What does International Women’s Day mean to me… as a woman, mom, wife, aunt, sister, daughter, friend, neice, granddaughter…
- Empowering myself to be the best version I can be by investing in myself with holistic health care, natural whole foods, self care, surrounding myself with positive people.
- Raising children to live with respect in truth, honesty.
- Honoring and respecting girls and women, also boys and men.
- Live my life with my partner, not because I have to or need to, because I choose to.
- Encouraging children to speak up and offer their opinions without the influence of others.
- Encouraging children to follow their heart, express their feelings and know they have the potential to do or be whatever or whoever they want to be!
- Be a positive influence to myself and others in the world.
- Be true to my values and ethics.
- Personal care as a mom is crucial, as a couple is important, as a family is smart!
- Knowing when to reach out to ask for help and being ok to attend counselling.
- Crying is natural, cleansing and emotions are meant to be felt and moved through.
- Every single relationship requires work on both sides regardless of which type of relationship.
- Challenges are given to us for us to grow and learn.
- Patience is a virtue.
- A woman, girl, man and boy can be whoever they want to be!
- Its 100% OK to speak my mind and be confident in doing so as long as its respectful to me and others.
- Never apologize for standing up for yourself when you are speaking the truth.
- Equality, we are all on our own path of life and while mine may be different than yours, its our own individual journey meant to be experienced – not judged.
- Conscious parenting my children in a “busy” electronic filled world.
- The value of education – something no one can ever take from you is knowledge you gain and apply in life.
These are things I remember everyday and not just today…
There are still a lot of people who feel women do not know as much as men or should be in a role of authority. Working in what used to be known as a “men’s industry” I still encounter this within our business, albeit its so much less. I am very strong in voicing my opinion and have had to on a couple occasions that if our male customers could not respect the women in our office, we would no longer do business with them. Although I somewhat shocked myself when I made that statement, it completely stopped the customer in their tracks. Give respect, but know you are always worth respect in return – no matter who you are!
Be strong. Show all the women in your life strength and vulnerability. It takes a very strong person to admit if they need help! Even stronger to choose a lifestyle that is “out of the norm” but so very right for your life. I think of how in my own life, I took a leap of faith and its transformed our life. Transformed our health. I am so very grateful for each and everyday. Start your day with gratitude. Be grateful for all that women have achieved. Reach for your own stars, wherever they might be. Realize that being a woman holds so much potential, not to be or do everything a man can, but to be our best. Women and men were not designed to have the exact same equal abilities. Embrace your femininity and uniqueness of YOU!