Today on International Women’s Day, I decided to take pause and reflect on the those that I owe gratitude. My story would be less without the women that have helped to mold me.
As a young girl, Judy Blume wrote stories that I could relate to. Being female was tough but positive and fun was good as well as part of growing up. I soon devoured information that highlighted the current Queen of England. Queen Elizabeth represented a powerful position and means for change. I continue to be drawn to her sophistication while she has worked for change over many years.
Alice Walker another author that I read and reread, which doesn’t happen often, her stories whispered to a deep part of my soul. Her words spoke to the wounded child in me and taught me to view the world in a different way other than through pain. She taught me that drive was always the determining factor in every truth. Mary Shelley and Anne Rice helped me to make it through adolescence. I could embrace angst through their stories even if a bit darker. In the midst of the darkness I felt I belonged. Their stories of not belonging, revealed to me that most of us feel that way sometimes, and that’s a normal part of development. Belonging first to self allows the lonely feelings to be lessened. If you haven’t read their books I highly recommend them as summer reads. In my current stage of life I find myself observing women like Michelle Tam, Melissa Hartwig, Caroling Hirons and Trinny Woodall. These women work relentlessly and have a drive that I aspire to. They have kept their souls intact as they reach for more. They represent positive beams in a less than bright world!
I work with women everyday that inspire me and change my life. Watching a woman walk the journey through pregnancy into birth and postpartum is a treasure. Getting to help along the way is extremely special to me. Mothers are the change our world needs. Each one of my clients’ story has been a changing moment in my life.
When I think of all the women it took to get me to where I am, I truly am in awe of the strength and courage they had to share pieces of themselves. As women we are privileged to loudly share our stories to be a beacon for our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, or those we come in contact with. We never know what lives we may be touching and changing deeply!
Take today to thank those who have paved changed in you and inspired you to use your voice to help others. Find your braveness.