Happy International Women's Day

I woke up this morning to instagram and facebook posts all about girl power, girl bosses, and women's rights.  Today is the day that all over the world people are getting together to celebrate women.  The theme of this year's International Women's Day is #PledgeforParity.  Check out their website HERE and read all about the campaign, how you can become involved, and activities in your area.  

Today, I would like to celebrate all the strong, amazing, and diverse women I know.  Everyday I am in awe of all the accomplishments I see from women all over the country.  Mothers, athletes, daughters, wives, sisters, friends, regardless of our title or status we are all women.  Let's not compare ourselves to each other.  As the saying goes, "comparison is the thief of joy."  As women, we have so much to overcome.  We may feel we need to work harder to prove ourselves.  And, yes, this is very true, especially in the workplace.  But, we should not have to work so hard to prove ourselves to each other.  We are all doing the best we can.  We are all working hard.  We are all making the best choices for ourselves.  

As mothers, our choices, our actions, make an impact on our families.  Our children look up to us and it's up to us to be the best we can be for them.  This is pressure enough.  Let's not pressure ourselves even more with comparing what we do to what anyone else is doing.  Let's not tear each other down, but build each other up.  There is no room for that in our lives.  Why wast time with criticism, when we can empower each other instead.  Let's show compassion, love, and acceptance.  It is so much easier to love, than hate.  Our daughters will thank us for it.

To all the women in my life: Thank you!  Thank you for building me up, for pushing me further. Thank you for sharing a little or a lot of your life with me. Thank you for  running with me, for celebrating with me, for laughing with me, for putting up with me, and mostly, just thanks for allowing me to be me and for always being you.  XO!