They called me a stupid JAP

They called me a stupid JAP

“You Stupid J-A-P”!!! **this post may trigger a lot of you**

That’s what I was called over and over again. After the 3rd time, I made a decision that I would no longer identify with being Jewish [I was only 14-years old].

A “JAP” is/was a derogatory name for “Jewish American Princess”

They called me a stupid JAP pinterest thumbnailThis horrific term that’s meant to define all Jewish American women as spoiled, materialistic and gold-diggers was never going to be me.

I didn’t want to be “her” and at 14… I had no idea how to boldly declare who I was and still hold onto an identity that clearly aggravated other peoples.

I wanted to fit in.
I wanted to be “normal”. I wanted to be a part of the “accepted” culture

How far would I go to hide this? *Straightened my hair. *Got a nose job at age 15 to remove “the bump”.
*Dated only Christian boys and later married Christian. *Never celebrated a Jewish holiday as an adult. *And you guessed it… my daughter goes to catholic school

Recently I was having an afternoon car ride with one of my favorite humans, my daughter. She’s 12 years old, ½ Hispanic and ½ Jewish… and she’s so freakin PROUD of her combined heritage. She OWNS her strong features, her culture and her uniqueness. I want her to always own that and later that night, I looked in the mirror at myself and decided to reclaim who I am

I’m so proud of who I am and where I come from.

WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE: We are all god’s children and we all get to own our uniqueness, embrace it and celebrate it (even if our celebration is a party of one)

It’s taken me 48-years and my most remarkable 12-year old daughter who’s proudly 1/2 Hispanic and 1/2 Jewish to teach me to love myself in a whole new way

If you’re anti-racism.
If you’re anti-bullying.
If you’re anti-shaming.

Share this post. I’m celebrating every strong, confident, powerful and loving person who reads this. YOU are my people and I love you for whoever you truly are.

XO,

Natalie Jill

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Natalie Jill is a Fat Loss Expert turned high performance coach who helps woman Age In Reverse and level up their lives! Natalie Jill is the author of two best selling books "7 Day Jump Start- Unprocess Your Diet" and "Aging in Reverse" and has been recognized from Forbes and Greatist several years running as one of the top health and wellness influencers in the world. She is also the creator and host of the top ranking podcast Leveling Up Creating Everything from Nothing. . To know more about Natalie Jill, you can visit her Facebook Profile.

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