My week in pictures (clockwise from BL:) making Gremlins at my booth; friends, supporters, and fellow participants (Nadine Devereux, Halyna Chevpilo) at A Celebration of Women’s ‘IWD Summit 2015’ ; photoshoot with Maggie Habieda of Fotographia Boutique; a collage I created of some inspirational women leaders and rolemodels; it’s a-windy getting ready to fly to Thunder Bay; Halton Small Business Development Centre ‘Make it Happen’ event with organizer Sandra Nuhn, Carolyn Dickinson and I; speaking; more amazing friends and colleagues (Ashley-Ann Pereira, Melissa Maher, Jenna Smith)
This past week I had the privilege of speaking at two events in honour International Women’s Day ~ A Celebration of Women’s ‘IWD Summit 2015, and Halton Small Business Development Centre’s ‘Make it Happen’ event for women. Hearing so many inspirational stories of leadership, accomplishment, and overcoming major obstacles and hardships, it was indeed inspirational, moving, and made me proud to be a woman.
Women are pretty darn fabulous, let’s be serious.
Synonyms: tremendous, stupendous, prodigious, phenomenal, remarkable, exceptional, more astounding, amazing, fantastic, breathtaking, staggering, unthinkable, unimaginable, incredible, unbelievable, unheard of, untold, undreamed of, beyond one’s wildest dreams
While doing some research to prepare for my presentations, I was reminded of some pretty fabulous women with some pretty fabulous stories and incredible accomplishments. And coming to the end of International Women’s Day week, it only makes sense to pay tribute and celebrate. And hopefully in turn inspire we women of today to be all we can be.
Now I am not trying to engage in a battle of the sexes… men of course can be fabulous, too! Because at the end of the day whether you are a man or a woman, you are as fabulous and as powerful and as capable as you choose to be.
That being said, there have been some incredibly brave and extraordinary women in our history. Women who believed in the power of their dreams. Women who didn’t take no for an answer. Women who were prepared to fight for what they truly wanted. Women who really did “Make it Happen” (this year’s theme), despite their circumstances, their age, their sex, their naysayers, their sometimes extreme battles.
And, if they can do it, so can you.
All life forms, at their core, are instinctually wired to grow as big as they can and live as long as they can. Last time I checked, humans were not only just another life form, moreover the most intelligent life form that exists (at least that we know of so far!) And women are pretty powerful, intelligent, fabulous human beings.
So why are we not all growing as big as we can? What is stopping you from dreaming, from playing, from living as BIG as you can?
It’s your time. It’s our time. So what are we waiting for?
I’m going to keep it short and sweet today – and leave you with a few inspirational quotes that really spoke to me this week.
“There is no greater agony than bearing the untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” – Margaret Thatcher
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K Rowling
“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn
“The best dreams happen when you’re awake.” – Cherie Gilderbloom
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” – Audrey Hepburn
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb
If only all of the women out there knew just how fabulous they truly were!
What are YOU going to do this week to celebrate your fabulousness? To go after your dream? To make it happen? (Click to tweet it out!) I want to hear about it over at the blog.
Have a FABULOUS day, and a FAB week.