At TFCo we train both men and women, we love that in our gym there is no gender bias but straight up encouragement and support from everyone in our community.
Flash back to a few years ago, I grew up in a family where women held the majority, we always had a say and my parents made sure that we knew when and how to stand up for ourselves. The truth is, I was always taught how to be a strong woman, how to be OK with not fitting in, and how to trust my own voice and my own gut instincts.
As an adult the world is open for us to grow and develop and figure out what we want out of life. These wants and goals will change as we gain more experiences, develop, shift our priorities and seek out new challenges.
In an age where social media is the norm, it can be easy to get caught up in what could be perceived as the ‘ideal.’ For a young man or woman who has only ever known life with social media this has the potential to distort what is normal and what is really required to progress, grow and develop.
I believe we all have the responsibility to empower young adults navigating the education system, figuring out who they want to be, addressing the gender equality gap as well as navigating the realities of social media.
Establishing a positive environment for both young men and women where they can work on building their mental resilience, become part of a community and learn that both men and women can be strong badasses is just one of the reasons I opened TFCo.
The gender bias is real, as a woman there are many aspects that I have had to learn to navigate around that are unique to being a woman and a business owner. These challenges sit both within my business and personal life. I know I am not alone with many other women experiencing those same challenges. On the other side of the fence, I know that Dan (my partner) has unique challenges as a male navigating both operating a business as well as home life. The gender bias is clear on both sides but through establishing a strong community of both men and women where we support each other and work to empower both sides within the workplace and at home, I hope this gap closes.
So ladies let’s work on leading through empowerment. I know I’d like to see more of us stand by one another to uplift and support each other. It’s time to move away from judging one another to backing each other, to learning how to back ourselves and be proud of being strong women.
To the incredible men in the world, it’s time to talk. Let’s talk about how you are feeling, let’s talk about what behaviour is and is not acceptable, let’s talk about the societal expectations and pressures that we need to break through to really open a space for an open discussion and shift toward equality and support both in homes and in the workplace.
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