Raewyn is the founder of Be a Warrior Queen, a movement empowering women to embrace self-love. She’s also a new wife and mother to a baby girl, learning to navigate these new waters while maintaining her sense of self. I recently connected with this wonderful lady through this group called, Firework People. As I began getting to know Raewyn, she just seemed like such a sweet girl. I loved her passion to help others and her caring heart. I wanted to feature this women on a mission today, so you could get to know this gem a little bit more.
How would you describe your personality?
Vibrant. People can be intimidated by me because I have so much energy and passion. I’m also very loud and friendly, and I’m sure that can be overwhelming for people who tend to be more quiet. But if those people get to know me, they see I have a quiet side, too.
You started this movement called warrior queen not that long ago now, tell us how it all started?
The Warrior Queen movement actually started amongst friends back in 2005 in high school. We’re 10 years old! Holler!! The movement began among us as a reminder to stay true to ourselves and hold our worth in relationships. We didn’t want to be walked all over. I was a rare bird who actually was confident more days than not, but I watched my friends struggle with confidence and, once I got in a relationship, I saw my confidence waiver as I tried to fit into it. After high school, we realized that this could be applied to all aspects of our life! The movement really began to gain momentum when I started blogging in 2009, but I wasn’t sure of my direction until this year when it has really begun to take off! The heart and soul of the Warrior Queen movement is women supporting women to love themselves.
If you could share your heart and mission for warrior queen, what would you say?
I want to empower women to embrace self-love and inspire them to empower the women and girls around them. I want us to be raising confident girls who know their worth and have love for themselves.
What are your goals for warrior queen coming up in 2016 and beyond?
My short-term goal is to grow our Facebook community, create amazing products to guide women in their self-love journeys and to spread awareness. My long-term goal is to be a mega-movement like TWLOHA. I want us to have retreats, a magazine, volunteer at events, travel the world spreading our mission, and definitely do assemblies and stuff at high schools which is totally scary but I think what we need!
What sets your movement apart?
The Warrior Queen movement takes on the way that society manipulates girls and women but does it in a heart-centered way. We begin with ourselves and by working on ourselves we inspire others to work on themselves. It’s a snowball effect. Other women movements try to take on society, which I think is important, but I’m much more grassroots.
What has been some of your biggest challenges with launching your warrior queen?
Considering the movement has been around for 10 years and there are few people outside of my “real life” friends who know about it, I would have to say outreach and getting it out there. I definitely have momentum, now, but I had no idea how to start anything and my ideas were all over the place. I also haven’t had the finances to be able to do any of the big stuff I’ve dreamed up! Before this year, my shining moment was when my husband (then boyfriend) bought me Warrior Queen wristbands in 2011 to give out and I still have a bunch.
You’re a Wife, A mom and a business owner. Could you share a little about how you balance it all and make time for what’s really important to you?
Hah, it’s not easy! I’m a stay at home mom so most of my daytime is dedicated to my daughter. I try to get some work done during her naps but they can be very short (or nonexistent) so it isn’t reliable.I do most of my work after she goes to bed for the night. My husband likes to play videogames after work so I don’t feel guilty for being on my computer. We try to visit him during the day and we take date nights when we can afford it. I also make it a point to go into our room when he goes to sleep and spend some quiet time with him. He works early, so I usually stay up 3 or so hours after him. When you have a passion, it isn’t that you make time for what you love. Your passion demands that time, if that makes sense.
What advice would you give other people who want to pursue their dreams?
Do it. Sit down and reflect on what it is that you want to do. Think about it practically and what actions you need to take. Find a great support system! (If you don’t have one, come talk to me!!) Don’t feel discouraged if it is taking forever to become a reality.
If you could pick a few things that you are really passionate about what would they be?
Self-love, loving others, the relationships in my life and giving back in any way that I can.
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