I had something very different in mind for today’s post, but today is International Women’s Day. Today I want to take the time to share some of the most influential women in my life and lessons I’ve learned from each one of them. Today is about recognizing those strong women who fought for women’s rights way back in 1917 and before. It’s important to recognize those who have gone before us and stood up for women’s rights, so we can do the things we do today. This is a movement that is still on going and hopefully we have all had strong women in our lives that help shape us and prepare us to keep standing up for women’s rights now and in the future.
When I take the time to sit and reflect on the 30 years of learning and who are the women that have taught me some of the most important lessons in my life. I am amazed and thankful for all these ladies that have been placed in my life to guide me to be a better version of myself. Always remember that behind every successful woman there is a group of successful women that have her back and believe in her. Any chance you get to support and uplift another woman you should always take it.
Most Influential Women in my Life:
Lesson: FAITH – growing up in a religious household doesn’t necessarily mean that your faith will be strong and that you will have everything figured out. Although you are raised with the right tools it’s up to you. My mom’s faith is one of the most important things in her life and she leads every day with it. I am grateful to be able to watch and learn from her every day. If there is one thing I have learned from my mom, mostly in recent years, is that real faith can make big changes in your life. She has taught me that even when ting seem down or at their worst, you must believe that things will work out according to God’s plan.
My Older Sister – Briana
Lesson: SACRIFICE – Watching and learning from my sister over the last decade of our lives has been one of the most inspiring things in my life. I have never met someone so willing to sacrifice anything for her kids and family. She is probably one of the best mothers I knows, she’s my best friend, and she is my #1 go-to person anytime I need advice on something. Although we don’t live close to one another she has made such an impact on my life and has taught me so many things. Even after being a wife, mother to four kids, working a full-time job, and maintaining her household, she still manages to find time to squeeze me in and listen to me. At the end of the day support is everything and her willingness to sacrifice of her time to other is just an amazing thing to see.
My Sisters – Briana, Sara, Victoria & Esther
Lesson: UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – Growing up in a household with four sisters could be crazy at times, and it could get a little hectic. Now that we are all older and getting on with our lives and realizing what it means to be in the real world. There is a different closeness as we get older. It’s crazy that we were all raised the exact same way, but we all came out so differently as far as personalities and way of life. As we go on with our lives we have all strived to stay close together and keep in touch, and sometimes we drive each other crazy in our group chats, but at the end of the day I know that they will always be there for me. We cherish one another’s differences and don’t let that get in the way of family. This is a very important lesson learned.
Lesson: COMMITMENT – One of the things I cherish most about my grandmother is her honesty in any situation. She never hides who she is and always speaks her mind. Another thing I have gleaned from watching my grandma is her love and commitment to my grandpa. When I look back on life I always hope that my husband and I will make it as far as they have come. My grandma is a very strong woman and she cares so much for my grandpa and I love that there are still relationships like that I can look to in my life.
Lesson: STAND UP FOR YOURSELF– Although I have only known her for a little over a decade, one of the most important lessons I have learned from my mother in law is to always stand up for myself. Never let anyone run over you, always make it known where you stand and who you are. My mother in law is a very strong and strong-willed person who taught me that it’s ok to let people know what I think, and to never back down.
It’s so important to be grateful for those who have taught you valuable lessons in life and to celebrate them on this special day! Wishing you all a Happy International Women’s Day and don’t forget to take the time to celebrate the important women in your life today.