Celebrating strong women everywhere!
Happy International Women’s Day! Today, we get to celebrate strong women — those who inspire us, guide us, love us, lead us, and live with us. Those we are grateful for because they empower us, grow with us, listen to us, mentor us, “be” with us. Those who are generous with their time and their mentorship.
While International Women’s Day was founded to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women — something I totally celebrate — to me it’s also about celebrating the women in my life who are strong and who have helped me find my strong.
Just like this beautiful quote from author Elizabeth Gilbert (a pretty kick-ass woman in and of herself), the women I admire most in the world are those that have found their “strong” because stuff in their life didn’t always work out, yet they handled it with grace and beauty. They survived it, thrived in it, found their voice, their personal style and authenticity. They rose strong when shit didn’t work out. This quote is one of my all-time favs!
Grateful for strong & beautiful women…every day, everywhere
I am grateful to the women who have guided my life journey. This includes those in my day-to-day life, like my mom, my sisters, my grandmothers who are no longer with us, my amazing sorority sisters, my female mentors, and so many incredible and kick-ass girlfriends.
I am grateful for the incredibly strong and brave women whom I’ve never met but feel I know personally through their incredible work as it guides me (Brene Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maya Angelou, Gretchen Rubin, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama…just to name just a few).
I am grateful for all of YOU reading this who have become part of our In the Equation community and reached out to me with your stories of struggle and triumph. And I am grateful for all of the brave, beautiful and strong women in the world who lead and empower us on a daily basis. Who put themselves under the scrutiny of the public eye and risk so much to make a difference. Heck, I am also grateful for the strong men who live with, encourage and empower strong women everywhere! That, too, is a gift.
For my beautiful and brave sister Lisa
But today’s blog is dedicated to my beautiful and brave sister Lisa. Yep, today, I am most grateful for her strength and bravery. My sister who at 51 (now 52) years old shockingly suffered a massive stroke and who is now on the journey of her life, demonstrating to me & others every day strength, beauty and faith.
Yep, the ultimate gift to me on this Day of International Women is the recognition that some of the very best, most beautiful and strongest women are right beside me in life showing me the way by example. (My sister Kristine, too.) Pulling themselves up by their boot straps and finding their strong.
Lisa you will rock this recovery. I love you and celebrate you today…every day. Thank you for reminding me of the power of sister love. May you continue to find your strong and demonstrate for all of us the courage it takes to survive, thrive and arrive. You are my superhero.