Share Your Swagger

We want so badly to be good wives/partners, perfect mothers, exemplary employees…(fill in the blank with your role of choice)…but when no one’s watching, who are we? What do we really want to say about our lives?

So few grown women like their lives. — Katharine Graham

That is just sad, sad, sad. It’s time to step out of the safety zone and not be afraid to be who we really are. No labels, no repercussions, no judgments, no guilt. Just honesty.

In that spirit, this page is your bulletin board to the world. Share your best-loved, guilt-free, swagger-worthy quote…or compose your own. For starters, here are a few of our favorites. Hell’s yeah!

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ― Mae West

There’s a little bit of hooker in every woman. A little bit of hooker and a little bit of God.
Sarah Miles

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. — Eleanor Roosevelt

Woman is a miracle of divine contradictions. — Jules Michelet

It’s not the men in my life that count — it’s the life in my men. ― Mae West

Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood. — Oscar Wilde

There are no ugly women, only lazy ones. — Helena Rubinstein

Curve: The loveliest distance between two points.
Mae West (can you tell we adore her?)

Oh man, we could go on forever. But now it’s your turn. Use the “Reply” form below to share your swagger with us!


  1. “Well-behaved women seldom make history” July 17, 2008
    Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    Women who do what they are told fade into woodwork. We remember the pirate queens, female bandits, the first woman who dared to run the New York Marathon (It was illegal for women to run) the royal queens, women who fought for the right to vote, women who stood up for the rights of women, first woman in space, Joan of Arc, and, of course, the very talented Mae West, who was so short she often stood on a box in her scenes, which explains the long dresses.

    • Oh, thank you, Morgan! I LOVE that quote! You make a very interesting point that trail-blazer women are often villainized, but they do it anyway. Who needs “brass balls” when you have “brass ovaries.” LOL.

      Ok, that was tacky. :)

      And I didn’t know Mae was that petite! I like her even more! :D

      • Josie Matthews says:


        Great post…Can you imagine how independant these women have to be. Not afraid to be disliked. That’s a tall order because most of us are not that strong. We want to be liked these days it seems. “To stand up and be honest with our actions and our words is a risk, but one we should all take at least once in our lives. Then we can say, we have truly lived.” JM

        PS Biological food for thought Misty and Morgan….Did you know in fetal development the ovaries and the testicles are the same ‘organ’ early on? Then when the gender developes further, the little suckers drop outside for a boy and stay tucked safely inside for a girl?

      • Misty–Diamond ovaries are a much better option. Classier and harder.

  2. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin

    I’ve always loved this quote! Nin, of course, has many others that are amazing, but after reading a few of the posts here, I found this one rather appropriate. As women, as people, the only limitations we have are those we place on ourselves… So, today and everyday, let’s all reach into the sunshine, plant deep roots and bloom freely and without apology. =)

    • Hi Misty!

      You know, it’s remarkably creepy but cool about our names (my maiden name is the same last name as yours! OMG!). Not only that, but I say “bloom where you’re planted” frequently. Crazy!

      I love the quote, BTW. Both Nin’s and yours about the limitations we place on ourselves. Thank you for adding swagger! :)

      • Actually, Misty, that’s how (the name thing) I stumbled upon your blog. I was googling myself, as every modern girl should, and found another me!?!!? “How could it be?” I said… But then, the more I read, the more I was intrigued. What a happy coincidence! (:

  3. Since I’m a bitch and proud of it, here are my two favorites:

    “Karma is a bitch, and today she’s MY bitch.”

    “I’m not A bitch. I’m THE bitch. And, it’s MS. BITCH, to you.” – Learned that one from my hairdresser in college, who did a mean impersonation of Cher in the local drag show. He, and the “girls,” taught me what to do with a man. Educational, but I was never the same. ;)

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