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! 

Happy International Women's Day | Inspiring Change

When I found out today was International Women's Day, I quickly began to think of who I would blog about.  I thought of important women in history and thought I should find one that really inspired me and blog about her.  But then I thought about it some more and I realized, I am surrounded by so many inspiring women on a daily basis, let's talk about them for a bit.  Let's honor the working mom who wakes up every morning at 6am to start her day packing lunches, folding laundry, dropping kids off at school, then go to work every day.  Let's honor the moms who homeschool their children.  The women who own their own businesses.  The mom who finds time in her busy schedule to take care of herself too.  Let's honor the women who follow their dreams and pursue their passions in life.  Let's honor the girlfriends who will stay up all night with you when you've had a bad day and need someone to vent to.  Let's honor our mothers for the sacrifices they've made to raise us to be strong independent women.  Let's honor each other.  We are all inspiring.  

This year's theme for Women's International Day is: Inspiring Change.  Well, I am here today to tell you that you can make a difference.  You can change your life to be what you want it to be.  Your choices, your actions, your words can inspire someone to make positive changes in their life too.  Then their changes will inspire someone else and so on and so on.  You can be the start of something amazing.  

This goes out to all of us:  mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, aunts, nieces, grandmothers, granddaughters, girlfriends, women, girls.  Today on Women's International Day, I ask that we be aware of our actions, that we be aware of our words.  That we not put ourselves down.  Let's be proud of where we come from, where we've been, and most importantly, let's be proud of who we are!  We have the power to inspire change.  

Here I am with the most important and inspiring women in my life.  My sister, my mother, and my daughter.  Who inspires you?

Here I am with the most important and inspiring women in my life.  My sister, my mother, and my daughter.  Who inspires you?