WHAT WE ARE
WHAT WE ARE
A community of women celebrating our beautifully unfiltered selves!


SISTER. DAUGHTER. FRIEND. MOTHER. DREAMER. DOER. WOMEN ARE #ALLTHETHINGS. WE INVITE YOU TO TUCK AWAY YOUR GLOSSY INSTAGRAM SELFIE, TAKE A DEEP BREATH, AND SHOW UP AS YOU ARE.  #NOFILTERREQUIRED.

                                           

DEC: HOW DO YOU ASK FOR WHAT YOU NEED?

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Catch us on  Atomic Moms Podcast by Ellie Knaus! "Friends Nikki DeLoach (Awkward) and Jen Dede (Shameless) have supported each other through hell and back and aren’t afraid to crack a joke about it. They speak candidly about Jen’s 8 year struggle with fertility, Nikki’s harrowing experience with her newborn’s open-heart surgery two months ago, and our fear of the big D and we don’t mean Dallas OR Divorce. OK fine…I’ll say it. Death. Join us in celebrating the launch of their super positive, uplifting, and crazy honest site: What We Are: A community of women celebrating our beautifully unfiltered selves."

 
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CONTRIBUTOR: JEN DEDE 

I'VE GOT HELP WRITTEN ALL OVER ME

As an actress, you have to find a way to exist in a business that does everything in its power to say you don’t exist. You’re not good enough, you’re too fat, too pretty, too quirky. This also changes on a dime based on someone else’s ill-informed opinion. 

DECEMBER GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: JAMIE LYNN SIGLER

I'M ADDICTED TO HELP 

HI, my name is Jamie, and I have something to confess.  I’m addicted to something I NEVER thought I would ever be. In fact, my friends and family that have known me well would even say that they can’t believe that I am now committing this act on a daily basis. I. Am. Addicted...to asking for help.

NOVEMBER GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: Jillian Rose Reed

THE BODY

Some days are good days. Some days are bad days. Some days I feel like a Victoria's Secret model, and other days I look in the mirror and am harshly reminded that I'm 5'2" with thunder thighs and I haven't washed my hair in 5 days (it's a lot of work, okay?). Today was one of those days, and instead of dwelling on it, I'm gonna talk it out. With you. 

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contributor: Jen Dede

ME AND MY BODY THROUGH THICK AND THIN.

There is so much to say on this topic. I don’t feel I can speak truthfully about where I am today without sharing where my body has been the last few years. 

 

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Contributor: Nikki Deloach 

I (USED TO) HATE MY PREGNANT BODY

One night, after spending the entire day praying to the porcelain throne, I sat down to type out my sickly frustrations and distress. I wrote an article entitled “I Hate My Pregnant Body” and decided to post it for the launch of our website What We Are since our focus for the month of November was “the body.” Just to clarify, we aren’t talking about articles like, “Thanksgiving Smanksgiving: How to take off those last 10 pounds over the holidays!” Or, “Zero Gut, Tight Butt.” None of that shit. To be honest, I lost interest in taking off those last ten pounds years ago. I like beer too much. My co-founding partner Jen Dede and I sought to talk about “the body” in a much deeper way. 

 

WHAT  WE ARE All about 

OUR LIVES ARE GORGEOUS, DEEP, SCARY, FUNNY, FULL, AND ALSO ISOLATING AT TIMES. WE DEEPLY CARE ABOUT WOMEN AND THE SISTERHOOD THAT IS AT OUR FINGERTIPS; YET SO MANY TIMES WE ISOLATE, TRYING TO GET THROUGH LIFE “ON OUR OWN”. WE BOTH LEARNED THAT BY FILTERING OUR LIVES AND OUR TRUTHS, WE BECOME MORE SEPARATED.  IT IS WHEN WE CHOOSE TO SHARE OUR DARKEST, MOST SURREAL, MOST INSANE TIMES IN OUR LIFE THAT WE CONNECT TO EACH OTHER.  WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT ALL OF IT - THE HILARIOUSLY EMBARRASSING, ABSURDLY DISTURBING, UNCOMFORTABLY RAW, OR THE BIG THINGS THAT BREAK YOU OPEN AND SHORE YOU UP. 

THIS IS A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN LAUGH, CRY, CONNECT, COMMISERATE AND CELEBRATE.  WE ARE ALL SOUL SISTERS ON THIS JOURNEY. 

(WE WARN YOU...THERE MIGHT BE A LOT OF VAGINA-LOGUES).

                                   Founders of 'What We Are'