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I wanted to start a new section on my blog dedicated to the women who inspire me most. Every month I’ll be doing a post about a woman who has somehow impacted or inspired my life, as these women truly don’t get the credit they deserve. With the crazed and sexist world that we live in today, it’s important to show recognition to the women who make this world a better place.

It’s time men and women EVERYWHERE show appreciation for not only each other, but women especially. We can’t continue down the path of misogynistic assholes who think they’re entitled because they have a penis, it’s time we rise up and empower women for their strength and overall inspiration. And on that note, I give you the first post on “Women Who Inspire Me,” dedicated to Ms. Gwyneth Paltrow.

Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the worlds most well-known celebrities; actress, ceo/founder, mother, author, and advocate are some of the many titles she has under her belt. The reason I wanted to write about GP as the first person to this new part on my blog, is because she doesn’t get the credit she deserves. I’m sure you might be asking yourself, “What the hell would this kid know? He doesn’t even know her.” and you’re right, I don’t know her on an extremely personal level, but I know how much of a bad ass inspiring woman she is. There have been many stories over the years about how she’s “arrogant” or how her lifestyle and wellness brand ‘goop‘ is “overpriced because she’s an entitled white woman”; those stories couldn’t be more false and inaccurate. I don’t care what you think or say, it’s because she’s a woman that they say and write these things.

Where are the headlines about Gwyneth putting in all of her time and hard earned money into creating a wellness/lifestyle brand and website to better women’s health? How about applauding her for coming forward and speaking out about H****y the predator? I have yet to see anything remotely close to the positivism and recognition that men in the industry get for something as simple as saying he supports women then women get any day. Sure, lately we’ve been seeing a lot of stories about how courageous these women are, but why aren’t there as many as there are for the men of Hollywood? It just doesn’t make sense to me. That’s the main reason I wanted to start this section on my blog, to show how much I appreciate women and their bravery.

Gwyneth has been using her voice and platform since she started out to try and make the world a better place. From supporting LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, and much more, she’s been an advocate for basically everyone in the world. I’ve not only had the privilege of getting to speak with her for my blog, but I also was able to meet her. She invited me to her highly adored ‘goop‘ wellness summit, and it truly was one of the greatest days of my life. The hard work and dedication she puts into making these events as great as she does, it’s just absolutely incredible. From being on the outside looking in, you can truly see how much she cares about the empire that she’s created for herself and people everywhere.

If there’s anything GP has taught me most, it’s to never stop believing in myself. I know that might sound cliche and not make sense, but she’s instilled this confidence in me that makes me want to be the best version of myself. I look up to a lot of women who have changed my life, but she truly is one of the biggest inspirations and role models I have ever met. The kindness and love this woman has in her heart is unimaginable, she’s truly one of a kind.

This piece wasn’t written in any way to gain attention or anything like that, it was simply to tell the truth about a woman who doesn’t get nearly enough of the credit that she deserves. I have no clue if she will see or read this, but if she does, I hope she takes one thing away from it…and what’s that one thing? That one thing is appreciation and admiration for her. I’ve never met someone that I had felt like I’d known forever, and I mean that. When I talked with her I just felt that she truly cared about me and what I was saying, something that I never really get to feel when speaking to people.

Gwyenth, I can’t thank you enough for your kindness, love, and support towards me- it means more than you can imagine. I’m not sure if you’ll understand how or why you’ve had an impact on my life like some women have had, but you truly have made me want to focus on believing in myself and to never stop being who I am. I love you so much and I hope you continue to shine and be the incredible person that you are. Thank you for being an inspiration to not only myself, but to so many others around the world.