Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a day to celebrate the achievements of women all across the world. It got me thinking about what being a woman means to me. I think what’s cool about women is that while we are completely able to do anything that a man can do; we are strong enough to fight for our country, we can build things with our hands and create things with our minds, we can also do things that they cannot. We are typically more sensitive; which society may tell you is a bad thing but for any mother who has sat in the doctor’s office and cried along with their child as they got their vaccinations can tell you, there is comfort in a sensitive soul that connects with all suffering beings. Women have the ability of connection. We are social beings by nature and have the ability to bring people together by welcoming them into our homes, offering them a meal and courage them to tell their stories in an authentic way. That’s the power of a woman. We are nurturers by nature. Even if we don’t become mother’s to children, we will find a way to mother another living being, be it a pet or a loved one. It’s a bit of an awesomely overwhelming thought to thing that each living thing came from a woman.
In another sense, ask any married man if his life is better after marriage and they will undeniably point to their wives as their “better halves”. Why? Because we have that power ladies. We make a house a home and have the power to make a boy become a man. It doesn’t matter that you make microwaved burritos for dinner, it’s not about becoming Betty freaking Crocker, it’s about providing a compliment to the relationship. Peanut butter is good. Chocolate is good. But put them together and they are amazing. That’s the difference between men and women. One is not better than the other (okay chocolate may be slightly better than peanut butter) but in all seriousness, we are as fabulously unique as we are the same. It’s awesome to be recognized for not only our accomplishments as women but our unique qualities that make our contributions to this world a better place.
So today, the photo of the day is a selfie. A raw image, unedited, hair uncombed, no makeup and my camera catching me a few seconds before I was ready. I was looking at my toddler scramble below my feet and laughing at her undeniable adorableness. I like this photo in its imperfection. Embrace who you are as a woman in whatever that means to you. I also challenge you to support your community of women and women business owners. I challenge you to spend money at women’s owned business’. Can we all commit to spending at least $10 today at a women’s owned business?
Be strong. Be bold. Be you.