of color, and my differently-abled sisters, as well as any sisters who are living in a situation where their voice goes unheard or unvalued.

I am adamantly pro-choice because no one should decide for a sister except herself and I'll stand up for that right until the very end. I actively support the words of female artists, poets, musicians, and filmmakers because promoting their work is something I value. I can talk for days about my love for the relationships between women in creative industries like comedy and music. I take my female friendships very seriously and I make sure to put in extra effort to have fulfilling relationships with them. My ideas about how to make the world a better place all lead back to The Girl Effect and I can't think of anything I love more than having an empowering conversation with my girlfriends. Whether we're talking about the various ways we're expected to protect ourselves when walking home from the library alone late at night or about how to keep our hair down there, these conversations are severely important to me. It helps me feel validated in what I'm doing and how I'm feeling as a woman.

Like going to church or attending Bible study can be a refreshing, inspiring, and powerful reminder of faith for a spiritual person, having brunch with my girlfriends, attending women's networking events, and working among creative and revolutionary women gives me strength. Womanhood is a special experience and I believe it is so important to share it with my sisters.

What do you believe in?

17 comments

  1. I think I believe in the power of a good red lipstick. Is that wrong? I believe in positive thinking, affirmations, new beginnings. I love what you have written about girl power. I wholeheartedly agree. Keeping the judgment out is tricky sometimes. Also, isn't Joan Rivers divine? xoxo

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  2. Absolutely true. I've been blown away by all the Mormon fashion bloggers. These girls know what they're doing in terms of style. It's also so important for women to support other women. I think we can do this by blogging and supporting each others blogs too.

    Love from South Africa

    http://arumlilea.blogspot.com

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  3. I love your posts about lady love. I'm not sure how I identify my religious beliefs, but I can undoubtedly say that I believe in the sisterhood. I like to do my best to live my life in a way that stands up for women's rights and allows us all freedom to be. Just be.
    Although I tend to keep my views of justice off of my blog,I appreciate the fact that you use yours as an outlet for your social views just as much as your clothes of choices! It keeps me on my toes and reminds me to keep what's in my heart on my mind. Thanks girl!

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  4. Lovely writing. I too found Sydne from TDB first and now I follow many mormon bloggers. I love their unique style as well!

    http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

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  5. Love this and love you! <3

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  6. I love this post - I think you live by a wonderful ideology!

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  7. Agreed lady! I think a lot about this subject and wonder why as women it is sometimes hard for us to be happy for one another! Rock on lady! Now following along!
    Ashley:)

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  8. this is quite lovely and i give you so much respect for your strong belief in sisterhood. thank you for the positivity and inspiration

    mai

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  9. Great post, lady! I found this blog after seeing you pin your outfits :) I know we only worked together briefly at that Lovelyish site, but awesome to see you blogging here. Will be reading! Sisterhood!! xx

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  10. I believe in Jesus. I believe that He loves everyone. And I believe that He wants us to love everyone too : ) Such an encouraging post, lady! thank you for sharing the link in my comments!

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  11. I love that I found this post. :) While not a Mormon fashion blogger, I do have an "I believe" link on my blog. :)

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  12. This is beautiful! I have the same philosophy and try to live by as best I can. <3 you're awesome Nicole!

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  13. Love your committment to sisterhood. So inspiring! I love all your posts about body image too, and when you mentioned your favorite book is Eve Ensler's The Good Body, I checked it out, read it, and LOVED IT. Thanks so much for your inspiring thoughts on these issues.
    Julie
    (If you're interested, my review of The Good Body can be found here: http://heroinejones.blogspot.com/2014/02/review-good-body-by-eve-ensler.html)

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  14. I really, really love this! I am LDS and when I clicked on your your "I believe" I assumed you were too. I loved instead that you used it as a way of connecting with others and telling what you believed. Sisterhood is important and often so underrated.

    I am LDS, but I also believe in southern hospitality, in underdogs, and community.

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