Scrolling through my mind this week were women who have inspired me, paved the way for me, or just made me a better person by being themselves unapologetically, or sometimes apologetically. The writers, artists, and humanitarians. The scientists, teachers, and leaders. Today though, I remembered dozens that are rarely, if ever, mentioned in listicles. Although these Women came to me last, they are the ones who inspire me most often, the Women who keep me encouraged.
In my day-to-day life I’m grateful for the Woman who taught me how to be a Woman, how to work, and most importantly, how to stand up. Her devotion inspires me on multiple levels.
I’m inspired by Women who fight Autoimmune Diseases such as Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Disease, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Hashimoto’s, Celiac, IBS, Grave’s Disease, AI Hepatitis, and several others. Many of these Women are raising children, keeping a home, working, then working some more. All of these Women are living life on their terms, pushing for better treatments, and pushing themselves every day. I tell myself that if they can do it, then so can I.
I’m inspired by the Moms I know because their well of energy on half the amount of sleep I get is mind-boggling. I have my grandson for one day and I’m whipped, done-in, Netflix ’til I fall asleep the next day. These Moms go from the crack of dawn until they finally put kids to bed, pick up around the house, and get to relax. At which point they fall asleep.
I’m inspired by the working Women I know because it isn’t always easy to meet expectations or to get out of bed when all you want to do is drink Nyquil and snuggle with the dog. These Women show up in every sense of the phrase.
When I look around me, in my community, in my family, I see inspiring and resplendent women everywhere. I see Women doing their best and generously giving to others. International Women’s Day 2018 birthed a thoughtful week filled with admirable Women.
Brilliant, positive and inspiring read! I’m a 41 years old female and I myself was born with a congenital Birth Difference effecting both arms and hands – Radial Dysplasia and was recently diagnosed with Moderate Heart Failure, Non Compaction Cardiomyopathy. I suffer with severe Secondary Raynards Phenomenon and extensive Livedo Reticularis on upper and lower limbs. I’m currently under the Genetic dept and the Rheumatology Dept at the hospital awaiting test results for confirmation of Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and Holt-Oram Syndrome…. Please feel free to take a look at my own Blog.
KEEP SMILING 💛💙 x
You must be quite the Warrior to live this life with those challenges, Lisa. I’d love to read your blog and hear your ongoing story of courage.
Love your tribute, apparent you did spend a thoughtful week.
love you (and your serenade),