International Women’s Day
March is Women’s History Month and what better day to write a blog about it than on International women’s day!? So, today is the day I am inspired to share with you that I am a woman HEAR ME ROAR!
As women, we are pretty powerful beings capable of so much! Part of being in the beauty industry I have this push and tug with the way beauty is sometimes portrayed. To me, being a beauty professional, I am not here to tell you what to buy or do because I see dollar signs. That may be one part of the industry if I am honest. Then there are the pros that live to build a woman’s confidence and shine the light on everything that makes you feel your best. Because let’s be honest, a confident woman can move mountains.
To Live Inspired
It’s this notion that inspires me every day because I get to see first-hand inspiration that comes to life when a woman believes in herself and also embraces her beauty. With everything going on in the world, we are making history as I type. Every single day women are more empowered than ever, and I hope the momentum also makes us pause to see the beauty in that and ourselves. I admire many women in the present and history.
I write this blog every year as a head nod to the women before me and the women I hope to impact after me. I am so proud to be a woman not only in the beauty industry changing lives for other women but, also in business. We still need to make strides in the business world, and I am hopeful for the future. I am grateful to be apart of those strides as the CEO and founder of this growing and amazing company. Here are the women that keep me focused and remind me, it’s a beautiful thing to be a woman!!
Oh, Maya… She is always first to come to mind because her words are endless with inspiration. Regardless of what you are going through in life, she has a story, a quote, a poem. I often read excerpts of hers or seek out her words of timeless wisdom. Her book, “I know why the caged bird sings” is a must-read. Maya is most known for her published work about racism, identity, and family. She was a civil rights and woman advocate. Maya Angelou had a unique perspective of truth that can touch your heart and heal your mind. It goes without saying that she is an inspiration to many and her words will continue to inspire. International Women’s Day is great to read the words of women that paved the way to celebrate ourselves while persevering through life’s hardships and successes.
Quotes to live by:
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.”
I could go on and on referencing her words. Seek inspiration if you’re ever feeling inadequate. Being in a creative field, I am so grateful to have had the career I have had and regardless of hardships or successes, I am reminded I am a woman, and I can do great things! Thanks Maya for always reminding me.
You can actually follow the #mayaangelou DO IT! You will see a range of quotes and women doing and living inspirational lives that will empower you in your daily scrolling.
Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Billie Holiday
I am pretty sure my soul is old and likely lived at this time. Jazz and more specifically these women have always been the voices that spoke to my soul beginning in my early twenties. I started this business when I was 21. Sitting for hours I would brainstorm ideas listening to Ella, Etta, and Billie. Being present in an emotion that puts a smile on my heart, is a gratifying experience. listening to them sing. I love creating from that place of pure love, and she definitely can bring that out of me. Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer and considered to be the queen of jazz. In a likely tumultuous time, their music transcended.Take a moment and just listen to these women. It’s nearly impossible not to appreciate their voices and the talent they all had.
“Dream a little dream for me…” Thank you to all of our clients that let myself and our artists live out their dreams!
Another woman I love to quote is Audrey Hepburn. Outside of her inspirational efforts after her career, she is most known as an actress with timeless poise and style. She defined feminine glamour and dignity. After her career, she devoted her life to humanitarian work with UNICEF. Audrey Hepburn is a timeless beauty in history that is an excellent source of inspiration to
You can actually follow Audrey Hepburn on Instagram! I love following because she pops up in my feed to remind me as a woman, stand tall with poise and dignity. @audrey.hepburn
I naturally gravitate towards women in creative fields of interest and activism. This leads me to a current woman that is not only innovative but, a fantastic business woman and mom.
Sara Blakely. Sara is the founder of SPANX. She began right out of her living room. Starting in a career in sales, she came up with the idea to create a better solution to hosiery. The rest was history! Through many hurdles, turndowns, and often disbelief in her concept, Sara became one of Forbes top 100 powerful women worldwide. She is a self-made billionaire and mom of two young boys. I follow her on Instagram and admire her tenacity and realness. It is not an easy feat what she has accomplished, and her efforts have proved anything is possible with significant perseverance and belief in something. I no longer dream if things are possible, with stories like hers, I know. I’m inspired never to give up when things get tough and challenges faced are often the best lessons to be learned and grow. Sara was told no over and over again. She never stopped hitting the pavement until she got a yes!
Follow Sarah on Instagram! @sarablakely
The women to make future history..
As a mother of a young daughter, I want to recognize the importance of being a role model in other women’s lives and also the young ladies of our future. It is a hard balance to uphold all that I want to teach my daughter about these women in history and empower her to chase her dreams and conquer her goals. Like all women, we will live with a ping of mom guilt but, the best thing we can do is be inspired, independent, driven, resilient women. My daughter is only four so we have a long way to go of instilling and reminding her how influential and significant she is and will be. We all need that reminder to love ourselves a bit more and to know we are capable.
So many before us and so many to come…
In conclusion, take a look back at history or current moments making history. There are SO many women I could continue to write about but, I chose these women because it’s what my heart and fingers typed when thinking about sources of inspiration that took part in all that I have been able to create. I hope to be that source for my daughter and one day make history of her own.
Cheers to the women of past and present!! Your all BEauties in my eyes. International Women’s Day is about taking the time to honor yourself along with the women past and present. Take a moment today or this month to learn about a woman from the past that inspires you. Then, I encourage you to acknowledge a woman in your present that helps you to be the best that you can be for the future history makers. THIS is YOUR day!! Make it inspirational.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”