Happy International Women’s Day! Today we celebrate all of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements women have made. I can’t imagine a more fitting way to celebrate than taking a moment to honor some strong and amazing women in my life….
Martha Carter: My mom, but more importantly my first female role model. She’s a certified badass. I hit the Mom jackpot! She inspired me to be a confident woman and to stand up for what I believe in. When she wants something done, she makes it happen. She raised four children that are still in awe of her strength and adore spending time with her. She championed the value of education, and although she never had the opportunity to go to college, she made sure all of her children did. She is one of my favorite people to talk with because she is open-minded and even if she doesn’t agree with someone she is respectful. You will never convince my Mom to do anything she doesn’t believe in or want to do…she’s a strong woman!
Laura Kiser: Your selfless and giving spirit inspires me more than you know. You take time to enjoy life, but you never back down from fighting for something you believe in or someone who needs help. Everyone who meets you adores you instantly!
Michelle Bauer: You inspire me to share my opinion and be bold. You are a fierce advocate for yourself and others, and I admire that. I am convinced I got my love of decor and design from you. I love your creative flair!
Sarah Lucca: Your kind heart and ability to connect with others is inspirational. You celebrate students at every stage in their learning journey, and you never give up. I can always count on you to be there for me. Being vulnerable and real helps you bond with others, but in the process you also know how to have fun.
Rachel Hennen: You inspire me to laugh. Your laugh makes the whole world seem brighter! Perfection is never your goal (which I love), and you are genuine and real with people. You have a kind heart, and you stand firm in your convictions.
Sarah Aldrich: You inspire me to be intentional, rational and grounded. You have a clear sense of yourself, but I can always count on you to be goofy as well.
Cheryl Peterson: You are the “hostess with the mostess,” and your nurturing spirit is like none other. Your passion, pride, and thoughtfulness shine through in everything you do. I couldn’t ask for a better mother-in-law!
Laurie Johnson: You inspire me with your confidence, intellect, and strength. You are fiercely loyal and hold your own with everyone you meet. Your ability to make others feel welcome is 100% refreshing!
Karen Molnar: You are one of sassiest people I know. You are energetic, funny, and thoughtful. You inspire me to try new things and never back down. I can always count on you for a good laugh and loads of fun!
Lucy Barry: You are posh and sweet, but fierce all at the same time. Your quiet strength is an inspiration. Although you were never able to teach the Americans (including myself) “the Queen’s English” you never gave up on us…kudos on your effort!
Emily Bergstrom: You have a unique ability to connect with others, and your nurturing spirit always shines through. I love your design style and creative side.
Tisha Chrobak: You are one of the most genuine people I have ever met. Your compassion and kindness towards others speak volumes, and I always have fun when we are together.
Shireen David: You are one of the most giving people I know. Working together was one of the best things I experienced in India. Your kindness is contagious, and you always know how to make others feel comfortable and welcome.
Ruhi Chauhan: Your confidence and fun personality make you a joy to be around. I could always count on you for advice on how to navigate my way through India, and you have the best treats available in the blink of an eye.
Moushumi Gupta: Your enthusiasm, creativity, and intelligence are unmatchable. You have a quiet strength that everyone gravitates towards, and your passion shines through in everything you do.
Frances Carter (aka Giga): You inspired me with your love and kindness. Life wasn’t always easy for you, but everyone wanted to be around you because you were genuine and fun. Your ability to connect with others was undeniable, and although you’ve been gone for 16 years your spirit still shines on.
Olivia Delly: You inspire me every day. You have confidence and strength that I never imagined when I was 11 years old. Kindness, love, and patience are pillars of your personality, but you also have a fantastic sense of humor. I feel blessed every day that I am your Mom.
Thank you to all the strong and amazing women in my life. My list could go on and on. Who do you want to recognize on International Women’s Day? Comment below…you have the ability to make someone’s day even brighter!
Love, Heck Yeah! We can.