In a world that often demands us to be strong, resilient and beautiful, the journey of Marcie Rey Landreth is one of self-discovery and empowerment. Landreth’s story of creating the newsletter “Fierce Feminina” is a testament to the power of embracing one’s true self, regardless of societal expectations.
Landreth’s transformational journey began unexpectedly at the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance Conference, where she attended a session on sabbaticals. Little did she know that this session would trigger a profound realization within her.
“I just started crying as she’s talking about taking a sabbatical,” Landreth recalled.
It was at that moment that she realized she needed a break from the relentless cycle of work and self-neglect.
Retreating to a cabin for a few days, Landreth delved into introspection, armed only with her journal and a single book. She reflected on her life and the person she had become – a dedicated worker in the nonprofit sector, tirelessly focused on serving others but forgetting to serve herself. Her cup had run empty, and it was time for a change.
Out of this self-reflection emerged the concept of “Fierce Feminina.” Landreth wanted to create a platform where women could boldly embrace both their strength and femininity.
“I am fierce, and I am feminine. I can absolutely be both,” she said.
This was a powerful revelation that challenged conventional stereotypes and embraced the idea that beauty could be bold and powerful.
The name “Fierce Feminina” also carried cultural significance for Landreth. She added the “A” to “Feminina” to reflect her Hispanic heritage, making it a name that resonated with her on a personal level.
As Landreth returned to her daily life, the idea of a newsletter dedicated to the “Fierce Feminina” took shape. It was a platform where Landreth could celebrate women who embodied these qualities.
“I was able to look around and see other women who are also Fierce Feminina. And it’s like you’re able to see these characteristics in other women that are just like you,” she explained.
This platform became her means of connecting women and inspiring them to embrace their own unique blend of fierceness and femininity.
Landreth also harbors a deep desire to be a representative for women who may not see themselves represented often enough. She recalls her excitement watching the movie “Selena” with her daughters, seeing someone who looked like her achieve greatness. Landreth wants to be that representation for other women, inspiring them to pursue their dreams, regardless of their background.
Each week, Landreth curates articles that align with the core values of “Fierce Feminina” – embracing both fierceness and femininity, inspiration, heartfelt connections, and meaningful causes. Her purpose is clear: To ignite and empower women to “Be Fierce” and boldly live their passions, creating profound change in their communities and wholeheartedly embodying lives of unwavering purpose. Landreth’s love for nonprofits shines through as she features various nonprofits in her newsletter, emphasizing the importance of giving back.
She also created a 30-day self-care journal called “A Guide to a Heart Centered Life,” designed to promote healing guidance and kindness. A portion of sales proceeds goes to Set Free Refuge where she is executive director and co-founder.
“We help sexually exploited and human trafficked women through mental health treatment and support services. I want to inspire and inform the larger community about what we’re doing,” Landreth said.
“Fierce Feminina” is not confined by geographical boundaries. Landreth envisions a global platform that connects women from diverse backgrounds. She believes that seeing and being inspired by women who look like us is a powerful motivator.
“It’s not that you’re asking for permission, but you’re seeing that it’s possible,” Landreth asserted.
Landreth’s journey to creating “Fierce Feminina” is a story of self-discovery, empowerment, and the profound impact of representation. Her platform is not just a newsletter; it’s a movement that encourages women to unapologetically embrace their fierceness and femininity while making a meaningful difference in the world.
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