It’s International Womens Day in Canada today, and NZ yesterday. I’ve been honoured to grow up surrounded by powerful, confident and inspiring women my entire life. Growing up female meant that I had to take extra care when leaving work late, to always lock my door when I got to the car, to make sure that the girls I went out with all got home ok, to ignore the cat calls and snide comments. I am overwhelmed with admiration for all of the brave women who have come forward with the #MeToo and to all the women who lift each other up, instead of knocking each other down. The future is female and times they are a changing.
A few of the awesome women I look up deserve a special mention because they truly continue to inspire me every day…
Wendy Batten -It only makes sense that my mom is my biggest inspiration in life. She decided she wanted to change her life and pursue something she enjoyed. No matter how many people called her ‘crazy’ because they just didn’t understand, she took all of her setbacks and challenges and rose to the occasion every single time. She made me believe that there was nothing I couldn’t do as long as I work hard and have a plan. Thank you so much for showing me that it’s never too late to follow a passion, and how to kick my butt in gear when I get too down on myself. You are honestly my biggest inspiration in life and someone I continue to aspire to become.
Sandra – Your strength and ability to continue on no matter what life throws at you is something I admire so much about you. You have taken all the pain and suffering from life and turned it into something beautiful. I’m sure it doesn’t feel that way all the time, but your kindness and passion for animals has been influential to me growing up and getting me to where I am today. The amount of good you do in this world for those who don’t have a voice can never be repaid. Thank you for inspiring me everyday to do good in life and realise how much we have to learn from our four legged friends.
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Erica Steeves – I am so happy and proud to call you family. You’ve taken so much in stride over the last few years and while I know that’s easy to say from the outside looking in, your fearlessness and ambitions are exactly what I look up to. You found what you were passionate about and went after it fully, with a new baby and major life changes. Thank you for showing me that bumps in the road are just new challenges to make you stronger.
Katie Roberts – You are by far the most talented person I have ever met, and while I feel my heart can’t be more proud of everything you accomplished so far, I know it is only the beginning. You’ve taken all of life’s challenges and curve balls and made yourself into the most confident, brave and brilliant women. You know what you want and you go for it with every fibre of your body. Thank you, for always being my best friend and showing me how to be fiercely passionate about what you love.
Miss Katie has also just done all the artwork in this awesome book called Flux, check it out here: smile.amazon.com/Flux-Orion-Carloto
Kirsten Gargan – This women right here is probably the strongest person I have ever met. She came out of a horrible situation and completely turned her life around, and helping others in the process. She taught me that you can’t let people walk over you and for there to be a change you can’t just wait around for someone else to do it. Kirsten you came into my life when I needed someone the most, and showed me how to confidently go after my dreams, no matter how silly or far fetched they seemed. We’ve gone on so many adventures and honestly been one of the most supportive and positive people in my life. It warms my heart knowing that you’re in a good place and killin’ the #GirlBoss thing. Thank you for showing me to be the best version of myself and how to love myself completely for who I am. I miss you so much.
“Don’t let fear keep you quiet. You have a voice. So use it. Speak up. Raise your hands. Shout your answers. Make yourself heard. Whatever it takes. Just find your voice and when you do, fill the damn silence.”
I would also like to have a special mention of another female who has impacted my life and made me find courage within myself to do things that scare me, and to always be brave. Meredith Grey. Thanks for being there for me to binge watch when I’m down, and remind me that I’m strong enough to handle what life throws at me.