Growing up, I was always the tallest in my class - the tallest girl, the tallest person, the tallest period. Back then in the late 1970s, early 1980s - it wasn't so cool to be a tall girl. Getting teased or the boys being mad because you are taller than them was something else to say the least. Being in my mid-40s now I look back on the time so long ago when being tall was not so cool.
Being a tall girl messed with my self-esteem and self-confidence a bit. All pants were high waters (imagine this - its cool now!), shoes were hard to find (I wear a size 13 shoe), my sleeves were always short (hence, the reason I love short sleeves today).
As I've gotten older, I've learned to embrace my tallness and walk tall and with confidence. It has taken a lot to get here including connecting with other tall women and looking to my family and friends for support. And, wouldn't you know it... it became cool to be tall. I thought: "Wow, I'm finally one of the cool kids!" Little did I know even as I got older that being "cool" and accepted started with me accepting myself. I had to get over my own insecurities and embrace who I am and keep going. I have many tall girls in my family - younger and older and I wanted to be an example to them and show them the way. This started within me and as I embraced myself, my light began to shine and lit the way to be an example for others.
And, wouldn't you know it - years later while looking for topics for a blog post and looking to connect with other bloggers, I ran across The Tall Society online and wondered: "Wow, what's this?" I went to the website and the light bulb came on... this is what I've been looking for: "tall girls and women worldwide unite". I reached out to the founder, Bree via a blog post she wrote and she responded! I was thrilled to connect with her and I found out The Tall Society was coming to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 25, 2017. This was certainly a tall girl's dream come true! I signed up immediately for the Meet Your Tall Sisters Brunch and my friend, Annette joined me. Pictures from the brunch can be found here on the A Life With A View Facebook page and also on Instagram.
I met so many amazing women at the brunch and many of us immediately connected on social media. Bloggers, writers, event planners, clothing and shoe designers - you name it, we all represented. Before we left the brunch, two of the ladies started a DC-area Tall Gals Facebook page for us to connect and get together in the near future.
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