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9 Petite Struggles vs Empowerment

By on May 17, 2017

Being Petite Sometimes Sucks

Vertically challenged they call us.  Fun sized, small fry, half-pint…hilarious, right?  Yes, I am short and small and I have been that way my whole life.  I’m not sure how many times I’ve told people my age and they’re astounded!  No I am not 12 and yes I am old enough to see an R-rated movie (they seriously card for that?)

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What else is harder for us?  Oh yeah, shopping.  Shopping is super frustrating especially on a time constraint.  I needed a business suit for an interview and it turned into an entire weekend ordeal…And I still needed a lot of tailoring in the end!  I’m pretty limited to where I can buy adult clothing unless I want to shop in the Juniors department (which cycles me back to the whole you-don’t-look-old-enough problem).

So here are more frustrations you may have experienced…

9 Petite Struggles

ONE. In High School everyone thinks it’s “fun” to pick you up

TWO. Getting asked if you want a kid’s meal at restaurants (even if I sort of do)

THREE. Everything must be hemmed (except cropped jeans!!)

FOUR. I can’t reach 75% of the cupboard space in the kitchen

FIVE. Will someone please tell me why stores put size 0 jeans up high and the larger sizes closer to the floor?

SIX. I always have to get things way up high since I can “climb better”

SEVEN. I also have to get anything stored in a small space “because I can fit”

EIGHT. When middle schools are taller than me

NINE. Who gets the middle seat in a crowded car?  Me.

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Turning “Weakness” Into Strength

There are advantages and disadvantages to being petite but I prefer to take things that seems like disadvantages and use them to motivate me.  I’ll share an example.  I’m small, so I’m naturally not going to be able to pick up something weighing 50 lbs with as much ease as my husband would.  No, I don’t need to be as strong as him but I want to be able to do things for myself physically.  I don’t want to need a man to open a jar, carry something heavy, or move something around the apartment for me.  Instead, I take my physical weakness and use it to push my body to do things such as strength training, and more recently, crossfit.  I don’t want my strength to be a disadvantage so I work on improving it.

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Inspiring Petites

I’ve done kickboxing and Krav Maga.  I’ve moved across the country and changed jobs multiple times.  I’ve battled and overcome addictions.  There have been many difficult, painful, or stressful times in my life but when I get past it, it builds me up.  I know that nothing is too difficult to accomplish or overcome.

When I took my first backpacking trip, I carried a lot of weight on my back.  I didn’t train much for it so it was pretty challenging.  But, I survived and I loved it.  I strongly encourage other small women to get outdoors and take on backpacking trips and other adventures.  I hope to inspire other petites and show you that you don’t need to be big and strong to do these adventures!  All you can do is continue to push forward and prepare for more difficult (but exhilarating) adventures.

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    May 17, 2017

    Thanks for the inspiration! As a petite girl myself, I totally get where you’re coming from. Luckily, the middle school jokes have subsided by now. Although, I do still buy cropped pants knowing very well that they will fit as normal pants…

    Simply Lovebirds

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      Rachel M

      May 17, 2017

      Actually the cropped jeans is a great solution to having full length jeans that don’t need hemming 🙂

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    May 17, 2017

    This is such a wonderful post! You are such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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      Rachel M

      May 17, 2017

      Thank you so much!

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    May 18, 2017

    Haha! I’m only 5’1″ so I can definitely relate to everything you mentioned in this post. I love this post, you are such an inspiration! Not just to petite women but to all 🙂

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      Rachel M

      May 18, 2017

      Thanks, I appreciate that and I am glad you related to my post!

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    Velysia Zhang

    May 19, 2017

    The good thing being petite is that you will always looks young and adorable 🙂

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      Rachel M

      May 19, 2017

      <3 This is true. I am!

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I am Rachel, an early 30's Midwestern girl residing in NYC with my husband and dog. I have learned to appreciate the city but am also a huge adventure girl. Follow along with my outdoor adventures as well as my city adventures and fitness journey. I'm an advocate of empowering other petite women not to be limited by our size!


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