Happy International Women’s Day 2018!
This is a quick shout out to all of the fabulous women in my life and to express my gratitude to each and every one of them.
In my immediate family I have women who I absolutely adore. Firstly, how lucky am I? Secondly, these women have shown me that being a woman takes strength and that strength doesn’t look like any one thing. Instead, strength has manifested itself as anger, desperation, suffering, sadness, hope, grit, trial, error, reevaluation, assessment, attempts, perseverance, stability, safety, authenticity, kindness, severity, frustration and above all, love. I am fortunate enough to still have both of my grandmothers. The fortitude of their generation is profound and humbling. I have been told countless stories of hardship, struggle and chaos but the end message is always that of love, acceptance and a need to continue on. If I have been taught anything from the strong and powerful women in my life it is that dwelling on the past doesn’t do us any good and we must always move forward with love and purpose. This is a constant journey.
Then there are those women who have been so gracious as to welcome me into their lives as their friend. I am lucky enough to have friends who I have worked with, done sport with, studied with, or otherwise met through some serendipitous exchange. These women have shown me the importance professionalism, kindness, self-care, belief in yourself, courage, and assurance in your own worth. They have then reminded me of the importance of these traits when I inevitably forgot them in times of self-doubt. I have seen women go from nervously logging in on their first day to backing their own opinion with grace, politeness and confidence in just a few months. I have been mentored by friends, at times acted the mentor, and seen that the most balanced of friendships are a constant switch between each role as required.
I feel so lucky that I know these creative, exciting, energised and loving women. I have been brought into their lives and encouraged to expand and challenge myself to have the best experience on this earth that I can. Thank you to all of the beautiful women who inspire and encourage me daily.
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5 thoughts on “Bonus post: International Women’s Day”
A beautiful celebration of what it means to be a strong woman and support other women in this crazy journey we call life! Thank you for sharing Jane xx
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Women empowering women is one of my most favourite things. As someone who has been lucky to get to know you, be mentored by you, and be befriend by you I cannot agree more with this post.
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You are an absolute gem lady. There really is nothing more exciting than feeling strong enough to go it – whatever ‘it’ is for you – and not stopping to think about if you can or should, just knowing everyone is behind you!
Love this. When I look around at the women in my life, I see the strength and resilience you’re referring to. It looks different in each different woman, but it’s there: an undercurrent of strength. A toughness. Women have had to draw on this strength throughout history in the face of adversities, both big (like some of the women if your previous posts) and small (the constant battles we fight in everyday life). I am so proud to be a woman, because of the inner strength, the power and the solidarity I have seen from other women. They inspire me to keep on going. Thank you for this blog and happy International Women’s Day. Xxxx
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I hope you feel this inner strength, power and solidarity every day. I am so glad I have given you a good read!