LIFESTYLE 4 months ago

Define Your Own Destiny

As a woman, there’s always pressure from society, your surroundings and sometimes yourself to fit into a “preset timeline.”

Now that I’m a mother of two, I’m even more acutely aware of the “timelines” given to my daughters and myself. For me personally, the social pressures weren’t always that obvious. They found their ways through cracks in conversations throughout and surrounding my youth. Questions about: boyfriends, getting married, having children… all confining me into a certain timeline set by social norms and cultural expectations. With that said, that’s why I’m so excited to be teaming up with SK-II as they #ChangeDestiny – a global campaign to inspire women around the world to carve their own paths. This year SK-II partnered with Katie Couric to explore the societal pressures women face all around the world in their new docu-series, Timelines. In sharing my own path I hope you feel empowered to define your own destiny.

2010: STARTING CHRISELLE INC.

 

2012: GETTING MARRIED

2012 was a big year for me. Not only was this the year I was able to turn my hobby into my full-time job, but this was also the year Allen and I got married! It felt like this was just the beginning of the new chapter of my life. There were so many exciting opportunities happening both personally and within my career. It was just as exciting as it was nerve-racking and it was just the beginning!

During this time, I felt an enormous sense of pressure to get married. Allen and I had been dating for a little over 5 years by now and the questions about "when will we get married" seemed to be neverending. While I was in the process of fully taking my passion project on full-time, there was still a sense of instability for me. Allen proposed and planning to get married was the best decision for me. Having that stability – both financially and emotionally, meant so much to me and was a good foundation for us to build upon.

2015: BABY #1 – CHLOE

 

BABY #2 – COLETTE

Having baby #2 came with less pressure. Though I would’ve been so happy with just one child, I knew in my heart that I wanted Chloe to have a sibling because that bond is so special. Reflecting back on my childhood with my little sister Jane, growing up with a sibling was amazing and I wanted Chloe to be able to have those experiences, too. Since having Colette, it's been so wonderful to see how much Chloe loves her new role as big sister and how well they get along.

WHERE I AM NOW

I’m so excited to teach my girls the importance of having the freedom to choose their own destiny and that their timeline can be whatever they want it to be!

Once again, a huge thank you to my friends at SK-II for including me in this incredible campaign where the message is just as great as their products are!

Watch the inspiring Timelines video below!

 

How have you all challenged your timelines? Let me know in the comments down below!