Internationals Women’s Day 2019
I didn’t plan on posting anything today but then I remembered that it’s international women’s day, and I couldn’t let it pass by without recognising some of the wonderful women who have inspired me. If I had my way this list could go on forever, but I’m going to try and keep it short & sweet and introduce to you five of many of the ladies in my life that have moved me.
L – @onemorelightLB
Last year I was browsing through Twitter like I always do, and I found a blog post from the wonderful L. That was it, I was hooked. I read blog posts all the time and whilst I appreciate all of them in their own ways, L’s writing moved me in a way that I can’t explain. Her writing is poignant and poetic, and her words hit me right in the feels. The only thing more incredible than her talent is the fact that she doesn’t know how incredible she is. I’ve never met a more grounded, yet passionate person. This woman has skills and she’s still so supportive of others. Not to mention she’s absolutely hilarious. (All’s I’m saying, swear words sound much better in Scottish) seriously though, she’s one of a kind and I can see her making a big mark in this world
This woman, well where do I start? She is the sweetest, kindest and funniest person you’ll ever have the pleasure of knowing. Beth seems so confident on the outside but in her blog posts (that are great by the way) she opens up and shows a vulnerability that is nothing short of endearing. Despite the way she sometimes may feel about herself she always goes above and beyond to put others first and make them feel good. Beth is like a ray of sunshine, as cheesy as it sounds, I don’t care – she lights up people’s lives and I’ve got no doubt there would be many people would agree with me. She’s always making me laugh, her dry sense of humour and the way she pokes fun at herself, she’s a real strong woman (no but really, have you seen the weight she can lift?!) and may she continue to shine.
Lavra – @lavraxlondon
Lav literally epitomises this day. If I think of a strong woman, I think of Lav. She is smart, and sassy and she knows what she wants out of life. Lav believes in building others up, and she does it impeccably. You can find her on Twitter supporting smaller bloggers, sharing posts and lifting people up on a daily basis. She’s super smart and determined and is capable of anything she puts her mind to. She’s beautiful inside and out, and sometimes I don’t think she realises just how much of a beautiful person she is. Her infectious enthusiasm doesn’t go unnoticed and I’m sure there are many women out there who love her just as much as I do. I’ve learnt a lot from Lav and her posts about feminism, and if you read them to, you’ll understand why my first sentence is spot on.
Sarah-Jane – @nearlymrso
I love this woman. From the moment I met her I was in awe of her. Sarah-Jane hasn’t had an easy life let me tell you, this woman is made of strong stuff. She has conquered and overcome so much in her life and has raised three incredible children. The way she instils the values of feminism in her daughter, and even her sons, gives me parent goals. Not only is she an amazing mum, Sarah-Jane has a multitude of talents that inspire me. Firstly, she is an amazing writer, her humility and humour shine through in her blog posts, and her passion and empathy flow through her poetry. Not to mention, she is also a qualified MUA and now she’s adding teaching to her list of talents. I sometimes think, is there anything this woman can’t do? I strive to be like Sarah-Jane, and if there is ever a woman that symbolises strength, she’s that woman.
Charlotte-Louise – @WelshMummyBlogs
As a mum with a mental illness it’s hard to connect with new people, but when I started to read Charlotte’s blog, I instantly identified with how she felt. I was in awe of all the work she had done for mental health especially for Peri-Natal Mental Health and the support she gives to other mums. I then saw Charlotte on Television with Connie Fisher explaining to the world how she suffered with post-partum psychosis. I thought wow, now that is brave. I’ve always spoken about things but I’m not always vocal about psychotic episodes and such because there’s still a huge stigma around this part of mental illness. Whilst most people were just talking, Charlotte was actively making changes and creating and shaping services for the people who needed it most, all whilst struggling with her own demons and bringing up two beautiful boys. I met Charlotte for the first time the other day and she is just as warm and welcoming in real life as is her online presence. I have a feeling this incredible lady will be a friend for life.
I could definitely add a hundred more to this list, but I’m going to keep it short and sweet. There you have it, five wonderful women on social media who inspire me. There are so many people online and in my real life that I admire, from successful and famous people like Michelle Obama, to my mum, the female teachers who believed in me, and many more. I think today of all days it’s even more important to acknowledge the others females we know and love and raise them up, for when women support other women we can do incredible things.
Happy International Women’s Day Ladies!