Happy first day of October! Can you believe that September is already over? Time really does fly by. It was a challenging month with a lot of ups and downs, but I’m feeling so excited for what’s to come. Cross your fingers for me!
When I think of October, I often think of Halloween, the changing of the leaves and pumpkin-flavored everything. I also think about snuggling up by the fireplace (you know, the nonexistent one in my teensy apartment), watching beautiful orange sunsets and being wrapped up in cozy layers. While this month is all of those things, it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month (a little heavier than you were probably expecting from me, I know). While I don’t know anyone personally who has breast cancer, it is the most common cancer among American women with the exception of skin cancer and it is the number one cause of death in young women between the ages of 15 and 34.
That being said, I am a huge advocate for breast cancer awareness. One of the easiest ways you can make a difference today is by looking to your local retailers and making the conscientious decision to purchase with a purpose. The cuff I’m wearing in this post reads “Fight like A Girl” and Accessory Concierge donates 20% of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Fund, an organization that works to prevent breast cancer by limiting our exposure to harmful chemicals and radiation that have been linked to the disease.
I’ve heard the phrase “fight like a girl” pretty much my entire life, typically in a negative way. Growing up sandwiched between two brothers, I watched a lot of wrestling (I was about 99.34% convinced that I would marry The Rock, for the record) threatened to beat up their friends when some of my prized Pokemon cards went missing (I’m so happy I’m no longer concerned about Charizards) and generally felt like a bit of a boy. Still, I was always told I “fight like a girl”. I remember feeling indignant (the word I used back then was probably just “mad”) because I thought I was tough (even in my petal pushers). The saying always felt like an insult so I typically responded with an oh-so mature roll of the eyes and maybe a scoff or two.
I don’t feel that way anymore. I won’t turn this into a feminist rant (it’s entirely too early in the day), but let me just tell you that I know what women can do. I know what I can do. And well, you think I fight like a girl? Heck yeah, I do. I wouldn’t have it any other way. This bracelet represents a new twist on the phrase – one that empowers women. And well, a bracelet that empowers women and also helps to save their lives? Count me in! Add in the fact that the Fight Like a Girl cuff is chic and goes with pretty much everything, and we definitely have a winner here, my friends.
Pick up your own Fight Like a Girl cuff in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and rock it with pride knowing that you’re also helping to save lives.
To learn more about how to reduce your risk for breast cancer, check out this article from Prevention. Questions? Comments? Connect with me on social media or leave your thoughts below!
Photos by Guerrilla Photography