I’ll always be the mom who cheers for you, who reminds you that you alone own your body and energy, who recognizes how immensely important it is for you to express yourself in wild and quiet ways, who has always seen both the light and dark in you and celebrates them both the same, who remembers your first everything and anticipates the freaking epic things you will do in your lifetime. I’ll be the mom who asks questions more than I make statements, who waits for you to know yourself before I tell you who you are, but who reminds you of the truth when your heart is heavy and clouded. I’ll be the mom who puts you first, who drops you off at school and yells out how much I love you, who holds space for you and your friends to stretch and grow, who hears every detail about every crush, and who believes in what you’re capable of. I’ll be at every game, I’ll read every paper, I’ll frame every piece of art (and holy shit, you have a gift), I’ll go to bat for you as often as I need to. I’ll fight for you, love for you, do everything in my power to make sure that you have something different than your dad and I had. You’re not just my daughter, you are something sacred and divinely feminine. You don’t know it yet - and despite what the world will tell you - but your greatest power will always be in being a woman. You’ll be the most clear, strong, and free when you don’t compete, don’t compare, don’t fight against the way other women rise. Don’t waste your energy working against women, you were made for the kind of unbreakable power that wells up in all of us when we work together. Own it, cultivate it, fight for it. Show up for women you don’t know. Amplify the stories of women you may never meet. Link arms and voices with every woman you can. That’s where your power is. If I could give you anything it would be this: be ashamed of nothing and compete with no one. You are much too powerful for that. You are a fucking badass. So make mistakes. Big ones. And then shake them off, learn from them, let them teach you. Live without an inch of shame and with a healthy respect for fear. Choose the path that is true to you and know that - to me - you will always be the girl with constellations on her face.