make a little trouble

"Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women."

 - Nora Ephron, Wellesley College, Commencement Address, 1996.

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I'm in the midst of year 3 as a married lady and I plan to break the rules and make a little trouble this year. For someone who has never been much of a rule-breaker, this creates quite bit of cognitive dissonance, but no matter.

As Emma Watson said so elegantly, we need to have some conversations for and about women. Sometimes you have to go against convention to live the life you aspire to live. When the vision of how you want to live is so clear, it's really hard to ignore it. The tricky part is the discipline, and the day-to-day check lists you create to get where you'd like to go, and all the little steps in between that lead you to your goal. This is the biggest challenge of course, but it is also where all the good stuff happens. 

How about you? Are going to make some trouble this year? It involves stepping stones and patience and perseverance...even when the biggest naysayer is yourself.