Him or Her; This is me Stephanie Viva

"When I started my career at 19 years old, I decided I was going to go for it..."

-Lady Gaga

I was watching Ellen and ingesting Lady Gaga promoting "A star is born" speaking eloquently and dressed impeccably but reverently about her new role. Somewhere amidst the conversation and before commercial break she uttered the phrase;

"passion and fighting to be who you are; these are two of the most important things in the world."

I am hooked by the premise of this movie, and, it parallels my life so closely.

I don't just wake up happy every day.

I fight to be happy every day.

I am lucky to have a husband that puts it all together and challenges me when I am toast.

I have a co-host that is pushy and tough, and he makes me better and has always told me to "be myself" even if that doesn't befit me.

I have a son that asks the most ridiculous questions and karate dances across the kitchen on the cameras when we watch him because I am not there in the morning, and he doesn't know or care because his heart is happy.

I have a step-son that I have loved and adopted since he was one. He blames me for all of his misfortunes, and all I have ever wanted was for him to succeed.


These are the men in my life. 

Everyone has a story of a PERSON that has done them wrong.

I am a strong woman, and I surround myself with strong men; why is the narrative him vs. her and why isn't it about- this isn't what I want or this is what I do?

I am a woman

I am a mother

I am a step-mother

I am a former military member

I am a cancer survivor

I have been verbally abused

I have been physically abused

I am NOT a victim of ANYTHING

Stop making it #imwithher #imwithhim

Start making it #imwithbetter

#iambetter #bebetter

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