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I truly love being a woman(!). More specifically, an 80-year-old woman who embroiders all day

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Midway through stitching, I was frustrated by all the flaws in this piece. I wanted each letter to be identical, uniformed and essentially, perfect. But in reality? No two are the same. The letters are uneven, crooked and definitely  not all one of a kind.

And that's when I realized what this project is all about.

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Just like the lettering on this shirt, no two ladies are alike.

The world is full of one-of-a-kind women.

Women who are defined by their vivid spirits and vast hearts, not the size of their jeans or the amount of melanin in their skin. We bond over broken hearts or beautifully brewed lattes. But at the end of the day? Every woman(!) deserves to be celebrated because there's no one else like her on earth.

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I spent a lot of time reflecting on the women who have impacted me as I worked on this project. It was extremely therapeutic and equally empowering.  The thing my mother and my teachers and my mentors have in common isn't size or shape or color. At a glance, they're vastly different.

The common thread among all the women who've impacted me is that

they are all a winsome tangle of strength, sweetness, dignity and grace. 

And I want to be just like them when I grow up.

(Except wait, I'm already an 80 year old so..?)