I love International Women’s Day because for at least one day, women are celebrated for the earth altering, heart molding, immensely powerful, loving, creative beings that we are all the freakin’ time.
As for the rest of the year, we have some work to do. Yes, equal pay, paid maternity leave and reproductive rights, I’m talking ’bout you.
And that’s just here in America. Girls and women around the world, particularly in the middle East and Southeast Asia, have even larger barriers to mount.
Even still, I’m proud of the progress being made and I remain tremendously grateful for all those bold women who have come before. The women who were brave enough to speak out before social media gave everyone an outlet, fighting to secure the rights I sometimes take for granted today.
I also want to honor the gals throughout the world simply showing up for their lives on the daily— creating businesses, running boardrooms and families alike, spreading love, light and wisdom the way only the enlightened woman can…
Today I celebrate the profound lives and lessons of 11 ladies, past and present, who continue to influence me most.
Oh and Happy International Women’s Day! I ♥ and appreciate you all!
“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”
— Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heartfelt Advice for Difficult Times
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
— Maya Angelou
“When I’m trusting and being myself as fully as possible, everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.”
— Shakti Gawain, Living in the Light
“When a woman rises up in glory, her energy is magnetic and her sense of possibility contagious.”
— Marianne Williamson, A Woman’s Worth
“You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.”
— Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
“I tell you this true story just to prove that I can. That my frailty has not yet reached a point at which I can no longer tell a true story.”
— Joan Didion, Blue Nights
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
— Mother Theresa
“Each moment of each day in our lives is a valuable turning point—an important part of our spiritual growth, an important scene in the movie of our lives. Each feeling is important: boredom, fear, hate, love, despair, excitement. Each action we take has value: an act of love, an act of healing. Each word we speak, each word we hear, each scene we allow ourselves to see, and each scenario we participate in changes us. Trust and value each moment of your life. Let it be important. It is a turning point. It is a spiritual experience.”
— Melodie Beattie, Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul
“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
“I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than depression and I am braver than loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
“Act, and God will act.”
— Joan of Arc