It’s International Women’s Day, which I think is the perfect opportunity to celebrate my favourite ladies who have either inspired me or have had a positive impact on my life in the last year. I think you might notice a trend in the women I speak about below, they are walking against the crowds and making life choices for themselves and nobody else. It’s hard being a woman, so I think days like today are a good reminder we need to support and uplift each other in whatever it is we want to do. We all have potential to be great, and there is room for everyone. Besides, judgment and begrudgery are SO unflattering!
There have been several women in the last year or so who have either inspired me or have opened my eyes in big and small ways to improve my mindset and overall life or have made me howl with laughter over their relatability and reminders that I am not crazy, we all are! & here they are:
My Mum: Mother dearest, I have thrown curve balls at you for the last 25 years, but probably the biggest ones were between 2016 & and 2017. Thank you for your advice and allowing me to do it anyway! You’ve never put limitations on what I could or couldn’t do and have taught me to be grateful for the many great opportunities I have had.
My friends: The best thing about my experience living in New York was all the amazing girls I met during the year. I think anyone who moves to New York on the J1 visa is a mixture of brave, ambitious and a little insane. Being surrounded by so many amazing and hard working ladies taught me endless amounts about myself. You know who you are, I love you!
Lauryn Evarts: Lauryn is a blonde bombshell with an LA accent as big as it gets. At first glance, she might not be your cuppa tea but when I dove into her podcast I was hooked! She is unbelievably determined and has worked hard for everything she has. The advice I gained from following her extends to relationships, business and health and lots in between. See her blog HERE & Instagram HERE.
Some standout quotes include:
“Faking confidence is what builds confidence.”
“If you are going to be a blogger, be a blogger. Don’t be a half-ass blogger or don’t be a blogger at all,”
“You create your future. You create your surroundings. You create your life.”
“The relationship you have with yourself sets the foundation for the relationships you have with others.”
“What other people think of me is none of my business.”
The Food Medic: Dr Hazel Wallace is the queen of multi-tasking. Whenever I hear myself saying ‘I don’t have time” I try to think of Hazel, who is a full-time doctor in her first-year residency, an author, a public speaker and a blogger, and works out every single day. I get exhausted just looking at her but she’s been a major inspiration to me this last year. See her blog HERE & Instagram HERE.
Jooleeloren: I first discovered Julie Houts’ illustrations on New York subway advertisements. Julie keeps things real with hilarious and highly satirical and often political illustrations of everyday life and the many facets of being a woman. She’s calling out the basicness in all of us girls! Follow her Instagram today! @jooleeloren.
Jaclyn Johnson: Jaclyn Johnson is the CEO of Create & Cultivate, the conference and site for young working women created to ensure a daily conversation about entrepreneurship and being a woman in the modern digital world. Create & Cultivate has become one of the fastest growing conferences for millennial women hosting talents such as Kim Kardashian, Issa Rae, Mandy Moore, Chelsea Handler, Jessica Alba, Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie and more. I love the blog and watching the keynotes on Youtube! Jaclyn also invests and advises in female-owned businesses and is an all-around lady boss. See her Instagram HERE and the Create & Cultivate website HERE.
The Women Who Have Spoken:
I think it would be wrong of me not to give a special mention to those who have supercharged the equal rights conversation in the last few weeks. Sexual harassment and inequality is nothing new to us, but thanks to the MeToo movement people are talking about their experiences more than ever. It’s a difficult thing to speak about and I don’t think people need to speak unless they feel comfortable. But for those who have overcome shyness and have spoken up, be it in the office, at big meetings or to a group of people with opposing views, keep it up because everyone’s watching and applauding. Others will join you soon!
The main image of this blog post is an illustration from the extremely creative Martina Martain. Martina was the creator of the Instagram Gif challenge and she creates cute free wallpapers for your phone and laptop like the grl pwr one! You can follow her at @martinamartin.