Have you ever wanted to thank all the important women in your life for helping to make you the person you are today? Here’s your chance, today’s the day – International Women’s Day. Take advantage. I’m going to. I owe a huge THANK YOU to so many strong, amazing women. So, so, so, so many thank yous to so, so, so, so many women. So here goes…
To my elders (grandmothers, grandmother-in-laws, aunts, great aunts, even grandmother’s cousins): For showing me that strong women come in all shapes and sizes. For the quirks you gave me that make me exactly who I am, and which remind me that even though you might be gone there’s still a piece of you here. Thank you for showing me how to survive under any circumstances. How to save small pieces of history because you never know when you’re going to need it. For teaching me the grace to get through anything and the gumption to dream big. For the love of quilting that runs in my blood and for the confidence to speak loudly, love fully and never let anyone tell me I can’t.
To my sisters: Thank you for always showing me a new perspective on the world. For sharing your passion for what you do and for showing an interest in what I do. For sharing the joy in the little things and for never forgetting that the sisterly bond is one that can’t be broken. Thank you for showing me how successful, beautiful and fiercely independent we can all be. Thank you for basement plays and fake radio shows. For giving me the opportunity to watch you soar, in your own unique directions. And for always cementing that moments of weakness, stress, anxiety, fear only make us stronger (eventually). Oh, and that S.A.T. Club membership is for life.
To my “In Law” Ladies: Thank you for showing me that it’s not just blood that forges a bond. For loving me unconditionally even though I’m an addition to the tribe. For challenging me, brainstorming with me and for having my back. For teaching me that we are all so different, but that something very special also makes us all just the same.
To my soul sisters (you know who you are): For always, always talking me down off the ledge when I need it. For reminding me of the good inside me and that it’s my duty to share it. For listening without judgement and for sharing without wavering. For being so freaking rock solid that I couldn’t even leave you behind if I tried. Not that I’d ever even try… I can’t do all this without you. Thank you for laughter that knows no limits and for tears shared when needed. Thank you for giving me back my own advice when you see that I could use some of my own wisdom. For calling when you “just have a sense” that I need a shoulder. For being complete and total rock stars at everything you do. For being strong, independent and kick-ass role models for even a grown-ass woman like me.
To my Business Women & Mentors: For showing me every day that we can do absolutely anything. For lifting me up, doling out advice, cheering me on and hugging it out. For always sending me encouragement (whether in text, talk or positive vibes) and talking me up. For complimenting me, even when I am so busy I forget what I’m even good at. For teaching me about entrepreneurship and how to gracefully take on a challenge. For watching The Bachelor and for basement chats and for coffee dates, and for recognizing why that has everything to do with business – somehow. Thank you for being the world’s best role models and for sticking together through thick and thin. It does not go unnoticed. Thank you for being courageous, fierce, passionate, driven, graceful, positive champions in life and business.
Finally, to My Mom: Thank you for raising me to think for myself, strive for more and care for others every. single. day. Thank you for encouraging my creative soul and teaching me how to craft earrings, scarves, sweaters, socks, fabulous outfits, raincoats, slipcovers, watercolour paintings. I am a maker because you are a maker. Thank you for always calling to check in, even if I don’t answer. For talking for hours when I just need to “chat it out”. For teaching me that the hard days make the happy days lighter. For reminding me that the “laissez-faire” person I sometimes wish I could be isn’t who I am, and that being exactly who I am is what really counts. Thank you for teaching me to care for others first, but to always make sure I fill my own cup in the off times. For sharing books you know I will connect with. Thank you for every single birthday party that made a milestone memory. For paper plate monsters masks, lamb cakes made of mini marshmallows and gift wrapped juice boxes. Thank you for showing me the value in heirlooms (new or old) and for instilling in me the importance of remembering who and where we came from. Thank you for teaching me that the world needs to see my specific brand of “special”, because keeping it to myself doesn’t spread the joy around – and, of course, that a scarf really does go with every outfit… no matter the season.
To all the women who have touched my life in some way, at some point: You are all my sisters. Thank you for unapologetically bringing exactly who you are to the table. For standing up and being proud of who you are, where you are and why you’re here — and for teaching me valuable lessons along the way. Thank you to the women who I don’t know, but so adore for their courage to write the books, produce the podcasts, film the vlogs, create the blogs and give the speeches that help to keep me grounded every day. Today is the day to celebrate what makes us unique and to reflect on how far we’ve come. Hear us roar!
Who are you thanking today?